Perfect blend at Mas Camp

Shenseea in performance (Rory Daley)

THE sweet sounds of soca and hardcore dancehall music jostled for patrons’ attention at last Friday’s staging of Bacchanal Fridays held at Mas Camp in St Andrew. The event was dubbed Bacchanal & Dancehall. “This is usually our biggest night and we had an excellent turnout,&rd ... Read More

Queen Ifrica No love for sisters
Despite a return of female acts to the top of the Billboard Reggae Album chart, sales for the sister ... Read More

Jamaica Youth Chorale in performance last Sunday. (Photo: Karl McLarty) Jamaica Youth Chorale’s musical odyssey
Jamaica Youth Chorale took its audience on a musical odyssey on Sunday during its second annual spri ... Read More

Challenger. Up to the challenge
Soca and the indigenous bouyon are dominant sounds in Eastern Caribbean countries like Dominica, but ... Read More

More Jamaicans on UK compilation set

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Skip Marley.

For the first time in its 34-year history, the compilation, Now That’s What I Call Music (UK edition), contains songs featuring more than one Jamaican artiste. The 96th edition includes Run Up by Major Lazer, featuring Partynextdoor and Nicki Minaj; Chained To The hythm (Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley); and No Lie by Sean Paul and Dua Lipa. The dancehall-influenced I Would Like by Swedish pop singer Zara Larsson (which samples Sasha’s Dat Sexy Body) is also on the 43-song, tw ... Read More

R Kelly for this year's Groovin In The Park

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:30 AM    

R Kelly

KINGSTON, Jamaica — R Kelly, the king of contemporary soul music, is headliner for this year's Groovin In The Park, which returns to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York on June 25. It will be the singer's first appearance on the show which celebrates its ninth year. “R Kelly is excited about Groovin In The Park and we are equally excited about having him on our line up. We went after him in 2012 but it never worked out, but this year we were able to seal the deal," read a statemen ... Read More

Travis Greene to headline local show

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Travis Greene (foreground) and Chrisette Michele performing at President’s Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. (Photo: Instagram)

Travis Greene, the gospel singer who controversially performed at President Donald Trump’s inauguration, will headline Unity In The City, scheduled for April 17 at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew. Greene, a black American, will appear alongside several leading Jamaican gospel artistes including Papa San, Jermaine Edwards, Kevin Downswell and Rondell Positive. The 33-year-old has two albums to his credit, Stretching Out and The Hill. The latter was released in 2015 and help ... Read More

Producers upbeat about Work Medz Rhythm

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Anthony Grant.

CHILDHOOD friends Anthony “The Innovator” Grant and Estate Recording Studio Music producer Demone Gustavus have teamed up to release the Work Medz Rhythm. Distributed by Zojak Worldwide, the rhythm was officially released on March 3. The production features songs like Inna Earth by Devin Di Dakta and One Inna Dem Head (Blak Ryno). Billboard charting artiste Xyclone is also on the track. “ One Inna Dem Head is a very controversial song by Ryno. Since its release in January, it ... Read More

Alkaline ruled

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

Alkaline performing at Magnum New Rules held at National Stadium car park in St Andrew on Saturday. (Photos: Karl McLarty)

CONCERT Magnum New Rules brought out heavyweight performers last Saturday for its show at National Stadium’s car park. The evening belonged to headliner Alkaline. The shoulder-to-shoulder crowd was colourful. Some patrons wore Guy Fawkes masks and Vendetta apparel. When Alkaline took the stage after 3:00 am, fans uprooted the fence separating the VIP and General sections, causing a stampede. He opened with Conquer The World to roars. Dressed in black skinny jeans, a white T-shirt and bl ... Read More

Prayers answered for two Saints

by RORY DALEY Observer Writer | Monday, March 27, 2017    

Deiwght Peters (centre), CEO of Saint International, with the 2017 Fashion Face of the Caribbean winners, Breana Carson (left) and Mario Grant. (Bryan Cummings)

IT was an emotional evening at the Courtleigh Auditorium last Saturday as Saint International model agency crowned its Male and Female Fashion Face of the Caribbean winners. Taking the male category was Mario Grant, while Breana Carson won the female section. Cecilia Davana was selected Avant-Garde Fashion Designer of the Year. “It was wonderful to win,” a tearful Grant told the Jamaica Observer moments after he was selected by a panel of judges. The 15-year-old Clarendonian won ... Read More

Desmond Dennis’s double

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, March 27, 2017    

Desmond Dennis as Ranny olo in the University Players’ Garvey..

ACTOR Desmond Dennis admits he does not take disappointment very well. So going into tonight’s Actor Boy Awards with two nominations, he is keeping an open mind and has no expectations. “Last year I received my first nomination for my work in Ole Fyah Stick. I was confident that, perhaps, maybe I would have won because I felt I had done so well. When I didn’t win, I felt so letdown. This year, in order to prevent any form of disappointment, I’m just going to the show and ... Read More

Love Is OK for Tom Laing

Monday, March 27, 2017    

Tom Laing.

TOM Laing has not been back to Jamaica since migrating to the United States 39 years ago. On April 5, he returns to launch Love Is OK, his first EP. Laing, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, is looking forward to the event at Usain Bolt’s Tracks And Records. “I like to think of myself as a battery and I’m coming home to recharge,” he said. Love Is OK has seven songs including the lead single, King’s Highway, and a cover of Gregory Isaacs’ Front Door. Laing ... Read More

Jamaican music take spotlight

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior writer johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

The Kingston College Chapel Choir in performance. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

From the opening notes of the national anthems of Jamaica and the United States of America it was clear that the concert featuring the Inspirational Chorale of the University of Arkansas would have been a great evening of music. Along with the Kingston College Chapel Choir, the visiting choir performed at the 353-year-old St Andrew Parish Church in the heart of Half-Way-Tree, as part of their recent Jamaican mini tour, and delivered a varied and thoroughly enjoyable performance last Tuesday. ... Read More

Veteran band celebrates 50th anniversary in 2018

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Jacob Miller

A play based on the life and music of Jacob Miller is among the events that will mark Inner Circle’s 50th anniversary next year. The band’s co-founder Ian Lewis told the Jamaica Observer that the play opens in May at the Little Theatre in Kingston when Miller, who died in March 1980, would have turned 68. The play will have two dates, followed the next day by a free concert at Emancipation Park, headlined by Inner Circle. “We are blessed to be out there still actively tourin ... Read More



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