‘Dream’ begins tonight

Popcaan (Photo: Philp Lemonte)

TONIGHT Appleton Special Dream Weekend kicks off this year’s staging with Magnum Dream Live Concert at Cayenne Beach in Negril. Scott Dunn, managing director of Dream Entertainment Ltd — organisers of Appleton Special Dream Weekend, said all is in place for a fabulous week of entertain ... Read More

Victoria Rowell (second right) on the set of  The Rich and the Ruthless in Los Angeles. US television movie to film in Jamaica
COME next Tuesday, cameras will roll in Montego Bay on a television series being helmed by American ... Read More

Tan Tan & Saga Boy are surrounded by revellers during the Trinidad Carnival. (Photo: Jermaine Cruickshank) T&T effigies for Jamaica's Grand Gala
Saga Boy and Tan Tan, two iconic effigies from Trinidad & Tobago’s carnival by renowned ar ... Read More

Folklorist Louise Bennett-Coverley Little-White still wants Miss Lou film
/p> A film celebrating the life of Jamaican folklorist Louise Bennett-Coverley, popularly known ... Read More

Donnie’s good deeds

BY ALDANE WALTERS Observer writer | Wednesday, July 27, 2016    

American gospel act Donnie McClurkin performing on Best Dressed Fun in the Son, held at the National Heroes Park in Kingston, recently. (Photos: William Foster)

AMERICAN gospel singer Donnie McClurkin said he is planning to return to Jamaica in September and pump $30 million in the island’s health and education sectors. McClurkin, who was headliner at the recently staging of Best Dressed Fun in the Son gospel concert in Kingston, was speaking with the Jamaica Observer in an exclusive interview. “It was Jamaicans (in Jamaica, Queens, New York) who taught me to sing Jamaican songs as a little boy... It is the ministry that came out of Jamai ... Read More

Ossie Holt makes his debut

Wednesday, July 27, 2016    

Oswald ‘Ossie’ Holt (Photo: Contributed)

Though he placed third in a 1956 Vere Johns Opportunity Hour talent contest and sang in English pubs, Oswald ‘Ossie’ Holt never took music seriously as his younger brother John Holt. But in June, at age 78, his first song was released. Forever I Pray is produced by Neol Davies, founder of British 2 Tone band The Selecter. Holt, who has lived in the United Kingdom since 1958, said he played a demo of the song for John when he visited England in 2014. He wanted his famous brother t ... Read More

Sweet sounds from the Hon’y Combs

Wednesday, July 27, 2016    

Michael Kerr

Back in the 1990s when Michael Kerr and some of his peers hung out at recording studios, most of them wanted to be artistes. He was drawn to production. Known as Rasta, Kerr launched the Hon’y Combs Records label five years ago with the Bitter Heart rhythm. After a break from the music business, he returns with the Wet Leaf, a beat driven by songs from established and up-and-coming artistes. Kerr said the hiatus has not changed his approach to music. “Wi go for a more cultural sou ... Read More

After 12: Better Days... Rich

Wednesday, July 27, 2016    

Raymie Rich’s birthday celebration was the big deal on June 26 as friends, family and supporters flocked to the venue at 7-11 West Street for what was appropriately dubbed ‘Better Days’. Observer photographer Karl McLarty captured the excitement. Read More

Thumbs up from Sumfest’s organisers

Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

A section of the audience attending Reggae Sumfest’s Dancehall Night at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James, on Friday night.Photos: Philp Lemonte

Organisers of Reggae Sumfest are more than pleased with what transpired at this year’s festival. Deputy chairman Robert Russell says they’re not only happy with the two major live performance nights, but all the events leading up have surpassed their expectations. “Dancehall Night was just great. Strong performances, no problems whatsoever in the park... no expletives on stage, it was just spectacular. From all reports, it went well for everybody. Saturday, the crowd was not ... Read More

Sean Paul’s single with Sia dethrones Drake on Billboard

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

Sean Paul

FOR the first time in 10 years, Sean Paul occupies the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart. He is featured on the remix of Australian singer Sia’s Cheap Thrills, which takes over the top spot from Drake’s One Dance featuring Wiz Kid and Kyla, which led the chart for 10 weeks. Cheap Thrills becomes the fourth number one Hot 100 single for Sean Paul. His previous chart-toppers are Temperature in 2006; and Get Busy and Baby Boy (with Beyonce) in 2003. The last ... Read More

Fitting tribute to Bernard Collins

Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

Bernard Collins

Though he co-wrote reggae’s ‘anthem’ and is a member of one of the music’s seminal groups, Bernard ‘Satta’ Collins is not a household name. Collins can be seen most evenings excercising at Emancipation Park in New Kingston. Throughout the year, he performs sporadically with roots trio The Abyssinians, famous for the classic 1971 song, Satta Massagana. On Saturday, Collins will be honoured for his contribution to reggae at the annual Tribute To The Greats sho ... Read More

Delus remembered as a gentle spirit

Monday, July 25, 2016    

Pall-bearers carry the coffin bearing the remains of dancehall artiste Delmark ‘Delus’ Spence at the Church of Resurrection in Duhaney Park in St Andrew, last Saturday. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

Family members, well-wishers and members of the entertainment fraternity were among the large congregation that flocked to the Church of Resurrection in Duhaney Park, St Andrew, last Saturday, to celebrate the life of dancehall artiste Delmark Spence, more popularly known as Delus. Mourners were asked prior to attending to wear cheerful colours. However, the faces conflicted with the ceremony’s attire as many people openly wept the death of the artiste, who was remembered as a true and ge ... Read More

Soothing end to Sumfest

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, July 25, 2016    

Sanchez (Photo: Philp Lemonte)

FOR many who attended Reggae Sumfest’s final night on Saturday, it would be the performance by singer Sanchez that was the evening’s highlight. Coming on stage just after 2:00 am, the artiste — who came to prominence in the late 1980s and was celebrated for his clear tenor voice as he was for his ability to deliver brilliant cover versions of popular tracks — was a man with a mission at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay, St James. Dressed in a pale ... Read More

Tulloch pens 3Some

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, July 25, 2016    

David Tulloch

CAN another female take your woman? That’s the question being posed in David Tulloch’s new play 3Some, set to hit the boards at the Phoenix Theatre in St Andrew, come August 1. Known for his thought-provoking work, Tulloch again touches a nerve and the consciousness of his audience with his latest work, which he refers to as a “domestic drama with erotic themes”. “After we staged Risqué in 2012, we have been flooded with requests for a part two. But wh ... Read More



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