Uprising Roots takes it slow

Uprising Roots Band

THERE was a time in Jamaican music when artistes thought about quality before financial gain. The Uprising Roots Band sees nothing wrong with that policy. The quartet recently released the self- produced single, Time. Though they have been together for 11 years, drummer/vocalist Rashaun 'Black Kush ... Read More

supports the females Truckback supports the females in the business
THE brothers of Truckback Records Steve, Andrew and Adrian Locke are known for producing hits like E ... Read More

KAHGO... surprised
at the win Khago comes up big at Vibes Link FM Awards
DANCEHALL deejay Khago's Nah Sell Out came up big at the inaugural Vibes Link FM Awards at the Club ... Read More

Sean ‘Razz’ Cousley Razz debuts with the Razz Attack Riddim
POPULAR sound system selector Sean 'Razz' Cousley (half of the duo Razz and Biggy) makes his produc ... Read More

Music in the Park

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Music in the Park

The Orchestra of the Americas kicked off its Jamaican tour on Wednesday evening with a free concert at Emancipation Park. The performances continued yesterday with a concert at Church on the Rock and tomorrow at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Here are some moments from Wednesday's performance. (PHOTOS: Bryan Cummings) Read More

Taking it Easy

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Friday, July 25, 2014    

Mr Easy

THERE was no hotter jam in the summer of 1997 than producer Dave Kelly's Joyride. One of the artistes who helped make it a dance favourite was singer Mr Easy. His Funny Man (Strange Things) was one of the hits that rode the Joyride which appeared on Kelly's prolific Mad House label. Mr Easy returns for another crack at the charts, and insists he is up to the task. "As an artiste yuh always have to reinvent yuhself an' keep trying and keep working. Whatever the people want yuh have to gravitate ... Read More

Gabriel Walters hopes to inspire

Friday, July 25, 2014    

everyone has
expectations of
me (PHOTO:

AT 18, violinist Gabriel Walters is the only Jamaican in the 90-member Orchestra of the Americas currently visiting the island. The orchestra, along with the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica, was scheduled to stage three concerts: a free recital inside Emancipation Park on Wednesday evening; followed by the concert at Church on the Rock in St Andrew last evening, and the final event at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James tomorrow. Walters, a former Excelsior High student who has ... Read More

Bounty, Cham for Yush

Friday, July 25, 2014    

bounty killer

There will be non-stop music and partying at Smirnoff Dream Weekend's Yush, scheduled for August 2 in Negril. That is the pledge from organiser Matthew Grey, CEO of Coppershot Disco. "Although we got our break in the late 90s, we have been around from 1994. Therefore, we will be launching the music, remixes and dubs from then and incorporate it with a fraction of today's music," Grey stated. "The '90s was all about the 'bruking' out an' man dancing with woman so our aim this year is to bring ... Read More

Former 'X Factor' judge Tulisa fined for hitting blogger

Friday, July 25, 2014 8:13 AM    

Tulisa (Photo: AP)

LONDON (AP) — British singer and former "X Factor" judge Tulisa Contostavlos, who last week won a legal victory over a tabloid sting story, has been fined for assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival. The 26-year-old celebrity was convicted Friday of hitting Savvas Morgan at the V Festival in August 2013. She had denied the charge. A judge at Stratford Magistrates Court in London ordered her to pay a 200 pound ($340) fine plus almost 3,000 pounds ($5,100) in other costs. Last ... Read More

Ricky Martin to be judge on The Voice... Mexico

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Ricky Martin

MEXICO CITY (AP) — And the fourth and final judge for The Voice... Mexico is: Ricky Martin. The Puerto Rican pop star will join Yuri, Julion Alvarez and Italian songstress Laura Pausini as the judges for the singing contest. Mexico's Televisa network announced that Martin will be the fourth judge in a statement Thursday, saying that "all his experience and musical abilities will be available for the next season of The Voice... Mexico." Martin previously was a coach on The Voice Australi ... Read More

Pehtrol 'wheel and come again'

Friday, July 25, 2014    

GRAHAM... an overwhelming feeling to be one of the finalists

AFTER a second-place finish in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Song Competition in 2010, Phylbert 'Pehtrol' Graham decided to give this year's competition another shot. With the entry of his song Mi Likkle Paradise, the 38-year-old singer is hopeful that this time around he will win the votes to be the winner at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Saturday night. "I entered in 2010 and the name of the song was Island in the Sun. The reason for m ... Read More

Here comes CHRONIXX

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Thursday, July 24, 2014    

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photograph with
Tonight Show host
Jimmy Fallon on his
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ROOTS singer Chronixx got an instant bump after the hype arounnd his performance on the top-rated Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. There was a surge in sales for his Dread & Terrible EP and the single Here Comes Trouble just hours after his July 22 performance on the NBC show was announced. The cut-off period for chart and sales tabulation ended on July 20. Up to that point, the Phillip 'Winta' James- produced Here Comes Trouble had registered 1,051 downloads in comparison to just 99 the pr ... Read More

Illness halts Konshens's European gig

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

KONSHENS... diagnosed
with chronic laryngitis

DANCEHALL artiste Konshens is slated to return to the island next week after cancelling the remainder of his European gig due to illness. Konshens -- whose given name is Garfield Spence -- called it quits in Germany last Monday, after he was diagnosed with chronic laryngitis and a temporary loss of hearing in his left ear. He was half-way into his 18-date string of performances. "This is an unfortunate situation especially for the fans, but we must take into consideration the safety of the ar ... Read More

Jamaica Irie, says Oliver Smoothe

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

OLIVER SMOOTHE... been singing since I was six
years old

OLIVER 'Oliver Smoothe' Gordon sees being named a top 10 finalist in the Festival Song Competition organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) as a major career accomplishment. The finale is scheduled for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, on Saturday. "It was a joy to be selected. It is a great feeling to have been selected out of so many competitors. I feel privileged because of what JCDC represents. The JCDC represents Jamaica, and as far as I am conce ... Read More



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