Entertainment

Isha Blender’s Epiphany

Isha Blender

ISHA Williams was a toddler in the early 1990s, a period of cultural awareness in dancehall led by a phalanx of artistes, including her father, Everton Blender. Strongly influenced by his message, she followed his path into music as Isha Blender. Her first EP, Epiphany, will be released in October. ... Read More

Boris Gardiner in performance at Action For Charity held at Fab 5 headquarters on Springvale Avenue in Kingston, on Saturday. (Photos: Lionel Rookwood) Acts turn out for charity
ORGANISERS of Action For Charity benefit concert are pleased with Saturday night’s inaugural s ... Read More

Kirk Bennett Rub a dub with Kirk Bennett
Touring with Beres Hammond and an hectic session schedule took up much of Kirk Bennett’s time ... Read More

The launch was held at the Bahia Principe Jamaica Resort in Runaway Bay under the distinguished patronage of Carmen Rives, charge d’ affaires at the Spanish Embassy in Jamaica who expounded on the importance of wine to the Spanish, and welcomed this new business partnership between Jamaican and Spanish investors. (Picasa) Cervantes Celebration at Redbones on Thursday
THE Embassy of Spain, in partnership with the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation and the Edna Manley School ... Read More

SOJA goes live

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Reggae group SOJA

American reggae band SOJA releases its first live album on Friday. Titled SOJAH: Live In Virginia, the 14-track set includes songs from the eight-piece unit’s studio albums. Percussionist Ken Brownell spoke about the album in an interview with the Jamaica Observer. “The fact is that our live show is the foundation of SOJA and our fan base has been eagerly waiting for us to put out a live album,” he said. Live In Virginia was recorded at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Pe ... Read More

Althea Laing marks another milestone

Turn to LAING on Page 58 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Althea Laing

SHE came into the nation’s consciousness back in 1985, after winning the Miss Jamaica Fashion Model competition. Althea Laing would later blaze a trail as the first local model to grace not one, but two covers of the popular American glossy Essence. Today, Laing — a mother of two and grandmother to five — is closing a chapter on a career in the classroom as a teacher of English. Having turned 60 year’s old earlier this year, she is now on pre-retirement leave, but looks ... Read More

Jody Kay James — a year later

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Jody-Kaye James

SUNDAY, September 27, 2015 will go down in Jody Kay James’ memory as the night her life changed forever. “Winning Digicel Rising Stars last year was surreal experience. I think we (the finalists) gave rising stars a revamp. I think the show took a positive turn for the first time in a long time,” James toldJamaica Observer. Since winning the popular television singing competition, the 24-year-old James got married. As part of her prize package, she attended a two-week songwr ... Read More

Marilyn’s fuming at playlists

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Marilyn

Marilyn, the Jamaica-born singer who emerged during the ‘new romantic’ age of British music during the 1980s, says radio stations have narrowed their playlists in recent years to favour pop stars like Rihanna and Justin Bieber. In an interview with IBTimes UK, the singer bemoaned the lack of diversity on the airwaves, compared to 30 years ago when listeners were given multiple choices. “[Years ago] the radio stations would play a lot of different stuff and people would choose what they ... Read More

Auresia’s On The Road Again

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Auresia

Canada’s reggae singer Auresia’s On The Road Again is the first single from her upcoming album Raices. Released earlier this month, the single shares the singer’s personal experience and feelings that she has encountered while on tour. “I found the song during a night-time jam by the fire on the beach on a cross-Canada tour on Hornby Island,” she told the Jamaica Observer. “After travelling and touring for the past several years, I have been to many places ... Read More

Cecil Cooper’s funeral on Wednesday

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Cecil Cooper

THE thanksgiving service for artist and tenor, Cecil Cooper is set for next Wednesday, September 28, at the University Chapel, Mona campus. Starting time is 2:00 pm. Cooper died on September 5, just a week after being conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD), for his invaluable contribution to the arts. For many, Cooper was the artist who sang, while others argue he was the singer who painted. Whatever the conclusion, it is clear that he made an impact in these tw ... Read More

Ryan Willis has the Remedy

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Ryan Willis

Being the son of Noel and Shirley Willis of popular gospel group Grace Thrillers, Ryan Willis is breaking tradition. The Florida-based singer has recently released his debut reggae single calledRemedy. A collaboration with singjay Javada, Willis said the song has a very sexual theme. “It is not derogotary but it is also not recommended for the ears of children. It’s basically saying that I have the sexual remedy and satisfaction is guaranteed once a female gets that close to me,&r ... Read More

Shat him a box

Tony Robinson | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

What sudden anger’s this? How have I reap’d it? He parted frowning from me, as if ruin Leap’d from his eyes. – Shakespeare, Henry VIII, 111, 2 Maybe those words were spoken by a man who was just slapped in the face by his woman. Although, instead of asking her what anger’s this, he may blurt out, “Is what yu box me fah, is wha me do yu?” As you may or may not know, the word box is another word for a slap. So when you slap someone in the face the Ja ... Read More

Kartel is King on Billboard

Saturday, September 24, 2016    

Vybz Kartel’s latest album King of the Dancehall is currently the top-selling album from a dancehall artiste on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. According to Nielsen Music which tracks sales in North America, King of the Dancehall has, to date, sold 3,249 copies since its release 15 weeks ago. It sits at number 19 from the latest tally. The album debuted at number two in June. Over the past week, the album moved 54 copies. The week before it sold 93 copies. The other dancehall album r ... Read More

Action for Charity tonight

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, September 24, 2016    

Gabriele Clarke (second right), a representative of Action Speaks Louder Than Words, addressing the gathering at the launch of Action For Charity at Printware Online Jamaica Limited on Hagley Park Road, Kingston, on Wednesday. Looking on are (from left) Fab 5’s Frankie Campbell; Jan Groeppel, president of Action Speaks Louder Than Words; and Richard Walker, chairman of Printware Online Jamaica. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

THIS evening, vintage artistes are slated to take the stage at Action For Charity scheduled for Fab 5 headquarters, 11 Springvale Avenue in Kingston. The Mighty Diamonds, Boris Gardiner, The Heptones, The Silvertones, Orville “Bagga” Case (formerly of Home T), Fab 5, Bongo Herman and Charmaine Limonious are rostered to perform. Showtime is 8:00 pm. Co-organiser Jan Groeppel, president of Germany-based Action Speaks Louder Than Words, said vintage acts are under-appreciated in Jama ... Read More



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