Isabel Dalley is Miss Universe Jamaica

Isabel Dalley (centre), newly crowned Miss Universe Jamaica, is flanked by Renae Roye (left), second runner-up, and Krystal Pitt, first runner-up, at the grand coronation held at the Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew, on Saturday night.

A goal to build her self-confidence resulted in Isabel Dalley winning Miss Universe Jamaica 2016 title. “I entered the pageant initially to gain experience. I didn’t feel confident and I wanted to grow. Entering the pageant has helped me in those areas and now I can say that I am a bett ... Read More

Anju Blaxxx freed
THE mail and wire fraud case against Jamaican music producer Anju Blaxxx was dismissed in the Federa ... Read More

Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett Wailers get day in court
Tomorrow, Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett and former Wailers members Al Anderson, Tyrone Down ... Read More

(From left) Michael Thompson, International Reggae Poster Contest co-founder, his colleague Maria Papaefstathiou, and Israeli Alon Braier — winner of the inaugural competition in 2012.                                ‘Show will go on’
THE death of graphic artist and International Reggae Poster Contest co-founder, Michael ‘Frees ... Read More

Sheba banks on new single

Tuesday, August 30, 2016    


FEMALE dancehall deejay Sheba is upbeat about her latest single Don’t Take It Out. Released earlier this month and produced by Studio Vibes Entertainment, the single also features the vocals of incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel. She said Don’t Take It Out was recorded years ago, but the producers now saw it as as fitting time for its release. “I have had a good run from other collaborations with Vybz Kartel in the past and I am hoping that I will have an even better success w ... Read More

Great sets at PAN outing

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Monday, August 29, 2016    

Ding Dong and his Ravers Clavers Crew in performance at PAN 2016 Region 1 held at Independence Park in Black River, St Elizabeth on Saturday. (Nicholas Bennett)

Gospel artiste Kevin Downswell and dancehall acts Ding Dong and Busy Signal were the entertainment highlights of last Saturday’s staging of PAN 2016 Regional 1. Held at Independence Park, Black River in St Elizabeth, the threat of rain did very little in keeping patrons away. Downswell’s performance was felt across the venue. Patrons sang along while others took out their Bibles and held them high in reverence. “Hearing the patrons singing every one of your songs, including ... Read More

Top musicians on It’s A Family Affair

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 29, 2016    

FOR his upcoming movie It’s A Family Affair, veteran film-maker Lennie Little-White draws on the talents of an all-star cast of Jamaican musicians as well as some emerging acts for the soundtrack. “A soundtrack helps to establish the mood and ambiance of the whole movie. Besides, in our film, some musical selections help to tell the story by the use of lyrics directly connected to a particular scene or situation,” Little-White told Jamaica Observer. “There are a multip ... Read More

Winners in Sandals Ochi Festival of Arts selected

Monday, August 29, 2016    

One of the two Male Model slots went to Rosane Murray.

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort crowned its Festival of Arts winners at the resort in St Ann, on Thursday. The competition is aimed at providing exposure for the large number of talented performers among the ranks of people at the various Sandals and Beaches resorts. Garett Bailey, entertainment division manager at the resort, said he was impressed with the standard of the competition and was looking forward to the regional and national finals. The entertainment department’s Rosane Murray and ... Read More

Bucky Ital salutes the working class

Monday, August 29, 2016    

Bucky Ital

Singjay Bucky Ital salutes the Jamaican labour force in his upcoming song, Work Hard, produced by Michael Fairman for Vision House Records. “Is about working class people who do dem juggling, anything positive to mek money. Dis is a soundtrack for the working class,” he said. Clear Glass, another song produced by Fairman, is also expected out soon. Both will be part of his second EP, scheduled for release late this year. Born Uhan Pearson, the 33-year-old artiste is originally fro ... Read More

Ghanaian Shatta Wale eyes Jamaican success

Monday, August 29, 2016    

Shatta Wale

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Ghanaian deejay Shatta Wale continues the drive to make a mark in Jamaica with Life and War, his latest song, produced by YGF Records. He has collaborated with top producers Notnice Records on the song Like A King, and appears on the remix of Alkaline’s It’s All About The Money. “I think I have done a lot in Ghana and there is a need to penetrate into certain strategic markets across the African continent and the rest of the world. The focus now is t ... Read More

Runkus conquers Europe

Monday, August 29, 2016    


In June, the Jamaica Observer presented a series looking at reggae artistes going on tour. We follow up with some of those acts. Runkus was one of the young reggae turks who made their European festival debut this summer. He performed on three shows: Summerjam in Germany, Belgium’s Reggae Geel, and Rototom Sunsplash in Spain. “It was crazy-wicked, a good experience. Europe has a different form of energy,” said the 22-year-old singjay. He told the Jamaica Observer that he was ... Read More

Felicia Peterkin-Campbell is Miss Wag Water Valley 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016    

Miss Wag Water Valley 2016 Felicia Peterkin-Campbell is all smiles with her prize.

EIGHTEEN-year-old Felicia Peterkin-Campbell is Miss Wag Water Valley 2016. Ashley Bernard was first runner-up, while Brittany Hart finished as second runner-up. Peterkin-Campbell, who was a crowd favourite, finished ahead of seven other contestants at the coronation show held at the Tapioca Village Retreat in Devon Pen, St Mary, on August 6. She copped four of the sectional prizes, walking away with Most Congenial, Most Aware, Best Talent, and Best Dress. Tracy-Ann Phillips was adjudged M ... Read More

Ronnie Davis gets unplugged

Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Ronnie Davis

Veteran roots reggae singer Ronnie Davis, known to many as a member of The Itals, flies solo for Iyahcoustic, his latest album. The unplugged set was released August 19 by Skinny Bwoy Records, an independent label based in Chicago. Iyahcoustic was recorded in Jamaica at Grafton Studios and Anchor Recording and is produced by singer Henry ‘Sadiki’ Buckley Jr, owner of Skinny Bwoy Records. It is Davis’ fifth album and first in over 20 years. He is accompanied by guitarist Mit ... Read More

Deer makes debut

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Deer, (seated, centre) on the set of Dope Fiend on location in New York.

WHEN Dope Fiend premieres at Newark International Film Festival in the United States on September 9 and 10, viewers will see local actress Sakina Deer, who assumes the production’s female lead. Deer is familiar to Jamaican audiences for her recurring stage production roles by the Jambiz International outfit. She can currently be seen in Blindspot, now showing at the Centrestage Theatre in New Kingston. She attributes her debut film role to former co-star Shayne Powell, with whom she sha ... Read More



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