That's Not Nice

Music producer Notnice in his recording studio.

DANCEHALL producer Ainsley 'Notnice' Morris says his association with controversial acts Vybz Kartel and Alkaline have caused some artistes to shy away from him. According to Morris, it is one of the biggest challenges he faces in the industry. But he says he is, however, determined to keep doing w ... Read More

From left) Tamika
West, brand
manager Magnum
Tonic Wine; Mark
Kenny, Magnum
King & Queens coproducer;
group brand
manager for
fortified wines and
liqueurs at J Wray &
Nephew Limited;
and Sanjay
Ramanand, Magnum
King & Queens
co-producer, at the
Tuesday launch
of the new season
of their show.
DALEY) Magnum Kings & Queens goes regional
BILLED as Jamaica's number one dancehall TV show, Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall was launche ... Read More

Aidonia Aidonia hits out at scammers
DANCEHALL artiste Aidonia is blasting persons purporting to be part of his management team and colle ... Read More

Etana Etana rises on Billboard
Due to a change in the cut-off date for the tabulation of Billboard Magazine's charts, Etana's new a ... Read More

Tanya Stephens for Dubai show

Friday, October 31, 2014    


FEMALE dancehall deejay Tanya Stephens is slated to perform at Reggae Beachfest to be held at XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa in Dubai on Saturday. Stephens, who will be making her first trek to the United Arab Emirates, is known for songs including Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet, These Streets, It’s a Pity and Boom Wuk. Also performing are the United Arab Emirate’s dancehall king Don Corneille, DJ Jus, Raj, Jaysun and Teddy Jam from Sudan. Read More

Dancehall to BRUK OUT

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Promoters Brian
Martin (second left)
and Sonny Ranking
(right) of Big Head
Promotion present
Jahnoia Christie
(centre) with her
Dancehall Queen
trophy at the Pier
One Entertainment
Complex in August.
Sharing in the
moment is
Jahnoia’s sister,
Keja, who won the
competition last
year. (PHOTO:

THE world of dancehall music and the dancehall queen contests will be the subject of a documentary titled Bruk Out. Bruk Out is brainchild of Brooklyn native Cori McKenna, who is director on the project. She readily admits to being drawn to the music and culture of her fellow New Yorkers who had Jamaican ties. "I would go out and watch the Caribbean parade each year and I was really intrigued by the music and the dancing. I was so inspired that I made some contacts and was invited down to Jama ... Read More

Riddim Twins pay tribute to Holt

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Sly and

In tribute to singer John Holt, who died on October 20 in London, England, the Jamaica Observer presents 'Holt a Day', a daily feature leading up to his final farewell, which is scheduled for November 15. FOR their 1998 album Friends, the revered drum-and-bass team of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare paid homage to the music they grew up listening, by covering songs by singers John Holt and Dobbie Dobson. British singer Maxi Priest, who helped popularise the lovers' rock sound in the United K ... Read More

Watch out for Nae Nae

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Friday, October 31, 2014    

Nae Nae

SINGJAY Nae Nae has made her biggest move to become a force in Jamaican music circles with her latest singles, Da Body Ya and Raging Bull. Da Body Ya is produced by D-Dot Music Group, while Raging Bull was done for Time Code Records. Born Shanice Graham in Kingston, Nae Nae grew up in Trelawny and resided for brief period in the United Kingdom. Her recording debut came last year with the track Bedroom Stulla which was produced by Barbadian Denny De Illest. Confidence is something Nae Nae is n ... Read More

Do Go See this weekend

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Edition on

SPLASH PICK OF THE WEEKEND Liberation, Dance Edition @ Covenant City Church, 72 Half Way Tree Road Featuring: Chozenn, DA Jay, Dunamis, Goddy Goddy, Lypher, Omari, St Matthew Time: 7:00 pm Pic: Goddy Goddy Caption Goddy Goddy among performers for Liberation, Dance Edition on Saturday FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 Celebratory Life @ Shop 4 Global Plaza, 62 Grants Pen Road Featuring: High Vibes Time: 9:00 pm Halloween Smirnoff Fridays @ Ribbiz and Triple Century Time: 8:00pm Star/ Magnum All S ... Read More


BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Rvssian displays his RIAA platinum
certification for Passion Whine.

PRODUCER Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston has earned a platinum plaque for his work on the reggaeton track Passion Whine. Released as a single in March, Passion Whine was recorded by Puerto Rican artiste Farruko and features Sean Paul. The track is featured on the 15-track album Farruko Presenta: Los Menores. Released on October 27 by Universal Music Group, Jamaican singer Wayne Wonder is also featured on the album. The certification, issued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), whi ... Read More

Shaggy to help Food For The Poor build houses in Haiti

Thursday, October 30, 2014 4:38 PM    


KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s Grammy award-winning reggae star, Shaggy, will perform at Food For The Poor’s (FFP) 20th annual Building Hope Gala, to raise funds to build critically needed houses for poverty-stricken individuals living in Pon Batay, Haiti. FFP’s 20th annual Building Hope Gala will be held Friday, February 6, 2015, at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. According to FFP President, Robin Mahfood, the charity organisation is elated that Shaggy has ch ... Read More

House of Cards actress is dead

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Elizabeth Norment

NEW YORK, USA (AP) -- Actress Elizabeth Norment, who portrayed the secretary to Kevin Spacey's hard-driving politico Frank Underwood in the Netflix series House of Cards, has died. She was 61 years old. Netflix confirmed the death on yesterday but offered no details. Beau Willimon, the show's co-creator, called Norment a "talented actress, a warm soul and a good friend to us all." Norment appeared as a guest in many other TV shows, including Doogie Howser, MD, ER, Party of Five and Law & O ... Read More

John Holt gets defiant

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

John Holt

In tribute to singer John Holt who died on October 20 in London, England, the Jamaica Observer presents 'Holt a Day', a daily feature leading up to his funeral, which is slated for November 15. BY the 1980s, singer John Holt began embracing the Rastafari faith. His Police in Helicopter, recorded for producer Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, was a defiant social commentary on the Jamaican police's effort to eradicate ganja farms. The track was a departure from Holt's typical ballads. Roots Radics bassist ... Read More

Elton calls Pope hero

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Elton John

Elton calls Pope hero NEW YORK, USA (AP) -- Elton John called Pope Francis my hero for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit. John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in New York City, which raised US$3.7 million. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?" Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against ... Read More



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