SOJA goes live

Reggae group SOJA

American reggae band SOJA releases its first live album on Friday. Titled SOJAH: Live In Virginia, the 14-track set includes songs from the eight-piece unit’s studio albums. Percussionist Ken Brownell spoke about the album in an interview with the Jamaica Observer. “The fact is that ou ... Read More

Althea Laing Althea Laing marks another milestone
SHE came into the nation’s consciousness back in 1985, after winning the Miss Jamaica Fashion ... Read More

Jody-Kaye James Jody Kay James — a year later
SUNDAY, September 27, 2015 will go down in Jody Kay James’ memory as the night her life change ... Read More

Marilyn Marilyn’s fuming at playlists
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Auresia’s On The Road Again

Sunday, September 25, 2016    


Canada’s reggae singer Auresia’s On The Road Again is the first single from her upcoming album Raices. Released earlier this month, the single shares the singer’s personal experience and feelings that she has encountered while on tour. “I found the song during a night-time jam by the fire on the beach on a cross-Canada tour on Hornby Island,” she told the Jamaica Observer. “After travelling and touring for the past several years, I have been to many places ... Read More

Cecil Cooper’s funeral on Wednesday

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Cecil Cooper

THE thanksgiving service for artist and tenor, Cecil Cooper is set for next Wednesday, September 28, at the University Chapel, Mona campus. Starting time is 2:00 pm. Cooper died on September 5, just a week after being conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD), for his invaluable contribution to the arts. For many, Cooper was the artist who sang, while others argue he was the singer who painted. Whatever the conclusion, it is clear that he made an impact in these tw ... Read More

Ryan Willis has the Remedy

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Ryan Willis

Being the son of Noel and Shirley Willis of popular gospel group Grace Thrillers, Ryan Willis is breaking tradition. The Florida-based singer has recently released his debut reggae single calledRemedy. A collaboration with singjay Javada, Willis said the song has a very sexual theme. “It is not derogotary but it is also not recommended for the ears of children. It’s basically saying that I have the sexual remedy and satisfaction is guaranteed once a female gets that close to me,&r ... Read More

Shat him a box

Tony Robinson | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

What sudden anger’s this? How have I reap’d it? He parted frowning from me, as if ruin Leap’d from his eyes. – Shakespeare, Henry VIII, 111, 2 Maybe those words were spoken by a man who was just slapped in the face by his woman. Although, instead of asking her what anger’s this, he may blurt out, “Is what yu box me fah, is wha me do yu?” As you may or may not know, the word box is another word for a slap. So when you slap someone in the face the Ja ... Read More

Kartel is King on Billboard

Saturday, September 24, 2016    

Vybz Kartel’s latest album King of the Dancehall is currently the top-selling album from a dancehall artiste on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. According to Nielsen Music which tracks sales in North America, King of the Dancehall has, to date, sold 3,249 copies since its release 15 weeks ago. It sits at number 19 from the latest tally. The album debuted at number two in June. Over the past week, the album moved 54 copies. The week before it sold 93 copies. The other dancehall album r ... Read More

Action for Charity tonight

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, September 24, 2016    

Gabriele Clarke (second right), a representative of Action Speaks Louder Than Words, addressing the gathering at the launch of Action For Charity at Printware Online Jamaica Limited on Hagley Park Road, Kingston, on Wednesday. Looking on are (from left) Fab 5’s Frankie Campbell; Jan Groeppel, president of Action Speaks Louder Than Words; and Richard Walker, chairman of Printware Online Jamaica. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

THIS evening, vintage artistes are slated to take the stage at Action For Charity scheduled for Fab 5 headquarters, 11 Springvale Avenue in Kingston. The Mighty Diamonds, Boris Gardiner, The Heptones, The Silvertones, Orville “Bagga” Case (formerly of Home T), Fab 5, Bongo Herman and Charmaine Limonious are rostered to perform. Showtime is 8:00 pm. Co-organiser Jan Groeppel, president of Germany-based Action Speaks Louder Than Words, said vintage acts are under-appreciated in Jama ... Read More

Exco Levi gets spot on Walk of Fame

Saturday, September 24, 2016    

Exco Levi

CANADA-BASED, Jamaican-born reggae artiste Exco Levi is adding another to his list of accolades. Today, the artiste will receive a spot on Canada’s walk of fame for his contribution to the arts and entertainment in the city of Brampton. The winner of four Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent of the American Grammy, said he truly deems it an honour to be recognised by the city he has called home for the past seven years. “This is great for a person born in Manchester, Jamaica & ... Read More

Chinese troupe for Wednesday show

Saturday, September 24, 2016    

China National Opera and Dance Theater in performance.

The colourful China National Opera and Dance Theater troupe will be guest performers for a one-time show at Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) at 176 Old Hope Road in St Andrew, on Wednesday, September 28. The event, which is commemorating the China National Day and 125th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Benevolent Association, is slated to start at 7:00 pm. “It’s the first time that they’ll be in the island... the troupe was specially invited to Jamaica for the a ... Read More

King of Ska hailed

Saturday, September 24, 2016    

Prince Buster (Photo: Daniel Balmat)

AS tributes continue to pour in to celebrate the life and legacy of Ska king Prince Buster, world-renowned publications Rolling Stones, New York Times and The Economist have also weighed in on his contribution. Prince Buster (given name Cecil Bustamante Campbell) died on Thursday, September 7, in Florida. He was 78. The Economist’s headline read ‘Prince Buster: A Hard Man Fe Dead’. “His life is a chronicle of the tropical tempest that is modern Jamaica. As a performin ... Read More

Pure Bi Purify warns Be Careful

Saturday, September 24, 2016    

Pure Bi Purify

Just 18 years old, singer Pure Bi Purify recently released a song with an adult message. He hopes that single, Be Careful, will resonate with listeners, especially his contemporaries who are susceptible to peer pressure. “Mi telling yuh to watch the steps yuh tek in life; careful who yuh talk an’ who yuh trust,” said the Rastafarian artiste. “Not everyone who says they are with you is for you.” Produced by Charlie Pre Records, Be Careful was released in early Sept ... Read More



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