Lupita Nyong’o gives Mavado nod

(L) Lupita Nyong’o
(R) Mavado

ACADEMY Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o is a fan of dancehall music and deejay Mavado. The 32-year-old Kenyan-raised actress revealed her interest in the Jamaican music genre during an interview for Vogue magazine's online feature -- 73 Questions with Lupita Nyong'o -- which was uploaded to its YouTube ... Read More

Banton Juror in Buju’s case guilty of contempt
A Florida Federal judge found a juror in Buju Banton's trial guilty of contempt last Thursday, for r ... Read More

Inner Circle founding members, Roger (left) and Ian Lewis. JC honours stalwarts
NEW YORK, USA -- Pat Chin, co-founder of VP Records, headed a distinguished group of veteran Jamaica ... Read More

Dolora Zajick as Azucena Verdi's Il Trovatore lives up to billing
THE love triangle -- with its attendant characteristics of deception, intrigue and drama -- has alwa ... Read More

Rakkazz rocks Redbones

Wednesday, October 07, 2015    

Rakkazz International Band

KINGSTON'S Redbones Blues Café was jam-packED with high-energy entertainment from Rakkazz International Band, on Friday night. Led by vocalist Janoy Ellis, the Manchester-based, five-year-old aggregation had the Argyle Road live music haunt bubbling with an interactive set that created a night of 'rakkazz'. Starting with Dennis Brown's Promised Land, Ellis performed an entertaining medley of They Know, I'm Moving, New Life and a lot more. The Edna Manley School of the Visual and Perfor ... Read More

Celebrating with Richie B

Wednesday, October 07, 2015    

Dub poet DYCR (right) hails
up birthday boy Richie B.

THERE was no doubt that a large crowd of family, friends and well-wishers would have turned out to celebrate ace broadcaster and businessman Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess’s birthday on September 20. And where better than Richie B’s Liquor Centre on Manning’s Hill Road in the capital city to host this mega event? Yes, you guessed it… KARL MCLARTY, the roving nocturnal JAMAICA OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER, was there and was kept very busy. Read More

Kurry Stain aims for the sky

Tuesday, October 06, 2015    

Kurry Stain

ROOKIE dancehall singjay Kurry Stain says he is enjoying quite a buzz with his latest single, Sky Pree, on JA Productions's Life Support 'Riddim'. "I swear, is a great look. Mi phone a blow up everyday when the song a play. Mi a get a lot of response on my Twitter and Facebook pages," the 21-year-old told the Jamaica Observer. Released last month, the singjay said Sky Pree is a song reminding others that the sky is the limit and that goals can be achieved with hard work. "Speaking about our n ... Read More

AJ, Third World shine at IRAWMA

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, October 06, 2015    

(L) Reggae singer AJ Brown, bearing his award was inducted into
the IRAWMA Hall of Fame at the Bailey Hall in Broward College
in Florida, on Sunday. (PHOTOS: GAIL ZUCKER)
(R) Gospel singer Carlene Davis.

SINGER AJ Brown and Third World received top honours at the 34th annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at the Bailey Hall in Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, Sunday evening. Brown, lead singer of Third World, was inducted into IRAWMA Hall of Fame along with singer/producer singer Ed Robinson. Brown was pleased with the acknowledgement. "It's a milestone for me. This is the first award that I've been given outside of Jamaica. It shows my appeal is expanding, and the fact ... Read More

Lloyd Parks’s new technique

Monday, October 05, 2015    

Lloyd Parks

LIKE many musically-inclined youth in Jamaica during the late 1960s, Lloyd Parks was a big fan of rocksteady music. His group of choice was The Techniques. One of reggae's top bass players, Parks had a stint with the revered vocal group early in his career. He pays tribute to them on his upcoming album, Lloyd Parks Sings The Techniques. "They've always been one of my favourite groups an' seeing that I'm planning to reinstate my vocal career, I decided to do this album," Parks said recently dur ... Read More

Working wonders

Monday, October 05, 2015    


WITH a career spanning more than three decades, singer Wayne Wonder says the key to success is staying relevant. That theory appears to be paying off as his gigs queue up way into next year. "Mi always a do things fi reinvent myself. Mi always a research. Mi always a learn as I'm a student of di music thing," he told the Jamaica Observer from his Florida home. The singer again tests his theory by teaming with deejay Konshens on the single Girl Like You, co-produced by Ricky Blaze and DJ Norie. ... Read More

Wolmer’s Dance Troupe mark milestone

BY ALDANE WALTERS Observer writer | Monday, October 05, 2015    

Members of the
Wolmer’s Dance Troupe
go through their paces.

AFTER 24 years of successful productions, nothing less than excellent would do when the Wolmer's Dance Troupe hosted their 25th season at the Little Theatre in St Andrew recently. It wasn't as spectacular from the get-go, at least on the Saturday when the Jamaica Observer attended. This was due to a few out-of-sync dancers. But as the show progressed, the dances got more interesting and engaging, and in the end, left the audience satisfied. The troupe opened with Twenty-Five Strong, which saw ... Read More

Comedy’s no laughing matter for Jean Paul

Monday, October 05, 2015    

Jean Paul

SEVENTEEN years ago Jean Paul quit his job at the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in Canada to pursue his love for comedy. He has no regrets. "I've been doing live comedy since I left my full-time job in 1998. This is what I have been doing and will continue," the 45-year-old comedian told the Jamaica Observer backstage at last week's FLOW Comedy Café. He was a special guest performer on the series. It was Paul's third appearance in Jamaica. "Comedy is something I have wanted to do from ... Read More

Gramps Morgan adds spice to brand

Sunday, October 04, 2015    

Gramps Morgan launching his sauce on television in Kenya

THERE is more to Gramps Morgan than music. A member of sibling band Morgan Heritage, he has moved into the culinary scene with Gramps Morgan Farm Sauces. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, Morgan said a love for food inspired the decision to create his own sauce. "I've always loved cooking food since the day I saw my father make a sweet potato pudding. After that, a friend of mine said to me I should try farming and I took his advice... I've always liked watching things grow out of th ... Read More

Rebels at heart

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Sunday, October 04, 2015    


FOLLOWING the success of its fourth studio album, Count Me In, journeyman reggae band Rebelution recently released its unplugged version, Count Me In Acoustic. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart with 860 copies sold in its first week. Eric Rachmany, the group's lead vocalist and guitarist, said sales are not an important factor for he and his colleagues. "We enjoy playing acoustically and wanted to release different versions of the songs with the hope that somebody m ... Read More



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