Nikki Z heading to Fame FM

Nikki Z

RADIO personality Nikki Z is heading to Fame FM. According to a Jamaica Observer source, who requested anonymity, the radio disc jock will make the move later this month. Fame FM is a radio brand under the RJR Communications Group. "She'll work the 5:00 am to 9:00 am shift," the source said. Nik ... Read More

Rick Ross Rick Ross dropped from Reggae Sumfest
AMERICAN hip hop artiste Rick Ross will not be appearing at Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall, Monteg ... Read More

Flex Week promotional models were the picture of perfection during last year’s staging. Flex Week set to thrill
SUMMER series Flex Week returns to Kingston and St Catherine during Independence Week, on August 5 t ... Read More

Natel Natel eyes breakthrough
Singer Natel is poised for the mainstream breakthrough, based on the positive response to his song O ... Read More

Jamaican jerk to go gourmet in Portland

Jamaican jerk to go gourmet in Portland | Saturday, July 04, 2015    

Chef Judson
Todd Allen

AMERICAN celebrity Chef Judson Todd Allen and Jamaica's Lorraine Fung are among special guests at the 2015 Portland Jerk Festival scheduled for the Heritage Site on Folly Grounds in Portland, tomorrow. Organiser Kasey Bourne said the festival, now in its 15th year, is indeed a milestone. "The 15th staging of the event is a milestone in celebrating jerk, so we are focusing on the evolution of the spice. Authentic jerk has deep roots here at home, but on the international scene it has a life of ... Read More

Another bright idea

Saturday, July 04, 2015    

Judean Huxtable (centre) and sister Nadean (left), coorganisers
of the upcoming party LumiNation share a
moment with guest Brianne Stewart at the event launch on
June 25. (Photo: Rory Daley)

THE organisers of LumiNation Glow in the Dark Soca Paint Fete are bullish on the fact that their new brand will add something new to the Jamaican party scene when it debuts on August 22 at 96 Hope Road in St Andrew. "LumiNation is introducing a new spin on the paint party, with glow paint," Judean Huxtable, event co-organiser, told the Jamaica Observer. The party was launched at Medusa Bar & Grill in St Andrew, recently. Huxtable said she was influenced by similar party types and wanted t ... Read More

Tanto Metro and Devonte are back

Friday, July 03, 2015    

Tanto Metro and Devonte in performance at SweatFest held in Montego Bay recently. (Photo: Philp Lemonte)

DANCEHALL duo Tanto Metro and Devonte released their latest studio album entitled Sly and Robbie Presents Tanto Metro and Devonte online on Tuesday. The phsyical copy is slated to hit the shelves on July 9. The Splash caught up with the entertainers, who delivered a great set at SweatFest held in Montego Bay on the weekend. "This album is more unique. All 10 tracks are authentic dancehall but there is something for everyone in the family. While the target market is Europe, we are sure that t ... Read More

JAMMing for more reggae

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, July 03, 2015    

Chairman of the
Jamaica Music Society
Danny Browne (left)
with President of the
Jamaica Federation of
Musicians Desi Young
at Wednesday’s
International Reggae
Day conference at the
Jamaica Pegasus.

THE call has come for a mandated quota of Jamaican content on local radio and television. Leading the way is chairman of the Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS), Danny Browne. Speaking at the conference to mark International Reggae Day at Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday, he cited countries such as Canada, Australia, France and Nigeria which all have local content quotas - as high as 80 per cent. "None of these countries has given the world at least three distinct genres of music ... Read More

Dawkins Jnr’s formula for success

Friday, July 03, 2015    

Tad Dawkins Jnr

Today, the Jamaica Observer launches a 10-part series on 'Generation Next' of Jamaican music producers. The first is Tad Dawkins Jnr. FOR Tad Dawkins Jnr music production has never been about flooding the market with songs. Attention to detail, he points out, produces quality. Dawkins, who is in his mid-30s, has been producing songs for 10 years. Some of his recent productions can be heard on singer Anthony Cruz's Cruz Control EP, released in May by Tad's International Record, his father's com ... Read More

Hope for inner city

Friday, July 03, 2015    

Evee Hope

EVEE Hope is on a mission to eradicate poverty and oppression from Jamaica's inner-city communities. The gospel singer/musician is originally from Westmoreland but grew up in Flower Hill, Montego Bay. She migrated to the United States 30 years ago. Hope is working on her debut album, Songs of Hope. The first single is expected to be Rise Up Children. "The album is coming together very nicely. So far, I have recorded some wonderful songs and I am looking forward to releasing the first single v ... Read More

Bramma cuts US tour short

Friday, July 03, 2015    


DANCEHALL artiste Bramma had to cut his month-long US promotional tour short over the weekend following the death of his grandmother. "Cah believe Grama gaan ...#rip mi hurt ... but still we got to push on," Bramma posted on his Instagram page prior to his return. Myrtle Brammer passed away after ailing for sometime with diabetes among other medical complications, last Friday. Her age was not given. In a statement to the media, Bramma (Lloyd Brammer) said he is currently focused on funeral ar ... Read More

A decade of Absinthe

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, July 03, 2015    

Patron Mekelia Green was seen at last year’s

THE popular party series Absinthe will mark its 10th anniversary at the newly refurbished Morgan's Harbour Hotel in Port Royal on Sunday. According to Dwayne Dacres, a member of Syndicate Events -- promoters of the event, this staging will mark a return to Morgan's Harbour for the first time in over a year. "We are returning to Morgan's Harbour after one year's absence, so patrons should expect the same high-energy Absinthe party experience they have grown to love over the years," he said. Th ... Read More

No slowing down Mr Vegas

Friday, July 03, 2015    

Mr Vegas

The Jamaica Observer continues its bi-weekly feature looking at the European reggae summer scene. IT is almost 20 years since Mr Vegas' smash hit Heads High ruled reggae charts around the world. The singjay is still going strong, performing mainly in North America and Europe. This month, he heads to Europe for a series of festival and club dates in Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany. Vegas' opening show is on the 24th -- the One Love Festival in Venice. The itinerary inclu ... Read More

Awaiting TheOutcome

Friday, July 03, 2015    

The Outcome

LONDON-BASED deejay TheOutcome has been in Jamaica for almost two months, pushing his music which he said is inspired by the environment, politics, trends and fashion. Born Reuben McCalla, he has lived in the United Kingdom for the past 10 years. Even though he considers himself a dancehall artiste, TheOutcome said living overseas has exposed him to various genres including drum and bass and grime which have helped shape his sound. He is promoting his latest single, Love Fi Party, at variou ... Read More



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