Barrington Levy set for Sumfest

Barrington Levy

IN a 37-year career, Barrington Levy has headlined many a show. The latest will be Reggae Sumfest on July 23, at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay. Nominated this year for a Best Reggae Album Grammy for Acousticalevy, he returns to Sumfest after a three-year break. “God bl ... Read More

Sean Paul Sean Paul inks ‘Island’ deal
The Jamaica Observer has learnt that international recording artiste Sean Paul has joined the roster ... Read More

Lucas DiPascuale (Jess Baumung) Lucas DiPascuale readies album
BACK in 2014, the dancehall world was introduced to the talent of Canadian Lucas DiPascuale when he ... Read More

Alison Hinds                                All set for X2 on Saturday
Appleton Estate EDX presents X2, the one-day, dual party festival, which takes place Saturday at Gri ... Read More

Inkz drops Pon Di Edge

Wednesday, June 29, 2016    


A number of popular entertainers, including Spice, Mad Cobra, Lady G, Gyptian, I-Wayne and Professor Nuts, have emerged from the dormitory community of Portmore in St Catherine. Newcomer Inkz is hoping to score similar success with his debut single Pon Di Edge. “Music has always been my first passion, even when I was going school I was beating desk during every lesson while deejaying my own and other people’s songs. A friend of mine said: ‘If you always remembering people ... Read More

Deja working on being Unforgettable

Wednesday, June 29, 2016    


AFTER a year in Canada, reggae singer Deja returned to the ‘Rock’ to nurture her fledgling career. She’s hoping her decision pays off with her latest single Unforgettable. “I want to motivate everyone to be unforgettable. I want this track to be everyone’s morning song, for them to wake up saying: ‘I’m the greatest! Unforgettable!’” said the 20-year-old. Produced by K Fire Beats and Dre Day Production, Unforgettable was released on June 1 ... Read More

The Key to enjoyment

Wednesday, June 29, 2016    

Smirnioff Ice is nice, says Shanna Kay. (karl mclarty)

‘Key fi the City’ turned out to be one of those parties that if you missed it, you couldn’t gain entry to the Up crowd. So, on Friday, June 10, dancehall devotees flocked to 184 Orange Street where Black Viper delivered deadly bites of the latest and greatest hits, much to the delight of JAMAICA OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY. Read More

Great sets at Miss Dream Castle Pageant

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, June 29, 2016    


YONKERS, New York —Veteran singer Tinga Stewart delivered a splendid set at the seventh staging of the Miss Dream Castle Pageant held in the Diamond Room of the Royal Regency Hotel, recently. Nattily dressed in a black outfit with matching hat and shoes, Stewart opened his set with When All Is Said And Done, then eased into Dream Of Me, Inside My Heart and Al Green’s How Can You Mend A Broken Heart. He later upped the tempo, delivering his festival-winning entries Play De Music an ... Read More

Tory Lanez samples Tanto Metro, Devonte

Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Tory Lanez (Loren Wohl)

Canadian singer/songwriter Tory Lanez has sampled Tanto Metro and Devonte’s hit Everyone Falls in Love for his latest song Luv. Co-produced by Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco, Luv is the second single from Lanez’s album for Interscope Records, which is due for release later this year. Lanez’s previous hit, Say It, sampled Brownstone’s 1995 song If You Love Me. It reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year. The 23-year-old Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peter ... Read More

VP marks genre’s 50th anniversary

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Hopeton Lewis

ROCKSTEADY, the genre that produced countless hit songs in a two-year span, celebrates its 50th birthday this year. And VP Records are helping to celebrate its golden anniversary. The Queens, New York company will release First Class Rock Steady on July 1 (celebrated as International Reggae Day) through its 17 North Parade subsidiary. According to Chris O’Brien, manager at VP/Greensleeves Records in the United Kingdom, the double compact disc has 40 songs, strategically picked to attra ... Read More

Jendah toasts the ‘kweens’

Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Jesse Jendah

Jesse Jendah has developed a reputation as one of the most controversial artistes in contemporary reggae. His unapologetic stance on social issues has ruffled many feathers; in 1999, he even offered Prime Minister PJ Patterson two pounds of ganja during a meeting at Jamaica House. Now living in the United States and managed by Mightyful13 Records, Jendah (aka King Furnace) tones it down on his latest song, Kween Of The Morning Star. The lovers rock number is produced by California-based Infini ... Read More

A ‘Dream’ start to the weekend

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Some of the promoters for the events at Dream Weekend 2016(Photo: Karl McLarty)

The popular Dream Weekend series came to Kingston on Friday night as the promoters gave a taste of what is to come from July 28 to August 1 in Negril. The promoters staged a launch party in New Kingston which attracted a full house of partygoers, many of whom are set to attend the nine events over the five days. Appleton Special Dream Weekend’s Scott Dunn told the Jamaica Observer that things are progressing well with weeks to go before the start. “The planning is going well and w ... Read More

Laden does Delus tribute

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Monday, June 27, 2016    


DEEJAY Laden has recorded a song in tribute to late singjay, Delus. The single, titled See You Again (Delus), is produced by Konsequence Muzik and was released last Friday. Laden explained his reason for doing the track. “I did the song because of our friendship. We were close over the past few weeks. Every Sunday, we went to play football. He also lived across from Big Ship studios, which is my musical home and base. I feel really messed up about his death and I am still in shock,&rdquo ... Read More

Charles Simms: the silent partner

Monday, June 27, 2016    

File photo shows reggae singer Frankie Paul (left) and Tabby Diamond (second right) of the Mighty Diamonds serenading singer
Marcia Griffiths at a launch of the Startime series held at Spades Lounge in Kingston, November last year. Looking on is Charles
Simms (second left) and Michael Barnett, the series’ conceptualiser.

Startime, the popular vintage music show, makes it debut at The Verandah in Clarendon Park, on July 2. It ispresented by Juici Patties. Today, associate sponsors Jamaica Observer publishes the second in a series of articles on the event. For over 30 years, Charles Simms has been a silent partner in a number of music ventures. He likes it that way. Simms is co-promoter of Startime, which returned with a well-received show at Kingston’s Mas Camp in January. An accountant by profession, he ... Read More



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