EDX lives up to billing

EDX party fans going wild for Lema’s performance.

APPLETON Estate Jamaica Rum's EDX (Electronic Dance Xposed) cemented itself as the premiere electronic dance music (EDM) festival in the island last Saturday at the Kingston Polo Club, St Andrew, with a raft of international talent from the popular genre. "For this edition, we have countless surpri ... Read More

Movie reel Lights, camera, film fest
JAMAICAN film-makers are being urged to see the industry as a business and work towards understandin ... Read More

Larry Katz Experts for film fest
A full roster of experts is slated for the workshops of the inaugural Jamaica Promotions Corporatio ... Read More

Busy Signal sets record straight. Busy Signal sets record straight
Dancehall artiste Busy Signal said he was unaware of a debt that resulted in him being arrested in T ... Read More

Ancient Priest is Festival song winner

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 06, 2015    

Jamaica Festival Song winner Ancient Priest (right) collecting his prize
from Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s board chairman
Aston Cooke at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in
St Andrew, on Saturday. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON)

IT was celebration time for Lee-Roy 'Ancient Priest' Johnson as he won the top spot at Saturday's staging of Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Jamaica Festival Song Competition. Based on the applause inside the tightly packed Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, it was clear that Ancient Priest was one of the favourites in the competition. During the performance of his single Celebration Time, almost everyone stood and danced to the lyrics. The cheers grew even loud ... Read More

Things 'tun up' for Paul Elliott

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Entertainer Nadine Sutherland (right) shares stage with Paul
Elliott at his album launch at Reggae City Bar on Camp Road in
Kingston, recently.

PAUL Elliott launched his album, Reggae Music TUN Up, recently at Reggae City Bar, Camp Road, in Kingston. The event, a joint production of the singer, Stronger Productions, and Big Stone Records, also saw Lifetime Achievements Awards being presented to four cultural stalwarts -- 92-year-old Garveyite, Queen Mother Mariam Samad, singers Bunny Wailer and Fred Locks, and percussionist Bongo Herman. "When I decided to do this launch, I said to myself, 'I couldn't do it without honouring the people ... Read More

Busy Signal arrested, released in T&T

Monday, July 06, 2015    


DANCEHALL artiste Busy Signal was released after being arrested in Trinidad Saturday night after failing to repay over US$37,000 due to a local promoter for the past two years. According to the Trinidad Express website , the singjay was arrested at his hotel shortly before he was slated to perform at Together As One concert. The entertainer was hauled before the Port of Spain High Court following an emergency hearing with Justice Rahim, who issued the warrant for Busy Signal's arrest. The art ... Read More

Policeman finds gold in The Netherlands

Monday, July 06, 2015    

(L) Konshens
(R) Eva Simmons

POLICEMAN, the song by Dutch singer Eva Simons featuring Konshens, has been certified gold in The Netherlands for sales of over 15,000 copies. The song is currently number seven in that country, number one in Israel, and Suriname, and number 31 in Belgium. Policeman is produced by Dutch musician Sidney Samson. Born to a Dutch father and mother from Suriname, 30-year-old Simons grew up in Amsterdam and is a former member of the group Raffish. She is a major name in European Electronic Dance M ... Read More


By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Junior Reid

SINCE leaving Black Uhuru in 1985, Junior Reid had spent considerable time out of Jamaica and had not had a massive hit song in his homeland during that period. He broke that drought with One Blood. The 1990 cry for unity among warring factions throughout the world has become his signature, winning him fans among a new generation of dancehall and hip hop diehards. One Blood has been sampled by hip hop acts like Wu Tang Clan and The Game, and is a rallying cry for ghetto youth in Jamaica. "One ... Read More

Panama Canal connections

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Alexis Sandoval, Panamanian ambassador to Jamaica, points to a picture of the current expansion
of the Panama Canal, which is scheduled for completion in 2016. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

HUNDREDS of Jamaicans made the arduous trek to central America in early 1900s to assist in the construction of the Panama Canal. These tales are brought back to life in Panama Canal Stories, which makes its debut at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) Film Festival at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Wednesday at 8:30 pm. The film fest begins Tuesday and continues until Saturday. "Panama Canal Stories relates the survival experience of Jamaicans and other Caribbean nation ... Read More

HBO Channels Jampro?

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Javier Figueras (right), HBO Latin America corporate vice-president of affiliate sales, peruses a copy of the
Jamaica Observer newspaper while his colleagues Jonathan Baker, vice-president of corporate affairs, and
Melody Regalado, communications coordinator, look on. The occasion was a season three premiere of its hit
series, Ray Donovan, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on Thursday. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON)

AMERICAN cable television network, Home Box Office (HBO) Latin America said it is willing to work with Jamaican stakeholders in getting their content aired, once certain requirements are met. "We'd be more than happy," Javier Figueras, corporate vice-president of affiliate sales, told the Sunday Observer. The HBO executive hosted local media Thursday for the season three premiere of its hit series Ray Donovan at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. The new season starts July 13. Figueras w ... Read More

Artists in transition

BY LESLIE-ANNE JOHNSON Contributor | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Sashawana Buckland’s Perception Series.

RE-VOLVE, a contemporary art exhibition hosted by the Olympia Gallery, features the works of emerging Jamaican artists. It was one of the events on the Kingston On The Edge (KOTE) Urban Art Festival. This is the second year of participation Olympia Gallery's. All artists -- Taj Francis, Kyle Kegan Wright, Sashawana Buckland and Naceacia Dixon -- are fresh faces to the space and were chosen by event manager Abigail Smith. Her choices were based on the youthfulness of the artist, the want for ... Read More

Reggae meets jazz at Kings Theatre

Sunday, July 05, 2015    

(L) Monty Alexander
in performance.
(R) Beres Hammond.

REGGAE Jazz Fest, a show with Monty Alexander and Beres Hammond, is part of the comeback season for the storied Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The show is scheduled for August 1 when Jamaicans celebrate Emancipation Day. Built in 1929 as the Loew's Kings Theatre, it was a popular spot for vaudeville and movie-goers before closing in 1977. It re-opened in February after renovation of almost US$100 million with a concert by Diana Ross. The theatre is located at Flatbush ... Read More

Chris Brown or TI may replace Rick Ross at Sumfest

Sunday, July 05, 2015 11:58 AM    

Chris Brown

ST JAMES, Jamaica — Organisers of Reggae Sumfest have renewed their efforts to get American R&B singer Chris Brown to perform at this year’s staging of the festival, as a replacement for hip hop artiste, Rick Ross, who is also an American. Late last week, Summerfest Promotions, organisers of the annual event, reported that Ross, who is currently facing kidnapping and assault charges in the United States, has been dropped from the festival's line-up due to "circumstances beyond t ... Read More



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