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Following the high of the summer season, many local reggae and dancehall acts have returned to Jamaica after performances on the festivals in Europe and North America. The availability of these acts has given rise to a number of small, live performances series primarily in the Corporate Area and no ... Read More

Richie Stephens Richie Stephens goes Ska Teck Ova
REGGAE singer Richie Stephens is introducing a new music genre called Ska Teck Ova on his latest sin ... Read More

Micah Shemaiah EEZY Breezy for Micah Shemaiah
ENCOURAGED by the 'great vibes' he experienced on a recent trip to Europe, roots singer Micah Shemai ... Read More

Etana is set to perform at IRAWMA. Africa represented well at IRAWMA
The 33rd staging of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (I will take place on October 4 ... Read More

VP signs first African artiste Blakk Rasta

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Blakk Rasta

GHANA'S reggae artiste Blakk Rasta has inked a three-year contract with VP records. According to an article posted on www.ghanaweb.com, the entertainer is the first Ghanaian artiste to be signed on the American-based reggae label. "I have been looking forward to this all along but 'Jah' made it happen now and as we say, the right time is when it happens. Nothing happens before its time," said Black Rasta. "We worked so hard on tours, doing festivals and recording side by side. Sometimes I fel ... Read More

Kartel case postponed

Monday, September 22, 2014 11:42 AM    

Entertainer Vybz Kartel and his co-accused Gaza Slim

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The perverting the course of justice case against entertainer Vybz Kartel and his two co-accused has been rescheduled from today to Wednesday, September 24. Today’s date was set last week after attorney Tom Tavares-Finson complained about discrepancies between what a witness has in his statement, and what that witness had actually testified to in a related murder trial that ended with the conviction and life sentences of Vybz Kartel and three other men, in April. ... Read More

Jah Cure to 'flow thick' on Arthur Guinness Day

Monday, September 22, 2014 11:38 AM    

Reggae singer Jah Cure

KINGSTON, Jamaica—Jamaica’s Reggae sensation Jah Cure is one of the headline acts for the Arthur Guinness Day (AGD) concert. Jah Cure is expected to grace the AGD stage for the first time on Thursday, September 25 at the National Arena.  The ‘True Reflection’ singer said he feels honoured to have been selected for such an event and promises to deliver a stellar performance. "It's an amazing feeling to represent Guinness in Jamaica's Arthur Guinness Day concert. Gi ... Read More

Lady Gaga: 'It's a very happy time in my life'

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Lady Gaga

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — After hip surgery and parting ways with her long-time manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up. "I've very centred now. I meditate a lot. I'm happy. I am more sober than I've ever been," the singer said in an interview this week. "It's a very happy time in my life." Last year, Gaga parted ways with long-time manager Troy Carter, who helped the pop star achieve multiplatinum status, dominate the pop charts, and win multiple Grammy awards. She said she was overwor ... Read More

Ruby Dee memorialised in NYC

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Ruby Dee

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — Actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee was memorialised Saturday in poetry, dance and song at a packed Harlem Cathedral where Alicia Keys sang her song Superwoman, Wynton Marsalis performed a stirring trumpet solo, and well-wishes were sent from Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and the White House. The three-hour celebration of Lee's life was held at the cavernous Riverside Church in New York on Saturday. Dee died June 11 at age 91 and was called everything from a ... Read More

Doug E Fresh highlights BET hip hop awards

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Doug E Fresh

ATLANTA (AP) — With a picture of his mother on a large screen behind him, Doug E Fresh struggled to complete his sentence. The rapper, dubbed The Human Beat Box, choked up and shed tears as he received the "I Am Hip-Hop Award" at the ninth BET Hip Hop Awards on Saturday. Fresh eventually told the crowd that his mother, who had Alzheimer's, died five months ago. "I have to acknowledge her," Fresh said at the taped award show at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. "I want to thank ... Read More

Macka Diamond in three-car collision

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Macka Diamond appears unhurt following a three-vehicle crash Friday afternoon

DANCEHALL entertainer Macka Diamond on Friday escaped serious injury following a three-vehicle crash on Old Harbour Road in St Catherine. Details as to what caused the incident are not clear but the female entertainer, whose real name is Charmaine Munroe, was able to drive away from the scene in her damaged white Honda Civic motor car. Her publicist, Claude Mills said the artiste escaped without injury but visited the doctor out of precaution. "The artiste is well and in high spirits," he sai ... Read More

In TRUE DRU style!

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 21, 2014    

DRU HILL... we know the lay of the land

HAVING performed and recorded on local soil, American R&B quartet Dru Hill say they feel quite at home in Jamaica. The outfit last graced the island three years ago when they laid tracks at Geejam studio in rustic Portland. "We know the 'lay of the land'. We will be bringing that knowledge, plus what we do best to the stage in Montego Bay," said Mark 'Sisqó' Andrews, the group's showman, from their New York base. In addition to Sisqó, Dru Hill comprises Tamir 'Nokio' Ruffin, ... Read More

Irish reggae film wins award

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 21, 2014    

Drummers and dancers display traditional Maroon music and
movement for Ray MacDonnacha, Irish TV director of
photography, in Wakefield, Trelawny.

CEOLCHUAIRT lamaice, an Irish documentary filmed in Jamaica this year, copped the award for Best Documentary Series at the first Sky Road TV & Film Festival in Galway, Ireland on September 5. Directed by Paddy Hayes and produced by Laura Ni Cheallaigh, the film is narrated by Irish poet Gearoid Mac Lochlainn. Ceolchuairt lamaice was filmed over 12 days and contains interviews with the Alpha Boys School's musical director Winston 'Sparrow' Martin, guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith, musician/pro ... Read More

Married men only!

Sunday, September 21, 2014    

Married men only!

Get thee a good husband, And use him as he uses thee. Shakespeare's, All's Well that Ends Well, I, 1 THAT statement is often misinterpreted either on purpose or by sheer ignorance. I'm sure you've heard women say, "I'd love to get me a good husband". Usually, my response to them is, "Really, whose?" What some of them meant was that they'd like to get a good man who would eventually become their husband, but for others, they really would like to get their hands, and any other bo ... Read More



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