Elan returns with ‘Wicked’ cover

Elan Atias

During his 13-year association with The Wailers, singer Elan Atias worked with a diverse list of acts, from Gwen Stefani to Carlos Santana. For his latest project, he covers Wicked Game, American rock singer Chris Isaak’s breakthrough song. His reggae version was released digitally last week. ... Read More

Deejay Beenie Man and his girlfriend Krystal Tomlinson at the listening party for his album Unstoppable. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Beenie’s Unstoppable
It’s been 10 years since Beenie Man, self-proclaimed King of Dancehall, released an album. Bu ... Read More

Ayron Michael Ayron Michael adds colour to Purple Rain
When producer Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor approached Ayron Michael to cover Prince’s cl ... Read More

Rick Ross to headline High Vibes Roots and Reggae fest
The Aqueduct in Rose Hall is set to come alive with a stellar line-up of artistes headlined by Ameri ... Read More

An ode to Bolt

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men’s 200m.

IN 1986 reggae singer Boris Gardiner covered Ben Peters’ penned I Wanna Wake Up with You. The single raced up the European charts. Twenty years later his son, Justin, is hoping for similar fortune with The Fastest Man on Earth. The single is inspired by the heroics of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. “After he won his first gold in Rio he was such a gentleman of the sport and so humble. It was inspiring and wonderful to see,” Peters told the Jamaica Observer. Peters is part o ... Read More

Roots to the Coore

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Shiah Coore

Being the son of a roots-reggae icon, it is only natural Shiah Coore is drawn to that sound. His new ‘riddim’, the Lion Paw, is inspired by the beat that made Jamaican music world-famous. “The idea and concept for the Lion Paw was really to bring back the roots element to the reggae/dancehall industry. I grew up listening to dancehall that were mainly on roots riddims like Shabba and Ninjaman. So naturally I would like to contribute to this energy,” Coore told the Jamaic ... Read More

Bella Blair on musical high

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Bella BlairKenyon Hemans

FORMER video blogger-cum-singer Toni ‘Bella’ Blair said she is pleased with the public’s reception to her music. “They have been showing me love for the most part,” she told the Jamaica Observer. Bella Blair said she is currently working on an EP tentatively scheduled for the end of this year. She’s uncertain how many tracks will be on yet-to-be titled set, but is sure it will contain her debut single Jamaica. “ Jamaica is getting lots of play in New ... Read More

Destiny adds twist to Lipstick

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Destiny ‘Queen of the Pack’

Dancehall artiste Destiny ‘Queen of The Pack’ (formerly Destiny Sparta) has added her own flavour to dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel’s single Lipstick. Produced by Que Da Wiz of Da Wiz Records, the remix was released in July. According to Destiny, the single has been gaining momentum. “The reviews have been exceptionally well; people really like it. I have received so many videos with girls vibing to it,” she said. Destiny, who is currently in Panama, is also promo ... Read More

Twenty-One Pilots flies high with Ride

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Musicians Josh Dun (left) and Tyler Joseph of Twenty-One Pilots. (Photo: Jason Merritt)

There is a reggae song making a huge impact globally. Ride, by American duo Twenty-One Pilots, is currently number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Ride is taken from Blurryface, their fourth album, which was released in 2015. The set has so far sold 1.1 million copies in the United States. Ride is produced by American Ricky Reed, the man behind Talk Dirty and Wiggle by Haitian/American singer Jason Derulo; Lunchmoney Lewis’ Bills (Lewis is the son of Inner Circle bassist Ian Lewis); ... Read More

Sax great Felix ‘Deadly Headley’ Bennett is dead

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

‘Deadly Headley’ Bennett

Felix “Deadly Headley” Bennett, a prolific saxophonist who played on Bob Marley’s first song, died on Sunday at age 85. His daughter, Carol Bennett, said he passed away at home in Rollington Town, East Kingston. He had suffered from hypertension for years and was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Born in Central Kingston, Bennett learned music at the Alpha Boys School. Leaving after 12 years at age 16, he played in several bands and was an established session musician ... Read More

Continuing the legacy

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Dwayne Hibbert

BEING grandson of ska/reggae great Toots Hibbert, emerging producer Dwayne Hibbert said he was destined for a career in music. “The starting of my music career was inevitable. Music is in my blood,” the 23-year-old told Jamaica Observer. He is currently promoting his latest project, Bunx Around rhythm. Released in July on his DJ Blizzard Music imprint, the set features acts including Kalado, Harry Toddler, and Kemstsar, featuring Hibbert as Blizzi. According to Hibbert, he’s ... Read More

After 12: Chasers & Crates

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Karl didn’t get her name, but he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take her photo. (karl mclarty)

Nightlife Wednesday HQ in Shooters Hill square, 7 Miles, Bull Bay was the venue. The event — Chasers & Crates. And with music by Mattic Movements and Pittyless, the real party people could not stay away as this session was THE place to be and be seen on June 29. You know, of course, that OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY would have been there to capture the good times. Read More

Diva of diversity

Tuesday, August 23, 2016    

Sabrina Diva (Picasa)

There was no shortage of Jamaican music in Sabrina Pratt’s home as a youth in her native London. The ‘good old rub-a-dub’ her parents loved can be heard in the music she makes as Sabrina Diva. Her latest songs, War Downtown and Mash Up My Head, are dancehall with elements of sounds the singer, growing up, jammed to in the United Kingdom. “I listened a lot to garage which is a lot like house, so I kinda fuse them with what I’m doing now,” she said. War Downt ... Read More

Ashlie’s ready for the world

BY ACEION CUNNINGHAM Observer reporter | Tuesday, August 23, 2016    

Miss Jamaica World 2016 Ashlie White Barrett (centre) is flanked by first runner-up Whitney Levy (left) and second runner-up Milinda Smith following the coronation show at the Iberostar Resort in St James on Sunday. (Photo: Aceion Cunningham)

NEWLY crowned Miss Jamaica World Ashlie White Barrett is pumped and ready to represent the country on the international stage. She said she intends to bring home the Miss World crown, which is “long overdue”. The leggy 20-year-old, who stands five feet 11 inches, was ecstatic when Jamaica Observer caught up with her minutes after the coronation at Iberostar Resort in St James on Sunday night. “I am elated. This is an amazing feeling. I am so excited at being given the opport ... Read More



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