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Major Mission

(From left) Members of Major Lazer: Diplo (Thomas Wesley Pentz), Walsh Fire (Leighton Walsh) and Jillionaire (Christopher Leacock). (Observer: File)

Electronic music maestro Major Lazer releases its third album, Peace is Mission, on June 1. It will be released by the Mad Decent label. Similar to 2009's Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do and 2013's Free the Universe, Peace is Mission has collaborations with several Jamaican acts. Among them are ... Read More

Pitbull
Vegas Vegas shares ‘Euphoria’ with Pitbull
DANCEHALL artiste Mr Vegas has teamed up with hip- hop star Pitbull for a remix of his single My Jam ... Read More

Recording artiste and entrepreneur Stevie Face pumps petrol for
a customer at his service station. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON) Fuelling his desire
This is the first in a 10-part series looking at entertainers who have moved into business outside t ... Read More

Bushman Bushman to visit Africa
ROOTS singer Bushman makes his first trip to the east African country of Kenya next week for three s ... Read More

 Fit for a queen

Friday, March 27, 2015    

FIT FOR A QUEEN: Queen Ifrica (second left) shares a photo op with (from left) dancehall elite Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Lady Saw at her 40th birthday
celebration held at the Opa! Restaurant and Sky Lounge on Old Hope Road in St Andrew, on Wednesday night. At right is Opa!’s director Alexx Antaeus.
(PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

 FIT FOR A QUEEN: Queen Ifrica (second left) shares a photo op with (from left) dancehall elite Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Lady Saw at her 40th birthday celebration held at the Opa! Restaurant and Sky Lounge on Old Hope Road in St Andrew, on Wednesday night. At right is Opa!'s director Alexx Antaeus. (Photo: Karl McLarty) Read More

DJ Vice Goodn on a musical high

Friday, March 27, 2015    

DJ Vice Goodn

RIDING high from his performance at the recent body paint party, Flesh, DJ Vice Goodn has two mix tapes lined up for release this summer. "We are not rushing them. We plan on ensuring that anyone who downloads the mix tapes will be taken on a musical journey. A lot of attention will be paid to detail," Goodn explained. He said Flesh was a good experience. "The crowd's response was awesome. I'm used to such a diverse crowd, and patrons enjoyed the vibe that I brought." Originally from Kingsto ... Read More

Fudgie doubles the fun

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Friday, March 27, 2015    

DANCEHALL deejay Fudgie Springer is currently promoting two new singles. They are I Love You So (Angie's Song) for Lamarclan LLC label and Wine Fi Mi Please for Black Hart Productions. In a bid to amp up the promotion for I Love You So, a video for the track was recently shot on location in the Florida Keys. It was directed by Donsville Savariau. "I'm very excited about this video, it's a very nice video, the picture quality and all the other elements are excellent. I'm confident that it's goi ... Read More

Color Festival on this Sunday

Friday, March 27, 2015    

Patrons throw coloured
powder in the air at a
previous staging of Color
Festival last year.

"Wearing white is a critical part of the event's concept, as white creates the perfect palette for the kaleidoscope of color that emanate from the colour powder throws," Safia Cooper, event organiser and Pulse's director of sales and marketing, told the Splash. The event, which has been a hit for Caribbean franchise holders Pulse Investments Ltd/KGN8, was successful enough for it to garner a biannual staging in 2014. The international brand has struck a chord with the youthful ... Read More

Bend U Back creating waves for Benji Hype

Friday, March 27, 2015    

Benji Hype

THE song Bend U Back has been creating a buzz for deejay Benji Hype. It is co-produced by Sanjay 'Freeze' Pennant, Norris Griffiths and Manuel Sieber from Germany. Bend U Back -- which Benji Hype says was inspired by the Galis Wednesday event -- went to number one on the ITunes singles chart in France, and has caught on at radio and dances in Jamaica. A music video to capitalise on the song's popularity is in the works. There is also a Bend U Back dance contest. Read More

Wailing Souls still doing the rounds

Friday, March 27, 2015    

Lloyd ‘Bread’ McDonald of the Wailing Souls prior to one of the group’s shows in Brazil recently.

THE Wailing Souls are one of reggae's great harmony groups. Founded in the mid-1960s, they had their recording heyday during the roots explosion in Jamaica a decade later. Back then, they were a quartet (Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald, Winston 'Pipe' Matthews, George 'Buddy' Haye and Garth Dennis) who recorded outstanding songs like War, Firehouse Rock, Things and Time, and Jah Jah Give us Life. McDonald and Matthews have comprised the Wailing Souls for almost 20 years and continue to tour the world. ... Read More

Do Go See — March 27, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015    

A scene from Cinderella, now showing at Palace Amusement Company Cinemas.

Bacchanal Fridays @ Mas Camp, Stadium North -- St Andrew Featuring: Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons Time: 8:00 pm   FRIDAY, MARCH 27 Lunch Hour Concert @ Bank of Jamaica Auditorium, downtown Kingston Featuring: Praise Academy of Dance Time: 12:30pm Bacchanal Fridays @ Mas Camp, Stadium North -- St Andrew Featuring: Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons Time: 8:00 pm Blue and White Affair @ Waterfalls, Old Hope Road, St Andrew Featuring: music by Mikey Barnett and Stokey Love Time: ... Read More

Bunji, Fay Ann for Bacchanal stage

Friday, March 27, 2015    

Bunji Garlin
Fay Ann
Lyons

TRINIDAD husband and wife soca team Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons will be the featured act for Bacchanal Fridays scheduled for the Mas Camp in St Andrew, on Friday. The couple will be backed by the Asylum Band. The event -- which will be sponsored by telecoms provider Digicel -- is the final in the series and began six weeks ago. "This Friday is flag night, so revellers should wear their colours and bring their flags. We will be offering prizes for the crew with the most hype crews. We pull ... Read More

Bunny Lee’s studio razed

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Veteran producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee points to a section of his studio that was destroyed by fire
earlier this month.

LEGENDARY music producer Bunny 'Striker' Lee's Gorgon Entertainment Studio was destroyed by fire on March 9. According to the producer, all his music equipment valued at almost $100 million was lost in the blaze. The building, located in Duhaney Park in St Andrew, also houses a museum that contains Lee's music archive. That section was spared. In an interview with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, Lee said his engineer Newton Williams was at the studio when the fire broke out. Giving his accoun ... Read More

Obama’s redemption

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer writer | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Barack Obama

ON the evening of November 4 2008, the world was transfixed on the historic presidential elections in the United States. Barack Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, was elected the first black president of that country. The landslide result set off global celebrations. At Penthouse studio in Kingston, music producer Donovan Germain and deejay Tony Rebel recorded Blackman Redemption, a song commemorating the occasion. Singjay Queen Ifrica and singer Nikki Burt also performed on the track ... Read More



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