Denroy Morgan drops spoken word track


FOR his latest single, veteran singer Denroy Morgan is 'travelling' a somewhat an unfamiliar route. He describes the track, Prayer to the King, as "spoken word over roots-reggae". "Sometimes, the melody of a song is so sweet you don't get a chance to hear the message. I want the listener hear the ... Read More

Assassin The Blacker the Berry goes gold
DANCEHALL artiste Assassin (aka Agent Sasco) becomes the first Jamaican act in three years to be fea ... Read More

Percy Sledge performing at the Reggae-R&B Concert held at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium
on the grounds of Jamaica College in St Andrew, in March 2014. (Photo: Rory Daley) Percy Sledge's love covered Jamaica
American soul singer Percy Sledge, who died last week at age 74 in Louisiana, had a soft spot for Ja ... Read More

From left) Judges Cordell ‘Skatta’ Burrell, Miss Kitty and Professor Nuts with guest judge, Opposition Leader
Andrew Holness. Magnum' went down well
OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness' guest appearance on last Saturday's Magnum Kings and Queens of Dan ... Read More

Cuba embraces Bob Marley

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

Bob Marley

CUBA is opening its doors to reggae king Bob Marley. Thirty-two Marley posters from the collection of the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) are to go on show in the Caribbean state as part of an exhibition and seminar titled 'Bob Marley Time Will Tell'. The 32 works from poster designers represent Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Egypt, Romania, South Korea, United States, Iran, Greece and others. This event is part of a broader International event that will take place at Casa De Las Ame ... Read More

Cliff for Wickerman Festival

Monday, April 20, 2015    

Jimmy Cliff

JAMAICA'S reggae star Jimmy Cliff is one of several acts slated to perform at Wickerman Festival in Scotland on July 24-25. According to the Evening Times, the singer will be joined by electronic group Stereo MCs, singer Neneh Cherry, garage rockers The Sonics, psychedelic rocker Julian Cope, and hip-hop group The Sugarhill Gang. "This year's Wickerman Festival is shaping up to be an epic weekend and we know that fans will be blown away by the fantastic live performances that our latest batch ... Read More

Massy stays true to roots

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Monday, April 20, 2015    


AFTER recording and touring in France in 2014 singer Massy is pushing for a summer release of Future Roots, his first album. If production goes as planned the launch will coincide with the start of a busy French summer festival season, for which Massy is booked. "It will be my second time there, so it will great to get the EP out for people to hear where we're at," he said. In January Massy released Know Yourself, his debut EP, which has to date yielded two singles, the title track and Chill ... Read More

Delightful sets at JC

BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer | Monday, April 20, 2015    

Myrna Hague

IT was an evening of freshness and inspirational outpouring at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, in St Andrew on April 12 where a concert to aid the McCam Child Development Centre took place. Proceedings got off to a rousing start thanks to the Immaculate High School Steel Band. They gave lively interpretations of The Drifters' On The Boardwalk, followed by Part-time Lover, as well as reggae standards Tribal War, Should I and Too Experienced. It was then time for a healthy serv ... Read More

Waiting to Ignite

Monday, April 20, 2015    


DURING the days, Ramekie 'Ignite' Warren works tirelessly as a taxi driver. He is, however, fuelled by his passion to make it as a singjay. He is banking on his latest single Booty Call. "Booty Call is dedicated to the ladies who are confident in their appearance. It also 'emphasises' those who wear revealing short attires to the dancehalls. For a man, it just put us in a good mood whenever we see them," the 28-year-old told the Jamaica Observer. Produced by Ignite's Raw Wire Records and High ... Read More

Furious 7 races ahead

Monday, April 20, 2015    

Furious 7 star Vin Diesel

LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) -- Even in its debut weekend, Kevin James's Paul Blart sequel couldn't outpace Furious 7. The reigning box office champion might have slowed from its blockbuster debut, but Furious 7 maintained first place for the third weekend in a row with an estimated US$29.1 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak yesterday. This brings the high-octane action movie's domestic total to a staggering US$294 million, well above the US$202.8 million that Fast & Furious 6 had e ... Read More

Schools readying for Shakespeare contest

Monday, April 20, 2015    

Dr Tony Sewell,
conceptualiser of the
Shakespeare Schools’
Championship, talks with the
Wolmer’s Girls’ team during a
visit to the Corporate Areabased
high school recently.

STUDENTS from 16 high schools islandwide are in preparation for the regional rounds of the Shakespeare Schools' Championship. They will be presented to the public at an event scheduled for the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Wednesday. The schools include: Glenmuir High in Clarendon; Waterford and Cumberland High Schools in St Catherine; Munroe College in St Elizabeth; and Papine High, Campion College and Kingston College, which is teaming with St Hugh's High School in the Corporate Area. The educat ... Read More

Weed wars

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 19, 2015    

Bunny Wailer

VETERAN reggae singer Bunny Wailer has turned to crowd funding site Indiegogo to secure contributions in retaining international lawyers to protect Rastafari interests in marijuana (ganja). Wailers One Love 'Legalize It! RastaGanja campaign was launched last Wednesday with an ambitious aim of raising US$1 million. The singer said the fund's start date coincided with the Jamaican Government's revamping of the law to make possession of two ounces or less of marijuana a non-arrestable, ticketable ... Read More

What one dance did for Beres

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, April 19, 2015    


SINCE recording the Soul Reggae album in 1978, singer Beres Hammond had settled into a groove as Jamaica's premier R&B artiste. A reggae hit song, however, eluded him. That all changed 30 years ago, thanks to an uptempo track named What One Dance Can Do. Written and produced by Willie Lindo, What One Dance Can Do finally broke Hammond in the dancehall/reggae market. He has been one of the genre's top acts since. Lindo now operates the Heavy Beat label and studio in Fort Lauderdale, Flori ... Read More

Dane Lee hopes to strike right chord

Sunday, April 19, 2015    

Dane Lee

IT is never easy for children of famous persons to follow in their parents' footsteps. But Dane Lee, son of music producer Bunny 'Striker' Lee, is determined to make it as a singer. Lee, 30, is working with producer John 'Jon FX' Crawford on his debut album, after working with other acts. "I have written songs for Ky-Mani Marley (I Will Survive) and I've also written for Atlanta hip- hop artiste Tabius Tate," said Lee. Born in Miami, Florida, he grew up in Greenwich Town, his father's hometow ... Read More



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