Ishawna, Shebada holiday link-up

(L) Ishawna
(R) Shebada

Ishawna -- who is riding high with her singles Restraining Order, Vroom Vroom, Cheerful Giver and Need Love -- is scheduled to perform during intermission of hit plays Bashment Granny 3 and Praya Partna, featuring Michael 'Stringbean' Nicholson. "The buzz on the shows has been great so far. This s ... Read More

Roy Black KC to honour 1965 football team
ONE of Jamaican sport's most celebrated teams -- the 1965 Kingston College Manning Cup football team ... Read More

The Ward theatre in
downtown Kingston. Creative pursuits
FOLLOWING the designation of Blue and John Crow mountains as a World Heritage Site plans are moving ... Read More

Lady Saw Dancehall Flex Week
KING and Queen of the Dancehall, Beenie Man and Lady Saw are among several top dancehall acts slated ... Read More

Calypsonian Lord Laro’s wife dies

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Norma Lara and husband, Calypsonian Kenneth
‘Lord Laro’ Lara, in happier times.

NORMA Lara, who worked in the Jamaican entertainment and leisure industries for over 40 years, died July 5 in Montego Bay at age 72. Singer Kenneth 'Lord Laro' Lara, her husband of 52 years, told the Jamaica Observer that the cause of death was "heart-related". Norma Lara worked for several years with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and the Jamaica Tourist Board. She also managed her husband's career. "Norma was a jovial person, a happy person. She brought a lot of happiness to my ... Read More

Food, no music at St Bess fest

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

(L) Macka Diamond
(R) Stephanie Elliott

STEPHANIE Elliott -- organiser of the inaugural South Coast Rum, Food and Music Festival -- said the late arrival of lighting and stage impacted her event negatively, last Saturday. The festival was held at the Coastline Beach, Parotee in Black River, St Elizabeth. "We were unable to put on a stage show. The lighting and stage people were late and that had a serious ripple effect on the show," Elliott told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. Female deejay Macka Diamond was slated to be the event' ... Read More


Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Keisha Lindsay (left) and her colleagues (from second left) Andrea
Bailey, Joan Brown, and Margo Morgan live up to the event’s theme

THIRD-YEAR students in the Early Childhood and Library group at The Mico University College in Kingston outdid themselves last Saturday with the staging of an excellent Summer Sizzle Cocktail Party at Alhambra Inn & Restaurant. The event formed part of their Logistics and Event Planning course and was judged by Georgeta Grant, Letiesha Whyte, Karen Rowe, and Dionne Smith. From the cocktail hour, starting at 6:30 pm, through to the rnf when the group and their guests celebrated with dancing ... Read More

We Chief keeps it fresh

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Geof Rand of We Chief

AMERICA-BASED raggatronic collective, We Chief has released their latest single Fresh Lemonade, featuring reggae-dubstep artiste Jahdan Blakkamoore & Captain Planet. Released July 17, the single is earmarked to be a "summer anthem". "We will be amping up promotion of the single for the summer, so listen out for it on a radio station near you," said Geoffrey Rand, producer and We Chief frontman. We Chief, launched in 2014, mixes electronic dance music (EDM) with beats from around the world ... Read More

Lloyd Reckord’s thanksgiving service today

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

A young Lloyd Reckord

Reckord, 86, died on July 8 following a brief illness. He is remembered as a theatre practitioner of exacting standards. For his nephew, local writer and theatre critic Michael Reckord, his uncle's passing has left both a personal and a professional void. "He was the last surviving family member of that generation and, because of that, I grew much closer to him in recent years, so his loss is indeed very personal as he was a true repository of information. On a professional level, I am going ... Read More

Dad ‘numb’ after daughter’s after daughter’s death

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    


ATLANTA, USA (AP) -- R&B singer Bobby Brown said Monday that his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was "an angel" and that the family must find a way to honour her memory. Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of singer Whitney Houston, died Sunday in hospice care, six months after she was found face-down in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta town home. Authorities are investigating her death. Read More

Words of advise

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

K Anthony

Singer K-Anthony is keeping the momentum with his latest single Don't Give Up. The track, which is available on iTunes, encourages persons to be strong despite challenges. "The lyrics come from the point of view that there is never a time to throw in the towel, or call it quits on our dreams. The inspiration for this song came as I contemplated how difficult it can be to survive in this life. The daily basics such as food and clothes can be truly hard to find. It also speaks to artistes includ ... Read More

Eleigh teams with Remyboy Monty

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Tuesday, July 28, 2015    

Eleigh teams with
Remy Boy Monty

SINGER Eleigh is hoping that his collaboration Dem a Pretend which features American rapper Remyboy Monty, will give him the attention that he aims for. The song produced by St Catherine-based Tru Legends Music, is featured on the label's latest project, the Party Central riddim. He explained how the collaboration came about. "My manager Dre and Remy Boy Monty have been friends for over 10 years, so naturally when we were in the studio recording he would invite Monty to come with us. Monty an ... Read More

None Badda Dan Supreme Blazers

By Rory Daley Observer writer | Tuesday, July 28, 2015    

The diminutive trio of Outshine (left) easily disposed of their male competition with high-energy,
aggressive dance moves.

THE three-man dance crew of Supreme Blazers came geared for battle last Saturday at the BOOM Energy Drink Badda Dan Grand Final at the National Stadium Basketball Court in St Andrew. They walked away with the prize of US$10,000 and bragging rights. "It feels good to win. We give God thanks," they told the Jamaica Observer. The trio had no expectations of victory when the entered under the encouragement of a friend and fellow dancer. However, in the end, it was their showmanship and moves that ... Read More

Few takers for Exclusive Fantasy

Tuesday, July 28, 2015    

Promoter Jason Green (right) shares lens time with Exclusive Fantasy promotional females.

SUNDAY'S boat ride to Maiden Cay was not for the faint of heart as the small boats danced 'wickedly' on the waves enroute to Exclusive Fantasy, All White Island Escape. After the docking, however, the fears were quickly forgotten as the party music blasted powerfully from the speaker boxes. Although there was just a handful of patrons, the party vibes was in full swing as those present rock to the music provided by Coppershot Disco. Complemented with the music was the refreshing drink mixes be ... Read More



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