'Dexta' for Kaluga Kafe


SINGJAY Dexta Daps will be the featured artiste on Red Stripe Beer Wendzdays at the Kaluga Kafe in Old Harbour, St Catherine, tonight. Also on bill is top-flight female artiste Tifa. Dexta Daps (given name Louis Grandison) got his big break in January with 7 Eleven. The 28-year-old is also creatin ... Read More

‘Anancy’ takes six
Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com CHILDREN'S theatre was the big winner at Mon ... Read More

Stefhen Bryan Doodu Boy takes centrestage
THOUGH his early years in McIntyre Villa were rough, Stefhen Bryan visits the east Kingston communit ... Read More

Councillor Leon Thomas, acting mayor of Portmore, tests one of the interactive motorcycle
games while Tyrone Williams, marketing director, Buzzers, looks on. (Photos: Garfield Robinson) Portmore’s latest ‘Buzz’
RESIDENTS of the dormitory community of Portmore in St Catherine now have a new family-friendly ente ... Read More


Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

Fantasy — sponsored
by Ammar’s

  Here are some of the costumes you will see for Bacchanal Jamaica’s road march on April 12. Read More

Tonic Magnum

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

(L-R) All the
White is
eye candy.
Debbie (that’s
the only name
she was willing to
give) seems to be
pondering her next
The lovely
Yanique Lewis
generated many
admiring stares.

The Magnum-sponsored Container Beach Party at Sugar Man’s Beach in Portmore, St Catherine attracted a large crowd of revellers last Sunday. That, though, was not surprising given that it was the ‘Bikini and Lollipop Edition’. OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY hit the beach and filled his memory card Read More

Big finale for Karnival Countdown

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

(From left) Rohan Marley, Mala Morrison and DJ JLava from Dei Musicale out of
Trinidad at a recent staging of Karnival Countdown, which will come to an end
this Thursday at Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew. (Photo: Contributed)

WEEKLY soca party Karnival Countdown will end its 10-week run at the Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew, with a drink-inclusive Final Fete tomorrow. "This Thursday, we are doing things a bit different," Chad Williams, event co-organiser, told the Jamaica Observer. Karnival Countdown will be starting earlier than usual, at 8:00 pm ahead of the Good Friday holiday, and the bars will be stocked courtesy of Diageo with their portfolio of products. Partygoers can dance to Trinidad's Dei Musical ... Read More

Back to ‘Black’

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, March 31, 2015    

Back to ‘Black’

GUYANA-BORN roots singer Natural Black is slated to perform at the James R Hallford Stadium in Georgia on May 24. The event will be hosted by Guyana Association of Georgia, Inc. "It is always an honour to represent my birth country. I am proud to be regarded as a music ambassador," said the 40-year-old Natural Black, who relocated to Jamaica 20 years ago. Since then, he has recorded for several producers and released songs including Wanna Tell You I Love You, Don't Play With my Heart and Far ... Read More

Tad’s gives roots movement nod

Tuesday, March 31, 2015    

(L-R) Jesse Royal, Iba Mahr & Kabaka Pyramid

MUSIC producer and distributor Tad Dawkins acknowledges the neo-roots movement with the Roots Reggae Revivalist Vol 1 album which will be released by his Tad's International Record on April 21. The set contains songs by a number of new-wave roots artistes such as Chronixx (Give me a Try), Jesse Royal (Singing the Blues), Iba Mahr (Babylon Debating) and Kabaka Pyramid, who teams with Tarrus Riley on Fly The Gate. There are also tracks by older roots singers including Richie Spice with Bad Weath ... Read More

Color Festival 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015    

Partygoers share out the
powder before the hourly

THE first instalment of the 2015 biannual staging of Color Festival at Hope Gardens in St Andrew on Sunday was a blitz of lights, fun, and of course, colour. "We want to thank the fans of the festival who came out and made it a success again with their energy," Safia Cooper, event organiser and Pulse's director of sales and marketing, told the Jamaica Observer. The international event, which was first brought to Jamaican shores this time in 2014, showed its maturity and evolution. The massive ... Read More

Sandz for Cable Hut Beach

Tuesday, March 31, 2015    

(L-R) This patron was seen chilling. This patron had heads turning
at a previous staging of Sandz. She came to have a good time.

THE party series Sandz Ultimate Beach Chill returns to the Cable Hut Beach in Bull Bay, on Easter Sunday, April 5. The event is set to transform the Cable Hut Beach into one of Brazil's popular beach destinations 'São Paulo Beach'. "Staying true to our beach-hopping trend, we will continue to explore some of Jamaica's finest properties and execute the Caribbean's Ultimate Beach Chill throughout the summer," said Carlton Davy, event coordinator. In keeping with the Brazilian theme, fema ... Read More

Izula remakes a dancehall classic

Tuesday, March 31, 2015    


LAST year when the Wiletunes label decided to relaunch the revered Far East beat, singer Izula was one of the artistes selected to record on it. He covered True Love, originally done in the 1980s by singer White Mice on that 'riddim' for producer Lloyd 'King Jammys' James. "Is a song mi love from long time, from dance days, so is a great feeling fi do it my way," said the 40-year-old artiste. Izula's Wiletunes sessions were done last summer. They also yielded Thunderball, a 'spiritual song' w ... Read More

'Leave our girls'

By Simone Morgan Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 30, 2015    


REGGAE-DUB group The No-Maddz have come out against the rise in sexual attacks against young girls in Jamaica through their Nuh Guh Deh campaign. The musicians partnered with Eve For Life, a non-governmental organisation, which supports women livingwith, or affected, by HIV/AIDS. Eve For Life also counsels sexually abused children.We really want our children to have a smooth future so we want the older men to leave the young girls alone.  Even if a girl is forcing;herself on you, y ... Read More

Queen Lyons rules bacchanal

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 30, 2015    

Lyons kicked off her shoes and declared the ‘stush’ segment of the show was officially ove

"What they did is unheard of in my over two-decades of doing carnival," Michael Ammar Jr, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica, told the Jamaica Observer after their performance. After their set, the pair told the Observer they have a packed schedule, as their careers continue to swell internationally. "We write our own material and have our own studios, so there's no need to rush to get material out for Carnival 2016," said Lyons. She said VP Records will be releasing a new album later in the yea ... Read More



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