Rototom sunsplash wins new fans

(From left) Chronixx, Jah9 and Jesse Royal performing at Rototom Sunsplash
festival in Spain, recently. (PHOTO: ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH FESTIVAL)

ORGANISERS of the annual Rototom Sunsplash festival say the August 16-23 show in Benicassim, Spain achieved its objective of appealing to a new demographic. Katia Brollo, a Rototom spokesperson, credits the appearance of neo roots-reggae acts with attracting new fans to the festival which was first ... Read More

Stylo G Stylo G, Clean Bandit hit UK charts
JAMAICAN dancehall deejay Stylo G has teamed up with British electronic group Clean Bandit for the s ... Read More

Not even the threat of rain could keep fans away from the need to get Footloose at Mas Camp on
Saturday night. (PHOTOS: KENYON HEMANS) Everybody got Footloose
FOOTLOOSE: Short Shorts edition proved that sticking to the essentials — that is, playing goo ... Read More

From left) Mitch Williams of Portmore Society, Carlton Davy of Yung Kingz
Entertainment, and Jermaine Davis of TNS promoters of Sandz. Sandz Beach Party pulls crowd
IT was great vibes, non-stop partying and flossing at the monthly summer series Sandz Beach Party la ... Read More

’T Boots’ Harris... unforgettable

Basil Walters | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Musician Grub Cooper pays tribute the late T Boots Harris

AMID tributes at the thanksgiving service for veteran entertainment journalist Trevor ‘T Boots’ Harris Saturday, his long-time friend and singer Boris Gardner captured the essence of the sombre occasion with his rendition of Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable. It was a perfect summary that left a lasting impression on the congregation at the First Baptist Church on Sandringham Avenue in St Andrew. Family, journalists and entertainment figures turned out to pay respect to Harris, wh ... Read More

Kaci Fennell is Miss Universe Jamaica 2014

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Kaci Fennell (centre) is flanked by second runner-up Kimar Muir (left) and first-runner up Roshelle McKinley. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

KACI Fennell won the Hyundai Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 title on Saturday at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College in St Andrew. A popular winner, the 21-year-old Mico University College student was selected over 18 other competitors. “It has been tiring but I put my all into this. I really worked hard towards this title and now I am completely elated,” Fennell told the Jamaica Observer shortly after being crowned. She said the achievements of former Miss Jamaica and Miss ... Read More

A family in mourning

Monday, September 01, 2014    

(From left) Keri-Ann Harris- Reuben (daughter), Francisco-Che Harris (son), Aghaneen Harris (daughter-in-law), Khalil Harris (son) and Tanya-Sue Harris (daughter-inlaw) were a picture of grief at the thanksgiving service on Saturday. Read More

Tom Laing salutes Gregory

Monday, September 01, 2014    

Tom Laing

AS a budding entertainer in the 1990s, Tom Laing was influenced by several singers. One of them was Gregory Isaacs. The New York-based Laing salutes his hero by covering Front Door, which Isaacs did in the 1980s when he was riding high as the Cool Ruler. “I’m the biggest fan there is, I have known ‘Toothache’ (his nickname for Isaacs) from I was 12 years of age. Front Door is my favourite Gregory,” Laing said. Laing produced Front Door for his Top Tier label. It ... Read More

Eastern Pan champs decided

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Delroy Thompson (left) and Carlos Thomas, winners in the Eastern Regional Eliminations of the CB Pan Chicken Championship.

JERKED chicken and dancehall were a winning combination on Saturday, August 23rd, at the CB Pan Chicken Championship Eastern Regional Eliminations, at the UDC Car Park in Portmore. The winners were: Annie Simpson for the Grace Ketch Di Taste Sauce competition; Pauline Rainford (St Thomas); Denton Levers (St Mary); Delroy Thompson (Portland); Norman Chambers (Kingston & St Andrew); Carlos Thomas (St Catherine). The 26 booths manned by the competitors were a hit with patrons. According to C ... Read More

On the Boardwalk with Sandz

Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:34 AM    

DJ Supastylez (second left) is surrounded by a bevy of beauties at a recent staging of Sandz

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The latest in the Sandz Beach Party series takes place today (Sunday, August 31) at the Boardwalk Beach in Portmore, St Catherine. It is the conclusion to a debut season which began in May. According to Carlton Davy of promoters Yung Kingz Entertainment, "It will be a party centred on the theme of chilling on the plush beach line of Boardwalk while being treated to a premium entertainment package." Sandz is the brainchild of a group of event coordinators. They are members ... Read More

Life after ‘Sticky’

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Uzziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson

IN a 2002 interview with the Jamaica Observer, Uzziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson spoke about the lack of session work for percussionists in contemporary reggae. “Nuh whole heap a work nah gwaan, a computer ting a run the place now,” he said. “Only one an’ two man will gi’ yuh a call.” Thompson, who died last Monday at age 78 in Florida, played on countless hit songs during a 50-year career. Those hits ranged from ska (Little Did You Know by the Technique ... Read More

Jessica Shaw: Born dancer

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer Senior Reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Dancer and
Jessica Shaw
in performance
for L’Acadco.

DANCER and choreographer Jessica Shaw cannot remember a time when she was not dancing. Being the daughter of choreographer Paula Shaw allowed her to be exposed to the art from a very early age. “My mother sent me to study ballet with Elizabeth Samuda from about age three and I have not looked back since,” the 23-year-old related to the Jamaica Observer. Twenty years after she was introduced to her first ballet class, Shaw is now the ballet mistress at L’Acadco, one of Jamai ... Read More

National Gallery celebrates 40 years

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Albert Huie’s The Vendor is among the works to be
featured in the National Gallery’s 40th anniversary
retrospective exhibition which opens today.

THE National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) kicks off its 40th anniversary celebrations today with the opening of a retrospective exhibition. "The task we have set ourselves with In Retrospect: Forty Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica is to tell the story of that story, examining with a critical eye the role the NGJ has played in establishing how Jamaican art is understood," explained Dr Veerle Poupeye, executive director of the NGJ. "The exhibition consists mainly of key works from our collec ... Read More

Crown him king

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Sunday, August 31, 2014    


AS a teenager, Kevin King had big dreams of being a basketball player. That all changed after he went through his father’s stash of vinyl records and ended up playing them on a turntable. He has long given up hopes of shooting hoops. Today, he is known as Kevin Crown, one of the top disc jockeys in the tri-state area of the United States — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. “I started as a DJ as a hobby but after listening to my father’s records my interest in music ... Read More



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