JaRIA calling

Trevor McNaughton of The Melodians with his award. (Garfield Robinson)

Organisers of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards stressed its importance Sunday at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. “I just want to thank everyone that has stayed with the JaRIA awards for the past nine years,” said Ibo Cooper, JaRIA chairman. For C ... Read More

Boris Gardiner in performance at Action For Charity held at Fab 5 headquarters on Springvale Avenue in Kingston, in September. (Photos: Lionel Rookwood) Gardiner basks in the Moonlight
DESPITE an embarrassing mix-up, Moonlight was named the big winner at Sunday’s Academy Awards ... Read More

The burning bush scene from Father Ho Lung and Friends’ Moses. Moses gets 10 nods
Musical Moses from Father Ho Lung and Friends leads the pack of nominees for this year’s Actor ... Read More

Jah Fucha. Jah Fucha hopes to Rise Like the Sun
FAST-RISING singjay Jah Fucha (pronounced Future) knows what it means to grow up in poverty. He, how ... Read More

Chronixx set to drop Chronology

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Chronixx performing on the Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show last Friday. (Photo: courtesy of NBC)

CHRONIXX is busy in New York preparing for his four-month-long tour of North America and the release of his upcoming album Chronology, which is set to hit the streets early March. As part of the promotions for the album, the artiste, who leads the reggae revival breed of young acts, made the second stop at the Tonight Show on American television network NBC last Friday. Host of the slot, Jimmy Fallon, is a long-time fan and first had Chronixx on back in 2014 when he was promoting his EP Dread ... Read More

Dillgin looks to Europe

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    


Dillgin is eyeing the European market with his debut album, Million Miles. The 14-song set was released two weeks ago. It features songs such as Shining, Blessings, Basket, and the title track. Produced by Dilllgin, Million Miles was released by his Wall Streetz Records. “My album is an excellent album, it has the authentic reggae vibes that the people in Europe love, and I’m sure it will do well over there,” said Dillgin, who is also promoting Still A Work, a song produce ... Read More

Mystic Revelation of Rastafari rises from ashes

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.

TWO years after a fire destroyed their instruments, venerable roots group Mystic Revelation of Rastafari (MRR) are back with new songs and an album. Last Thursday, the eastern Kingston aggregation launched three songs — Am A Warrior, Warrior from the 1960s; Babylon By Bus and No Night in Zion — at the outdoor venue Kingston 10 in St Andrew. They performed those songs as well as reggae standards Drum Song and Rockfort Rock. The new tracks will be part of Phoenix Rising From The ... Read More

Simply Myrna to boost charities

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Myrna Hague

SIMPLY Myrna cabaret show is scheduled for the gardens of Devon House in St Andrew, on Saturday. Part proceeds from the event will be going to The Jones Avenue Community Cadet Corps and Jones Avenue Basic School. “The young ones and those in their teens and adolescent years have always been our focus, with other beneficiaries such as the Sonny Bradshaw Foundation, receiving funds to provide scholarships for music students and the Macam Child Care Development Centre, which cares for ch ... Read More

Khago opens new Hotspot

BY SADE GARDNER Observer writer | Monday, February 27, 2017    


IN an effort to take control of his music, singjay Khago has completed construction of a ‘new’ studio in Manchester, his home parish. Dubbed The Hotspot, he started operations last week but the facility is not yet open to the public. “I’ve had my own studio from 2004 but di ting set up di real way now. Music changes all di time an’ yuh know how di copyright ting set up. Dis a go mek mi more in charge of mi own music now,” he told the Jamaica Observer. Pack ... Read More

Rodigan’s spin on life

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Monday, February 27, 2017    

David Rodigan.

IF buyers of David Rodigan’s upcoming autobiography are sniffing for drama, they will be disappointed. Indeed, the famed British Disc Jockey/sound system selector says, “It’s a honest and frank story about my journey.” Rodigan’s tome, My Life In Reggae, is scheduled for release in March. It traces his ties to Jamaican music and culture, going back to his youth in the 1960s. Rodigan first worked as a broadcaster on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in 197 ... Read More

Courtney John puts passion in Yes We Are

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Monday, February 27, 2017    

Courtney John.

Known for easy-listening songs like Lucky Man and Baby Tonight, singer Courtney John shows a different kind of passion in his latest song, Yes We Are. It addresses one of the most divisive international issues. “It is about the refugee and migrant crisis that’s facing the world and it’s a true reflection of the album,” John told the Jamaica Observer. The ‘album’, his fifth, is scheduled for release in April. Produced by Pierre-Marie Williamson, Yes We Are ... Read More

BritJam set for March 8-14

Monday, February 27, 2017    

Young M.A.

American rapper Young M.A is headliner for BritJam 2017 Ultimate Spring Break Festival scheduled for March 8-14, in Montego Bay, St James. The eight-day, multi-party event –– a staple of the western party scene –– was launched at the Terra Nova All-Suites Hotel in St Andrew recently. “We want to invite Kingston, St Andrew, and Portmore down to Montego Bay to see what BritJam has to offer,” Miriam Rose, assistant coordinator of BritJam, told the Jamaica Obse ... Read More

Dups on a mission

Monday, February 27, 2017    


As a child of the inner city, singjay Dups empathises with the challenges of ghetto life. He and his management, Loyalty Recording Label, are gearing up for an islandwide tour, encouraging youth to stay the straight and narrow. Details of the shows have not been finalised, but Dups stressed the message will be consistent. “I just want to encourage the youths not to give up, keep working hard and in due time you will make it,” he said. Dups was raised in Olympic Gardens, a working- ... Read More

Lincoln 3Dot gives First Day account

Monday, February 27, 2017    

Lincoln 3Dot.

Emerging deejay Lincoln 3Dot said he has returned to Jamaica to focus on his career. “Mi feel like Jamaica is a smaller ground and easier fi cover than trying fi do it in America. Jamaican people have this thing where dem talk nuff; word a mouth spread faster in Jamaica, and the ground just small and easier fi conquer, so mi just figure seh mi wudda just try do it yah so instead,” he told the Jamaica Observer. His latest single First Day, produced by Track Starr, was released last ... Read More



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