I Am Bolt gets Jamaican run

Usain Bolt at the premiere of the documentary I Am Bolt at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew, on Tuesday. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

OLYMPIAN Usain Bolt conquered track and field by being the fastest man alive. The track star is now lending his talent to the big screen with the release of the documentary called I Am Bolt. Produced by British brothers Gabe and Benjamin Turner, I Am Bolt had its Jamaican showing at the Nation ... Read More

Above:  Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor (left) and Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee.. Jamaica-flavoured Grammys
Besides the Best Reggae Album category, the 2017 Grammy Awards has a strong Jamaican flavour. In Re ... Read More

Akintude. Akintunde on show tonight
AMERICAN gospel stand-up comic Akintunde Warnock is headliner for this evening’s Akintunde Chr ... Read More

(From left) Imru James, brand manager Stouts and Malta - Red Stripe, with Guinness Sounds of Greatness winners Javeyan “Natural” Bailey and Ricardo “Callum” Mathra of No Limit International. (Photos: Rory Daley) No Limit to victory
Guinness Sounds of Greatness came to an exciting close at Red Stripe Oval in St Andrew, as No Limit ... Read More

The birth of Strength Up Records

Thursday, December 08, 2016    


STRENGTH UP Records, a company based in Cooreville Gardens, St Andrew, will be officially launched today at Kingston 10 Sports Bar and Grill. The label has been functioning since early this year, working with a number of homegrown artistes. Some of the acts are Imayze (Almighty), Jordan (God A Watch Over My Back), Jahlani Muziqe (Straight Highway), Domaineo (Shine Like Star) and Tearah (Fi Wi Scheme). The principals in Strength Up Records are Calvin “Yogi”Simmonds and Garth Brown ... Read More

Scratchylus hopes to Reset The Mind

Thursday, December 08, 2016    

Scratchylus (right) and daughter Empress Reggae.

Reset The Mindset, an album by the father/daughter act Scratchylus and Empress Reggae, was released in Jamaica on November 25. The 10-song vinyl set was recorded in Jamaica with guest spots by Junior Reid, Sizzla, Bushman and Kiddus I. Scratchylus and Empress launched Reset The Mindset early this year in the United Kingdom where they are from. They did 25 shows there, mainly at universities. “It was important to launch it in Jamaica, ‘cause this is where the strength comes from, ... Read More

Peace concert gets thumbs up

Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

Queen Ifrica

DESPITE the no-show of several artistes, organisers of Sunday’s free concert – dubbed Entertainers Against Crime And Violence at Dump Up Beach – in Montego Bay said the event lived up to expectations. “The turnout was out of this world. It was one similar to a dancehall of Reggae Sumfest. The artistes came and delivered much to the delight of the audience. The sets were not drawn out as each act performed just two songs and gave a statement encouraging peace in Montego B ... Read More

The US invasion

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

SOJA (from left): Bobby Lee, Trevor Young, Hellman Escorcia, Jacob Hemphill, Patrick O’Shea, Rafael Rodriguez, Kenny Bongos, and Ryan Berty. (xxxx)

THREE American acts have been nominated for Best Reggae Album at next year’s Grammy Awards, scheduled for February 12 in Los Angeles. The nominations were announced in that city yesterday morning. Live In Virginia by the band SOJA, Falling Into Place by California band Rebelution and Rose Petals from Hawaii-based singer J Boog comprise the American nominees. Ziggy Marley by multiple winner Ziggy Marley, Sly & Robbie Presents…Reggae for Her: Devin Di Dakta and JL, and Everlas ... Read More

A Christmas Card from Fab 5 and Friends

Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

Gem Myers

VETERAN show band, the Fabulous 5, recently released their Fab 5 & Friends Christmas Card album. It contains 14 songs including Grand Market with The Cari-Folk Singers,Celebration which features The University Singers,Sleep King Jesus, a collaboration with the Kingston College Chapel Choir andOh Holy Night with Gem Myers. The JAVAA Crew are also featured onChristmas Breeze, and the Excelsior Primary School Singers onSanta Style. Fab 5 drummer/singer, Grub Cooper arranged and produced 12 o ... Read More

J Boog for second week

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Wednesday, December 07, 2016    


Wash House Ting by California-bred, Hawaii-based reggae singer J Boog tops the Billboard Reggae Album Chart for a second week. Last week, the set moved 2.291 copies in its first week. J Boog has reasons to celebrate as his EP Rose Petals has been nominated in the Best Reggae Album category of the 59th Grammy Awards. Debuting at number two is Leaves in the Pool, the sixth studio effort from another California group, The Holdup. This is the group’s second entry on the chart. They reached ... Read More

Children put on ‘Stella' show

Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

Former students of Stella Maris Prep, High School Combined, performing Mary at the Little Theatre in St Andrew on Saturday night.(Photos: Wittel Richardson)

IT was an evening of delightful entertainment as Stella Maris Preparatory School hosted its annual Christmas concert at the Little Theatre in St Andrew on Saturday. The event — dubbed The Prince of Peace — saw a packed house of parents, relatives, and friends on hand to witness performances from grades two to six students who attend the St Andrew -based Catholic institution. Sister Mary Joseph, principal of Stella Maris Preparatory School, was pleased with the turnout and stressed ... Read More

Hanson tackles new project

Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

Adrian ‘Donsome’ Hanson (x)

Adrian ‘Donsome’ Hanson has been involved in music production for over a decade. His most recent release is a compilation set titled Dancehall Brukout Vol 1. Inbetween music production, he started the online blog Riddim-Don Magazine and the PR agency Riddim-Don Media. His latest venture is the New York-based Donsome Booking Agency. “Having been a major player in the industry, I have links on most of the artistes in the music industry not just reggae but also R&B and hip-h ... Read More

Burkett puts rap on latest single

Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

Jonathan Burkett

On his latest song, One Life, Jonathan Burkett reaches out to the despondent, many of whom are overwhelmed by their dire circumstances. Burkett raps and veteran artiste, Ambelique sings on the Willie Lindo-produced track which was released early this year, but only recently serviced to Jamaican radio. The song’s theme, South Florida-based Burkett notes, is timeless. “My message in One Life is to tell the world that this one life we live should be enough to make us happy and thankf ... Read More

Beenie G looks to Instagram

Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

Beenie G.

LONDON-BASED, Jamaican-born deejay Beenie G is currently in the island promoting his single called Instagram. Describing the track, the entertainer said it has a catchy chorus and gives off a ‘vibesy’ and uptempo feel. “Instagram is currently one of the hottest social media services. The song is really directed towards the females and some of the activities that go on that particular social media network. Anyone who has an Instagram account can relate to the song,” he ... Read More



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