Forever loving Bob in Bermuda

Bob Marley performs on stage in June 1977 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England.

Bob Marley never performed in Bermuda, but he has thousands of fans in that British territory. Many of them turned out at the BAA Gymnasium in the capital Hamilton on February 6 to celebrate his 71st birthday. Roots singers Warrior King and Aaron Silk were featured acts on the show. “It was ... Read More

Nesbeth Nesbeth’s dream for Jamaica
WITH election tempers flaring in the western end of the island, reggae singjay Nesbeth is urging all ... Read More

I-Octane I-Octane ‘flings up’ the vibes
Soca-flavoured single, Fling Up Yuh Body by I-Octane is currently doing the rounds and producer ZJ D ... Read More

Jah Shawn Jah Shawn pushes to make it
SINGJAY Jah Shawn is stepping up promotion for his latest songs, Gone Too Soon and Haffi Make It. A ... Read More

Crates party series stacks up accolades

Saturday, February 13, 2016    

Patrons at Crates pause for a photo op.

IT was a massive turnout of patrons attending Crates the Series held at Fantasy Beach in Priory, St Ann, recently. According to Dushaine Higgins, Crates the Series founder, the three-year-old event has grown since its inception. “Over the years, Crates the Series has grown. We started out with the intention to bring a high level of entertainment to our patrons. We bring top selectors each week and non-stop fun and entertainment. We hope it will continue to grow as time progresses,” ... Read More

Pamputtae goes soca, again

Saturday, February 13, 2016    


DANCEHALL artiste Pamputtae is having a spirited run in several Caribbean islands with her carnival-peppered single Wine Up Pon Mi Soca. She is hoping the momentum will extend itself to Jamaica. “I’ve been doing soca since 2008. I have about 15 soca songs,” she told the Jamaica Observer. “Music a music and soca music is good. Everyboday likes different stuff, so we haffi cater for everyone.” Released in December, Wine Up Pon Mi Soca is produced by Trinidad a ... Read More

Pitbull bites into a dancehall classic

Friday, February 12, 2016    


Cuban-American rapper Pitbull recently released a Spanish cover of the Chaka Demus & Pliers hit song Murder She Wrote. Titled El Taxi, it is from Dale, his ninth album. Dale is nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album category. It was released in July last year by RCA Records/Sony Music Latin and went to number one on Billboard’s Top Latin Album Chart. El Taxi also features Latin artistes Sensato and Osmani Garcia. Produced by the Taxi Gang, Mu ... Read More

Abatau does it his way

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Senior staff reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February 12, 2016    


For the children of successful musicians, standing in the shadows of their parents can be a daunting task. Many are gripped by fear and the constant thought of not measuring up. That is not the case of rising musician and recording artiste Abatau. The 18-year-old son of reggae music standard-bearer Tony Rebel is determined to cut his own path and blaze his own trail. “The decision to go into music was something I really did on my own. It was not because my father was into the music s ... Read More

Merital Family to regroup

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Keneale Brackett

Keneale Brackett, a member of the Merital Family dancehall group, was deported last Thursday after being incarcerated for almost two years in the United States. Brackett was convicted on drug-related charges in 2014. He said being behind bars rehabilitated him. “It taught me morals — I have to live by rules and regulations. It taught me and others to stay away from negative stuff and not to get caught up in certain situations,” he said. The Merital Family rose to prominence ... Read More

United through reggae

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Friday, February 12, 2016    

(From left) Ray Cha of Yaadcore sound system, Camille Monchicourt of unitedreggae.com and roots artiste Derajah at Nanook’s live show on Ash Wednesday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

Depending on his budget, Camille Monchicourt of the unitedreggae.com website visits Jamaica annually to document the latest trends in roots reggae. Monchicourt is in Kingston for a second straight year with a five-member team. They filmed a music video by roots chanter Derajah, as well as acoustic sessions with emerging bands for the website’s Jamaican Raw Sessions. Derajah’s song, The Time is Now, beat 19 rivals to win a unitedreggae.com contest which offered two prizes: the song ... Read More

RDX talks Side Chicks

Friday, February 12, 2016    


RDX will release their new single, Side Chicks, on Valentine’s Day. It is a deliberate move, said group member Renigade. “We have decided to highlight the side chicks of the world on a day that is usually focused on celebrating the standard relationship,” Renigade told Splash. Side Chicks is co-written by RDX (which also includes Delomar) and their Apartment 19 team, the Shella Posse. The song is from the duo’s upcoming EP 2FloorsUp. “The song comes directly fr ... Read More

Machel evolves on Billboard

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Friday, February 12, 2016    

Machel Montano

SOCA star Machel Montano scored the second Billboard-charting album of his 32-year career this week. His Monk Evolution debuts at number eight on the Reggae Album Chart. Monk Evolution is the 19th solo album for the 41-year-old Trinidadian. It has 11 tracks including Memory with Tarrus Riley); Like So (featuring Angela Hunte); and Carnival Groupie. Montano is known for hits such as The Fog, Dance With You, Big Phat Fish, Big Truck, Happiest Man Alive and Jumbie. In 2014, he won the Best Inter ... Read More

AFTER 12: Happy Birthday, Marlon!

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Coretta (left), Samona (centre), and Laurene give support to the birthday boy.

Marlon Reid had his good friends over at his Lyndhurst Crescent house to celebrate his birthday on January 29, and OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY was asked to record the festivities. Read More

Midnite in Kingston

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Akae Beka

The Hope Gardens Shell Bandstand will be set ablaze on Saturday, March 26, when Akae Beka (Vaughn Benjamin), former lead vocalist of the St Croix-based reggae band Midnite, performs for the first time in Jamaica alongside a cadre of other artistes. The brainchild of Away to Africa founder, Tiffanie Anderson, who is excited about the upcoming event. “Akae Beka’s music and energy has a very strong motherland focus much like the other artistes on the show, so we thought it would be a ... Read More



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