Mr Killa on a roll

artiste Mr Killa

BEFORE this Carnival season, not many soca fans were familiar with Mr Killa. That changed a few months ago, with the release of his infectious hit song Rolly Polly. On the single, the Grenadian singer, whose real name is Hollice Jonah Mapp, unabashedly expresses his affection for the 'fat gyals'. ... Read More

Bob Marley Marley flick in the works
A film about the international rise of reggae legend Bob Marley and his Wailers band is reportedly i ... Read More

Deiwght Peters Saint Int'l boss hosts TV show
DEIWGHT Peters, CEO of Saint International model agency, will premiere his pilot six-week lifestyle/ ... Read More

Joshua Chamberlain Alpha raises funds for studio
ORGANISERS of Spain's annual Rototom Sunsplash are among 99 donors who came to Alpha Boys' School's ... Read More

Max Romeo drops album

BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer | Thursday, April 24, 2014    

Veteran artiste Max Romeo (left), shares photo with entertainers Ruffian (centre) and
Richie Stephens at Romeo’s album launch in Treadways, St Catherine, last Friday.

THE residence of roots stalwart Max Romeo, located in rural Treadways, St Catherine, was the appropriate venue to launch his Father and Sons album last Friday. "Not many people could do this. I'm not here tonight as a performer, I'm here to introduce one of the greatest artistes not only out of Jamaica but the world," said singer Richie Stephens who introduced Romeo. Father and Sons is a collaboration between Romeo and his sons, Ronaldo and Romario, known as the duo Rominal. With their f ... Read More

Singer Prince Theo changes tune

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer writer howardgcampbell@yahoo.com | Thursday, April 24, 2014    

Prince Theo

FOR most of his career, singer Prince Theo has recorded songs that express his commitment to black consciousness and Rastafari. But late last year, he went for a change of pace and cut a ballad, Missing You. The journeyman entertainer says it was worth showing he is not all militance. "Even if yuh is a roots artiste yuh have to be flexible an' show the emotional side as well as the spiritual," he said. "When wi do it everybody love it so much wi put it out same time." 'Same time' was in Dece ... Read More

August Town film fest begins

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

Professor Ian Boxill

APPROXIMATELY 20 films have been chosen for this year's staging of the Greater August Town Film Festival (GATFFEST) scheduled for this weekend. The event is an initiative of the University of the West Indies Community Film Project which aims to transform and provide opportunities for young people in the August Town community of St Andrew through training in all aspects of filmmaking. According to Professor Ian Boxill, who supervises the project, the medium of film was chosen as it is felt that ... Read More

Trial delayed

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

Chris Brown

LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) - Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months yesterday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case. Brown will remain in custody after a Los Angeles judge denied a request by the singer's attorney to release him from custody while he awaits trial. Brown's trial had been set to start in Washington yesterday, and Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, had been expected to testify and ... Read More

Film on Bob’s rise to fame in the works

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:21 PM    

A young Bob Marley (right) with wife Rita and children

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A film about the international rise of reggae legend Bob Marley and his Wailers band is reportedly in the works, according to the website, indiewire.com. Titled Buffalo Soldiers (the name of one of Marley's songs) it will be distributed by Mandalay Pictures, with writer Barry Morrow (Rain Man) and producer Cathy Schulman (Crash) reportedly assigned to the project. According to indiewire.com, the film traces Marley and the Wailers' emergence from the rugged K ... Read More

BBC tunes in to zimboo

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Prince Zimboo

DANCEHALL artiste/comedian Prince Zimboo recently 'talked' his way into a gig called the Heh! Report on BBC Radio 1 and BBC1 Extra. Zimboo can be heard the third Thursday of each month during the Toddla T Show, a 10-minute slot aired between 2:00 am and 4:00 am. It is co-hosted by Sani Showbizz. "We discuss a wide range of topics, be it entertainment, comedy or social issues from across the world. This is really a blessing as so far the feedback from the listeners has been really good," Zimboo ... Read More

Sister Carol releases Live No Evil album

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Sister Carol

SISTER Carol has been spreading reggae's roots and culture message for over 30 years. She gives her fans more 'consciousness' on Live No Evil, her latest album. The set was officially released in January by the singjay's Black Cinderella Records. It contains 14 tracks including The Prayer, Jill-cuzzi, Mating Season, Servitude and Muma and Pickney, which she did with her daughter Nakeeba Amaniyea. Live No Evil hears Sister Carol collaborating with American reggae band SOJA, and producers Glen A ... Read More

Hernan Sforzini, reggae’s torchbearer in Argentina

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer howardgcampell@yahoo.com | Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Hernan Sforzini

This is the final of a 10-part series looking at the impact of dancehall/reggae culture around the world. COME June, when the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, many Jamaicans will support Argentina. Throughout the year, however, Hernan Sforzini carries reggae's flag in Argentina. Sforzini is the man behind HEMP! Tribute Reggae to The Beatles Vol II, a three-disc album saluting the Fab Four. The set contains songs by Steel Pulse, Don Carlos, Groundation, Sly and Robbie, Yellowman, Mad Professor, ... Read More

Myrna Hague t0 host free concert

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Myrna Hague to
host free concert

MYRNA Hague, Jamaica's first lady of jazz, will be hosting a free concert and album launch at the Hope Royal Botanical Gardens Shell Band Stand in St Andrew on Sunday. Showtime is slated for 4:00 pm. The new album, Melody Life 2 features some of her earlier recordings at Studio One with new arrangements. At the concert, guests will hear the line-up for this year's staging of the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival. Attendees are being urged to take along their chairs, blankets, and umbrellas to make the ... Read More

No joke! Sammy Question converts to Christianity

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:03 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Samuel Turner, who made his name as a member of comic teams Sammy Question and Freeman and Apache Chief and Sammy Question, is still tickling the funny bone, but with a difference. The comedian, who migrated to the United States in 2005, is now a Christian.  He is firmly ensconced in family entertainment through his Fun and Laughter Productions company and RHRTV1 television station. He is also part of a comedy act with sidekick Spici Vici, playing clubs througho ... Read More



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