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Slim pickings

Slim Pickings

Canadian pop band MAGIC! holds the top positions on Billboard's Digital Reggae Singles chart, based on latest figures from SoundScan. Their big hit, Rude, is still number one after several weeks. Let Your Hair Down occupies the number two position. Rude has sold over 2.4 million copies, while Let ... Read More

From left: NinjaMan, Keith Black and Joe Bagdonovich presenting Black’s prize. Taxi driver revs up for new career
FOR 10 years Keith Black has been trying to get a break in the music business. According to the tax ... Read More

Mace Mace's make-over move
BROOKLYN-BASED, up-and-coming dancehall artiste Mace said his career is poised for take-off since 'r ... Read More

Actor Paul Campbell who stars Jamaican Mafia. Jamaican Mafia, a no-show
HUNDREDS of patrons who turned up for the premiere of Jamaican Mafia at the Sunrise Multiplex Cinema ... Read More

Diamond socks and Clarks

Friday, August 29, 2014    

Selector Lee Tafari

The latest in the Iration Ites Vinyl Series, dubbed 'Original Diamond Socks and Clarks Edition', takes place tomorrow at Tuff Gong in Kingston. Samantha Garriques, special events manager at Tuff Gong, says the event has grown and is especially popular with vinyl aficionados and sound system operators. "We have definitely seen an increase in numbers and are excited to see how the event has evolved," she told the Jamaica Observer. Garriques says Tuff Gong manufactures vinyl product, servicing ... Read More

Frassman stays on topic

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Friday, August 29, 2014    

Rebelution

THE legalistion of ganja and state abuse are hot topics in Jamaica. Deejay Frassman takes on both issues in his latest song Mr Law. The single was recorded with reggae band Dubtonic Kru. "The song's lyrical content is quite appropriate and timely as it speaks about the current debate surrounding the legalisation of marijuana," Frassman told this column. "The song is also about police abuse and how they take the law into their own hands a bit too far," he added. "There's too much serious thing ... Read More

Jolie, Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

Friday, August 29, 2014    

Jolie, Pitt wed privately
at chateau in France

NEW YORK (AP) — The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood's reigning royal couple, have tied the knot. Despite two years of feverish scrutiny, the pair managed to keep one of the world's most anticipated weddings shrouded from the media's glare. When? Where? Why haven't they yet? Did they already? The celebrity press and 'Brangelina' fans alike had been consumed with the matrimonial mystery. Then yesterday, a spokesman for the couple quietly confirmed to The Asso ... Read More

Diesel High looks to Jamaica

Friday, August 29, 2014    

DIESEL HIGH... born with a love for music

DANCEHALL artiste Diesel High has his sights set firmly on breaking out in his native Jamaica's vibrant entertainment scene. Now residing in Canada, Diesel High has built up a following for himself in the cooler climes, but is very much aware that if he is to make the final cut, his music will have to grab the minds and hearts of Jamaicans. "Jamaica is where the action is. You have to rise the thing in Jamaica to impact the world. We are the capital of dancehall entertainment," he said. And D ... Read More

Do Go See - August 29

Friday, August 29, 2014    

Popcaan among
performers for
pool party

Platinum Dreams Reshuffle @ Red Bull Corner, Drewsland Featuring: Super Prince International, Flabba Dabba, Lil Richie, among others Time: 9:30 pm Seafood Night @ The Essence, King's Plaza, St Andrew Featuring: Vin the Musical Maestro Time: 7:00 pm Friday Night Happy Hour @ The Ambassador Bar and Grill, 148 Old Hope Road, Kingston Time: 7:00 pm Appleton Uber @ Club Privilege, 16 Trinidad Terrace, Kingston Time: 10:00 pm MVP Fridays @ Puls8, 38 Trafalgar Road, Kingston Time: 9:30 ... Read More

ONLINE READERS COMMENT: National Entertainment Registry, a good idea being poorly implemented

Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:12 PM    

(File photo)

Dear Editor, A National Entertainment Registry (NER) is a good idea and a welcomed step in the right direction if we are indeed serious about developing a structured entertainment and music industry in Jamaica. I have taken a look at the information provided at the official website of the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, including the proposed NER application forms, and it is my opinion that the Ministry and the Entertainment Advisory Board have seriously fallen short for the following r ... Read More

Caribbean Hall of Fame returns

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Thursday, August 28, 2014    

Shaggy,
Beenie

THE Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture last staged its Caribbean Hall of Fame for Excellence Awards 2012. This year, founder/executive director, Garnett Reid, is reviving the event. "UNESCO has credited us with being one of the best cultural organisations in the region and we want to keep it that way," Reid told the Jamaica Observer on Monday. The launch of the 12th Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence is planned for today at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingsto ... Read More

Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Great production, but...

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, August 28, 2014    

The cast of Hamlet from Shakespeare’s Globe in London

THE Little Theatre in St Andrew buzzed with excitement and an expectant air hovered inside the performance space on Wednesday as patrons awaited the start of the Globe Theatre's presentation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The theatre was filled to capacity as lovers of the art doled out $5,000 a ticket to see one of the writer's great tragedies performed by actors from Shakespeare's Globe from London. The performance formed part of the company's world tour in commemoration of the 450th anniversary o ... Read More

Healthy performance by Stitchie

Thursday, August 28, 2014    

Deejay Stitchie (right) chose winners from a raffle at last Big Bronx Bashment event in New York
City last Saturday. With him are (left to right) founder, president and CEO of Morris Heights
Health Centre, Verona Greenland; and prize-winners Riana Welsh and Milton Clay.

STITCHIE turned back the years at last Saturday's Big Bronx Bashment in New York City, treating fans to a full set of the hits that made him a dancehall force. The evergreen deejay, who turned to gospel almost 20 years ago, delivered a blistering performance that had the youth and 'elders' rocking. Stitchie was at his humorous best on hits like Wear Yu Size, Natty Dread, Big Broad Hips and Body Body. The diverse crowd loved every lyric and showed their appreciation with sustained applause. ... Read More

Vinyl series ‘Diamond Socks and Clarks Edition' continue Friday

Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:43 AM    

Selector Lee Tafari at the Iration Ites Vinyl Series in May.

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The latest in the Iration Ites Vinyl Series, dubbed 'Original Diamond Socks and Clarks Edition', takes place Friday evening at Tuff Gong in Kingston. Samantha Garriques, special events manager at Tuff Gong, says the event has grown and is especially popular with vinyl aficionados and sound system operators. "We have definitely seen an increase in numbers and are excited to see how the event has evolved," she told OBSERVER ONLINE. Garriques says Tuff Gong manufactures viny ... Read More



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