Nanny lives in the arts

Composer Shirley Thompson (left) rehearses her work with an orchestra. (Photo: Courtesy of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica)

THE spirit of Nanny — Jamaica's only female national heroine -- rises this year with the staging of two major artistic productions with her as subject. The story of the legendary Maroon leader makes it to the big screen in the United States in October courtesy of filmmaker Roy T Anderson. The ... Read More

(L) Konshens
(R) Eva Simons Konshens makes it legal
DUTCH singer/songwriter Eva Simons recently collaborated with dancehall star Konshens on the song Po ... Read More

(From left)
Browne brothers
Dalton, Clevie,
Glen, and Danny. The Brownes are back!
SIBLING music groups were the rage in the United States during the early 1970s. Teen 'phenoms' The J ... Read More

Student Actors Kevaun Merchant and Rojay Bryan of Kingston
College share a moment with renowned Jamaican stage and
screen actress Leonie Forbes. (Photo: Joseph Wellington) Schools to take on Shakespearean roles
SEVENTEEN Jamaican high schools have taken up the challenge to participate in the inaugural Shakespe ... Read More

New show for MoBay

Sunday, April 26, 2015    

(L) Freddie
(R) Peter

VETERAN reggae singer Freddie McGregor was the headliner for last night's new concert series titled We are Reggae held at the Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay, St James. The series will be held the last Saturday in every month. Co-conceptuliser and singer Peter Lloyd said the event is filling a much-need void in the tourist capital. "Montego Bay is known for its large stage shows. We wanted to create an environment where the artiste is two-to-three seats away from the audience... an up-clo ... Read More

Miss Teen Jamaica sashing tonight

Sunday, April 26, 2015    

Meca-Gaye Francis

THE elimination and sashing of the Miss Teen Jamaica 2015/16 contestants will be at the New Kingston Conference Centre located inside the New Kingston Shopping Mall on Dominica Drive, St Andrew, on Sunday. Start time: 7:00 pm. "There'll be 20 girls and we will be selecting 12 of them. Most importantly, it's not a beauty contest. The girls will be judged on intelligence, talent, discipline, congeniality, culture, the practice of Christian principles, among other things," said Janet Sinclair, co ... Read More

Down with Lady Genius

Saturday, April 25, 2015    

Lady Genius in performance
at her EP launch at the Triple Century
Sports Bar, New Kingston, on
Thursday. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

SINGER Lady Genius launched her first EP — Down To Ride -- at Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston, St Andrew, on Thursday night. The 10-track set is produced by Black Diamond Records on the X-man rhythm. The 25-year-old explained the inspiration for the title track, which features deejay Vybird. "The song examines those close relationships, real friends, people you can depend on and that always have your back. I was in Atlanta when I was introduced to Black Diamond Records. I was ... Read More

Plug to be pulled on 19 channels

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, April 25, 2015    

Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission Professor Hopeton Dunn (left) and Executive
Director of the Commission Cordel Green address members of the media on copyright
compliance directive to cable television operators in Jamaica.

COME May 31, 19 cable channels are to be removed from the roster offerings. This follows a directive issued by the Broadcasting Commission, as cable providers do not possess the requisite agreement to air these channels. The channels to be removed from local service are primarily movie providers from the Encore, Showtime and Starz suites. Professor Hopeton Dunn, chairman of local regulator Broadcasting Commission, said the decision to issue this directive has come following intensive rounds o ... Read More

Shaggy rules iTunes charts

Saturday, April 25, 2015    


AFTER more than a month, reggae artiste Shaggy's It Wasn't Me and Angel remains at the top of the iTunes Reggae Album chart. The tracks are from his 2001 set Hot Shot. Shaggy (given name Orville Burrell) is currently in America promoting his latest single I Need Your Love. He made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show on Thursday. Read More

Sizzla celebrates ‘Earthstrong’

Saturday, April 25, 2015    


IT was a full house for Sizzla Kalonji's 'Earthstrong' on April 18 at the old Skateland complex, Windward Road, east Kingston. The location, which houses the Caveman studio where Sizzla frequents, was transformed into a dancehall celebration with veteran and upcoming artistes turning out to celebrate the fiery artiste's 39th birthday. Sizzla did not disappoint the hardcore throng, performing a number of his standards, including Holding Firm and Thank you Mama. Capleton, Half Pint, Teflon, Iba ... Read More

RAZOR B for Club SkunkLIFE

Saturday, April 25, 2015    

Razor B

CANADIAN-BASED dancehall artiste Razor B will be the live act at Skunk Nation's Club SkunkLIFE monthly party series at Susie's Bakery & Coffee Bar, South Avenue Plaza, St Andrew, tonight. "I've been a huge Skunk Nation fan for a while now," Razor B told the Jamaica Observer. Razor B joins Renaissance's Dre Day and Puff, Cashflow Rinse and Spugy, and house DJs Donny and Glasses. On completion of the gig, Razor B will return to do a promotional tour of his recently released album Pon Target ... Read More

Etana reaps what she sews

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 24, 2015    

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, Warrior Love, Jah Blessings, Roots, Don’t Forget and I Am Not Afraid made her 2008 debut album The Strong One a must-have. It’s been eight years and the artiste born Shauna McKenzie continues t ... Read More

DJ Flexi, MD

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, April 24, 2015    

DJ Flexi

WHILE in his teens, Franz Collins would often 'fool around' the virtual DJ software on his home computer. It was not until he got a laptop that he decided to take things a step further by playing music for friends and family at house parties. Later, Collins moved into professional gigs for corporate companies as well as campus events. The 22-year-old is known as DJ Flexi. He is also a final-year medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI). Two weeks ago, he won the college DJ c ... Read More

Ganja law concerns JaRIA

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 24, 2015    

Ibo Cooper

THE Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) is taking issue with certain sections of the recent amendments to the Dangerous Act, popularly referred to as the Ganja law. At its monthly general meeting held at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in St Andrew on Tuesday, JaRIA president Michael 'Ibo' Cooper, noted that there were too many holes in the legislation that he foresees will create problems in the future. Of particular concern to JaRIA is the fact that under th ... Read More



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