Etana reaps what she sews

Two models
looks from
Etana’s skirt

This is the fifth in a 10-part series looking at entertainers who have moved into business outside their industry. SHE burst onto the music scene in 2007. Her biting lyrics, endearing vocals and pleasing personality have made Etana a household name in Jamaica. Tracks such as Wrong Address, Warri ... Read More

DJ Flexi DJ Flexi, MD
WHILE in his teens, Franz Collins would often 'fool around' the virtual DJ software on his home comp ... Read More

Ibo Cooper Ganja law concerns JaRIA
THE Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) is taking issue with certain sections of the recent ... Read More

Gyptian Gyptian's addicted to love
Gyptian has teamed with Canada's Konsequence Muzik label for the song, Addicted to Your Love which i ... Read More

Great sets, low turnout at Mango Jam

Friday, April 24, 2015    


THE second staging of Tropicana Tropics Mango Jam, held on the grounds of the Little London High School in Westmoreland last Sunday, had impressive performances from Kip Rich, Busy Signal and gospel artiste Kevin Downswell. But organisers say they were unhappy with the level of support from the community for the event which formed part of a fund- raising activities to aid the school in acquiring a bus. "We are a little disappointed in the poor showing from the community and the paucity of supp ... Read More

Partying for a cause

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Sandra Samuels-Reid

ROTARY clubs of New Kingston and St Andrew North will be hosting Rotary & Friends at the Hope Zoo in St Andrew tonight. Sandra Samuels-Reid, Rotary club of St Andrew North president-elect for 2015/2016, said the event will act as a major fund-raiser for the clubs. "We will be using the proceeds to get equipment for the woodwork programme at Alpha Boys' Institute. We're also planning to set up a barbering programme at the school, so we will need equipment and tools for that programme," said ... Read More

DJ Xplicit hits the mark

Friday, April 24, 2015    

DJ Xplicit

PRODUCER/disc jockey DJ Xplicit has scored with his latest production, the Love Breeze beat and album which hears him on songs with a number of artistes, including Laza Morgan, Chris Marsh, Red Fox and Guyanese singer Timeka Marshall. The various artistes compilation debuted at number two on the American iTunes Reggae chart. It also charted on iTunes in Bermuda, and the United Kingdom. The tracks on the Love Breeze include Wine Your Body (with Laza Morgan), One and Only (with Chris Marsh) And ... Read More

Bolo back in the UK

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Yami Bolo

YAMI Bolo is one of many artistes who were mentored by roots visionary Augustus Pablo. Fitting, then, that on his return to the United Kingdom after 10 years, he performed alongside Pablo's son Addis. Bolo and Addis Pablo's Suns of Dub group (which includes Trinidadian singers Jah Bami and Ras Jammy) did six shows in the UK, which took place in Newcastle, Nottingham and London. The main event was Kulchasplash on Easter Monday at the Electric Brixton club. Anthony B and Jah9 were also on the c ... Read More

Dilly Chris beats ‘Bad Mind’

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Dilly Chris b

PERSONAL experiences inspired Dilly Chris's latest single, the self-produced Bad Mind. "The song came about because over the years I have constantly had people trying to hinder my progress, whether in the music business or everyday life," the deejay told this column. A video for Bad Mind, directed by Izy Beats, was recently released. Born in St Andrew, Dilly Chris lives in South Florida, where he also works as a barber. Blow My Mind, Sweat and Pain are some of his previous songs. Dilly Chris ... Read More

10 years later, YouTube is a hit but faces challenges

Friday, April 24, 2015    

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — This September 3, 2010 file photo shows the YouTube homepage as it appears on a screen in Washington, DC. Ten years after its launch,
YouTube has become a household name for online video but faces an array of rivals in the market and lingering questions about its business model. (PHOTO: AFP)

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP) — Ten years after its launch, YouTube has become a household name for online video but faces an array of rivals in the market and lingering questions about its business model. The first video uploaded April 23, 2005 — an 18-second clip of co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo — offered little indication the service would become the leader in Internet video and a key part of the Google empire. A decade later, YouTube has more than one billion us ... Read More

New material offers intimate look at Kurt Cobain

Friday, April 24, 2015    

HOLLYWOOD, California — Executive Producer Frances Bean Cobain (left), singer/songwriter/actress Courtney Love (centre) and director/writer/producer Brett
Morgen attend HBO’s Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck Los Angeles Premiere at the Egyptian Theatre on April 21, 2015 in Hollywood (PHOTO: AFP)

PARIS, France (AFP) — Twenty-one years after the music legend killed himself, a more intimate picture of Kurt Cobain has emerged with a new documentary revealing early recordings by the future Nirvana frontman. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck seeks to humanise Cobain from his now mythic status by offering unvarnished snapshots of his life along with interviews with those close to him, but ultimately it leaves room for viewers to make judgements. "I believe that this intimacy adds power to t ... Read More

Most popular YouTube videos

Friday, April 24, 2015    

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP) — Among the billions of videos seen on YouTube since its launch a decade ago, these have been the most popular: * Gangnam Style, the music video by South Korea's Psy -- accompanied by a horse-riding-like dance that became a global sensation -- has been viewed more than 2.3 billion times. * Justin Bieber's Baby music video with rapper Ludacris, viewed 1.15 billion times. * Katy Perry's Dark Horse music video with Juicy J, 917 million views. * Katy Perry's Roar, ... Read More

Do Go See this weekend

Friday, April 24, 2015    

The music of musical
greats including The
Crown Prince of
Reggae the Late
Dennis Emmanuel
Brown will be
showcased at
Booyaka this

splash PICK OF THE WEEKEND Friday, April 25 - Booyaka — a musical tribute to musical artistes, producers who have passed on @ Wikki Wakki, St Thomas Featuring: Firelinks, Yumi Hi Power and Ramone from International One Time: 7:00 pm Rotary Family and Friends @Hope Zoo in St Andrew Time: 7:00 pm Music Industry Achievers Awards @ Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. Featuring: Lincoln Dot 3, Mr Lexx, Razor B, Nesbeth, and Ibo Fire. Time: 5:30 pm Conscious Reggae Party -- Tri ... Read More

Blowing in the wind

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Thursday, April 23, 2015    


ROOTS singer Kiddus-I caused proverbial tongue-wagging on Monday during the symbolic planting of a ganja tree at the University of the West Indies. As dignitaries including Justice Minister Mark Golding planted a ganja seedling to mark the launch of a research centre at the UWI, the lanky Rastafarian lit a spliff and blew smoke in the air. "It was spontaneous, the spirit came in an' I decided to light a spliff an' celebrate 'cause it was an historic occasion," said Kiddus-I. The 70-year-old a ... Read More



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