Jamaica Burial for HOLT

John Holt

TEX Gallimore, nephew of John Holt, says the singer will be buried in Jamaica. He told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that arrangements are being made for his uncle's body to be flown home. Holt died Monday morning (England time) from cancer at age 69. "He will be buried in Jamaica. We are current ... Read More

Singjay Popcaan entertained the
audience at his album launch at
the Triple Century Sports Bar and
Grill in New Kingston, recently.
(PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY) Popcaan's finest hour
It was a full house that turned out for singjay Popcaan's latest project, Where We Come From, at the ... Read More

Myaz Dennis Walks, Benjy Myaz for Cecil's
VETERAN reggae singer Dennis Walks and singer-songwriter Benjy Myaz are guest performers for the sec ... Read More

A section of the crowd at the Grace
Tropical Rhythm Port Royal Seafood
Festival in Kingston on Monday. Port Royal Seafood Fest a hit
The annual family event was held on the Port Royal football field in the community. Radio personali ... Read More

Jermain Edwards to release album

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Jermaine Edwards
to release album

GOSPEL singer Jermaine Edwards will be releasing his fifth studio album, Don't Count Me Out, on November 28. The 15-track effort is the follow-up to his 2012 effort Hideaway. "Don't Count Me Out is a reminder to us not to count anybody out, because God can turn around anyone's state. Many times, people tend to judge others when they are in situations that are frowned upon," Edwards told the Jamaica Observer. Co-produced by Edwards and Christopher Wright, the set was mastered by Herb Powers. ... Read More

Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany eyes stage

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Tatiana Maslany

Second Stage Theatre said yesterday that the BBC America star will appear beside Tony Award nominee and The Newsroom actor Thomas Sadoski in Neil LaBute's world premiere The Way We Get By. The play will be directed by Leigh Silverman, who was nominated for a Tony Award last season for her direction of Violet. Previews begin May 12. Maslany, who plays varied clones of her main character on Orphan Black, just finished filming The Woman in Gold. In that, she stars alongside Helen Mirren and Ryan ... Read More

Shatta Wale making a splash

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Shatta Wale

The Ghanaian artiste, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, is known in his homeland for songs such as Dancehall King, Enter The Net and Like My Ting. He told the Jamaica Observer that he has been making his own brand of dancehall music since the 1990s when he was known as Doggy. "My Dad was my motivation, playing songs like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Shabba Ranks and Buju Banton," he said. A studio engineer by profession, Shatta Wale records most of his songs at his home studio in Ghana. He also ... Read More

Neil Diamond releases Melody Road album

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    


BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- Neil Diamond wrote and recorded his first studio album of new material in six years, floating in the heady glow of new love. The 73-year-old entertainer, who married for the third time in 2012, says happiness with his new bride fuelled his work on Melody Road, out yesterday. "There's no better inspiration or motivation for work than being in love. It's what you dream of as a creative person," Diamond said in a recent interview. "I was able to complete this alb ... Read More

Holt remembered

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

HOLT... the perfect example of a talented, patriotic Jamaican

THE life, music and legacy of veteran Jamaican artiste, John Holt, was on many-a-lip at National Honours and Awards ceremony at King's House in St Andrew, yesterday. Holt died in the Wellington Hospital in London early Monday morning (Sunday local time). He was 69. He was remembered by many for his distinctive sound and the vast body of music he left behind. Reggae queen Marcia Griffiths was among those who paid tribute to the artiste best known as 1,000 Volts. "It is a very sad day for me.. ... Read More

Marcia Griffiths  — Artistes with distinction

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Reggae singer
Marcia Griffiths
with her insignia for
the Order of
Distinction in the
rank of Commander
at King’s House in St
Andrew, yesterday.

THE local entertainment fraternity was well represented among the list of recipients at the National Honours and Awards investiture at King's House in St Andrew, yesterday. The brilliant October morning sunshine paled against the array of some of Jamaica's leading proponents of the arts who ascended the dais mounted on the lawns of the official residence of the Governor General to receive their insignia. The charge was lead by reggae veteran Marcia Griffiths who was regal in shades of purple a ... Read More

High tide for John Holt

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

John Holt

THE Tide is High introduced John Holt to a different generation of fans throughout the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. Co-written by Holt, Howard Barrett and Tyrone Evans (The Paragons), The Tide is High was originally recorded by that group in 1967 for producer Duke Reid and released on his Treasure Isle label. The Tide is High was first covered in 1978 by Gregory Isaacs. Two years later, a cover by American new wave band Blondie sold over two millions and reached number one in the United Kingd ... Read More

Ub40, others, pay tribute to ‘1000 volts of Holt’ on social media

Monday, October 20, 2014 3:09 PM    

John Holt

KINGSTON, Jamaica—As news of the death of ‘Stick by Me’ singer John Holt went viral members of the entertainment fraternity both locally and internationally took to social media to express condolences and to pay tribute to the ‘legendary’ Jamaican singer. Some of the many tributes: Ub40 — RIP to the King of Reggae John Holt! Massive inspiration and will be sorely missed. Shaggy — We HAVE LOST A LEGEND!!! RIP JOHN HOLT! Very instrumental part of our re ... Read More

Tuning into Tosh

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 20, 2014    

Peter Tosh would have celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday. At right Dr Clinton Hutton

A SYMPOSIUM for firebrand reggae singer Peter Tosh is scheduled for the Multifunctional Room at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, next Monday. The theme of the symposium — now in its 12th year — is ‘Peter Tosh — Activist and Pan Africanist — a focus on the Man, the Music, the Message and the Herb’. The event is free and will begin at 6:00 pm. Dr Clinton Hutton, one of its panelists and conceptualiser of the symposium, said Tosh’s message ... Read More

T.O.K celebrates 15 years

Monday, October 20, 2014    


A HANDFUL of fans and supporters turned out at the Famous Club in Portmore, Saturday to celebrate vocal group T.O.K's 15th anniversary. Despite the low turnout, there was an energetic vibe as the quartet gave a spectacular performance. Suited in black and white, T.O.K (Alistaire 'Alex' McCalla, Xavier 'Flexx' Davidson, Roshaun 'Bay-C' Clarke, and Craig 'Craigy T' Thompson) took the dance floor at 3:30 am. From the first notes of Shell it Dung, the group had the modest audience rocking. There ... Read More



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