Versatile’s made it

made it

DANCEHALL artiste Versatile will be releasing his EP titled Made It on iTunes this Friday, July 31st. According to the deejay, the EP features nine songs that will resonate will with each listener. "A lot of thoughts was placed into each track. It's movitational and the my growth as an artiste is ... Read More

Carlene Davis Davis finds glory on billboard
CARLENE Davis has had a number of highs in a 40-year career. This week, she chalked up another miles ... Read More

Wet Dreams delivers
AS promised, the 10th staging of Charley's JB Overproof Rum 'Wet Dreams' all-white party, created th ... Read More

Rita Marley Rita Marley to get Living Legends Award
REGGAE singer Rita Marley will be this year's recipient of the Living Legends Award from the African ... Read More

Trust established in Reckord’s honour

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Memorabilia of the late actor, playwright and director Lloyd Reckord at his thanksgiving service held at the Temple of Light Center
for Spiritual Living on Fairway Avenue in St Andrew, yesterday. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

FAMILY of the late theatre personality Lloyd Reckord has established a trust in his honour to assist young people with their tertiary education. The Lloyd Reckord Colin Garland Education Trust honours the legacy of both men. The announcement was made at the farewell for Reckord held at the Temple of Light Center for Spiritual Living in St Andrew, yesterday. Reckord's niece, Hilary Kirk, said the establishment of this trust was in keeping with what her uncle wanted. "The education of young pe ... Read More

Three cheers!

Thursday, July 30, 2015    


THREE cheers -- and three weeks at No 1 -- for OMI's Cheerleader! Cheerleader leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, actually widening its lead over runner-up Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd (it spends a second week at No. 2). Just a week ago, The Weeknd looked to continue its momentum to a possible No 1 standing, as Face had just nine per cent fewer points than Cheerleader. Read More

Stushie to honour singers

Thursday, July 30, 2015    


UK's up-and-coming reggae singer Stushie is currently working on a tribute five-track mix tape. The yet-to-be-titled set is slated for an August 28 release date. According to the singer, she'll be covering tracks including Sam Smith's Stay With Me as well as songs by reggae singers Chronixx, Tarrus Riley, Luciano, and Freddie McGregor. Read More

Nesbeth rocks Germany

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Nesbeth rocks

Reggae singer Nesbeth was in fine form on his debut at the three-day Reggae Jam Festival in Bersenbrück, Germany, on the weekend. "Never before have I done that, the rain came down in the midst of my set. I was soaked and so were the patrons, but together we had an experience of a lifetime," he said. He performed hit songs including Board House, So Let It Be and Guns Out This Morning. His next stop will be Reggae Geel in Geel, Belgium, on Saturday. Read More

Meet The Mighty Beestons Mento Band

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

The Mighty
Mento Band

; LOCATED in the hills of Westmoreland, Beeston Spring is a typical rural district where many residents make farming their livelihood. It is also home to The Mighty Beestons Mento Band, which has been around for over 50 years. Despite their longevity, Astil Gage, the group's congo player and manager, said they are not known outside of cultural and tourism circles. "We do our thing in the hotels, likkle functions, wakes...things like dat. Independence coming up now so dat's when things pick up ... Read More

Ishawna, Shebada holiday link-up

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

(L) Ishawna
(R) Shebada

Ishawna -- who is riding high with her singles Restraining Order, Vroom Vroom, Cheerful Giver and Need Love -- is scheduled to perform during intermission of hit plays Bashment Granny 3 and Praya Partna, featuring Michael 'Stringbean' Nicholson. "The buzz on the shows has been great so far. This special is great value for money because you have one of the hottest females in the business, Ishawna, teaming up with Bashment Granny which is already a huge hit, and the new play, Praya Partner is hi ... Read More

KC to honour 1965 football team

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Roy Black

ONE of Jamaican sport's most celebrated teams -- the 1965 Kingston College Manning Cup football team -- will be recognised on Friday with a 50th anniversary party at Witty's Soul Tone Wine Bar, Savannah Plaza in St Andrew. The event is being staged by the Kingston College Old Boys' Association. Music will be provided by Roy Black, a member of the 1965 team, and host of Saturday Night Alternative, a six-hour 'vintage' show on KLAS FM89. "The real significance of this event is that 10 players o ... Read More

Creative pursuits

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

The Ward theatre in
downtown Kingston.

FOLLOWING the designation of Blue and John Crow mountains as a World Heritage Site plans are moving apace for the country to receive another such title from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). This time it is the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment which is spearheading the efforts to have Kingston designated a Creative City. Senior director for entertainment in the ministry, Gillian Wilkinson-McDaniel said, come December 15, Jamaica will know whethe ... Read More

Dancehall Flex Week

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Lady Saw

KING and Queen of the Dancehall, Beenie Man and Lady Saw are among several top dancehall acts slated to perform at Aspire Flex Week slated for Portmore and Kingston from August 5 to 9. The summer party series's theme this year is Dancehall Festival. Andrew 'French' Wright, organiser of Flex Week and promoter of Chug It, spoke to the event's celebration of dancehall. "Dancehall continues to contribute to the growth and development of a lot of the youths as it provides a medium through which th ... Read More

Calypsonian Lord Laro’s wife dies

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Norma Lara and husband, Calypsonian Kenneth
‘Lord Laro’ Lara, in happier times.

NORMA Lara, who worked in the Jamaican entertainment and leisure industries for over 40 years, died July 5 in Montego Bay at age 72. Singer Kenneth 'Lord Laro' Lara, her husband of 52 years, told the Jamaica Observer that the cause of death was "heart-related". Norma Lara worked for several years with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and the Jamaica Tourist Board. She also managed her husband's career. "Norma was a jovial person, a happy person. She brought a lot of happiness to my ... Read More



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