Hapilos awards off

Johnny Wonder, 21st Hapilos’s executive vice-president (Photo: Pawty Central)

SATURDAY'S 21st Hapilos Anniversary and Digital Awards has been postponed. The event was scheduled for the Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica Centre in St Andrew. No reason was given for the postponement. Neither was a new date announced. In a statement yesterday, Johnny Wonder, 21st Hapilo ... Read More

(From left) Actor Boy awardees Nadean Rawlins, Glen Campbell, Sakina Deer and Christopher McFarlane. (Photo: Karl McLarty) Predictions spot on
THEY did it. The actors got it right. In a poll conducted by the Jamaica Observer which asked other ... Read More

Chronixx Dread and Terrible lie
ANTONIE Missir — producer of Chronixx's Dread and Terrible Tour French leg -- is dismissing ru ... Read More

Jah Reefa Jah Reefa set to make mark
SINGJAY Jah Reefa is among a new generation of entertainers emerging from St Thomas. The up-and-com ... Read More

Anancy Chaptaz comes up big

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

The cast of Anancy Chaptaz Winner’s Circle celebrate their win at the Actor Boy Award. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

IT was the children's production Anancy Chaptaz Winner's Circle which walked away with the most trophies at Monday's staging of the Actor Boy Awards held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The production by the Independent Actors Movement (IAM) won a total of five trophies in the categories: Best Costume, Best Original Song, Best Choreography, Best Musical, and Best Children's Theatre. Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, Sabrena McDonald of IAM said the Actor Boy wins have served to b ... Read More

Fun Day & Kite Fest

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

THE 17th annual Melrose Farm Family Fun Day and Kite Festival will be held at the Melrose Farm, Claremont, St Ann, on Friday. Denzil ‘Whizzie’ McDonald, Melrose Farm CEO and the event organiser, said St Ann is usually the place of choice for ‘out of towners’ over the Easter holidays and this is a ‘can’t-miss’ event. “We are expecting another massive turnout,” McDonald said. The Melrose Farm Family Funday and Kite Festival was first held in ... Read More

Max Romeo relaunches label

Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

SINGER/producer Max Romeo will relaunch his Charmax music label at his home in Treadways, St Catherine, on Friday. A new album, Father and Son, by the veteran roots artiste and his son Rominal, will also be released. The set is Charmax's first release since the upgrade of Romeo's Red Ark studio. "I feel delighted and proud to be sharing this project with my son who is a part of the young generation working hard to keep the music alive," Romeo told the Jamaica Observer. Max Romeo emerged in t ... Read More

Rootz Underground goes ‘ public’

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

Rootz Underground goes ‘

REGGAE band Rootz Underground is adopting a novel approach to fund the production of their third and upcoming studio album. The band is taking the sourcing of capital for the project to the people through crowdfunding — a web-based platform in which projects are financed through contributions from the public. According to the band's bass player Colin Young, the group has decided to go this route based on the changes in how record labels operate these days. "Artistes now have to find new ... Read More

Beres, Air Supply for Groovin’ In the Park

Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

Beres Hammond

REGGAE artiste Beres Hammond will join Australian pop duo Air Supply as headline acts at this year's Groovin' In The Park Concert at Roy Wilkins Park, New York, on June 29. The annual event is billed as the largest reggae show in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut). While Hammond is returning to the show after an electrifying performance in 2012, the Australian soft rock duo will be making their first appearance. Read More

Who will it be?

Monday, April 14, 2014    

nominated in Best
Actor in a Lead Role
category for his
work in If There’s A
Will There’s A Wife. LOCATION: ATL Showroom on
Oxford Road in New Kingston.

ACTORS Glen Campbell, Nadean Rawlins, Christopher McFarlane and Sakina Deer have been predicted by their peers to go home with a trophy following the Actor Boy Awards set for the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew, tonight. The Actor Boy Award recognises excellence in the local theatre industry. The four actors came out on top following a poll conducted by the Jamaica Observer which their fellow nominees in the respective categories predicted who will walk away with the coveted award. Veteran ... Read More

Mas 'Destra-ction'

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 14, 2014    

Soca star Destra interacting
with a patron while Stuart Silva
looks on at Mas Camp in St
Andrew on Friday evening.

THERE was no question that Jamaicans are in love with Destra Garcia. This was evident as thousands of adoring fans packed the Mas Camp, in St Andrew, last Friday, to see the soca queen in performance. Her hour-and-a-half set sealed the deal on an exciting six weeks of party at the location. "We've had three ordinary nights, and three very successful nights. Tonight is one of the successful ones," Michael Ammar Jr, director of Bacchanal Jamaica, told the Jamaica Observer. Ammar said overall th ... Read More

Roberts call for dancehall unity

Monday, April 14, 2014    

Jamie Roberts

CEO of Young Vibez Productions (YVP) Jamie Roberts is concerned about dancehall's 'dry' state. He believes the genre not only needs a steady flow of songs that appeal to a wider audience, but a return to the days of cooperation between artistes and producers. "It's pressuring, the music is dry, nothing is going on. We need to look towards the future and take it to a better state," Roberts told the Jamaica Observer. Roberts, 23, is the son of Shocking Vibes Records founder Patrick Roberts. For ... Read More

Son of DJ Papa Biggy dies in US

Monday, April 14, 2014 5:00 PM    

Vaughn Porteous

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Twenty-seven-year-old Vaughn Porteous, son of deejay Papa Biggy, has died. His body was found last Saturday in Lake Wepawaug in Orange, Connecticut, USA. Papa Biggy (Courtney Porteous) confirmed the news in an interview with OBSERVER ONLINE Monday. A report on the connecticut.news12.com website said fire crew "pulled a man's body from Lake Wepawaug in Orange yesterday, leaving residents shocked and scared by the news". Police say the body was floating face down abo ... Read More

A Dance to Eddy

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 13, 2014    

Eddy Thomas with Noelle Chutkan and Yvonne DaCosta in Dialogue for Three.

THE National Dance Theatre Company's (NDTC) annual Easter Sunday Morning of Movement and Music will be dedicated to the life of co-founder Eddy Thomas. Thomas, 82, died at his Montego Bay home last Thursday. The April 20 event will see the dance company offering new works as well as staging remounts from their extensive repertoire, as well as music from the NDTC singers. Among the dance works to be performed in tribute to Thomas are: He Watcheth, choreographed by Milton Sterling Clive; Of Pr ... Read More



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