Chronixx to make second Tonight Show stop


Reggae singer Chronixx is set to appear on American network NBC ’s The Tonight Show on Friday, February 24. This would mark the second time the 25-year-old, who is widely regarded as the forerunner of the reggae revival movement, would be appearing on the late night talk show with the host Ji ... Read More

Host Yendi Phillipps (centre) performing a stunning dance finale to the 10th anniversary Youth View Awards, held last Saturday at the National Indoor Sports Arena in St Andrew. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans) Vybz of the youth
FIVE years after his incarceration, Vybz Kartel was the biggest winner at the 10th annual Youth View ... Read More

Garfield Robinson Forum debates radio’s relevance
RADIO’S relevance in the dissemination of new and happening music formed the nucleus of the di ... Read More

(From left) Tony Brevett, Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton, original members of The Melodians. JaRIA honour melody to McNaughton’s ear
CLASSIC songs like Little Nut Tree and By The Rivers of Babylon have earned The Melodians a place am ... Read More

Blaze Mob strikes A Balance

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Monday, February 20, 2017    

Guasi Gong (left) and Shaka Rock of Blaze Mob.

Based in southern California, sibling trio Blaze Mob have worked the West Coast reggae scene tirelessly as artistes and backing band. That extensive roadwork has helped them gauge what diverse audiences appreciate. They appeal to different generations with Big Road and No Bad Dealings, songs released in late 2016. Bass player/singer Shaka Rock told Jamaica Observer that they keep in tune with the hip hop and dancehall scene. But being the sons of Wailing Souls founder, Garth Dennis, they ha ... Read More

Blackwood’s I Need You enters Billboard Chart

Monday, February 20, 2017    

(From left) Armin van Buuren; Olaf Blackwood; and Fernando Garibay..

Olaf Blackwood, a Jamaican singer who lives in California, has teamed with a high-profile cast for I Need You, his latest song. The St Elizabeth-born artiste collaborated with star EDM DJ, Armin van Buuren, and Lady Gaga’s songwriter, Fernando Garibay, on the recently released single. I Need You is on van Buuren’s Armada Music label. It entered Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart at number 49. “I’m very grateful that I was invited by Armin and Fernando t ... Read More

Remembering Barry Watson

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Barrington Watson.

TODAY, a special ceremony will be held at the home of late master artist Barrington Watson at the Orange Park Great House in Yallahs, St Thomas. It is scheduled for a 1:00 pm start. According to his widow Doreen, the occasion will be a special one. “It’ll be a lovely afternoon dedicated to the memory of Barry Watson. We will be having an unveiling of a monument dedicated to Mr Watson... This is my gift to him and his ashes will be placed in the monument. There will also be a bit o ... Read More

Pressing Matters

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Musician Earl “Chinna” Smith discusses the state of the Jamaican vinyl record industry in Pressing Matters, in Jamaica, directed by Vivien Goldman..

Last year British-born, New York-based writer and reggae lover Vivien Goldman was in Jamaica for activities related to International Reggae Day. Based on discussions she had with players in the local music industry, she became aware of the death of the local vinyl industry. “How could this happen?” she questioned. “Vinyl is such a strong signature of Jamaican music, and the fact that this arm of Jamaican music and culture was dying was astonishing.” Goldman would team ... Read More

Clement Irie returns with More Than Ever

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Clement Irie.

IN the 1980s, deejay Clement Irie rode the charts with hits such as Bun And Cheese (with Robert Ffrench), Leave Di Drugs Alone, Koloko and DJ In My Country. Now in his late 40s, he is once again on the hit trail. His song, More Than Ever, is number 17 and 15 on the South Florida and New York Reggae charts, respectively. Released by Youth Irie Records, More Than Ever is inspired by personal setbacks. “I lost three family members in less than two years. It was too much for me to handle an ... Read More

Positive vibration

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Tata Ford (left) with nephew Atawa Terrelonge..

Vincent “Tata” Ford is one of reggae’s mystery men. His name (as V. Ford) appeared in the writer’s credits on two of Bob Marley’s biggest albums, but little is known about him. Ford died in December 2008 at age 68 from complications of diabetes and hypertension. A close friend to Marley, he is credited as writer of No Woman No Cry, Marley’s heart-rending tale of ghetto life in Trench Town. He will be posthumously honoured on February 26 by the Jamaica Regga ... Read More

Richardson to perform Maya

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Richardson in Maya.

Plans are coming into place for the two performances of the acclaimed Complexions Contemporary Ballet in Kingston on March 8 and 9. The New York-based company is performing in Jamaica at the invitation of Plié for the Arts, a local group committed to exposing local audiences to diverse international talent and, in turn, having that talent share its expertise with Jamaican practitioners. Plié for the Arts’ Marisa Benain told the Jamaica Observer that Complexions ... Read More

The Real Geel

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

The Belgian Embassy, represented by Ambassador of Belgium Guy Sevrin (left), and Reggae Geel promoter and artistic director, Danielle Pater (second left), handed over a donation of two thousand euros to administrator of Alpha Boys’ School, Margaret Little Wilson, alongside past student, reggae artiste Feluké (right). (Tori Haber)

DANIELLE Pater, promoter/artistic director of Reggae Geel music festival, and Guy Sevrin, Belgium's Ambassador to Jamaica, recently visited the Alpha Institute in Kingston. A donation of 2,000 Euros was made to the school (formerly Alpha Boys' Home) where many of Jamaica's top musicians were nurtured. "It is important that young students in Jamaica get a good education in developing their musical skills. Many of those students or former students have performed at Reggae Geel festival and will ... Read More

Dubbeez moves to reggae beat

By Sade Gardner Observer writer | Saturday, February 18, 2017    

Members of The Netherlands-based reggae band Dubbeez at Anchor Studio in Kingston, on Wednesday. (From left) Quincy Fleur, Olivia Davina, Bobby Sahiboe, Jerilee Joanne Tholel, Earl Maddy, and Milan Van Wingerden. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

THEY flew over 4,000 miles to be in Jamaica and they have something to say: “Good vibes are coming yah!” Meet The Dubbeez, a six-member reggae band from Amsterdam, Holland. They won the World Reggae Contest at Ostroda Reggae Festival in Poland last August. They are currently working with producers Stephen Stewart and Samuel Clayton who were judges at the event. The Dubbeez went up against four bands who were given an hour-long set each. They were chosen unanimously based on stage ... Read More

Roast to heat up Kingston’s streets

Saturday, February 18, 2017    

Bacchanal Jamaica, organisers of Bacchanal soca party series, promises to take the carnival vibe to another level. For this year’s staging, they are bringing together the premier promoters from across the Caribbean to Kingston’s streets on Sunday, April 23, for the road march. Joining Bacchanal Jamaica for the first time will be Barbados’s Roast Entertainment. Since the mid-2000s, Roast Entertainment has been adding energy and excitement to the major Caribbean festivals &md ... Read More



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