Triple treat for Etana

Reggae singer Etana and her backup singer Klyve (Ruel Moncrieffe) performing at the
International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at Bailey Hall, Broward College in Fort
Lauderdale, on Sunday. (Photos: Gail Zucker)

ETANA won three awards at last Sunday's 34th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at Bailey Hall, Broward College in Fort Lauderdale. She won Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year for I Rise, and the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award for 'her charity work, advocacy on behalf ... Read More

Grace Jones Making of a reggae diva
IN her just-released autobiography, I'll Never Write My Memoir, singer/actress Grace Jones remembers ... Read More

Bob Marley Wailers’ collector’s edition out
REGGAE king Bob Marley's year-long 70th birthday celebration continues with the release of two box s ... Read More

I-Octane I-Octane takes on Europe
STARTING tomorrow reggae singjay I-Octane is set to kick off his month-long tour of Europe with a pe ... Read More

Mitchell impresses at Come Celebrate Jesus

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau cummimgsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, October 08, 2015    

A section of the crowd at the convention centre (PHOTOS: PHILP LEMONTE)

ROSE HALL, St James — When American gospel singer and songwriter VaShawn Mitchell took the stage at the Come Celebrate Jesus concert at the Montego Bay Convention Centre Saturday night, it was the first time the multiple Grammy Awards nominee was performing in the island. It was the first time too, that most of the scores of patrons who flocked the spacious convention centre were seeing Mitchell live in concert, and they were not disappointed. Throughout his one hour set, Mitchell who ce ... Read More

Jah Mike looks out for the kids

Thursday, October 08, 2015    

Jah Mike

WITH the start of Parents' Month three weeks away, singer Jah Mike appeals for more responsible parenting on his latest song A Baby Needs a Mother and a Father. The self-produced single was released in late September and is co-written by Jah Mike and his spouse, Edna Rosa, with music composed by veteran pianist Dennis 'Jah D' Fearon. "The reason for this song is because a lot of kids grow up without a mother and a father, which is not right. So the only way for the kids to grow in a good famil ... Read More

Lupita Nyong’o gives Mavado nod

Wednesday, October 07, 2015    

(L) Lupita Nyong’o
(R) Mavado

ACADEMY Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o is a fan of dancehall music and deejay Mavado. The 32-year-old Kenyan-raised actress revealed her interest in the Jamaican music genre during an interview for Vogue magazine's online feature -- 73 Questions with Lupita Nyong'o -- which was uploaded to its YouTube channel in September. During the eight-minute-plus feature, the interviewer asks Nyong'o -- who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2013 for her role in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave -- rand ... Read More

Juror in Buju’s case guilty of contempt

Wednesday, October 07, 2015    


A Florida Federal judge found a juror in Buju Banton's trial guilty of contempt last Thursday, for researching the case outside of court. According to yesterday's Tampa Bay Times, Terri Wright was given five months' probation, ordered to do 40 hours of community service, and research and write a paper on the cost to taxpayers of a six-day trial, by Judge James S Moody. Moody, however, granted her attorney's request that the sentence be set aside pending the appeal's completion. Rosemary Dunca ... Read More

JC honours stalwarts

Wednesday, October 07, 2015    

Inner Circle founding members, Roger (left) and Ian Lewis.

NEW YORK, USA -- Pat Chin, co-founder of VP Records, headed a distinguished group of veteran Jamaican musicians and industry contributors who were honoured at the Jamaica College Old Boys Association of New York Silver Anniversary Awards Banquet at the La Guardia Plaza Hotel in Queens here, on Saturday. Jazz great Monty Alexander, Michael 'Ibo' Cooper, and brothers Ian and Roger Lewis, were among the alumni bestowed with awards. The Lewises, co-founders of Grammy Award-winning band Inner Circl ... Read More

Verdi's Il Trovatore lives up to billing

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, October 07, 2015    

Dolora Zajick as Azucena

THE love triangle -- with its attendant characteristics of deception, intrigue and drama -- has always been the fodder for dramatic productions. Verdi's Il Trovatore is no different. Last Saturday, courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series, audiences across the globe had the fantastic opportunity to view this riveting production which lived up to its billing as the curtain-raiser for the movie theatre broadcasts by the iconic opera house in New York. This triangle involves troop ... Read More

Rakkazz rocks Redbones

Wednesday, October 07, 2015    

Rakkazz International Band

KINGSTON'S Redbones Blues Café was jam-packED with high-energy entertainment from Rakkazz International Band, on Friday night. Led by vocalist Janoy Ellis, the Manchester-based, five-year-old aggregation had the Argyle Road live music haunt bubbling with an interactive set that created a night of 'rakkazz'. Starting with Dennis Brown's Promised Land, Ellis performed an entertaining medley of They Know, I'm Moving, New Life and a lot more. The Edna Manley School of the Visual and Perfor ... Read More

Celebrating with Richie B

Wednesday, October 07, 2015    

Dub poet DYCR (right) hails
up birthday boy Richie B.

THERE was no doubt that a large crowd of family, friends and well-wishers would have turned out to celebrate ace broadcaster and businessman Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess’s birthday on September 20. And where better than Richie B’s Liquor Centre on Manning’s Hill Road in the capital city to host this mega event? Yes, you guessed it… KARL MCLARTY, the roving nocturnal JAMAICA OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER, was there and was kept very busy. Read More

Kurry Stain aims for the sky

Tuesday, October 06, 2015    

Kurry Stain

ROOKIE dancehall singjay Kurry Stain says he is enjoying quite a buzz with his latest single, Sky Pree, on JA Productions's Life Support 'Riddim'. "I swear, is a great look. Mi phone a blow up everyday when the song a play. Mi a get a lot of response on my Twitter and Facebook pages," the 21-year-old told the Jamaica Observer. Released last month, the singjay said Sky Pree is a song reminding others that the sky is the limit and that goals can be achieved with hard work. "Speaking about our n ... Read More

AJ, Third World shine at IRAWMA

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, October 06, 2015    

(L) Reggae singer AJ Brown, bearing his award was inducted into
the IRAWMA Hall of Fame at the Bailey Hall in Broward College
in Florida, on Sunday. (PHOTOS: GAIL ZUCKER)
(R) Gospel singer Carlene Davis.

SINGER AJ Brown and Third World received top honours at the 34th annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at the Bailey Hall in Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, Sunday evening. Brown, lead singer of Third World, was inducted into IRAWMA Hall of Fame along with singer/producer singer Ed Robinson. Brown was pleased with the acknowledgement. "It's a milestone for me. This is the first award that I've been given outside of Jamaica. It shows my appeal is expanding, and the fact ... Read More



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