Entertainment

Ninja gives Magnum contestants nod

Skillarchy (left), who exited the competition last Saturday, shares lens time with guest judge Ninja Man (centre) and Mark Telfer, brand manager of Magnum Tonic Wine.

NINJA Man had high marks for last Saturday’s staging of Magnum Kings and Queens Competition held at the D’Entrance on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew. The veteran deejay was a guest judge on the weekly televised contest. “Ah the best Magnum show dis. Accid did have the wickedes ... Read More

Tony Rebel Rebel rallies for Liberation
VETERAN reggae singjay Tony Rebel is this evening’s headliner for the Fifth Annual African Lib ... Read More

Kristina Newby is Portland Festival Queen
NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Kristina Newby was crowned Miss Portland Festival Queen 2016 at Port Antonio High ... Read More

Bumpin Uglies Bumpin Uglies debuts on Billboard
MARLAND-BASED three-member band Bumpin Uglies scores its first entry on the Billboard Reggae album c ... Read More

Sizzla joins hand in community projects

Tuesday, May 24, 2016    

Sizzla Kalonji in performance at Redemption Live, held at Sabina Park in Kingston, on Sunday

Sizzla has broadened his Sizzla Youth Foundation by working with like-minded organisations in the community of August Town. The Foundation will coordinate with the University of the West Indies (UWI), Social Development Commission (SDC), Citizen Security and Justice Programme, Project Management Institute and the August Town police on several projects. On May 18, the parties had their first meeting at Sizzla’s Judgment Yard, in August Town. They discussed plans for the 178th Emancipation ... Read More

Dirty dancing

By Simone Morgan Observer reporter | Tuesday, May 24, 2016    

Choreographer Orville Hall

Choreographer Orville Hall is outraged at the latest ‘dance’ trend which sees the manhandling of females by male dancers. “That is not dancing, it is the abuse of women. It is very disrespectful to the females,” Hall told the Jamaica Observer. Videos of popular male dancers ripping the clothes off a female and gyrating wildly on her as she tries to flee have made social media rounds this month. After coming under fire from social media users, one of the dancers issued ... Read More

14 vying for Ms Universe Ja NE title

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Tuesday, May 24, 2016    

Contestants in the 2016 Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Miss Universe Jamaica North East pageant in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on Saturday.

Under the theme ‘Enhancing Lives Through Beauty’, 14 contestants participating in the 2016 Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Miss Universe Jamaica North East pageant were sashed by their respective sponsors on Saturday evening. The occasion was held at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann. The females, whose ages range between 18 and 26 years, were chosen from several casting calls conducted on the north coast. According to franchise holder Shelle Parchment, cast ca ... Read More

Good forecast for Sol the Weatherman

Tuesday, May 24, 2016    

Sol the Weatherman

Deejay Sol (aka Weatherman) has covered a lot of ground in his 10-year career --- some Rhythm and Blues, a lot of hip hop and now dancehall. The lanky toaster turned to the sound he grew up on last year, relocating to Jamaica after 14 years living in the United States. According to Sol, getting ‘street cred’ at home is important. “Is great doing hip hop an’ R&B yuh nuh, but dancehall is my culture. So, last year mi decide fi mek a sacrifice an’ come back in,& ... Read More

I Zebulun eyes chart glory

Monday, May 23, 2016    

I Zebulun

Anyone who has been on the Portmore dance scene over the past five years should be familiar with singer I Zebulun, one of the ‘Sunshine City’s’ best-kept secrets. Recently, the roots artiste has made an attempt to introduce his “pure, spiritual, and divine” sound to a wider audience. Those traits can be heard in Be My Strength and Victimize, produced by DJ Karim for Stainless Records and Real Links Productions, respectively. The songs, both released this year, re ... Read More

Zamunda’s grand plan

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Zamunda (Bryan Cummings)

LAST week when Finance Minister Audley Shaw outlined the Government’s tax plan during the budget debate in parliament, singjay Zamunda was mulling over his own numbers. The St Ann artiste’s new song, Two Grand, has gained momentum due to its focus on how the average Jamaican can survive on $2,000 per week. Given the rising cost of basic food items, Zamunda is not surprised his song has hit a nerve with the working class. “To them, two grand imperative, due to fluctuations of ... Read More

Kranical celebrating mothers

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Kranical (delroy ledgister)

GROWING up, deejay Kranical remembers the struggles his mother went through to keep bread on the table. Her untiring actions have provided the inspiration for his recently released single Mama (Single Mothers Dedication). “This song is very important to me because throughout all my mistakes, my mother has been there for me. There were times when I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from and she came through. She’s been like my guardian angel through it all,” Kran ... Read More

Stephen Marley’s set to bear fruit

Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley is set to release his fourth studio album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, on July 22. The release is scheduled to come at the end of a 44-city, United States coast-to-coast run, which is slated to begin in Redway, California on Thursday, May 26 and ends in New Orleans on July 24. Produced by Marley, the 23-track digital set boasts songs including Rock Stone, featuring Capleton and Sizzla; Ghetto Boy featuring Bounty Killer & Cobra, and Scars On My Feet with Waka Fl ... Read More

Roots, rock, reggae festivals

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Patrons at Reggae Geel in Belgium.

INTERNATIONAL reggae festivals during summer are becoming a strong pull for local reggae acts. Europe is where it all happens for the majority of established Jamaican reggae artistes. Rototom Sunsplash set for Benicassim, Spain, from August 13 to 20, has an enviable roster of Jamaican acts. The line-up is headed by Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley. He is ably supported by Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Kabaka Pyramid, Inner Circle, Jah 9, Agent Sasco, ... Read More

‘Powerful’ concert on June 5

Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity Show will boast a new venue and new faces. The event — now in its 16th staging — is slated for Douglas Orane Auditorium, Wolmer’s Boys’ School, National Heroes Circle in Kingston, Sunday, June 5. Showtime is scheduled for 5:00 pm. “We have at least three internationally renowned personalities, one of whom is a ‘friend of Jamaica’‚ who will be flying in specially to perform on the show. We feel honoure ... Read More



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