Dave Barker still blazing

Irish ska band Supertonic Sound Club

DAVE Barker, who had a massive hit in the United Kingdom over 40 years ago with Double Barrel, has teamed with Irish ska band Supertonic Sound Club, on their latest song. Scheherazade is the name of the song which was released digitally Monday and on vinyl as a 7-inch. The seven-piece group, who a ... Read More

Stephenson (AT RIGHT) Tarrus Riley in performance at
the Little Theatre on Monday.
(PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Royal performance from Tarrus
BLAME the low patronage on the fact that he has been on a few shows in and around the Corporate Area ... Read More

An unidentified man stands beside the casket bearing the
remains of Jamaican singer Hopeton Lewis at the St Mark’s
Church in New York on Saturday. (PHOTOS: SHARON BENNETT) Hopeton Lewis laid to rest
THE pews of the St Mark’s Church in New York were filled to capacity as family members and fri ... Read More

Vibez Matrixx Singjay launches Hype Phone
LAST week as Apple unveiled its much-touted iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, singjay Vibez Matrixx was pu ... Read More

Singer Cat Stevens for five-city tour

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Cat Stevens

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the Peace Train back on the road. He announced Monday that he will make a six-city concert tour in North America this December, his first series of shows in the US since 1976. His conversion to Islam followed, putting his music career on hold for a quarter-century. Read More

Eminem handlers sue political party

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit yesterday against New Zealand's ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial. Detroit-based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated both claim the National Party breached copyright laws by using Eminem's song Lose Yourself. Joel Martin, a spokesman for the two companies, said they filed a case in the New Zealand High Court and are seeking damages. "It is both disappoint ... Read More

Whitney’s live album for Nov 10

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Whitney Houston

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — A CD/DVD featuring Whitney Houston's first public performance — and one of her last in 2009 — will be released November 10. Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances is the pop singer's first live album. Her mentor, Clive Davis, said the album will showcase her legacy. "(It) shows why she is at the absolute historic top rank up there with Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand as the greatest singers of our lifetime," he said in a recent interview. "I ... Read More

Rihanna axed

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    


NEW YORK, USA (AP) — CBS and Rihanna are splitting up after more fallout from the Ray Rice incident. The network said yesterday it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna's voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts — after the singer issued a profane tweet about it. A portion of Jay-Z's Run This Town featuring Rihanna was cut from last Thursday's game because CBS was covering the controversy over Rice's assault of his then-fiancée. CBS planned to use the song t ... Read More

VIDEO: Music for the soul

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, September 16, 2014    

Junior Taylor, executive producer of Soul in the Sun (right), makes a point while Catherine Goodall, regional brand manager at
Ocean Spray, looks on at Jamaica Observer’s weekly, Monday Exchange at the newpaper’s Beechwood Avenue office in
Kingston, yesterday. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

CARIBBEAN music festivals are not a dying breed. That is the view held by Junior Taylor, executive producer of the up-coming three-day event Soul in the Sun, to be held in Montego Bay, St James, from October 10-12. Taylor told the Jamaica Observer's weekly news forum, Monday Exchange, that given the changing times there is definitely space to accomodate a festival such as Soul in the Sun. "We are living in a changing world. So, those who see festivals as dying are those who do not understand ... Read More

Jamaican Mafia premieres Thursday

Tuesday, September 16, 2014    

Paul Campbell
in a scene from
the movie

A NEW date of Thursday, September 18, is scheduled for the premiere of Jamaican Mafia. The event is slated for Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas in Valley Stream, Queens, New York. Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam -- promoters of the New York premiere, said an additional theatre is also reserved at the same venue. "Tickets for 240 seats are being sold at the venue only" said Clarke. Filmed entirely in New York City last year, Jamaican Mafia is directed by Vafamba Donzo and stars Paul Campbell, whose cre ... Read More

Jolly Boy ‘Powda’ laid to rest

Tuesday, September 16, 2014    

Jon Baker and his wife, Nordia Witter, were among the

PORT ANTONIO, Portland: Tons of tributes were heaped upon Joseph 'Powda' Bennett, member of the mento group Jolly Boys, at his funeral service at the Bethesda Gospel Hall in Port Antonio, Portland, on Sunday afternoon. The 76-year-old — who sang and played the maracas — was hailed as a comedian, jovial, caring, loving and a family man. Sharon Golding, in the remembrance, traced his working life from Portland parish council, then as part of the comedic duo -- Powda and Bam. He late ... Read More

Soul in the Sun organisers say patrons' safety a top priority

Tuesday, September 16, 2014    

Soul in the Sun’s Operations Manager Race Morrison (right)
addresses yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange at
the newspaper’s head office in Kingston. With him are
Executive Producer Junior Taylor, and Catherine Goodhall of
Ocean Spray, one of the sponsors. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

ORGANISERS of the upcoming Soul in the Sun festival have assured patrons that their security and health will be a top priority. Speaking with editors and reporters during the Jamaica Observer's weekly Monday Exchange yesterday, executive producer Junior Taylor said the organising committee had already been in dialogue with the police to ensure that patrons enjoy the two-night event without undue hassle. "We are far advanced with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, as it relates to their involvemen ... Read More

No Good Deed tops box office

Tuesday, September 16, 2014    

Idris Elba in a scene from
the movie No Good Deed.

LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat Guardians of the Galaxy at movie theatres. According to studio estimates on Sunday, the Sony thriller No Good Deed, which stars Elba as an escaped convict, topped the box office with US$24.5 million during its opening weekend. Warner Bros' feel-good film Dolphin Tale 2 debuted in second place with US$16.5 million, while Guardians slipped to third with US$8 million in ticket sales. The marvel spa ... Read More

Rihanna rips US network for pulling song amid NFL scandal

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 1:55 PM    

(Photo: AFP)

NEW YORK, (AFP) - Pop star Rihanna on Tuesday blasted a US television network for wavering on whether to use one of her songs in its American football broadcasts, amid a furore in the league over domestic violence. CBS had planned to play Jay-Z's "Run This Town," featuring Rihanna, at the start of its season-opening Thursday Night Football programme, which last week featured the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Baltimore Ravens -- whose star Ray Rice has been banned from the National Football Le ... Read More



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