In TRUE DRU style!

DRU HILL... we know the lay of the land

HAVING performed and recorded on local soil, American R&B quartet Dru Hill say they feel quite at home in Jamaica. The outfit last graced the island three years ago when they laid tracks at Geejam studio in rustic Portland. "We know the 'lay of the land'. We will be bringing that knowledge, pl ... Read More

Drummers and dancers display traditional Maroon music and
movement for Ray MacDonnacha, Irish TV director of
photography, in Wakefield, Trelawny. Irish reggae film wins award
CEOLCHUAIRT lamaice, an Irish documentary filmed in Jamaica this year, copped the award for Best Doc ... Read More

Married men only! Married men only!
Get thee a good husband, And use him as he uses thee. Shakespeare's, All's Well tha ... Read More

JOYCE... I’d like to see hotels, restaurants and citizens of the
Caribbean islands drinking Napa wines From Napa to Jamaica
AS far as music goes, Chris Joyce says his iPhone has an eclectic playlist — from the outrageo ... Read More

Orisha Sound to drop album

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

Orisha Sound

NORWAY-BORN, Jamaica-based reggae artiste Orisha Sound is gearing up for the release of her latest single Gimmi The Beat, featuring Shel-K. Produced on the Black and Yellow Entertainment label, the track is the first song from her sophomore 10-track album, 1 Reggae. Slated for December 2, the set is co-produced by South African Alexis Faku and Shel-K. "Each week starting September 23, one track will be released," the 25-year-old told the Jamaica Observer. "Each song comes out very powerful a ... Read More

Zip ‘jock’ to plead guilty in US scamming case

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, September 20, 2014    

ZJ Wah Wa

JAMAICAN disc jockey ZJ Wah Wa plans to change his plea to guilty when he returns to Federal District Court in North Dakota on September 25. ZJ Wah Wa, whose given name is Deon-ville O'Hara, is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. He pleaded "not guilty on all charges" when he first appeared in court in June. "We entered into a written plea agreement with Mr O'Hara. It was filed September 10 in Bismarck (capital of North Dakota). ... Read More

ENCORE finals tonight

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

Andre Palmer

WINNERS in the national finals of ENCORE Jamaica 2014 will face off with their colleagues from The Bahamas, Antigua, St Lucia, Turks and Caicos, and Grenada, at the Sandals Whitehouse in Westmoreland, tonight. The talent and modelling competition will see employees of Sandals and Beaches, and the ATL Group facing off. "It's gonna be tough. However, I think the Jamaican properties have a really good chance of winning," Ian Spencer, Sandals regional public relations manager, told the Jamaica Obs ... Read More

Unrest triggers In The City

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

Earth Warrior

MAY 2010 will go down as one of the most tragic periods in Jamaican history. The so-called West Kingston incursion took place, resulting in the deaths of 76 persons. Singer Earth Warrior remembers following the clash between security forces and thugs loyal to West Kingston enforcer, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke. The bloody three-day incident inspired him to write the song, In The City, which is produced by the Uprising Roots band. "There was a stream of violence at the time and Darren Hamilton (U ... Read More

Singer Keyshia Cole arrested on suspicion of battery

Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:25 PM    

Singer Keyshia Cole (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say Grammy-nominated R&B singer Keyshia Cole has been arrested on suspicion of battery after an altercation early Friday morning in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police officer Nuria Vanegas says Cole was arrested around 5 am after someone initiated a private person's arrest. The 32-year-old was booked on suspicion of battery and released from custody Friday afternoon. Police did not release any further details about the incident. An e-mail message sent to Cole' ... Read More

The work continues for Mavado

By Simone Morgan Observer staff reporter | Friday, September 19, 2014    

MAVADO... if I can break
the ice in the United
States it would be a huge
step for my career

IT'S been some time since Mavado has had a hit song in the United States... five years to be exact. The self-proclaimed 'gully god' is eyeing a return to the Billboard charts, and he's getting some help from a rap legend. This week, the dancehall artiste spoke with Splash from his base in South Florida about Hustler, a song he recently did with LL Cool J. Mavado said the link came through Grammy-winning producer Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis. "I was told that LL was in town (New York City) and tha ... Read More

Benji builds hype for Geet Weh

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, September 19, 2014    

Benji Hype

FOLLOWING enthusiastic response to first-quarter songs Google Bad Mind and Rave Every Day, deejay Benji Hype is hoping for even bigger things for Geet Weh, his latest single. Produced by College Boyz, Geet Weh was recently released. Based on reaction when he performed it at a street dance in St Elizabeth last weekend, Benji Hype is confident he has a hit on his hands. "The feedback was great, the people love the song and it was jus' crazy vibes in St Elizabeth. Right now, we are working on get ... Read More

Soul on demand

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Friday, September 19, 2014    

Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson

THERE have been no outrageous demands by acts booked for the Soul in The Sun festival set for Montego Bay from October 10-12. The line-up comprises Regina Belle, Howard Hewett, Freddie Jackson, Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osbourne, Dru Hill, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat and the group Silk. Executive producer of the event, Junior Taylor, told Splash that based on the manner in which the artistes were contracted there have been no over-the-top demands. "Keith Sweat has been very instrumental in putting t ... Read More

Jackie Bernard is dead

Friday, September 19, 2014    

BERNARD... was
66 years old

CEBERT 'Jackie' Bernard, a member of rock steady group The Kingstonians, died Sunday morning at the Kingston Public Hospital. His sister, Monica Bernard-Kelly, told Splash that he died from pneumonia. Jackie Bernard was 66. Bernard fell on hard times in the 1990s and his health had deteriorated considerably in the last decade. The Kingstonians, which also included Bernard's older brother Lloyd, emerged during the rocksteady era of the mid to late 1960s. They first recorded for J J Johnson who ... Read More

Dancehall and soca acts for Guinness show

Friday, September 19, 2014    

(L-R) Cure, Bugle, Mr Killa and Lady Saw

NEXT Thursday, Jamaica will join the worldwide celebration of Arthur Guinness Day at the National Arena in St Andrew. The event — which first started in 2009 — will feature performances from Queen of the dancehall Lady Saw, deejays Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Bugle, and reggae singer Jah Cure. Soca artistes Skinny Fabulous and Mr Killa are also in the line-up. Jah Cure said it was a good platform to share his messages. "It's an amazing feeling to represent Guinness at Jamaica's Arth ... Read More



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