International reggae rules Redbones

Fred Locks (Steve James)

Roots, rock, reggae ruled the roost at Redbones Blues Café Thursday evening as Kingston Music Week kicked off at the popular St Andrew venue. A trans-generational cast delivered strong performances to a diverse audience who appreciated every note. Rising singer Samory I, backed by the ... Read More

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Ready for All Spice

Saturday, December 03, 2016    

Richie Spice

All is set for tonight’s staging of the the All Spice Food and Music Festival on the lawns of the Lime Golf Academy in New Kingston. The event is organised by Bonner brothers — Richie Spice, Spanner Banner, Pliers and Snatcha Lion. This year, the All Spice concert has been extended to an all-day diverse food and Reggae Music Festival with cuisine from around the world and world class entertainment. Tonight’s event, which will be held at the Liguanea Club Lawns of the Lime ... Read More

Ready to smile

Saturday, December 03, 2016    

Bob Marley

Forty years ago today there was an assassination attempt on reggae king Bob Marley while he was in rehearsal at his 56 Hope Road base in St Andrew. Fast-forward to tonight and a celebratory event to observe the anniversary of a peace concert Marley headlined two days after being shot will take place at the same venue. Reggae acts Uprising Rootz Band, Dre Island, Kelissa, Black Hero, Feluka and Stephen Marley are among several performers set to take to the stage at the Bob Marley Museum in St An ... Read More

Spanish Town artistes call for peace

Saturday, December 03, 2016    

TK Kiss.

The upsurge of violence of Jamaica’s old capital, Spanish Town is the inspiration behind up-and-coming female artistes Yung Koolie and TK Kiss’s latest single No Christmas In Spanish Town. “We are both residents of Gordon Pen in Spanish Town and, although we have personally lost loved ones, we have seen people die on a regular basis. Our hearts bleed to see the place being rocked by violence, and we think this song is a suitable way for us to express our feelings,” Yung ... Read More

Instruments donated to three schools

Saturday, December 03, 2016    

Students at the Alpha Boys’ School (File Photo)

The Sanmerna Foundation, Japanese Peace Boat and the One Love Festival Jamaica have partnered to bringing musical instruments to three schools. Officials from each school were presented with a number of musical instruments which will be added to their music department. These schools which benefited are the Alpha Institute, Balmagie Primary School and Pembroke Hall High School. It was noted that while the donation may not be able to assist all the students, those who are able to be guided m ... Read More

Another successful staging of M.A.P.S.

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Saturday, December 03, 2016    

Deejay Kalado (centre) shares a moment with friends at M.A.P.S..

The Rockfort mineral spa was transformed into a haven for fun and frolic as sexily clad females strutted their stuff at the recent staging of Music and Pool Series (M.A.P.S). With musical styling by DJ Calico, Xynkfence Sound’s Team Shella, Illusion and Coppershot, patrons were in for a real treat. “Each staging of M.A.P.S has grown in numbers and enjoyment for patrons. It just keeps getting bigger and better”, co-promoter Kory Dixon told the Jamaica Observer. He added &ld ... Read More

Caring with laughter

Saturday, December 03, 2016    

Digicel Rising Stars winner Elton Earlington

The Best Care Foundation will host its annual comedy show, Come Mek Wi Laaf tomorrow evening at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, located on the Jamaica College Campus on Old Hope Road. Showtime will be 6:00. Proceeds from the show will go the Best Care Children’s Home and Special School, which depends on the benevolence of corporate Jamaica and subsidies from the Government to keep its doors open. Due to budgetary constraints in recent years, the Best Care Foundation — which has bus ... Read More

Three local acts for Cali fest

Saturday, December 03, 2016    


Three Jamaican acts have been named so far in the line-up for the 8th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival set for the Monterey County Fair and Event Center from May 26-28, 2017. Protoje, Jah9 and dancehall luminary, Yellowman have just been named for the popular festival. Joining an already impressive line-up is hip-hop legend Nas, Cali Roots favourites SOJA, Stick Figure, Iration, Nahko and Medicine for the People. Also included in this round are Easy Star Records artistes Passafi ... Read More

Ras Zacharri draws on Reggae Roots

Saturday, December 03, 2016    

Ras Zacharri.

Singjay Ras Zacharri teams with two generations of roots reggae on his new songs, Jah We Stand and One By One. The former is a collaboration with neo-roots singer Lutan Fyah, while One By One was done with 1970s stalwart Horace Andy. A nephew of Buju Banton, Ras Zacharri became familiar with many artistes largely through his famous relative. “I can say he’s (Buju Banton) easily my biggest influence. Seeing him working in the studio on various material inspired me. All the artiste ... Read More

Portmore Chorale hosts Christmas concerts

Friday, December 02, 2016    

Portmore Chorale.

The Portmore Chorale, directed by Delroy Williams, will stage its Christmas Concert Season under the theme ‘Come, Let Us Worship the King’. The concerts will be at Knox Community College’s Cobbla Auditorium in Manchester this Sunday, starting at 4:00pm, and at the Trinity Methodist Church, Gregory Park Main Road in Portmore, St Catherine, next Sunday, December 11, at 5:00 pm. The recitals will feature Paul Pinto as assistant conductor, Denise Williams on piano, saxophonist Vi ... Read More

Artistes to stage anti-crime concert in MoBay

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Friday, December 02, 2016    

Queen IfricaKenyon Hemans

Montego Bay has hosted its share of major reggae events — Reggae Sunsplash and Reggae Sumfest the most noted. Though Sunday’s Entertainers Against Crime And Violence at Dump Up Beach is expected to be a one-off event, its objective to address runaway crime in the tourist city makes it significant. Sixty artistes, many of them from Montego Bay, will perform on the show which was initiated by a group of musicians, including singer Mackie Conscious. Conroy Walker of the Persons Of In ... Read More



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