Weed wars

Bunny Wailer

VETERAN reggae singer Bunny Wailer has turned to crowd funding site Indiegogo to secure contributions in retaining international lawyers to protect Rastafari interests in marijuana (ganja). Wailers One Love 'Legalize It! RastaGanja campaign was launched last Wednesday with an ambitious aim of raisi ... Read More

Hammond What one dance did for Beres
SINCE recording the Soul Reggae album in 1978, singer Beres Hammond had settled into a groove as Jam ... Read More

Dane Lee Dane Lee hopes to strike right chord
IT is never easy for children of famous persons to follow in their parents' footsteps. But Dane Lee, ... Read More

(L) Bob Marley
(R) Mitchell
Brunings Finding 'Marley'
MARLEY, the world premiere musical about Bob Marley, found its Bob in an audition clip for the telev ... Read More

The Bahamian Connection

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, April 19, 2015    


JOHNNY Kemp, the Bahamas singer who was found dead at a Montego Bay beach on Thursday, was among a handful of artistes from those islands to make an international mark. Kemp, who was 55, is known globally for the dance anthem Just Got Paid which soared up the Billboard Magazine main charts in the summer of 1987. The song became Kemp's signature and remains a club anthem throughout the world. Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier put The Bahamas on the map with starring roles in major Hol ... Read More

Caribbean Pride on show

Sunday, April 19, 2015    

Cast members of Beaches Negril’s latest entertainment production, Pride of the Caribbean, performing one of the pieces.

PRIDE of the Caribbean, a production mounted by Beaches Negril, opened to rave reviews from both guests and staff recently. In keeping with the notion that Caribbean has its roots in Africa, the show comprises several traditional pieces. From the opening dance Welcome to Jamaica to the closing piece which sees the cast performing to Shakira's "Waka Waka", the entire production is a commendable effort. One of the standout pieces include a duet with Red Lane Spa assistant manager Patrick Watt an ... Read More

Chris Martin 'steppin' out

Sunday, April 19, 2015    

Chris Martin ‘steppin’ out

REGGAE singer Chris Martin has released the music video for Steppin' Razor. Directed by Kurt Wright, it was shot on location in Jamaica. Steppin Razor, the single, is produced by Frankie Music and is the track from his debut EP of the same name. It is slated for release in spring. Steppin Razor bears the same name of Tosh's 1977 classic. Martin, however, explained the distinction. "Tosh's song had a militancy, cutting down inequality but I am saying a steppin' razor is sharper than the rest. ... Read More

Just too old

with Tony Robinson | Sunday, April 19, 2015    

Just too old

I know thee not, old man: Fall to thy prayers; How ill white hairs Become a fool and jester! - Shakespeare, 2 Henry, IV,V, 5 WHITE hairs become a fool and jester. No wonder they say there's no fool like an old fool, as some people will just not act their age. This includes some women who will not dress to suit their age. There she is at age 60 but dressing like a teenager. "Lady, yu nuh see the b-rider shorts and skimpy top nuh suit yu... yu too old." People can be so strange and contradi ... Read More

Phelicia Dell for CFW

Saturday, April 18, 2015    


HAITIAN designer Phelicia Dell will be presenting her art-inspired Vèvè Collection at Caribbean Fashionweek's (CFW's)15th anniversary staging in June. Conceptualised by Pulse's CEO Kingsley Cooper, CFW is is scheduled for June 6-15 and is expected to showcase the region's finest. A classic craftswoman, Dell's roots are deeply based in the rich art and spiritual tradition of her country. She describes her Vèvè Collection for the Jamaica Observer. "The Vèv&eg ... Read More

Skip ready to carry Marley legacy

Saturday, April 18, 2015    


EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD singer Skip is the latest member of the Marley clan to ply his trade in the music arena. He is preparing the digital release of his debut single Cry to Me next Tuesday. Co-produced by the singer and Paul Fakhourie, the track is on the Tuff Gong International label. The accompanying video was released earlier this week. "Cry to Me is a message for this girl I know, well really a message for everybody who seems to focus on their insecurities. I'm just saying it's cool to be w ... Read More

We ready fi road!

Saturday, April 18, 2015    

(Photos: Karl

HUNDREDS of costumed revellers, as well, countless soca enthusiasts, poured into the streets of the Corporate Area for the Digicel Road March on Sunday. Revellers danced their way to and from Mas Camp throughout Kingston, culminating the 2015 Bacchanal season. Organiser of Bacchanal Jamaica, Michael Ammar Jr said he is surprised by the event's success. "With the state of the economy, we somewhat expected a calmer season. But the last four weeks, especially were spectacular. It came out well," ... Read More

Empress creates musical legacy

Saturday, April 18, 2015    

Empress Nannah Nana

LONDON was the most musically diverse city in the world during the 1970s. Punk rock, heavy metal and roots-reggae made the British capital a hotbed of rebellion. Hannah Harris grew up in the United Kingdom during that period of angst, a time of challenges for the country's West Indian population. Though a practising lawyer since the 1990s, she said there has always been a burning desire to make music. "I've always been into music but I never recorded anything until three years ago. I believe ... Read More

R&B singer dies in Jamaica

Saturday, April 18, 2015    

Johnny Kemp

THE body of Bahamian singer Johnny Kemp was found on a beach in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday. Kemp, 55, who lived in New York, is known for the 1987 Billboard dance anthem Just Got Paid. According to the Corporate Communications Unit, the police's information arm, the singer's body was found face down at the beach around 9:50 am on Thursday. He apparently suffered head injuries and was fully clothed. It is believed Kemp -- who was seen walking on the rocks earlier in the morning -- lost ... Read More

Dealer strikes Balance

Saturday, April 18, 2015    


REGGAE singjay Dealer (aka Ra Deal) is encouraged by the warm reception to his latest single Balance. Released in February, the track is on the Big Dreams Productions imprint. Balance is the first single from his upcoming album Born to Be Free scheduled for a summer release. The singjay said the inspiration for Balance came from his own observations and experience. "You have to know how to play the cards you have been dealt in life, you have to know how to balance in this trod we making in l ... Read More



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