Charly Blacks, the Party Animal

Charly Black

EIGHT months after its release, Party Animal by singjay Charly Black is enjoying a resurgence. Produced by Kurt Riley for Techniques Records, Party Animal is featured on the Jambe-an 'riddim' and is distributed in Europe by French company P2S Records. Black, who is currently in Africa for some sho ... Read More

Sizzla Sizzla leads August Town revival
SIZZLA is working to bring cultural and historical awareness within his August Town community throug ... Read More

Lady Saw Hensley's Summa Escape
CANADA-BASED recording label Konsequence Muzik is upbeat about the progress of their rhythm called S ... Read More

Judy-Ann Morgan (centre), winner of the inaugural Bikini Contest, is flanked by (from left) Diedre
Lewis, fourth place finisher — Fit Farm; Tara Fong Yee, third place — Giscombe’s Gym and
Wellness Centre; Diandra Gilbert, second place — Gymkhana; and Rachel Chong, fifth —
Giscombe’s Gym and Wellness Centre. Judy-Ann Morgan tops Bikini Contest
JUDY-ANN Morgan walked away as winner in the inaugural Bikini Contest held at the American Internati ... Read More

Sticking to the roots

Friday, July 31, 2015    

Ras Teo

AMID the throng of Rastafarians at Sizzla's Judgement Yard in August Town Wednesday, Ras Teo's bald pate stood out. The American singer was shooting a video for Hands Up For Africa, a song he recently recorded with Sizzla. It will be on Ras Teo's next album, the follow-up to Bredda Daniel which was released in June. It is the 36-year-old's first visit to Jamaica. While in Kingston, he did recording sessions with veteran musicians, including drummer Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace, percussionist Bon ... Read More

Good times for G Mandingo

Friday, July 31, 2015    

 G Mandingo

DESPITE setbacks due to health issues, G Mandingo is moving ahead with his career. He is promoting his latest single, Everything Good, which features singer Aksel. The song is produced by Ying & Yeng Productions. "This new single is getting a fair amount of support; I am very pleased with the response it is getting," said G Mandingo. Last year, the deejay put his career on hold after it was disovered he had a brain tumour and diabetes. Following months of treatment, he has made a full rec ... Read More

Free the herb, Finally

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Friday, July 31, 2015    

Jesse Royal

JESSE Royal has released a new video for two songs addressing the legalisation of ganja in Jamaica. The songs are Gimmie Likkle and Finally. Gimmie Likkle is produced by Notis Productions while Finally is produced by Biggy Music. "We need to start researching our own resources if we really want to start to build a productive nation. The herb need fi legalise, yuh know!" Jesse Royal exclaimed. Directed by Jay Will for Game Over Films, the video depicts a world where there is total freedom for ... Read More

Ras Emmanuel yearns for home

Friday, July 31, 2015    

Ras Emmanuel

JUST ahead of Jamaica's Emancipation and Independence, New Jersey-based deejay Ras Emmanuel has released a patriotic single called Love Mi Island Jamaica. The catchy anthem is on the Central Village Voice Records label, and produced by Nasir Gowdie and recorded at Imark Music Studios in Maplewood, New Jersey. "This new single is about the burning desire that Jamaicans overseas have to go back home, especially around this time of the year," said Ras Emmanuel. "And although the song was created ... Read More

Markus's on track

Friday, July 31, 2015    

Markus's on track

Markus Records has been enjoying success with the recent release of the On Fleek riddim. "I have a lot of new works in the pipeline, from D'east and my brother, Jahazeil's EP which features only new songs will be dropping soon," said producer Markus Myrie, son of Buju Banton. "I have high hopes and expectations for the current work I'm doing. I'm sure all releases will make a mark and will be appreciated by fans all over the world." The riddim features acts including I Octane and Vanessa Bli ... Read More

Bamson’s new lease on life

Friday, July 31, 2015    


A few months ago deejay Bamson made waves with Tell Yuh Madda. The song earned him a recording contract with Claims Records, the label that brought deejay Gully Bop to national prominence. Since hitting pay dirt with Tell Yuh Madda, Bamson said he has seen a change in fortunes. "I'm getting more requests for appearances, dub plates and recording for other producers. The journey has been rough, but no matter what I am still hanging in there." Born Mark Morgan, Bamson is originally from Gregory ... Read More

Versatile’s made it

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

made it

DANCEHALL artiste Versatile will be releasing his EP titled Made It on iTunes this Friday, July 31st. According to the deejay, the EP features nine songs that will resonate will with each listener. "A lot of thoughts was placed into each track. It's movitational and the my growth as an artiste is highlighted throughout the entire mixtape," he said. Other than the track listings are songs such as System Set a Way, Fly, Made It (remix) which features Popcaan and Yesterday. "The title track has ... Read More

Davis finds glory on billboard

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Carlene Davis

CARLENE Davis has had a number of highs in a 40-year career. This week, she chalked up another milestone. Her Dripping Blood album, released by VP Records in March, is at number three on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart, behind the much-touted The Cure by singer Jah Cure. It is Davis' 10th gospel album and her 25th overall. Not even in a fruitful secular career did she have a Billboard entry this high. She told the Jamaica Observer that that is what makes Dripping Blood's rise even more satis ... Read More

Wet Dreams delivers

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

AS promised, the 10th staging of Charley's JB Overproof Rum 'Wet Dreams' all-white party, created the ultimate atmosphere in Negril, last Saturday. The event was billed as a curtain raiser for Appleton Special Dream Weekend scheduled for August 5 to 9. Party promoter Densil Scott said the annual event held at Chances Beach was successful. "The turnout was very good. Jamaicans were very supportive of the event. There were many visitors from outside of the parish, the all-white theme was well-a ... Read More

Rita Marley to get Living Legends Award

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Rita Marley

REGGAE singer Rita Marley will be this year's recipient of the Living Legends Award from the African Women of Excellence Awards (AWEA) Committee. The ceremony will be held at the African Women of Excellence Awards Empowerment Banquet at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on September 12. Marley, who is the widow of reggae singer Bob Marley, said the honour came as a surprise. "I was not expecting this award. I know I've done hard work, to God be the glory," she told the Jamaica Observer. ... Read More



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