Garvey takes centre stage

Marcus Garvey, played by Andre Bernard, supported by performers from Ashe. (Lionel Rookwood)

MICHAEL Holgate’s dramatic musical presentation Marcus Garvey: The Musical gave an insight into the teachings and philosophy of Jamaica’s first National Hero. The University Players production was held at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Ind ... Read More

Tafari’s desires fulfilled
DESIRE Fulfilled, the second album from deejay Tafari, debuts at number nine on this week’s Bi ... Read More

Wes Hall, the subject of the Canadian-produced documentary WES, which was screened at the Carib 5 cinema in Cross Roads, St Andrew, recently. (Photo: Rory Daley) Docu-flick WES well received
WES, an 80-minute documentary on the life of a Jamaica-born Canadian business leader Wes Hall, was s ... Read More

Ranny Williams ‘Maas Ran’ concert today
IN tribute to late cultural icon Ranny “Maas Ran” Williams, the Jamaica Cultural Develop ... Read More

Iya Ingi chants for Mona Commons

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Iya Ingi

RAISED in the Mona community of St Andrew, roots artiste Iya Ingi has never forgotten where his education started — at the Mona Commons Basic School. Tomorrow, when he performs on the University of the West Indies’ Philip Sherlock Centre lunch-hour series, the self-described chanter hopes to raise funds for the school. “It’s where my education started an’ my four children went there. They have some challenges an’ as a past student I want to help,” he s ... Read More

Moreno says US not paternalistic to Jamaica

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior news reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Lascelles Chin displays his Lifetime Achievement Award from CEO of GB Energy Texaco Mauricio Pulido (left) and Ambassador Luis Moreno (right), while his family looks on

United States ambassador, Luis G Moreno, says that the United States has not acted paternalistically in its engagements with Jamaica. “I want to emphasise one thing and that is, when we work with the Government of Jamaica and the Jamaican people, we do not do so in a paternalistic way. We don’t do it like a father yelling at a kid and saying, ‘you’re doing something wrong’,” Moreno said Friday night. “We are working with you; we are working with you as ... Read More

Concert to aid Carib hurricane victims

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Bahamas flag

TODAY Sandals Resorts in the Montego Bay region, in collaboration with the Jamaica Constabulary Force Band, will host a lunch hour concert themed ‘Jamaica, Jamaica’. The event, which will be held at Sandals Montego Bay, is to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts being undertaken in Haiti and the Bahamas following the passage of Hurricane Matthew. The occasion will feature a special Walk for Charity Fashion Show as well as a performance by the Green Pond High School Choir. An ... Read More

Korean Film Festival opens today

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Gong Yoo stars as Dong-chul in the spy-action thriller The Suspect.

THE two-day Korean Film Festival is slated to begin at the Palace Cineplex, Sovereign Centre in St Andrew, tonight. Showtime is scheduled for a 5:30 pm start. “It is expected that these upcoming events will not only strengthen the existing cultural bond between Korea and Jamaica, but also bring the two countries a step closer to a stronger relationship going forward,” Jong Seon Lim, head of mission of the Republic of Korea to Jamaica, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. This yea ... Read More

A night of song for Haiti

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Kelissa delivering a solid performance at Redbones Blues Cafe in Kingston last Friday.

The afternoon rain that sent Kingstonians scurrying Friday threatened the One Nite For Haiti benefit show at Redbones Blues Cafe, but an enthusiastic gathering showed up to see quality performances. Things got off to a hourlate start due to the weather, but after the Katalyst Band started proceedings, there was no looking back as artistes sang their hearts out for hurricane-battered Haiti. Guitarist Louis Felipe Bellorin from Venezuela launched the acoustic segment, followed by singer/ guita ... Read More

Monsoon Bedward dials up new track

Tuesday, October 25, 2016    

Monsoon Bedward

FOR much of his career, deejay Monsoon Bedward has recorded easy listening reggae songs. But his latest single, Answer Yuh Phone, hears him returning to his dancehall roots. According to the Washington DC-based artiste, the track is a throwback to songs he enjoyed while doing the sound system rounds in his native Clarendon. “I use to deejay on sound systems in my community and across Jamaica.I was also a student of (deejay) Johnny P who took me across Jamaica, performing on ‘sounds ... Read More

An ode to Joe

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Tuesday, October 25, 2016    

Joseph Hill

REMEMBERING Joseph Hill, a tribute album to the influential lead singer of Culture, will be released in 2017, 40 years after the group created a stir with the song, Two Sevens Clash. Hill died in Berlin, Germany, in 2006 at age 57. Penthouse Records’ Donovan Germain, who produced the album, said he had a personal stake in the project. “Joseph Hill was one of my favourite artistes, but you don’t hear a lot of Culture songs on the radio. I want to introduce him to a different ... Read More

Moving mainstream with Tanisha Scott

Tuesday, October 25, 2016    

Tanisha Scott (left) with fellow judges on Digicel Rising Stars

Dancehall moves have been visible in music videos by international acts for close to 20 years. Tanisha Scott has played a major role in bringing these Jamaican steps to the pop mainstream. Raised in Toronto, Canada, by Jamaican parents, Scott has been an in-demand dancer/choreographer for 20 years. She choreographed music videos for Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Drake, Whitney Houston Trey Songz, Kat Deluna, Kardinal Offishall, Rupee, and the Pussy Cat Dolls. This week, the video for Work (starring ... Read More

Peppa Ceed on Ice

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Tuesday, October 25, 2016    

Peppa Ceed

Veteran deejay Peppa Ceed is promoting his latest song Ice, which was produced by Kisko Hype. In it, declares that he does not need to wear expensive jewelry to attract females. Peppa Ceed, whose given name is Garvin Hussy, is based in New York City. Originally from Mount Airy in Golden Spring, St Andrew, he was influenced by Pinchers, Sanchez and Singing Melody in his youth. He launched his career shortly after migrating to the United States 15 years ago. His previous songs include Lebron Ja ... Read More

Miss Lou Archives opens at National Library

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 24, 2016    

From left: Vivian Crawford, acting executive director of Institute of Jamaica; Clayton Coverley — grandson; Fabian Coverley — son and co-executor of the Miss Lou Estate; Olivia “Babsy” Grange, minister of culture; Dr Pamela Appelt — co-executor of the Miss Lou Estate; Joy Douglas, chairman of the National Library; Poet Laureate Professor Mervyn Morris; and Winsome Hudson, national librarian.

JAMAICANS will now have access to some personal documents of cultural icon Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley. The National Library of Jamaica on Thursday launched the the Miss Lou Archives, a collection of some of Miss Lou’s private documents and writing which she agreed to donate when she was leaving Jamaica to take up residence in Canada. The arduous process of sorting, collating and filing the documents, which include hand-written manuscripts of some of her poems, persona ... Read More



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