Silk wraps the Penthouse

Garnet Silk and Donovan Germain

This is the fourth in the Jamaica Observer's daily 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. Next month marks 20 years since his death. MUSIC producer Donovan Germain believes every generation has a unique artiste. For him, roots singer Garnet Silk was th ... Read More

Anita Anita rules iTunes chart
Jamaican-born reggae singer Anita Antoinette's performance on the NBC talent competion, The Voice, m ... Read More

FAST-RISING dancehall deejay Gage said while he has never encountered any objections to his performa ... Read More

Roots play actor Cleve ‘Chu Chu’ Warren. Actors mourn Chu Chu
THE theatre community is mourning the death of roots play actor Cleve 'Chu Chu' Warren. Warren, 46, ... Read More

Kurt takes the Catwalk

Saturday, November 22, 2014    

Kurt Campbell

JAMAICA'S Kurt Campbell stitched his way to the top of the fourth season of Mission Catwalk on the lawns of Devon House last Saturday. As part of his prize, Campbell won an opportunity to show a collection at the Milan Fashion Week courtesy of Campari. "I am lost for words. I am overly excited. It is unbelievable that I will be showing my collections in Milan which is the fashion capital of the world," he said. The 25-year-old said that his success in the Mission Catwalk series has propelled ... Read More

Florida woman accuses Cosby

Saturday, November 22, 2014    

Bill Cosby

BOCA RATON, Flra. (AP) -- A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually. Therese Serignese, now 57 and a nurse in Boca Raton, said the television icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas. She said she went backstage and when the two were alone, Cosby gave her two pills and a glass of water, saying, "Take these." "My next memory is cl ... Read More

Swift to receive award for excellence

Saturday, November 22, 2014    

Taylor Swift

NEW YORK, USA (AP) -- Taylor Swift is getting a special -- and new -- award from the American Music Awards (AMA). Dick Clark productions announced yesterday that Swift would receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at tomorrow's show. Swift is receiving the honour for her record-setting sales. Titled 1989, her fifth album, released last month, became the singer's third album to sell more than 1 million units in its debut week. Dick Clark's widow, Kari Clark, said in a statement that "the f ... Read More

Big Latin Grammy wins for Iglesias, Calle 13

Saturday, November 22, 2014    


ENRIQUE Iglesias picked up his first Latin Grammy in more than a decade on Thursday, winning three trophies including song of the year for his platinum hit, Bailando, while Calle 13 set a record for most Latin Grammy wins with 21. Iglesias accepted his awards from Paris, where he was on tour. Bailando also won best urban song and performance, beating out Latin Grammy favourites Calle 13. Iglesias won his first Latin Grammy -- and only one before Thursday -- in 2003 for best male pop vocal album ... Read More

‘Bad Boy Trevor’ pays tribute to ‘Chu Chu’

Friday, November 21, 2014 2:24 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The acting community is in shock as it mourns the passing of roots play thespian Cleve ‘Chu Chu’ Warren. Warren, 46, is said to have died in the St Ann’s Bay Hospital Thursday, November 20, after complaining of feeling dizzy. Fellow actor Garfield ‘Bad Boy Trevor’ Reid remembers him as a great brother, co-worker and friend. “The last time I saw him was two weeks ago. I was going into rehearsal for Bashment Granny 3. He came to wat ... Read More

The Voice from Duhaney Park

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, November 21, 2014    

(Photo: NBC)

RESIDENTS of Duhaney Park in Kingston are in a jubilant mood. One of their own, 24-year-old singer Anita Antoinette Fearon, is in the Top 10 of the popular American television talent show, The Voice. When Splash caught up with Fearon on Wednesday following Tuesday night's show, she was excited about her progress. "I feel honoured, grateful, inspired, and excited to show more of myself and my talents as an artiste. I can feel the love coming from my supporters worldwide and I am truly thankful ... Read More

Tony Rebel remembers Garnet Silk

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer writer | Friday, November 21, 2014    

Tony Rebel and Garnet Silk

This is the third in the Jamaica Observer's daily 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. Next month marks 20 years since his death. THE Jamaican dancehall was mired in lewd and violent lyrics throughout the 1980s. That carried over into the 1990s until a group of Rastafarian artistes from south-central parishes brought their message of consciousness to a music that had lost its way. Heading the group was dub poet Yasus Afari, deejay Tony Rebel and ... Read More

Ed Robinson updates John Holt's classics

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Friday, November 21, 2014    

The cover of Ed Robinson’s
album Tribute to John Holt

SINGER Ed Robinson salutes rocksteady great John Holt on his new album Tribute to John Holt. Robinson told this column that the 10-track set was inspired by his love for Holt's music. "I had recorded the single Let Your Hair Down with Kemar McGregor, and while we were working on that recording, John Holt had passed away. Kemar suggested we do a song in tribute to John and we eventually decided to do a full album," he said. "The album is very emotional for me, because I've spent a lot of my tim ... Read More

Bullying under Raging Fyah

Friday, November 21, 2014    

Raging Fyah

ROOTS rock reggae band Raging Fyah has turned its social conscience to the issue of bullying. The single Brave, from the band's 2014 album Destiny, could become the soundtrack for the issue which affects many both locally and internationally. "Brave is a slightly different side to the band which is known for its roots reggae sound, but this is just another side the 'fyah'," noted band member Delroy 'Pele' Hamilton. "It's more a ballad, just piano and voices with gospel influences," he added. ... Read More

DJ Chuckie all set for Heineken party

Friday, November 21, 2014    

Fay-Ann Lyons,  DJ Chuckie and Bunji Garlin

SURINAMESE DJ and producer Chuckie is fired up for his debut performance at Heineken World Premiere at Fort Rocky in Port Royal, Kingston, on Saturday. "I've been looking forward to doing a show in Jamaica for a long time now! I was born in Suriname, so I'm a Caribbean kid. Electronic music became really popular in the Caribbean so I can imagine that people in Jamaica have started their own electronic music scene," he said. DJ Chuckie has played on almost every continent and is ready to give J ... Read More



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