Etana to get unplugged


REGGAE singer Etana will be the headliner for the next We Are Reggae unplugged concert series slated for Beach Bar, Doctor's Cave Bathing Club in Montego Bay, on August 29. "We are excited to present our first female act Etana on August 29. Having had a July 11 We Are Reggae event, which witnessed ... Read More

Patrons at the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest held at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex
in Montego Bay, St James. Crime scares Sumfest patrons
A St James businessman is speculating that the murder of seven persons in that parish recently may h ... Read More

Anju Blaxxx Anju Blaxxx gets bail
JAMAICAN dancehall producer Anju Blaxxx was released on bail after spending close to six months in a ... Read More

DJ Charlie B DJ Charlie B to rock 'Playground'
TORONTO'S DJ Charlie B is guest disc jock rostered for a very Special staging of Appleton Special Ce ... Read More

Vershon to make it Unofficial

Saturday, August 01, 2015    


FAST-RISING singjay Vershon is currently working on his 11-track debut album called Unofficial. "I am really upbeat about this project as persons will get to see my versatility. There is a song for everyone. We have tested the waters and we now believe it's time to give the fans locally and internationally a collection to listen to," he said. In addition to the title track, Vershon said that the project will feature a mixture of known and new songs, including Open Relationship, Inna Real Life, ... Read More

A pioneer gets his due

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Saturday, August 01, 2015    

Sonny Roberts

OF the many Jamaicans who made their mark in the British music industry during the 1960s and 1970s, Sonny Roberts may be the most unheralded. Roberts finally gets his due this evening at the 18th Tribute To The Greats show at the Chinese Benevolent Association in St Andrew. Dubbed 'The British Connection', it honours a number of Jamaicans who helped put Caribbean music on the map in the United Kingdom. Roberts, who moved to the UK in the late 1950s, was the first Jamaican to open a recording ... Read More

Freedom Fe Who? kicks off today

Saturday, August 01, 2015    

“FREEDOM FE WHO?” Even in hard times, survivors of
slavery could “tek bad sinting mek laugh”.

THE Little Theatre Movement's (LTM) continues its tradition this year with Freedom Fe Who? which will be showcased today -- Emancipation Day -- at the Little Theatre in St Andrew. According to the LTM's Barbara Gloudon, the work is a celebration of an important part of Jamaican history. "The Pantomime Company pays respect to Emancipation with a production highlighting, not only the day, but what came after, hence the title: "Freedom Fe Who?" The production is the latest in the LTM's Heritage ... Read More

No raining on SPF Forever Beach's parade

Saturday, August 01, 2015 6:53 PM    

0223: The patrons enjoying SPF Forever Beach at Dunn’s River Falls Beach, St Ann. (Photos: Rory Daley)

ST ANN, Jamaica – Not even a light drizzle could stop SPF Forever Beach at Dunn’s River Falls and Park in St Ann, the first of SPF Weekend’s three parties which continues today with A-List Wet at the Jewel Lagoon Water Rark, Runaway Bay. “We are happy that we were still able to deliver to our patrons despite the weather,” Harvey Lyn, SPF Weekend co-promoter told OBSERVER ONLINE. The venue was packed and patrons could be seen dancing to the tunes of DJ Cruise and C ... Read More

Family feud at Bobbi Kristina's funeral

Saturday, August 01, 2015 5:17 PM    

Leolah Brown talks with media members outside the church hosting a funeral service for her brother Bobby Brown's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Saturday. (Photo: AP)

ALPHARETTA, (AP) — The ongoing tensions between the families of the late megastar Whitney Houston and her ex-husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown, erupted Saturday during a memorial service for their daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Bobbi Kristina, who dreamed of growing up to achieve fame like her mother, died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. A longstanding rift between families of the young w ... Read More

Chaplin backs out

Saturday, August 01, 2015    


DEEJAY Charlie Chaplin, who was scheduled to perform at the two-day Reggae Geel Festival in Belgium alongside old sparring partners Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry, has been declared a no-show by promoters. "Unfortunately, we have to announce Charlie Chaplin has cancelled his performance at Reggae Geel since he refused to take his flight to Belgium. His management tried to convince him to perform anyway but this didn't work out. Brigadier Jerry and Josey Wales did reach Belgium and will be play ... Read More

Let’s Go Dancin’ in Nain

Saturday, August 01, 2015    

LET'S Go Dancin', the popular oldies party, moves to the Alpart Sports Club in Nain, St Elizabeth this evening. Show organiser Michael Barnett and the Kiwanis Club of Santa Cruz are joint promoters of the event which starts at 5:00 pm. Barnett started Let's Go Dancin' in April 2010. It has been held in Kingston, major towns such as Ocho Rios and Hopewell, Hanover as well as Clark, New Jersey, USA. The series celebrated its 25th anniversary in May with a show at The Deck in St Andrew. Read More

Fuzzy Franklin is dead

Friday, July 31, 2015 11:15 PM    

Fuzzy Franklin

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Bacchanal’s costume creator Earl ‘Fuzzy’ Franklin died earlier this morning in a Kingston hospital. Michael Ammar Jr, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica and proprietor Ammar’s retail stores, confirmed Franklin’s passing. Ammar was, however, unable to give the details of his death. “I’ve known him for 20 years and we’ve been partners for 17. All of us involved at Bacchanal are devastated by the loss. He is irreplaceable,&r ... Read More

Charly Blacks, the Party Animal

Friday, July 31, 2015    

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 shows, is surprised at the renewed interest in Party Animal. "We did the song a while now and I have been getting a lot of feedback from persons around the world about how well it is doing. Promoters fr ... Read More

Sizzla leads August Town revival

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, July 31, 2015    


SIZZLA is working to bring cultural and historical awareness within his August Town community through his Sizzla Youth Foundation. The artiste is spearheading month-long celebrations for the August Town Emancipation Birthday, commemorating 177 years since the St Andrew community was officially established. "It is paramount that we remind the youths of the community where they are from and the rich history and tradition which they must uphold. They must be aware of the strong links to the fight ... Read More



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