Hats off to A Hat Affair

Gregory Isaacs

THE life and legacy of Gregory Isaacs was celebrated at the Blue Essence, inside the Kings Plaza, in Constant Spring, St Andrew on Sunday night. The event, A Hat Affair, was to celebrate the Cool Ruler's 63rd birthday. The evening's anthem was Isaacs' big hit Love Is Overdue, which was performed f ... Read More

SEAN PAUL... set to perform with Enrique Iglesias Sean Paul for Good Morning America
Television networks in the United States continue to see performances by Jamaican artistes. In the ... Read More

(L-R )Kevin Downswell and DJ Nicholas Denbigh gospel show for Sunday
KEVIN Downswell has joined the line-up of acts for the Denbigh Gospel Extravaganza 2014 set for the ... Read More

Celebrating Ja in Dubai
JAMAICANS celebrate the country's 52nd year as a sovereign state on August 6. Three days later, the ... Read More

Literary festival added to Independence celebrations

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

The Aunty Roachy Festival will feature tributes to folklorist
Miss Lou.

IN an effort to develop and promote Jamaican narrative in most of its forms, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will be staging The Aunty Roachy Film, Television and Literary Festival next Tuesday, August 5, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Commencing at 12 noon, the festival will kick off with a book fair themed, 'Lunchtime book stew'. This will feature book launches, play and dramatic readings, an open mic poetry slam, the JCDC creative writing showcase, and a tribu ... Read More

All set for International DANCEHALL QUEEN

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, July 31, 2014    

International Dancehall Queen promoter Brian Martin (centre) makes a point to Kingsley Cooper, chairman of the
Entertainment Advisory Board (left) and Robert Russell of the Pier One Complex at the launch of International Dancehall
Queen held at the Mosino Gaming Lounge, Catherine Hall, last week. (PHOTO: ALAN LEWIN)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — All is now in place for what is expected to be the biggest staging of International Dancehall Queen to be held at Pier One Entertainment Complex, Montego Bay this Saturday, August 2. The 18th staging of the Big Head Promotion event will see more than 25 female contestants showing their best dancehall moves as they vie for the over $1million in prizes. Jamaican girls will be up against contestants from South Africa, Japan, Slovakia, Poland, Sweden, Spain, the Unite ... Read More

Western Entertainment Diary 

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 Beach Rave 2:00 pm-9:00 pm. Wavz Beach, Negril Adm: $3,500 Music by JusJay, Kamal Bankay, Chromatic Smirnoff Twisted Spiritz Cayenne Beach, Negril 10:00 pm-4:00 am. Adm: $3,500 LIME presents MoBay Jerk Festival, Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre, Montego Bay. Gates open at 10:00 am. Adm: Adults $800 pre-sold, at the gate $1,000, Children under 12 FREE Ole School After Work Fridays, Norman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue, MoBay, from 5:00 pm-2:00 am. Sparta Fridays, Donway ... Read More

Sean Paul to perform with Enrique Iglesias on Good Morning America

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:00 PM    

Enrique Iglesias (centre) with Descemer Bueno (left) and Sean Paul after the NBC performance.

The two, along with Descemer Bueno recently performed ‘Bailando’ live on NCB's America's Got Talent.   Enrique tapped Sean Paul for the English version of his hit ‘Bailando’ and they also performed together at the Macy's Day Parade in New York on July 4. ‘Bailando’, done in Spanish and features Bueno, has moved into the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Read More

Sales spike for Chronixx after Tonight Show

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 4:56 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- One week after performing on NBC’sTonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, reggae singer Chronixx experienced a sales boost for his EP Dread & Terrible and the song Here Comes Trouble. Dread & Terrible, which was released in April, sold 2,092 copies since last July 22 (when Chronixx appeared on 'Tonight') for total sales of 4,790 copies. Two weeks earlier, only 367 copies were sold. That surge has pushed Dread & Terrible into the number one spot on the Billboard R ... Read More

Ailey II for Jamaica show

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Ailey II performing the company’s
signature work Revelations. (PHOTO:

AILEY II, the adjunct dance troupe of the world-famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from the United States, is scheduled to perform here in Jamaica come September. This was disclosed by Troy Powell, artistic director of Ailey II, who was recently in Jamaica to take in the opening night of the 52nd season of dance of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC). “We are so excited to come perform here,” Powell told the Jamaica Observer. “We are looking forward to performi ... Read More

'Wonderful, but frightening'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

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photograph with
Tonight Show host
Jimmy Fallon on his
Facebook page following
his appearance on the
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REGGAE star on-the-rise Chronixx is still the subject of conversation following his performances on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last Tuesday and a subsequent concert in New York's Central Park at the weekend. In a recent interview with National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States, the Here Comes Trouble singer noted that he was nervous when performing on the late-night TV show. "It was wonderful, but frightening, because I knew that everyone in Jamaica was watching, and i ... Read More

Spice ready for Dream Live

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    


DREAM Live — the performance event during the week of parties — returns to Smirnoff Dream Weekend, set for Negril from August 1-6. On Tuesday, August 5, female deejay Spice will be among those taking to the Dream Live stage at Cayenne Beach in Negril. "I feel great to be a headline act on Dream Live this year. My birthday is on the same day so it will also be a celebration for me," said Spice. She promises her usual 'spicy' performance and is confident that her fans will not be di ... Read More

Ja prepares to step it up

Cecelia Campbell-Livingston | Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Attack Dem Squad, winners
of the 2013 championship.

ON Monday, Jamaica will begin its quest to regain the World Reggae Dance Championship at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew. The action is slated for an 8:00 pm start. Juliet Cowan-Morgan, competition coordinator at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, thinks the Jamaica contingent might have the chops this year. “The vibe is great, the enthusiasm is high. Last week, we had one week of intensive workshop with all the finalists and the feedback is good,” ... Read More

Lady Gaga readies jazz CD

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Lady Gaga

NEW YORK, NY (AP) — Lady Gaga is a bona fide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop. Gaga has spent two years recording an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett called Cheek to Cheek, to be released September 23. "You know, it's funny, but jazz comes a little more comfortable for me than pop music, than R&B music," Gaga said in an interview Monday. "I've sung jazz since I was 13 years old, which is kind of like my little secret that Tony found out. ... Read More



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