Weddy Weddy turns 10

POWELL... didn’t
envision that it
would become the
longest running
weekly party

TEN years ago, sound system operator Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell said he wanted to have a party vibe similar to that of House of Leo, a weekly dancehall-inspired party. He came up with the weekly Wednesday night party series Weddy Weddy. The party has grown to become a part of dancehall culture and P ... Read More

Jagger comes out for Chronixx Jagger comes out for Chronixx
Mick Jagger has rubbed shoulders with prime reggae talent in his time -- Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, an ... Read More

Winston ‘Sparrow’ Martin of the Alpha band fame Doing it for Alpha
LAST Friday's Music is the Gift That Keeps on Giving, event featuring the Alpha Boys' Band and the ... Read More

SMITH... was prepared for the victory (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Keneisha Smith's prayers answered
KENEISHA Smith --clad in full army combat gear -- was chosen the winner of the Festival Gospel Song ... Read More

Russhaine 'Dutty' Berry Laff-ing It Off on stage

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Vlogger Russhaine
‘Dutty’ Berry, shares
in a photo op with
playwright and
producer Oliver Mair
at the conclusion of
the launch of the
theatrical comedy
revue Laff It Off at
the Phillip Sherlock
Theatre held on July
23, 2014.

JAMAICA'S most well-known vlogger and Internet sensation, Russhaine 'Dutty' Berry, is taking to the stage. Not the computer-generated 'stage' that made him popular during hilarious Tessanne Chin's tribute shows on YouTube during NBC's The Voice season five. But the one that put him in front of a live audience. Dutty Berry will be making his theatrical debut in Oliver Mair's upcoming comedy revue Laff It Off where he will be stretching his chops as an all-round performer, as a revue requires a ... Read More

A Kingston girl at heart

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Nikki Shannon Fernandez (l) in high spirits after a performance at her listening party for her new
album, Kingston to Kingston. With her are (l – r) Ricardo Davis of Ruff Kutt Band, September
Marley, Donovan Benji Belnavis of Ruff Kutt Band and Jeff McEver.

AMERICAN singer Nikki Shannon Fernandez hosted a listening party for her album, Kingston to Kingston, last Tuesday, at the Cru Bar and Restaurant in St Andrew. The album was co-produced by Ruff Kutt Band members Ricardo 'Drummer' Davis and Donovan 'Benji' Belnavis, Fernandez, and veteran session guitarist Winston 'Bo Pee' Bowenn. It was recorded at the Tuff Gong studio. Recording music in Jamaica was a dream come true for Fernandez, who was born in Kingston, New York but is now based in Nashv ... Read More

Fourth International Reggae Wine Festival for MoBay

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:47 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The fourth International Reggae Wine Festival is scheduled for October 18 at the Whitter Village in Montego Bay. Artistes for the event have not been confirmed, but Carlos Daley, founder of the event, expects the presence of an American wine sommelier to broaden its appeal. Chris Joyce, who has ties to the famed Nappa Valley wine region in northern California, will attend the show. According to a post on his Facebook page, Joyce said he will be displaying his products at th ... Read More

Sheba on comeback trail

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

SHEBA... scheduled for a
one-month tour of Europe
beginning August 2

THREE months after giving birth to her third child, dancehall artiste Sheba said she's back to claim her place in the industry. She is scheduled for a one-month tour of Europe beginning August 2. Among the stops on Sheba's calendar are Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. "I'm really excited about this trip as it will be my first time to the continent. The tour is entitled 'The Rebirth,' which is really fitting as I am relaunching my career after little over a year off," she told the Jamaica O ... Read More

High spirits at Beach Bum

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Some of the partygoers who converged on Maiden Cay for
Beach Bum.

THE nearly 10-minute boat ride to Maiden Cay on Saturday afternoon was bumpy. As a result, women's hairstyles became undone and make -up smudged. But all of this was forgotten once the boats docked as Smirnoff Beach Bum was in full effect. The party served as the official opening to the BRT weekend, which will be held on November 7-9 in the Florida Keys. There was hardly any space on Maiden Cay to accommodate the patrons that turned out to party some people opted to party on their private yach ... Read More

I Love JA is the 2014 Festival Song

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 28, 2014    

Rushane ‘Deep Jahi’ Sanderson (left) won the 2014 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission
(JCDC) Jamaica Festival Song competition on Saturday night with his entry I Love JA. Here he
accepts his trophy from chairman of the JCDC Aston Cooke.

WITH his song I Love JA, Rushane Sanderson — 2012 Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall champion — added another major accolade to his burgeoning musical career by winning the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Jamaica Festival Song Competition at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, St Andrew, on Saturday night. "I never thought I'd win in my wildest dreams," Sanderson told the Jamaica Observer. Second place was won by Sanjay 'Sanj' Thompson for Jamaica Boom, and t ... Read More

Talent on show at Sandals

Monday, July 28, 2014    

Crystal Murray & Junior Brown

SANDALS and Beaches Ocho Rios Region crowned its top male and female singers, models and dancer for 2014 at an exciting event dubbed ENCORE at Sandals Grande Riviera recently. The contestants will go on to compete against the regional winners from other Jamaican resorts at the National Finals slated for Sandals Whitehouse in September. Andre Palmer and Tanneisha Thompson, both from Sandals Grande Riviera, emerged the top Male and Female Vocalists, while Kerry-Lee Williams from Beaches Ocho Rio ... Read More

DI's a hit in the kitchen

Monday, July 28, 2014    

Dancehall artiste DI spices her winning dish in last Friday's Suncity 104.9 FM IGL Bubble Di Pot Celebrity Cook-off, at Portmore Pines Plaza. She teamed with Sunjock Calico

Dancehall act Danielle (aka DI) showed her culinary skills last Friday, teaming with disc jockey Calico (Chad Hinds) to win the second Suncity 104.9 FM IGL Bubble Di Pot Celebrity Cook-off, at Portmore Pines Plaza. Their winning dish was okra and saltfish in curry sauce with risen plantain and bammy, served with a penne pasta salad, comprising sweet corn, almonds and fruits and Italian dressing. The event pairs disc jockeys from Portmore radio station Suncity 104.9 FM with music personalities ... Read More

Night of the Chinese

Basil Walters | Monday, July 28, 2014    

President of the Chinese Benevolent Association Dalton Yap (left) receives a citation from
'Tribute' founder Kingsley Goodison.

Approximately 160 years after the first wave of Chinese arrived in Jamaica, the Chinese contribution to the country's popular music was recognised. Eleven persons were honoured on Saturday evening at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Hope Road in St Andrew during the 17th Tribute to the Greats awards show. In addition to the awardees, the ceremony highlighted the Chinese impact in various areas of the music industry including sound systems, record shops, recording studios, dance venues, ... Read More

Aretha Franklin slams server’s D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Monday, July 28, 2014    

Aretha Franklin

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario — Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a server who showed D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T by telling the Queen of Soul she wasn't allowed to eat her takeout inside the restaurant. A spokesman for Franklin says the situation unfolded Tuesday at a Johnny Rockets restaurant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. The spokesman says Franklin ordered a hamburger after performing a sold-out show. But he says the server screamed at Franklin, saying she couldn't sit down to eat be ... Read More



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