Dandy Livingstone

Dandy Livingstone

KINGSTON-BORN Livingstone moved to the United Kingdom in the late 1950s as a teenager and became one of the most identifiable entertainers in the West Indian community. Born Robert Livingstone Thompson, he excelled as a singer/songwriter and producer for over 30 years. He recorded for a number of i ... Read More

Chilean-born Maria Cecilia Toledo (left) and guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith performing at the Ward Theatre in downtown
Kingston on Sunday. (Photo: Kingston On The Edge) When opera met ‘binghi
THE century-old Ward Theatre, in the heart of downtown Kingston, resonated with the sound of music S ... Read More

Gyptian in performance at
Summerstage concert in New York
City, on Saturday.
Soca star Bunji Garlin
Reggae singer Maxi Priest VP storms Summerstage
AS storm clouds hovered over New York City on Saturday, hundreds of reggae and soca fans made their ... Read More

Wayne Price
in handcuffs
with police. Bounty’s bro pleads guilty in St Kitts
WAYNE Price, brother of dancehall deejay Bounty Killer, pleaded guilty to larceny when he appeared i ... Read More

A colourful 3D-X

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, June 29, 2015    

Nuphoric’s Patrick Alexis (centre) getting Bacchanal 3D-X Summer J’Ouvert started with soca,
and paint. (Photos: Rory Daley

BACCHANAL 3D-X Summer J'Ouvert on Saturday night at Mas Camp, St Andrew, kicked off the summer party season right, providing the billed '3-dimensional sensory experience' from start to finish to the young crowd that turned out. "The night went well. It's not about carnival as that happens once a year. This is about soca, and coming out to have fun listening to the different genres of music," Michael Ammar Jr, a Bacchanal Jamaica director, told the Jamaica Observer. The night featured a quartet ... Read More

A Ginuwine Sweatfest

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, June 29, 2015    


RHYTHM and Blues singer Ginuwine delivered a magnificent set at Saturday night's SweatFest held at the Aqueduct in Montego Bay. The singer's performance was worth every scream. He entertained not only with his songs but dance moves and suggestive expressions. Among his opening songs were Hell Yea, Same Ol G and Those Jeans. Most of the songs were dedicated to the ladies who hung on to his every word and move. In between songs like Pony, Sexual Healing and This is What I Need, Ginuwine became ... Read More

Pat Chin gets Libbys Lifetime Award

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Monday, June 29, 2015    

(From left) Randy Chin, Patricia Chin, Tom Silverman of Tommy
Boy Records, Chris Chin and Angela Chin Chung share lens

PATRICIA Chin who, along with her late husband Vincent Chin, founded VP Records was honoured at the American Association of Independent Music's (A2IM's) Libera Awards held at the Highline Ballroom in New York, on Thursday night. Chin is the first female recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Libera Awards, also referred to as the 'Libbys'. The event is now in its fourth staging. "After working 60 years in the business and being recognised is a great feeling," she told the Jamaica ... Read More

Bounty’s brother for St Kitts court today

Monday, June 29, 2015    

Mark Price in handcuffs with

WAYNE Price, brother of dancehall deejay Bounty Killer, is expected to appear in a St Kitts court, today. Price was arrested at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport on Saturday for allegedly stealing a customer service representative's cellphone. He was part of Bounty Killer's entourage preparing to board a flight to leave the island. Bounty Killer (given name is Rodney Price) had performed on the St Kitts Music Festival in Warner Park, on Friday night. His brother had accompanied him. ... Read More

Time Unlimited still around

Monday, June 29, 2015    

Orville Smith

FOR his 1983 song, Johnny Drughead, emerging dub poet Mutabaruka teamed with journeyman harmony group Time Unlimited on what became an underground classic. At the time, the group comprised founding member Orville Smith, Hugo Blackwood and Donavan Joseph. They are enjoying renewed interest, after 40 years since being formed in Duhaney Park, Kingston. Love Made Us is the title of a recently released compilation album featuring songs from Time Unlimited's early years with original members Hugh Ma ... Read More

Ted lags behind Jurassic

Monday, June 29, 2015    

A scene from Ted 2.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A foul-mouthed Teddy bear is no match for a pack of dinosaurs. Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 opened far under expectations with US$32.9 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday, ceding the top-two spots to holdovers Jurassic World and Inside Out. Ted lags behind Jurassic --> Read More

'Tears' for the next generation

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June 28, 2015    


ANTHONY B's 12th album, Tears of Love, will be released on July 23. Speaking with Sunday Observer, the singjay said he wants it to reach a younger generation. "Reggae music needs an album similar to Buju Banton's 'Til Shiloh; we need a landmark. Bob Marley and other icons did it, but right now we don't know where the music is going," he said. The roots artiste added that while the genre is at its highest peak financially, Jamaican acts are being outsold by their American counterparts such as S ... Read More

Rich Hardesty begins Revolution

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, June 28, 2015    

Singer/songwriter Rich Hardesty (centre) is flanked by percussionist Bongo Herman (to his left) and reggae singer Anthony Cruz (right) along with session
musicians at Anchor studio in Kingston, recently.

RICH Hardesty has been to Jamaica multiple times since his first visit in 1993. The singer/songwriter is so enamoured by the island that he has a tattoo of the Jamaican flag on his back. He has also recorded light-hearted songs like Mangoed in tribute to reggae land. On his latest visit, Hardesty is not into recording novelty songs in the mould of Jimmy Buffet, the Margueritaville mogul who has made millions of dollars singing 'tropicana' tunes. "I was hanging out with Capleton and listening ... Read More

NDTC sharpening steps for season

Sunday, June 28, 2015    


THE National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) is currently sharpening its skills to present its 53rd anniversary season of dance from July 24 - August 16. Artistic director for the troupe Barry Moncrieffe notes that this year's presentation could be the most exciting in the history of the NDTC. "This has to be our most exciting season. We will be premiering a number of new works from a range of choreographers. It is this mix which creates that excitement surrounding the season. Among the choreogra ... Read More

An exquisite Classics in June

BY MIGUEL A THOMAS Associate editor thomasm@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June 28, 2015    

Monique Harrison
charms the audience
with the violin.

CALENDAR event Classics in June offered its usual high-quality coterie of musical talent at its 11th staging, held at the University of the West Indies Chapel in St Andrew, last Sunday. The 2015 chapter will definitely be remembered for the quality of selections and the light summer-breezy atmosphere of its chapel home. Returning to master of ceremonies duties was Dervan Malcolm, having missed last year's instalment and passing mic-handling responsibilities to theatre's Pierre Lemaire. Malcol ... Read More



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