Great sets at One Love Music fest

Skip Marley performing at the One Love Music Festival, held at the Aqueduct at Rose Hall in Montego Bay, on Friday night.

ROSE HALL, St James — Impressive performances highlighted the inaugural One Love Music Festival put on by Tuff Gong International. Held at the Aqueduct from Friday night into Saturday morning, it would have made reggae icon Bob Marley proud. Action kicked off on Thursday night with a charity ... Read More

<InfoItalics>Prism of Nature</InfoItalics> by Iranian Seyed Abbas Mirqeisari. Iranian rocks reggae poster contest
FOR a second year, there are no Jamaicans in the top 100 winners of the International Reggae Poster ... Read More

An urn containing the remains of the master painter Barrington Watson at the St Augustine Chapel at Kingston College on North Street, yesterday. Watson lauded as cultural icon
THE Kingston College Chapel on North Street was not big enough to hold the family, friends and well- ... Read More

Bob Marley
One Love, ride on
THE 1970s could easily be described as a decade of political disillusionment in Jamaica, with severa ... Read More

MAPS to celebrate 1st anniversary

Sunday, February 07, 2016 9:19 AM    

MAPS promo girls

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Party series MAPS will celebrate their first anniversary at the Caymanas Golf Club in St Catherine, beginning at noon today. "The event has grown tremendously over the past year and we are extremely thankful for the continued support from our loyal patrons, sponsors and everyone who has helped to make it the success it is. The event gets better at each staging as we keep exceeding the expectations of our patrons," Cadeem Mullings, one of the event's promoters, told OBS ... Read More

Reggae MIA at NAMM

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Guitatist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith

RESPECTED guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith says Jamaican administrators missed a golden opportunity by not showcasing the country’s music at the recent National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in Anaheim, California. Smith attended the January 21-24 show at Anaheim Convention Center. The annual event, a must-go for musicians, attracted 100,000 persons over four days. It was the second visit at NAMM for the veteran session musician. He said one of its most popular attractio ... Read More

I Kong’s second coming

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

I Kong

Roots singer I Kong had a decade as an entertainer under his belt when he recorded the song The Way It Is in 1972. Released in 1978, The Way It Is was produced by Tommy Cowan with the Inner Circle band as musicians. Michael Lee was executive producer. The song, and album, never gained mainstream coverage but always had an underground following in Europe where it is currently enjoying a revival. “It’s really a revelation to see and hear how the people there have responded to my per ... Read More

Money changes everything

Tony Robinson | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

How quickly nature Falls into revolt, When gold becomes her object. – Shakespeare, 2 Henry, IV, IV, 5 Not only does nature fall into revolt, but so do many people as well, as they become revolting when money becomes their object, their god, their raison d’etre. Somehow they seem to take on a different persona when money falls into their hands. In fact, other people will fall not only into their hands, but into their arms when they come into some cash. There is old money and ther ... Read More

Magnitude of the MARLEY MYSTIQUE

Saturday, February 06, 2016    

Marley Marley

This is the sixth of a seven-part series, commissioned by Red Stripe, on the life and legacy of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, OM, on the 71st anniversary of his birth. TO say Bob Marley’s contribution to Jamaica is of inestimable value, is to state the obvious. There is no doubting the extent of his impact and the reach of his influence. In just 13,243 days, Marley came into the world, found his place and his purpose, honed musical skills to phenomenal levels, inspired generations g ... Read More

Marley musings

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, February 06, 2016    

Bob Marley

THERE were many sides to Bob Marley. Had he lived, the reggae king would be 71 today and no doubt the reggae king would be looking for new frontiers to conquer. In fact, Copeland Forhttp://jam.live.mediaspanonline.com/admin_code/AssetEditor.aspx?AssetID=12630979#bes — who managed The Wailers band on their 1973 tour of the United States — believes Marley would have looked to places few artistes would dare to go. “It think he would want to tour Afghanistan! Because music and sp ... Read More

Yvad does Marley tribute

Saturday, February 06, 2016    


Singer Yvad, whose career started with the Marley family, salutes its most famous member with his new song Tribute . Co-produced by Yvad and Victor Simpson, the track was released yesterday to mark the 71st anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth, today. “Bob Marley means a lot to me, he’s one of my musical forefathers. He set a trend and we try to maintain that standard,” said Yvad. The Marley-owned Tuff Gong company released Yvad’s first album, Young, Gifted And Dre ... Read More

One Love Music Festival to be streamed live

Friday, February 05, 2016    

Ky-Mani Marley

THE One Love Music Festival, scheduled for historic Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay this evening, will streamed live at massivevybz.com. According to Clayton Thomas of Massive Entertainment Group, the company in charge of streaming, fans can view their favourite artistes through crystal-clear transmission. “We know that not everybody will be able to make it to the live show, and a live stream is definitely the next best option for those who want to participate in this multi-genre mu ... Read More

Rodigan calls for Reggae Museum

BY RICHArD JOHNSON Observer senior writer johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February 05, 2016    

David Rodigan

YET another call has come for a museum dedicated to reggae music in Jamaica. This time it is from British radio personality David Rodigan. He is calling on those in authority to create a permanent space for Jamaican pop music. “There is a need for a reggae museum to be here in Jamaica to reflect the history of this music that you have created and is revered all over the world. The powers that be need to act sooner rather than later, in a bid to protect the music for future generations,&r ... Read More

AFTER 12: All hail Mr Wacky

Friday, February 05, 2016    

After taking the spotlight with the girls, Boysie (second left) hangs with his fellow dancers.

Cheers Bar & Grill on Collie Smith Drive was the scene of the 11th Mr Wacky Memorial on January 23. The annual dance, held in memory of dancer Bogle, pulled a large crowd. And, of course, any event recognising the dancer will feature the latest steps. OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY was on assignment. Read More



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