’T Boots’ Harris... unforgettable

Musician Grub Cooper pays tribute the late T Boots Harris

AMID tributes at the thanksgiving service for veteran entertainment journalist Trevor ‘T Boots’ Harris Saturday, his long-time friend and singer Boris Gardner captured the essence of the sombre occasion with his rendition of Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable. It was a perfect summary ... Read More

Kaci Fennell (centre) is flanked by second runner-up Kimar Muir (left) and first-runner up Roshelle McKinley. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) Kaci Fennell is Miss Universe Jamaica 2014
KACI Fennell won the Hyundai Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 title on Saturday at the Karl Hendrickson Au ... Read More

A family in mourning
(From left) Keri-Ann Harris- Reuben (daughter), Francisco-Che Harris (son), Aghaneen Harris (daughte ... Read More

Tom Laing Tom Laing salutes Gregory
AS a budding entertainer in the 1990s, Tom Laing was influenced by several singers. One of them was ... Read More

Eastern Pan champs decided

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Delroy Thompson (left) and Carlos Thomas, winners in the Eastern Regional Eliminations of the CB Pan Chicken Championship.

JERKED chicken and dancehall were a winning combination on Saturday, August 23rd, at the CB Pan Chicken Championship Eastern Regional Eliminations, at the UDC Car Park in Portmore. The winners were: Annie Simpson for the Grace Ketch Di Taste Sauce competition; Pauline Rainford (St Thomas); Denton Levers (St Mary); Delroy Thompson (Portland); Norman Chambers (Kingston & St Andrew); Carlos Thomas (St Catherine). The 26 booths manned by the competitors were a hit with patrons. According to C ... Read More

On the Boardwalk with Sandz

Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:34 AM    

DJ Supastylez (second left) is surrounded by a bevy of beauties at a recent staging of Sandz

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The latest in the Sandz Beach Party series takes place today (Sunday, August 31) at the Boardwalk Beach in Portmore, St Catherine. It is the conclusion to a debut season which began in May. According to Carlton Davy of promoters Yung Kingz Entertainment, "It will be a party centred on the theme of chilling on the plush beach line of Boardwalk while being treated to a premium entertainment package." Sandz is the brainchild of a group of event coordinators. They are members ... Read More

Life after ‘Sticky’

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Uzziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson

IN a 2002 interview with the Jamaica Observer, Uzziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson spoke about the lack of session work for percussionists in contemporary reggae. “Nuh whole heap a work nah gwaan, a computer ting a run the place now,” he said. “Only one an’ two man will gi’ yuh a call.” Thompson, who died last Monday at age 78 in Florida, played on countless hit songs during a 50-year career. Those hits ranged from ska (Little Did You Know by the Technique ... Read More

Jessica Shaw: Born dancer

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer Senior Reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Dancer and
Jessica Shaw
in performance
for L’Acadco.

DANCER and choreographer Jessica Shaw cannot remember a time when she was not dancing. Being the daughter of choreographer Paula Shaw allowed her to be exposed to the art from a very early age. “My mother sent me to study ballet with Elizabeth Samuda from about age three and I have not looked back since,” the 23-year-old related to the Jamaica Observer. Twenty years after she was introduced to her first ballet class, Shaw is now the ballet mistress at L’Acadco, one of Jamai ... Read More

National Gallery celebrates 40 years

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Albert Huie’s The Vendor is among the works to be
featured in the National Gallery’s 40th anniversary
retrospective exhibition which opens today.

THE National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) kicks off its 40th anniversary celebrations today with the opening of a retrospective exhibition. "The task we have set ourselves with In Retrospect: Forty Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica is to tell the story of that story, examining with a critical eye the role the NGJ has played in establishing how Jamaican art is understood," explained Dr Veerle Poupeye, executive director of the NGJ. "The exhibition consists mainly of key works from our collec ... Read More

Crown him king

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Sunday, August 31, 2014    


AS a teenager, Kevin King had big dreams of being a basketball player. That all changed after he went through his father’s stash of vinyl records and ended up playing them on a turntable. He has long given up hopes of shooting hoops. Today, he is known as Kevin Crown, one of the top disc jockeys in the tri-state area of the United States — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. “I started as a DJ as a hobby but after listening to my father’s records my interest in music ... Read More

Carib folklore on demand

By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

LUCAS... the goal is to provide exposure for film-makers and an
outlet through which their work could be shared within the
region as well as worldwide

THE Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA), an organisation based in Brooklyn, New York, is aiming to promote Caribbean folklore through its new Studio Anansi Films. Guyanese Romola Lucas, who co-founded CaFA in 2012, told the Sunday Observer that Studio Anansi Films will expose short and feature-length dramas as well as animated films and documentaries using the fledgling Video-On-Demand (VOD) medium. VOD is CaFA's latest venture. The company currently shows Caribbean productions on its CineCarib&eacu ... Read More

A woman's professional bias

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

A woman’s professional bias

"This is my father's choice, O what a world of vile ill favour'd faults Looks handsome in three hundred pound a year!" Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, III, 4 BACK in those days, three hundred pounds a year was more than a tidy sum, and a man, even with ill-favoured faults, looked really handsome if he was earning that amount. That woman's father chose a suitor for her, and she wasn't too pleased, but his monetary worth sort of smoothed things over. Money does have a way of equalisi ... Read More

U-Roy's new set

Saturday, August 30, 2014    

U-ROY... the album has not
been released in Jamaica as

FOUNDATION artiste and toaster U-Roy is back in the island following a short stint in Europe where he performed at Reggae Ska as well as made a few more stops in that continent. The singer got the chance to sing some of his songs on his latest album released two years ago on the European market only Pray Fi Di People. Among the songs on the 13-track project are They Have No Love, Ebony Eyes, title track Pray Fi Di People and Border. The album came three years following his last album I Am The ... Read More

Dancehall Madness

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, August 30, 2014    

A female patron does a
head stand, another
dangerous practice in
the dancehall.

THERE has never been a shortage of the daring in the dancehall: be it lyrics, fashion, or dance. Trends in the latter, however, have been raising a few eyebrows over the years. Bottle sucking, the latest trend to emerge, sees females poking several glass bottles in their mouths and seductively sucking on them while dancing. Recently, a photograph of a female sucking on four beer bottles made the rounds on social media sparking rousing debates. General practioner Dr Orlando Thomas said that al ... Read More



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