Talking through his pictures

Canadian photographer Bill Grimshaw (left) and American actor Robert De Niro in a Montreal hotel bathroom in the early-1980s. De Niro was in Canada shooting
the movie Once Upon A Time In America.

THOUGH he has visited Jamaica numerous times since 1982, respected photographer Bill Grimshaw never thought about documenting the country's people and sites. Until now. The 65-year-old Canadian's latest trip was in November. He visited a number of locations including Kingston, Nine Miles, St Ann, S ... Read More

Atlantic Starr 'Starr' power for LIME Golf Academy
SHELDON Dryden was not born when a fledgling Rhythm and Blues group from New York City named Atlanti ... Read More

Orville Manning Orville Manning and Friends Concert bring Xmas cheer
THE annual Orville Manning and Friends Concert at the Spanish Town Methodist Church on December 7 wa ... Read More

Chevannes God’s greatness inspires carol
FOR many, the work of social anthropologist Professor Barry Chevannes focused on themes such as Rast ... Read More


With Tony Robinson | Sunday, December 21, 2014    

Woe to the land That's govern'd by a child. — Shakespeare, Richard III, 11, 3 And woe to the parent who's ruled by a child. The Bible says that a little child shall lead them. It also says, out of the mouths of babes and sucklings. But Richard III, warns of the dangers of being governed by a child. Well, he certainly knew what he was talking about, but if he had any idea of what nowadays children would get up to, he might have said even stronger words. A child is schooled in order to ... Read More

3rdNWest plotting musical course

Saturday, December 20, 2014    

Members of the trio 3rdNWest (from left) Karell Wisdom,
Kevin Tappe (centre) and Garth Jobson

THEIR name may be derived from their geographic location in Montego Bay, but 3rdNWest certainly know where they want to go. "The sky's the limit. We came up with the name 3rdNWest because it's three of us and we are in the island's west end," Garth Jobson told the Jamaica Observer. In addition to Jobson, the St James-based group comprises Karell Wisdom and Kevin Tappe, whose music combines the genres of reggae, dancehall and R&B. The group is currently working on their yet-to-be-titled 10 ... Read More

Tosh kids in royalties fight

Saturday, December 20, 2014    

Peter Tosh

CHILDREN of late reggae singer Peter Tosh are currently entangled in a legal battle over US$2million stemming from royalties over his estate. According to an article posted on the website www.clintonlindsay.com, Tosh’s daughter Aldrina McIntosh claimed that her younger sibling Niambe has failed to pay her and their eight other siblings any royalties for the past five years. Their father Peter Tosh was a member of the Bob Marley and the Wailers Band. In 1987, he was shot and killed in a ... Read More

J’cans continue to Sing de Chorus

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, December 20, 2014    

AMONG the Christmas songs belted out by the University Singers at the UWI Chapel in St Andrew, on Wednesday evening, was the Jamaican standard Sing de Chorus. It received the applause it deserved. Sing de chorus, clap yuh hand Beat the congo, play yuh band Spread the news throughout the land That Jesus is born Jesus the saviour is born. Noel Dexter's Sing the Chorus has become a season staple for the popular choir, and this year, their performance left him just as pleased as the first time ... Read More

Tifa, dBURNZ blaze Beer Wednzdays

Saturday, December 20, 2014    

Omar Dattadean (left), trade development executive at Red
Stripe, relaxes with entertainers Tifa and dBURNZ at the Red
Stripe Beer Wednzdays LIVE at the A-Bar Restaurant and
Lounge in St Andrew, on Wednesday.

DANCEHALL diva Tifa and rising singer and dub poet dBURNZ created a musical inferno inside the A-Bar Restaurant and Lounge at the Springs Plaza on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, on Wednesday night. It was the third staging of the weekly series Beer Wednzdays Live and the jam-packed venue comprising university students and young professionals enjoyed the night’s musical offerings in absolute delight. With the energetic Flash Mob band in tow, Melbourne Douglas, known as dBURNZ, delivered ... Read More

Hero's welcome for South Africa's first Miss World in 40 years

Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:34 AM    

(Photo: AFP)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — South Africa on Saturday welcomed back home its first Miss World winner in 40 years, Rolene Strauss, with wild cheers and ululations. Hundreds turned up at OR Tambo International Airport to greet Strauss after the 22-year-old medical student was crowned Miss World 2014 at a glitzy final in London last Sunday. Dressed in the country's national colours, South Africans waved placards, flags and portraits of Strauss in a colourful ceremony at the airport in ... Read More

Chronixx continues to burn

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Friday, December 19, 2014    

The Jamaica Observer presents the first in a series reflecting on highlights of the entertainment scene in 2014.

Following a breakout 2013, singer Chronixx maintained his momentum in 2014 with several hit songs and high-profile performances. With songs including Who Knows (featuring Protoje), Capture Land, Clean Like a Whistle and Spirulina, Chronixx (real name Jamar McNaughton Jr) ruled the charts and airwaves. He released the 10-track EP Dread & Terrible in April. It contains Capture Land, the hit Here Comes Trouble, Alpha & Omega and Eternal Fire. Even though it debuted at number one on Billb ... Read More

Ron goes Mello

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, December 19, 2014    

Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess and Ron Muschette

MELLO FM's morning man Richard 'Richie B' Burgess is calling the inclusion of Ron Muschette to the station's line-up as "formidable". This comes after days of speculation as to the destination of Muschette after he quit at IRIE FM just over a weeks ago. He spent 14 years at the reggae radio station. According to Burgess, he is happy with the decision of his media colleague to join the ranks of the station whose line-up also include radio veteran Barry 'Barry G' Gordon. "I was doing an outside ... Read More

Sandz promises to be red hot

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, December 19, 2014    

Supreme Events team: (from left, back row) David Matthie, Carlton Davy, Kitwahna Vassell, Jermaine Davis and Oneil Forbes. (Front, left to right) Andrew Ellis and
Jermaul Adir.

ORGANISERS of Sandz Beach Chill are promising that the event, scheduled for White Oasis in Portmore, St Catherine, on January 1, will be off the hook. Plans for the 2015 staging were outlined during a media launch at Fiction Fantasy in St Andrew, on Sunday evening. Supreme Events has teamed with Moscato Sperone for the event. According to Debra Taylor, marketing manager for Select Brands, distributor of Moscato Sperone, a lot is in store for patrons who attend the event. "We're happy to be s ... Read More

NoMaddz for Live From Kingston

Friday, December 19, 2014    


The live music series moves to a new venue -- The Shell Bandstand inside Hope Gardens in St Andrew -- following previous stagings at Base Kingston and the Pegasus Hotel. Event director Jason Panton notes that there are plans to transplant the event in different forms and to different locations, inclusive and not limited to the US and Europe, where there is high demand for Jamaican music and culture. With performers like Chronixx, Iba Mahr and Jesse Royal taking to the stage for previous stag ... Read More



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