Alpha to name centre in Sean Paul’s honour

Sean Paul.

ALPHA Institute’s Music Technology Department is to be renamed Sean Paul Henriques Media Centre. This honour came about after Grammy-winning artiste Sean Paul toured the institution in December and donated $1.5 million to its music technology programme. Sean Paul said what impressed him most ... Read More

Boris Gardiner Moonlight shines on Boris’s star
SINGER and musician Boris Gardiner’s Every Nigger is a Star is featured on the original motion ... Read More

Nesbeth. Nesbeth gets double YVA nods
Singjay Nesbeth is pleased with his two nods in the upcoming Youth View Awards. The entertainer was ... Read More

Jah Max. Jah Max back with Smooth Sailing
THREE years after its release, Jah Max is amping up promotion of the track Smooth Sailing, with hope ... Read More

After 12: Pink & Black...yea!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017    

Shania ignored the theme, but that didn't cost her any attention. (karl mclarty)

It wasn’t the biggest crowd ever, but the many revellers who journeyed to Wicki Wacki in Bull Bay, St Andrew, on December 23 for Pink and Black had a blast. And who better than OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY to capture the action? Read More

Grub Cooper to get Rita Marley award

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Grub Cooper

MUSIC producer and vocalist Grub Cooper is scheduled to be honoured by the Rita Marley Foundation for his contribution to Jamaica’s musical heritage. The occasion is slated for The University of the West Indies, Mona campus, on February 17. “Grub has undoubtedly made immeasurable contributions to Jamaica’s music and culture. For this reason, Dr (Rita) Marley and the foundation find him most deserving of this inaugural award. It will be bestowed on February 17, during the fou ... Read More

Rebel salutes festival

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Tony Rebel in performance at Rebel Salute held at Grizzly’s Plantation in St Ann, last weekend. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

REBEL Salute organiser Tony Rebel is giving this year’s staging of the two-day reggae festival at Grizzly’s Plantation at Priory, St Ann, last weekend, a pass rate of 85 per cent. According to him, aside from the favourable reviews he has received since Sunday, he rates himself very hard and is aware there is no limit to where the 24-year-old event can go. “This is my contribution to nation building and the tourism product. My ultimate aim is to provide a week-long festival o ... Read More

Zyanigh pushing See You Cry

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    


UNITED Kingdom-based reggae singer Zyanigh is expecting a warm reception for his single See You Cry and its accompanying video. Both were released last Friday. See You Cry is produced by Jazhyah Music Group and is available on all major digital media platforms. “Fans have been gravitating to my sound ever since I released Love You More, and this new track is going to be a definite hit for the women,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “I have been doing well on the European marke ... Read More

Poetry in motion aims at charities

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Dub poet Yasus Afari in performance at a previous staging of Poetry in Motion.Delahayes Photos

THE 14th staging of spoken word festival, Poetry in Motion (PiM) is scheduled for Manchester Golf Club on Brumalia Road, Mandeville, on Sunday, February 26. Showtime is slated for a 6:00 pm start. According to organiser Yasus Afari, part proceeds of the event will be going to a number of Manchester-based educational institutions and charitable organisations. “From the inception, PiM has demonstrated social responsibility, entrepreneurship, ‘com-unity’, nation building and a ... Read More

Rebel Salute in pictures

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    


The two-day music festival, Rebel Salute came to a close in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Held on the 200-acre Grizzly’s Plantation in Priory, St Ann, the event had thousands witnessing performances from some of Jamaica’s top entertainers. Here are a few scenes from the occasion. Read More

Tall Rich hooked on Changes

Monday, January 16, 2017    

Tall RIch.

UNITED Kingdom-based reggae singer Tall Rich said he would be heading to Jamaica in a few weeks to promote his album Changes. According to the entertainer, he would be re-releasing the set, which premiered in 2011. “I decided to release it in Jamaica as I want it to reach a more global audience. It has a powerful message that I want to be heard worldwide. It is more of a roots reggae album but it is for any market that gets the message,” he told the Jamaica Observer. Tall Rich sai ... Read More

Salute ends on high

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, January 16, 2017    


THE second and final night of Rebel Salute 2017, held at Grizzly’s Plantation in Priory, St Ann, on Saturday, was characterised by strong performances. With the massive audience as witnesses, a number of artistes delivered performances which provided warmth against the cool, strong breeze which blew across the 200-acre property for the two-day festival. In similar fashion to last year, it was local ‘King of Covers’, Sanchez, who was the toast of night two. A major indicator ... Read More

Hall came, saw, conquered Salute

Sunday, January 15, 2017    

Lady Saw delivering her set on Rebel Salute’s opening night in St Ann on Friday. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

JUST over a year ago she stunned many by quitting popular music, becoming a Christian and, by extension, a gospel act. On Friday night she returned to the local stage and threw down one of the evening’s strongest performances at Rebel Salute held at Grizzly’s Plantation in Priory, St Ann. Minister Marion Hall, formerly Lady Saw, delivered a testimony that was both moving and entertaining. She has not lost the energy and vibe she brought to global stages for more than 20 years, with ... Read More

Powerful sets at Salute

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, January 15, 2017    

Anthony B.

IT was an evening dedicated to singers, and delivered they did on the first night of Rebel Salute held at Grizzly’s Plantation in Priory, St Ann, on Friday. Wayne Wonder emerged among the front runners following a great set in the early hours of Saturday. It was 5:20 am when he arrived on stage and wasted no time. Don’t Waste Your Time, Favourite Girl with a Spragga Benz cameo, I Still Believe, Forever Young, Bounce Along, No Letting Go all flowed from the lips of the lanky singer ... Read More



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