Keshan hoping for 'Round Two' knock- out


EMERGING singjay Keshan is on the hunt for that breakout hit. She is hoping her latest single Round Two will provide that 'knock-out'. Released three weeks ago, the single was produced on the So Unique imprint. "It's a suggestive song. It's basically how my lover is hooked on me. I'm constantly on ... Read More

is Miss St Catherine KAMEIKA COLEMAN is Miss St Catherine
KAMEIKA Coleman, a 25-year-old graduate of the University of Technology (UTech), is the 2015 Jamaica ... Read More

Lady Saw on the video shoot of
Summer Love at Board Walk Beach
in Portmore, St Catherine, last
Wednesday. (Photo: Antonio Graham) Saw looks for summer love
LAST Wednesday, Lady Saw was the centre of attention as she shot the video for her new single, Summe ... Read More

Singer Sugar Minott and daughter, Pashon Minott, in 2008. Sugar’s tribute pleases Pashon
PASHON Minott, daughter of late singer Sugar Minott, is pleased with the two-day event she hosted in ... Read More

Khago drops video

Wednesday, May 27, 2015    

Khago drops video

DANCEHALL act Khago recently premiered his video Money A Mi Problem on local television and on social media. Shot on location in Runaway Bay, Spanish Town, and Port Royal. The video was directed and edited by Ramon Lindsey. The single was produced on Arif Cooper's Fresh Ear label. Khago drops video --> Read More

J’can takes folk music into the spotlight

Wednesday, May 27, 2015    

Braata Folk Singers in performance.

ANDREW Clarke, who has quickly made a name in New York cultural circles, debuts his Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival at this year's Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Week. The Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival is scheduled for closing day (June 7) at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on Jamaica Avenue, Queens. Clarke's project is a showcase of Caribbean groups including his Braata Folk Singers from Jamaica, Something Positive Inc, Boodoosingh Tassa Group and Adlib Steel Orchestra from Trinidad ... Read More

Vetta to release EP

Tuesday, May 26, 2015    


DANCEHALL deejay Vetta is gearing up for the release of his EP entitled The Journey Begins, next Tuesday. Produced by Grillaras Productions, The Journey Begins boasts eight tracks. They include Morning Rising, Journey, Gyal Wine and Party Song. "Everybody will enjoy demself when dem listen to this song because that was the whole aim. I wanted to do something fresh, something that the fans dem will enjoy," he said. Read More

Saints shoot for Teen Vogue

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, May 26, 2015    

(L) Models of the moment Kai Newman (left)
and Tami Williams (right) flank designer
Tasha Williams of TNT during Sunday’s
staging of Fashionblock in New Kingston.
The collection from Neah Lis makes its way down the

Tami Williams and Kai Newman, the current 'it' girls from local modelling agency, Saint International, have scored another career-defining move. On Sunday, the two shot an editorial for Teen Vogue, a follow-up to their appearance in American Vogue early this year. Chief Executive Officer of Saint, Deiwght Peters, explained to the Jamaica Observer that the international success of his two models prompted Teen Vogue to come to Jamaica and shoot Williams and Newman in their homeland. "They wante ... Read More

‘Dream’ deal

Tuesday, May 26, 2015    

DREAM Entertainment Ltd, promoters of the annual Dream Week of parties, recently signed a deal with American online travel company Expedia Inc. According to Scott Dunn, managing director of Dream Entertainment, the deal is "unprecedented" and will see the party series being advertised on the website expedia.com. "The website's users will be allowed to buy Appleton Special Dream Weekend tickets. The site will also feature listings from hotels in Negril and Montego Bay. The deal is supported, in ... Read More

Grand farewell for Toya

Monday, May 25, 2015    

Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsounds Records, is a picture
of grief as he looks at the body of his late wife, Latoya ‘Toya’
Jackson, at the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church,
yesterday. At right is Tommy Thompson, director of Brite Light
Funeral Services. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

AS the white hearse pulled up to the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston yesterday, scores of mourners and fans gathered to get a final glimpse of entertainer Latoya 'Toya' Jackson. She was a fashionista to the end. The singjay was clad in a short white dress with white stockings and stilettos. Jackson died in the United States in May from diabetic complications. The 30-year-old had been ailing for nearly two years. Josef Bogdanovich, her husband and CEO of Downsound Records, ... Read More

Omi makes UK history

Monday, May 25, 2015    

Omi performing
for players and
fans at Bayern
Allianz Arena
in Germany on

SINGER Omi made reggae history last weekend when his song Cheerleader topped the United Kingdom pop chart for a fourth straight week. This is the longest reign at number one in the UK by a Jamaican artiste. Cheerleader was recently certified platinum for sales of over 600,000 copies in that country. So far, the song has sold more than 1.9 million copies worldwide. It is currently making moves on Billboard Magazine’s main charts. It is number 31 in its third week on the Billboard Hot ... Read More

Style week focuses on J’can fashion

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, May 25, 2015    

Being escorted by their guard of honour on the first night of
Style Week were Saint International supermodels Kai Newman
(left) and Tami Williams. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

SAINT International's Style Week Jamaica 2015 closed in New Kingston yesterday with FashionBlock. Deiwght Peters, Saint International CEO, believes the impact of his three-day extravaganza will continue for the rest of the year. "Style Week makes Jamaican fashion credible by showing off the quality of the models and designers we have here. Style Week gets the international media interested in local offerings," he told the Jamaica Observer. Friday night opened with White Night, White Style. He ... Read More

Tessanne performs at Memorial Day Concert

Monday, May 25, 2015 2:31 PM    

Jamaican songbird Tessanne Chin (file photo)

WASHINGTON, DC, United States — Jamaican songbird and Season 5 winner of NBC’s The Voice Tessanne Chin was among the performing line-up at the 26th annual National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC, United States, on Sunday. She belted an inspired rendition of the Dolly Parton-penned I Will Always Love You – which was made popular by the late Whitney Houston. Since topping the singing competition, Chin has lent her vocals to numerous social and human rights charities in ... Read More

A song for the children

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

Reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff (left) greets veteran producer
Winton ‘Niney’ Holness (right), while Joylene Griffiths-Irving,
executive director of the Scotiabank Foundation, looks on. The
occasion was a media briefing held at the Jamaica Pegasus
hotel in New Kingston, on Thursday.

THE plight of the island's children was the focus of a media briefing at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew, last Thursday. Holding centre stage was reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, who spoke about his foundation's benefit dinner on June 1 at the Pegasus. "I'm pleased to be associated with you who are concerned about our children. I grew up in a country where children were taught to respect elders, and elders to respect children... I've always loved children... [So] I made Treat the Youths Right," s ... Read More



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