Entertainment

Miss Universe viewing party

Shanique Waugh displays the
tension which was palpable
inside the venue as Fennell
made it through the rounds.

Although they expressed pride in Kaci Fennell's performance at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, patrons who attended the official viewing party in New Kingston were disappointed with her fifth place finish. From the moment she was announced as taking the fourth runner-up spot, many who gathered ... Read More

Pointer Sisters Ready Pointer Sisters Ready
ONE of the hallmarks of Rhythm and Blues has been great harmony groups: The Supremes, The Impression ... Read More

D Medz Champion sounds from D Medz
WHEN singer D Medz began sessions for his Empower EP last year, he had almost a decade of recording ... Read More

Fire Wayne ‘Kool’ switch for Fire Wayne
Disc jockey/sound system selector Fire Wayne has moved into music production with his debut 'riddim' ... Read More

Warrior Love still smarting

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer Staff Reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, January 26, 2015    

Warrior Love

BASSIST and leader of the Warrior Love Band, Joseph Graham, said he and his colleagues are disappointed with the behaviour of singer Leroy Smart at the recent Rebel Salute show. He told the Jamaica Observer that it was the first time they had been abused by an artiste on stage. "Leroy 'Don' Smart was booed at Rebel Salute because, to put it mildly, his performance was lacking and he repeatedly disrespected the band throughout this performance," Graham said. He disclosed that the veteran sing ... Read More

Jazzing with Peter Cetera

Monday, January 26, 2015    

Peter Cetera

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is renowned for bring a number of acts who are making their debut performance on the rock. This year is no different. Among this yearâs debutantes is Peter Cetera. Cetera, the former lead singer of the band Chicago, is all set to Îrockâ the crowd at the festival which kicks off this Thursday at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium and lasts until Saturday. Executive producer of the event Walter Elmore is proud of his line-up and describes ... Read More

Uprising lets off steam on new single

Monday, January 26, 2015    

Uprising
Roots Band

FOR many years, Rastafarians have called on 'bredrin' to 'smoke the herb and hold a humble thought'. With smoking cited as a public hazard globally, even Rastas are looking for healthier alternatives to enjoy their beloved weed. The Uprising Roots Band's latest song, Steamers, is a nod to the increasingly popular practice of consuming vaporised ganja. The song was recorded four years ago and released on the band's debut album, Skyfiyah, in 2011. Uprising drummer Kush McAnuff believes it is t ... Read More

Bryan goes solo in Japan

Monday, January 26, 2015    

Stefhen
Bryan

AFTER performing in three major American cities, Jamaican actor/writer Stefhen Bryan is scheduled to take his one-man show, Doodu Boy, to Japan in February. The shows are scheduled for Kobe, Tokyo, and Osaka. Doodu Boy, which is autobiographical, opened in 2014. To date, the Kingston-born Bryan has done 34 shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. "The reception in the US was overwhelmingly positive. We will be doing a run in Jamaica starting in March/April," Bryan told the Jamaica Ob ... Read More

Unchained spirit

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor - Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Buju Banton

DESPITE Wednesday's unsuccessful bid, Professor Charles Ogletree -- part of reggae singer Buju Bantonâs legal team -- is vowing to continue the fight to have his client's conviction reversed. "We will be fighting for Buju Banton's freedom," said Olgetree, a professor at Harvard Law School, in a written response to the Jamaica Observer's queries. On Wednesday, a United States Appeal Court dismissed the request to have the reggae artiste's conviction overturned to secure a new trial. But O ... Read More

A crucial comeback

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

MYSTIC
REVEALERS...
released set
with band’s
music from
the 1980s and
1990s last
week

Mystic Revealers emerged in the 1990s, a time when self-contained Jamaican reggae bands were quickly disappearing from the music scene. They are on the comeback trail. Last week, VP Records released Crucial Cuts, a 13-track set that revisits the band's music from the 1980s and 1990s. Anthony 'Billy Mystic' Wilmot, Revealers' guitarist and lead vocalist, said the album is also available on iTunes. It is the first time their music has been released digitally. "We've been getting a lot of demand ... Read More

Kirk Diamond sparkles in Saskatoon

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Kirk Diamond

DEEJAY Kirk Diamond is enjoying some regional success in Canada with the single, Love Inna We Heart. Produced by French company Galang Records, it has been number one for the past seven weeks on the Rebel Vibez Top Ten Canadian Reggae Chart on CHRY 105.5 FM. Even though he has had minor hits with Blind to Dem, Need Your Love, Dweet Den and Dem Nuh Real (featuring TG), Diamond says Love Inna we Heart is his game-changer. The 30-year-old entertainer is originally from Spanish Town. He migrated ... Read More

Ja's Kaci Fennell finishes 2nd in Miss Universe 2014

Sunday, January 25, 2015 10:47 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Kaci Fennell on Sunday was the first-runner-up in the 63rd annual Miss Universe Pageant in Doral, Miami. This is the second time Jamaica has claimed the first-runner-up spot. Yendi Phillips was also the first runner-up in 2010. Read More

Ja's Kaci Fennell finishes 3rd in Miss Universe 2014

Sunday, January 25, 2015 10:13 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Kaci Fennell on Sunday took the second runner-up spot in the 63rd annual Miss Universe Pageant in Doral, Miami. She has been a favourite in the competition since it started. Yendi Phillipps came closest to the Miss Universe title when she claimed the first runner-up spot in 2010. Read More

Kaci in top 5

Sunday, January 25, 2015 10:03 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Kaci Fennell on Sunday made the top-five cut in the 63rd annual Miss Universe Pageant now under way at the Florida International University Arena in Doral, Miami. She made the top 15 cut then fiercely made her way across the stage in swimwear to be named first among the 10 most beautiful women in the world. Now among the top five, will she be able to claim the top spot for Jamaica’s first Miss Universe title? Read More



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