Film on Bob’s rise to fame in the works

A young Bob Marley (right) with wife Rita and children

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A film about the international rise of reggae legend Bob Marley and his Wailers band is reportedly in the works, according to the website, indiewire.com. Titled Buffalo Soldiers (the name of one of Marley's songs) it will be distributed by Mandalay Pictures, with writer Ba ... Read More

Prince Zimboo BBC tunes in to zimboo
DANCEHALL artiste/comedian Prince Zimboo recently 'talked' his way into a gig called the Heh! Report ... Read More

Sister Carol Sister Carol releases Live No Evil album
SISTER Carol has been spreading reggae's roots and culture message for over 30 years. She gives her ... Read More

Hernan Sforzini Hernan Sforzini, reggae’s torchbearer in Argentina
This is the final of a 10-part series looking at the impact of dancehall/reggae culture around the w ... Read More

Myrna Hague t0 host free concert

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Myrna Hague to
host free concert

MYRNA Hague, Jamaica's first lady of jazz, will be hosting a free concert and album launch at the Hope Royal Botanical Gardens Shell Band Stand in St Andrew on Sunday. Showtime is slated for 4:00 pm. The new album, Melody Life 2 features some of her earlier recordings at Studio One with new arrangements. At the concert, guests will hear the line-up for this year's staging of the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival. Attendees are being urged to take along their chairs, blankets, and umbrellas to make the ... Read More

No joke! Sammy Question converts to Christianity

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:03 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Samuel Turner, who made his name as a member of comic teams Sammy Question and Freeman and Apache Chief and Sammy Question, is still tickling the funny bone, but with a difference. The comedian, who migrated to the United States in 2005, is now a Christian.  He is firmly ensconced in family entertainment through his Fun and Laughter Productions company and RHRTV1 television station. He is also part of a comedy act with sidekick Spici Vici, playing clubs througho ... Read More

Lupita: People’s Most Beautiful

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:00 AM    

The Oscar winner graced Jamaica’s shores earlier this year and had a “fabulous stay”. Read More

University Singers' ode to Easter

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, April 22, 2014    

The University Singers under the direction of Franklin
Halliburton delivered their Easter production inside the
historic stone chapel at the Mona campus of the
University of the West Indies in St Andrew on Sunday

THE death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was at the fore of the annual Easter Concert presented by the University Singers on Sunday evening. Staged inside the historic stone chapel at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies in St Andrew, the choir treated a fair-sized audience to an enjoyable evening of sacred music. The first half of the presentation featured Théodore Dubois'cantata -- The Seven Last Words of Christ. Under the direction of Franklin Halliburton, soloists ... Read More

Gospel artistes rock the Waterfront

Tuesday, April 22, 2014    

Lubert Levy in action.

THE Pirates Cove Parking lot in downtown Kingston could barely contain the throng that turned out for the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation's (KSAC)'s second staging of Gospel on the Waterfront, on Holy Thursday. The free concert returned with another line-up of popular gospel artistes, who all added their own take of the Word of the Lord through song. Acts such as Lubert Levy brought his old-school style, much to the delight of the audience, while Sister Pat delivered a revivalist performanc ... Read More

Colourful J’ouvert

Tuesday, April 22, 2014    

The crowd enjoying every moment of
Bacchanal Beach J'Ouvert at James Bond
Beach, Oracabessa, last Saturday.

IT was a colourful affair at Smirnoff Bacchanal Beach J’Ouvert held at James Bond Beach in St Mary last Saturday. ‘Paint-decorated’, sun-kissed bodies gyrated to the latest soca beats in the day and, by evening, they were treated to performances by Trinidad’s soca stars Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons. Michael Ammar Jr, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica, was very pleased at the staging. “We’re very satisfied.  Bunji and Fay-Ann were great. The DJs were gr ... Read More

the Waterfront

Rory Daley | Tuesday, April 22, 2014    

It was revival mode for Sister Pat.

reggae vibe, but really hit a high note when to close out his set Kukudoo joined him on stage. Jermaine Edwards and Kevin Downswell arrived one after the other using their more soulful musical tones to sway the receptive crowd. However, it was the closing performance from Evangelist Sandra Brooks that left everyone wanting more. She took the masses into the early morning while delivering songs like Down on my Knees, Did You Stop To Pray, and All the Way. Her ministering didn’t stop with ... Read More

Fans jump to bunji, fay-ann

By Brian Bonitto | Monday, April 21, 2014    

Soca stars Fay-Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin at Smirnoff Bacchanal Beach
J’ouvert held at James Bond Beach in St Mary on Saturday.

BUNJI Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons took the thousands of soca faithful who made the annual pilgrimage to Smirnoff Bacchanal Beach J'ouvert at James Bond Beach in St Mary on a musical high last Saturday. The Trinidad husband-and-wife team — accompanied by the Asylum Vikings Band — had the sea of 'colourful' revellers in a musical frenzy during their hour-and-a-half interactive set. "It's very easy to work with her, as she knows exactly what she wants," Garlin said of his partner, who is ... Read More

NDTC continues legacy

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 21, 2014    

Patrick Earle and Tamara Noel in
Keita-Marie Chamberlain’s
Unconditional Love.

CHOREOGRAPHER Bert Rose's 1997 work Steal Away, was among the works to hold centre stage at the annual Morning of Music and Movement organised by the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) at the Little Theatre in St Andrew, yesterday. The work — performed in tribute to Eddy Thomas, the co-founder of the NDTC who died just over a week ago at the age of 82 — featured ballet mistress Kerry-Ann Henry in the lead role and supported by Marlon Simms, Mark Phinn, Stefanie Thomas and ... Read More

Home T back with album

Cecelia Campbell-Livingston | Monday, April 21, 2014    

HOME T: (from left) Leroy Palmer, Rudolph ‘Ruddy’ Manning and Orville ‘Bagga’ Case.

HOME T, one of the most successful groups of the 1990s, is back with a new album and look. Their latest project, a 16-track set entitled Send Come Call We, was recently released by Reggaeology Music. It is co-produced and arranged by veteran musician Mikey 'Mao' Chung and Rudolph 'Ruddy' Manning. "There is a song on this CD to quench every musical thirst. Every song has its own strength and its own sound," Manning, who is also a member of Home T, told the Jamaica Observer. A cov ... Read More



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