Entertainment

Little-White calling for scripts

Actors Dahlia Harris and Ian “Ity” Ellis in a scene from Family Affair.

Film-maker Lennie Little-White is issuing a call for scripts in keeping with his latest thrust to drive the local industry with the production of low-budget films. His call comes on the heels of the completion of filming his latest project, Family Affair, which wrapped up shooting in Kingston and a ... Read More

Andrea Davis Reggae Day’s reach growing
On Friday, July 1, reggae music takes centre stage in 35 cities across the globe in commemoration of ... Read More

Cadian Gritton Cadia experiments with Desert of Love
With an appreciation for all genres of music, Cadia Gritton has never shied from experimenting with ... Read More

Jamaica Military Band in concert at Hope Gardens in St Andrew, last Sunday. Military band takes over
Every third Sunday the Jamaica Military Band stages a special concert, and fathers were toast at Hop ... Read More

Remembering Totlyn Jackson

Simone Morgan-Lindo | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Totlyn Jackson

Arguably one of Jamaica’s finest singers, Totlyn Jackson had a career that spanned more than four decades. The 84-year-old passed away in London on June 15 after a short illness. Dr Myra Hague-Bradshaw, principal of Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, described the late singer as a remarkable woman. “She was a brilliant lady. She was classically trained, so she brought a level of technical skills to the jazz festival and to the music scene on a whole. She was very gifted and musicians liked ... Read More

Who cheats more?

With Tony Ronbinson | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

So shall I live, Supposing thou art true, Like a deceived husband; so loves face May still seem true to me, though altered new. – Shakespeare, Sonnet 93 A second time I kill my husband dead, When second husband kisses me in bed. – Shakespeare, Hamlet 111, 2 Both sides have their say — he said, she said — with every story having three sides: his side, her side and the real side.The eternal emotional triangle. This controversy has been brewing for centuries, the q ... Read More

Bounty, Mavado for Rendezvous

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Bounty Killer

Bounty Killer and Mavado are headliners for the second Rendezvous show at Pearly Beach in Ocho Rios this evening. Promoter Winston Bennett promises a spectacular show. “Bounty Killer and Mavado are two of the giants of dancehall music, and the fans are happy that they have made peace. This will be their first official performance on the same show since they’ve reunited,” he told the Jamaica Observer. The deejays were involved in a long-running feud that often played out on ... Read More

Chill cools hot Miami

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Promoter Richie D (left) and singer Pleasure P.

THE Hollywood Arts Park in Miami, Florida, was the perfect backdrop for the recent staging of party series Chill. Promoted by music producer and disc jockey Richard ‘Richie D’ Martin, the event pulled a massive crowd which partied from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. With a diverse line-up of disc jockeys, including Sinister & Steelie Back, Dutty Dex, Richie D, Jazzy T and Karim Hype, patrons forgot about Florida’s hot temperatures and danced to soca rhythms, dancehall, reggae, old ... Read More

Full ‘Blass’ for Rio

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment | Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Usain Bolt strikes his famous pose after winning the men’s 100m event.

HAVING dabbled in rugby and athletics while attending Bridgeport High, fast-rising singjay Blass said he’s aware of the importance of home support. Therefore, he felt it was apt to pen the ode We Are Winners for the Jamaican contingent ahead of the summer Olympics in Rio. “With Usain Bolt announcing his impending retirement and what could be the final performances for many of Jamaica’s top athletes, I feel the song is quite fitting. The song celebrates the winning ways of Bol ... Read More

Seyi Shay building bridges

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Seyi Shay

A British singer, citing historical ties between reggae and African music, says it is critical that artistes from the two genres establish lasting bonds. Seyi Shay, a Universal Records artiste, made this observation during her June 17 lecture at the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus, under the theme ‘Marketing In The Music Industry’. “That’s why I’m here. That is why I am trying to mend bridges that have been broken and be a voice for young women w ... Read More

Ashley banks on Happiness

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Winsome Ashley

US-based Jamaican-born singer/songwriter Winsome Ashley believes forgiveness is an essential trait for happiness. “When you forgive someone, you let go of any ill feelings or the hurt they caused. You, in turn, release yourself from those negative feelings and take yourself to a higher level,” said Ashley, who records under the moniker Rosilina Rolyat. It is that thinking which provided the inspiration for the R&B-reggae-flavoured I Wish You Happiness. Released a month ago, th ... Read More

Jah Luke continues journey

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Jah Luke

Roots singer Jah Luke is the definition of reggae’s journeyman. Recording since his teens, he has trod the independent route throughout his career. He did it his way on Love And Happiness, his second album, which will be released on his Jah Luke label through a distribution deal with VP Records. Jah Luke started production on what turned out to be a 10-track set last summer. Footing the bill for an album, he discovered, is not easy. “It took mi a year, but gradually mi get done wi ... Read More

Anime Chill Out this evening

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

FANS of Japanese pop culture can fill their needs at Fantasy Beat Summer Anime Chill Out, this evening at 2A Easton Avenue, St Andrew. Start time is 3:00 pm and admission is free. “There are only so many anime events in the year, so I really wanted to try and boost the amount of them and hopefully later in the year we’ll be able to put on a larger event,” said Stephanie Singh, event organiser. The day’s activities include video games, Japanese comics, and animation. ... Read More

No stopping Singer J

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Singer J

THE consummate performer, recording artiste Singer J has hit pay dirt with his latest single, Can’t Stop Me Now. Produced by Frenz For Real, the song is creating a buzz locally as well as in the New York tri-state area. Another version was recorded for the local sprint team participating in the upcoming Rio Summer Olympics. ‘This is a song that the world needs. It is something to uplift people and allow persons to be inspired,” Singer J told Jamaica Observer. Aside from Can ... Read More



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