Tribute to Killer Miller

Tony Rebel
Jacob Miller

PATRICK Barrett remembers being glued to the radio as a 14-year-old in 1976, listening to what was one of the most competitive festival song contests in years. His favoured song was All Night Till Daylight, a catchy number by Jacob Miller, who like Barrett, hailed from Manchester. Thirty-eight year ... Read More

Sizzla Kalonji in performance at the CB Pan Chicken Grand
Finals in downtown Kingston on Sunday evening.
(PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY) Sizzla sizzles in the rain
THE anticipation of seeing Sizzla Kalonji in performance was more than enough to keep the massive cr ... Read More

Lloyd Stanbury Silk’s Atlantic journey
THE two-year span of 1992-1994 saw a meteoric rise in the career of conscious reggae singer Garnet S ... Read More

Max Romeo cutting cake with wife, Sandra Smith. Max Romeo is 70 not out
VETERAN singer Max Romeo celebrated his 70th birthday in style Saturday at his home in Treadways, St ... Read More

Hunger for Youth View Awards

Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

Cornelia Nathan, brand manager Pepsi Cola Jamaica; Trina Lowe, marketing manager KFC/Pizza Hut; Karen Clarke, CEO of An Elegant Affair Events — creators of
the Youth View Awards; KFC On The Verge 2014 winner Fabian ‘DeJour’ Garden; Melanie Levy of Candy Craze; Carla Hollingsworth Export Marketing Manager
Pepsi Cola Jamaica, and Kent Levy of Candy Craze at last Saturday’s private viewing of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 at Carib 5 Cinema, St Andrew, for
the YVA season opener. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

LUCKY fans and special guests were treated to an advance screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 at the Carib 5 cinema in Cross Roads, St Andrew, on Saturday. The occasion was the start of the promotional push for the upcoming eighth season of the Youth View Awards (YVAs) . “This is the third time we’ve done using the popular Hunger Games franchise to lead into the YVAs,” Karen Clarke, CEO of An Elegant Affair Events — creators of the YVAs, told the J ... Read More

Drenz ‘stitching up’ new novel

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

Richard ‘Richie Drenz’ Campbell

FASHION designer-turned-author Richard 'Richie Drenz' Campbell is preparing to release the final in his trilogy, Heart of Revenge 3, on December 5. "My books are high-drama, on-the-edge, raunchy, and a steamy kind of read that deals with life as it is. It takes a close look at some of life's moral unbalance dilemma, life's choices, and the social landscape of society," he told the Jamaica Observer. Last month, Richie Drenz released Heart of Revenge 2 in the series, while the debut was in 2012. ... Read More

Omarion rewrites ‘Murder’

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Monday, November 24, 2014    


AMERICAN R&B singer Omarion has sampled Chaka Demus and Pliers' 1993 hit Murder She Wrote in his latest single Post to Be. Produced by Dijon 'DJ Mustard' McFarlane, Post to Be also features American acts Chris Brown and Jhene' Aiko. The single is the second from the singer's upcoming album Sex Playlist slated for a December 2 release. Signed to Mayback Music Group and managed by Jay-Z's Roc Nation label, the 30-year-old is the former lead singer of defunct boy-group B2K. He was nine when M ... Read More

Bridgett Anderson, Garnet Silk’s spiritual sister

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, November 24, 2014    

Bridgett Anderson

The Jamaica Observer continues its 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. Next month marks 20 years since his death. THE relationship between an artiste and manager is an intense bond. During his short but fruitful career, conscious reggae singer Garnet Silk built a strong relationship with manager Bridgett Anderson. So strong was this bond that, even today, 20 years since his transition, she speaks with the utmost respect and admiration for her ... Read More

Great support for Heineken party

Monday, November 24, 2014    

Spragga Benz (left) shares his set with dancehall deejay
Beenie Man at Heineken World Premiere held at Fort Rocky,
Palisadoes, on Saturday. (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY)

THERE was barely any space for movement at the Heineken World Premiere held at Fort Rocky, Palisadoes on Saturday. The event featured live performances from Spragga Benz, DJ Chuckie and soca couple Bunji Garlin and Fayon Lyons. Close to midnight, dancehall artiste Spragga Benz began his invigorating set. When the entertainer entered the stage, almost every cellphone was taken out to take a picture of the artiste who rarely performs on local shores. After greeting the crowd, he began churni ... Read More

Barack Obama honours Meryl Streep with 'love'

Monday, November 24, 2014 8:30 PM    

US President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to actress Meryl Streep during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC (Photo: AFP).

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama said he is in love, though he was not speaking about Michelle -- but he swears she understands. "I've said it publicly: I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing either of them can do about it," he said at the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards Monday. Obama endowed 18 people, including Streep, musician Stevie Wonder, Chilean-American author Isabel Allende, journalist Tom Brokaw ... Read More


BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Tommy Ricketts

TWENTY-five years ago, five Jamaicans — Tommy Ricketts, Malachi Smith, Tomlin Ellis, Shaka Bantuta and Calvin Mitchell — wanted to create a space where lovers of poetry could fellowship and share their works. The Poetry Society of Jamaica was born. Today, as the society wraps up its silver anniversary year, Ricketts, the only founding member who is still active in the day-to-day happenings of the group, is overjoyed about the fruits which the seed planted 25 years ago has brought fo ... Read More

SKOLNIK to address music confab

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Michael Skolnik

MICHAEL Skolnik, editor-in-chief and co-president of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons' GlobalGrind.com, is the featured speaker today at the Jamaica Music Conference (JMC) which takes place at the University of the West Indies' (Mona campus) Neville Hall. The conference, which began Friday, also ends today. According to JMC co-founder and organiser, Kwasi Bonsu, Skolnik will address the evolving music industry and how to stay relevant in an increasingly competitive market, among other things. "W ... Read More

Silk, Jahpostle: band of brothers

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Devon Bradshaw

The Jamaica Observer continues its daily 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. Next month marks 20 years since his death. AT the beginning of December 1994, Devon Bradshaw, bass player with the Jahpostles band, remembers receiving a phone call from singer Garnet Silk. It was one year since the band had worked with the charismatic roots artiste. "Him call mi an' sey, 'Devon, get everybody together, wi a go Negril. Wi a start work again'," Bradshaw ... Read More

Respect to the Max!

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Max Romeo

YESTERDAY was special for Max Romeo. The singer celebrated his 70th birthday and his 50th year in the music business. Romeo's generation is considered the most influential in reggae music. He figured in the roots revolution of the 1970s, belting out spiritual songs like Let The Power Fall and revolutionary anthems such as War Ina Babylon. That generation transcended music. Romeo was part of the musical bandwagon assembled by singer/producer Clancy Eccles that helped make the transformative Mic ... Read More



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