20 years of Coppershot

Some of the selectors with the 20-year-old Coppershot.

WHAT started out as a hobby for three music-loving teenagers attending Campion College in St Andrew morphed into the sound system Coppershot Disco. Now, 20 years later, Shawn Anderson, Jason Henriques and Matthew Gray are elated at reaching another milestone. "I really never thought about it reac ... Read More

Ron Kenoly Ron Kenoly for Come Celebrate Jesus
MONTEGO BAY, St James — INTERNATIONALLY renowned minister and gospel artiste Ron Kenoly will h ... Read More

Reggae band Long Shen Dao from Beijing, China, was among
the impressive performers at the Calgary Reggae Festival. Calgary fest shows diversity
DESPITE a drop in attendance and persistent rain, Leo Cripps, a spokesperson for the annual Calgary ... Read More

A scene from Storm Saulter’s Better Mus’ Come which will be featured at Cinema Paradise. Portie film fest
THE tranquil climes of Portland in eastern Jamaica will play host to Cinema Paradise — Jamaica ... Read More

G Whizz looks viral

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter | Wednesday, August 20, 2014    

G Whizz

DANCEHALL artiste G Whizz said, while he still depends on the local and international airwaves for airplay, he is more focused on promoting his music virally. He stated that getting airplay doesn't necessarily get easier once an artiste gets established. The entertainer was speaking in relation to the recent incident which deejay I Kon D Link climbed radio station ZIP FM's tower in St Andrew and threatened to jump if his songs were not played. "Even as an established artiste, it is sometimes ... Read More

Cruz pays tribute to elders

By Howard Campbell | Wednesday, August 20, 2014    

ANTHONY CRUZ... impressed by the performance of the
evergreen Errol Dunkley

WHILE at the Reggae Summerjam Festival in Cologne, Germany, two weeks ago, Anthony Cruz observed the high esteem with which fans of all ages held veteran singer Errol Dunkley. He was also impressed by the performance of the evergreen Dunkley, who recorded classic songs like Black Cinderella and OK Fred over 40 years ago. "Mi hear 'bout dem man deh from mi a bwoy an' him still a gwaan strong," Cruz declared. "Dem man deh show seh is not about the hype. Is about building the catalogue and stayin ... Read More

SumeRR set to make her mark

By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston | Wednesday, August 20, 2014    

SumeRR set to make her mark

FEMALE singer SumeRR is anticipating a favourable response to her latest single Concrete Jungle. Recorded on the NSD/Fire Force label, the single is slated to be released next month end. “Concrete Jungle is about all the struggles I’ve been through. It's basically just looking at the world and all its obstacles as a literal Jungle,” said SumeRR. With the theme universal, she said it would be no problem connecting with listeners as many are faced with the same challenges. Sum ... Read More

MTV Video Music Awards will open with a ‘Bang’

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 3:10 PM    

(Photo: AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards will open with a "Bang." Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J will kick off Sunday's awards show with their new song, "Bang Bang." It will be the first time the trio performs the Top 10 hit. Grande and Minaj will also perform separately during the VMAs, to air live from the Forum in Inglewood, California. Beyonce is the top nominee and will compete for eight awards, including video of the year for ‘Drunk in Love’. She will also r ... Read More

Jackie Chan’s son detained in drug bust

Wednesday, August 20, 2014    

Jackie Chan (left)
and his son, Jaycee.

BEIJING, China (AP) — The actor-son of Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China's biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades. Jaycee Chan, 31, was detained last Thursday together with the 23-year-old Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, Beijing police said late Monday on their official microblog, identifying them only by their surnames, ages and nationalities. It was unclear why t ... Read More

Honouring LKJ

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Tuesday, August 19, 2014    

Honouring LKJ

IN 1970s Britain, the sounds of Marley, Burning Spear and Linton Kwesi Johnson were the soundtrack for militant black youth protesting racism in that country. On October 20, Johnson will receive the Order of Distinction for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music. The OD, Jamaica's fifth highest civic honour, will be awarded during the annual National Honours and Awards ceremony at King's House. Johnson was born in Clarendon but moved to Britain as an 11-year-old in 1963. Widesp ... Read More

Alair serves up Sweet Girl

By Racquel Porter | Tuesday, August 19, 2014    

ALAIR... hails from Duhaney Park , St Andrew

UP-AND-COMING singjay Alair is aiming for the international chart success with his newest single titled Sweet Girl. The track, according to the singjay, track speaks to his glowing admiration for a female whose attention he's vying for. Released in May and produced by Sway, his video is currently making the rounds on YouTube. Alair (given name Ardell Anderson), is currently a waiter at Golden Bowl Restaurant in Kingston. He, however, feels it is only a matter of time that he'll be serving up ... Read More

Anime Nation 2014 'singhs' praises for Steffani

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, August 19, 2014    

Winner of the Best Costume and Cosplayer of the Year award at
Saturday’s Anime Nation 2014 Steffani Singh (left) shows off
her full costume based on the video-game character Kos-Mos
alongside her father Stephan. (PHOTOS: RORY DALEY)

IT was 17-year-old Steffani Singh that managed to walk away double winner at Anime Nation 2014 held at the New Kingston Conference Centre in St Andrew, on Saturday. Anime Nation is a Japanese anime and cultural expo catering to lovers of pop culture from that Asian country. "It just feels amazing to win. Right now I'm trying not to cry because it might ruin my make-up," she told the Jamaica Observer after receiving confirmation of her victory. Singh's costume, Kos-Mos — a Japanese chara ... Read More

Nesbeth tastes VICTORY

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Monday, August 18, 2014    


SINGER/songwriter Nesbeth is riding the charts with Ole Ganga Lee, which has renewed interest in the term made famous by deejay Louie Culture 22 years ago. Nesbeth says the song was actually inspired by Louie Culture's hit of the same name. "The Louie Culture song is about standing up for what one believes so I incorporate that message in my song," he told the Jamaica Observer. According to Nesbeth, Ole Ganga Lee was recorded 18 months ago but recently released. On the heels of its success is ... Read More

Konshens to perform for charity

Monday, August 18, 2014    


Konshens and members of his Subkonshus team will perform Wednesday at the 'Live in The City' show at CRU Bar and Kitchen in Kingston. The event is a joint production between Marriott International Productions, Caribbean Producers Jamaica and Rémy Martin. Wednesday's series launch is a benefit which sees part- proceeds going to the recovery of Norman Manley Law School student Lanesa Downs, who is battling lupus. She recently underwent multiple blood transfusions. Downs is about to enter ... Read More



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