Monsoon Bedward dials up new track

Monsoon Bedward

FOR much of his career, deejay Monsoon Bedward has recorded easy listening reggae songs. But his latest single, Answer Yuh Phone, hears him returning to his dancehall roots. According to the Washington DC-based artiste, the track is a throwback to songs he enjoyed while doing the sound system round ... Read More

Joseph Hill An ode to Joe
REMEMBERING Joseph Hill, a tribute album to the influential lead singer of Culture, will be released ... Read More

Tanisha Scott (left) with fellow judges on Digicel Rising Stars Moving mainstream with Tanisha Scott
Dancehall moves have been visible in music videos by international acts for close to 20 years. Tanis ... Read More

Peppa Ceed Peppa Ceed on Ice
Veteran deejay Peppa Ceed is promoting his latest song Ice, which was produced by Kisko Hype. In it ... Read More

Miss Lou Archives opens at National Library

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 24, 2016    

From left: Vivian Crawford, acting executive director of Institute of Jamaica; Clayton Coverley — grandson; Fabian Coverley — son and co-executor of the Miss Lou Estate; Olivia “Babsy” Grange, minister of culture; Dr Pamela Appelt — co-executor of the Miss Lou Estate; Joy Douglas, chairman of the National Library; Poet Laureate Professor Mervyn Morris; and Winsome Hudson, national librarian.

JAMAICANS will now have access to some personal documents of cultural icon Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley. The National Library of Jamaica on Thursday launched the the Miss Lou Archives, a collection of some of Miss Lou’s private documents and writing which she agreed to donate when she was leaving Jamaica to take up residence in Canada. The arduous process of sorting, collating and filing the documents, which include hand-written manuscripts of some of her poems, persona ... Read More

Get Up, Stand Up for Peter

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 24, 2016    

Andrew Tosh and Etana (Naphtali Junior)

Peter Tosh’s songbook was flung open on Saturday. And what flowed from its pages provided a vivid insight into the life and work of one of Jamaica’s prolific singer/songwriters. The tribute concert — staged by Pulse Investments, the Peter Tosh Estate and Marlene Brown, Tosh’s partner at the time of his death — celebrated the 72nd birthday of the fiery artiste who was gunned down at his upper St Andrew home in September 1987. A cavalcade of reggae acts graced the s ... Read More

Charly Black’s hot on Latin charts

Monday, October 24, 2016    

Charly Black

Charly Black is enjoying attention from the Latin market thanks to his song Pa Que Me Invitan, with singer Jencarlos. Pa Que Me Invitan (Why Did You Invite Me) is released by Universal Music Latin. It is co-produced by Miami-based Maffio and Jamaican Tarik “Rvssian” Johnston. “The collaboration came about after I was contacted by Rvssian, who is one of the producers of the song. He reached out to me and that’s basically how it happened,” said Charly Black. Pa Qu ... Read More

Belizean Eljai stepping-up his reggae game

Monday, October 24, 2016    

Belizean singer Eljai

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Going into the final stretch of 2016, Belizean singer Eljai is stepping-up his live game, promoting his third album and winning new fans. The Los Angeles-based artiste's The Other Side of Eljai was released by Tuff Gong International in July. He is scheduled to perform on the November 25-26 Africa Meets Reggae show in Lagos, Nigeria. That will be followed by dates in the United Kingdom and Europe. "It’s very important (to broaden his base) because when I play m ... Read More

Good times with Kartel

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Monday, October 24, 2016    

Vybz Kartel

Good Good Productions are known for their hit ‘rhythms’ and singles. They include the Triple X, Brit Jam, and Cool Out. The team recently scored with the Cure Pain that featured big hits like Big League by Mavado and Where Were You by Jahmiel. The label’s latest project is the Success ‘rhythms’ which features Who Trouble Dem by Vybz Kartel. The song addresses the age-old subject of jealousy. This is not the first time Good Good Productions has worked with the con ... Read More

Jutah Rhymes giving thanks

Monday, October 24, 2016    

Jutah Rhymes (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

GROWING up in Seaview Gardens, Jutah Rhymes was never short on musical influences. The Kingston 11 community produced some of dancehall’s finest, including Shabba Ranks and Bounty Killer. Using them as inspiration, the Rastafarian singjay’s latest effort is a single called Give Thanks For Life. It is a collaboration with reggae artiste Jah Mason. Jutah told Splash the song is about being appreciative of what life offers. “It’s about giving thanks for life and being a ... Read More

Suga Roy honours the kings

Monday, October 24, 2016    

Zareb, Suga Roy and Conrad Crystal

November 4 is the official release date for Honouring The Kings of Reggae, a tribute album produced by deejay Suga Roy. The 19-song set includes covers of classic reggae songs such as Shantytown by Desmond Dekker and Marley’s So Much Trouble. The latter is done as Trouble by Suga Roy, Sizzla, Jahmali, Conrad Crystal, and Zareb. “Is my favourite Marley song; anywhere in the world mi go mi perform it,” said Suga Roy. The House of Riddim Band from Austria, drummer Kirk Bennett ... Read More

Jungle songs from Chuck Fenda

Monday, October 24, 2016    

Chuck Fenda

Concrete Jungle, Chuck Fenda’s sixth album, is being released today by Zojak Worldwide. The singer says it is his most complete work to date. “We just want to reach the people on a spiritual level with this album. That’s why it is called Concrete Jungle: to reflect the struggles of the inner-city,” he said. “The album is stylistically different from my others in that it uses elements of lovers’ rock, R&B, and even dancehall.” Concrete Jungle has co ... Read More

Conquering cancer

Sunday, October 23, 2016    

Davis... As a mother and a wife, I desire to see my children grow up

OCTOBER is designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And globally, millions of women have been affected by this dreadful disease, including some of the most prominent figures in the entertainment industry. Pop singer Sheryl Crow, Olivia Newton-John, and Nancy Griffiths are among them. Jamaican gospel singer Carlene Davis remembers being diagnosed with the deadly disease in 1996. The experience deepened her Christian faith. “I received my strength when I rolled everything over to God. I ... Read More

Tosh on show!

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior writer johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, October 23, 2016    

Some of the artefacts inside the Peter Tosh Museum located at Pulse’s headquarters on Trafalgar Road in Kingston. (Lionel Rookwood)

There were smiles all round on Wednesday as a star-studded audience, which included members of the political directorate and entertainment fraternity, welcomed the Peter Tosh Museum as it was opened at Pulse Complex in New Kingston. The brainchild of Pulse Chairman Kingsley Cooper and the Peter Tosh Estate, it pays homage to Tosh, the musician and human rights activist, who earned acclaim as a member of The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Bunny ‘Wailer’ Livingston, and as a solo a ... Read More



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