Laff It Off held over

A scene from Laff It Off.

OLIVER Mair's comedy revue, Laff It Off is back for two more weekends. The hit show has relocated to the Little Little Theatre at 4 Tom Redcam Avenue where it will play for the weekends of August 22-24 and 29-31. Laff It Off, is playwright/producer Oliver Mair's return to the theatre scene after 14 ... Read More

CURTIS... the
man dem just
heartless. JIGSY KING...
we need to take
back our town
as this was not
the way it was Take back Linstead
THE upsurge in criminal activities in the Linstead community of St Catherine has spurred two home-gr ... Read More

Joseph ‘Powda’ Bennett died on Wednesday JOLLY BOY POWDA remembered
HEAD of Geejam Records Jon Baker has added his comments following the death of Joseph 'Powda' Bennet ... Read More

nice to come home and
enjoy some good
Jamaican vibes Trelawny Fiesta on today
Singjay Charley Black, who is promoting his latest song Jamaican Everyday, dons his promoter's hat t ... Read More

Marshall shows his Tru Colors

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, August 23, 2014    

Wayne Marshall (left) and Bounty Killer at Marshall’s Tru Colors album
launch held on Wednesday at Triple Century Sports Bar in New
Kingston, St Andrew. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

WAYNE Marshall showcased the musical strength of Tru Colors at the album's launch at the Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston, on Wednesday night. Also attending were several collaborators on the project. "Tru Colors contains songs that are a blend of elements that inspire me. It shows a more eclectic side of me," Marshall told the Jamaica Observer. The 13-track album has been available since January and released on the Ghetto Youths International label. Tru Colors is Marshall's second of ... Read More

Marley musical for Baltimore premiere

Saturday, August 23, 2014    

Bob Marley

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — A musical about Bob Marley that uses the Jamaican reggae icon's music is in the works for next year. Center Stage in Baltimore said it would present the world premiere of Marley, written and directed by company artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. It will run from May 6 to June 14. The show focuses on the years 1975 to 1978, when Marley survived an attempted assassination in Jamaica and went into exile in London. It will feature mid-70s Marley albums as Exodus, Kaya, ... Read More

Amy Winehouse to be commemorated with statue

Saturday, August 23, 2014    

Amy Winehouse

LONDON (AP) — Amy Winehouse is to be commemorated with a statue in the London neighbourhood where she lived and worked. The late singer's family says the statue will be unveiled in Camden Town on September 14, her 31st birthday. The bronze likeness by Scott Eaton will stand in Camden's bustling market, which draws tourists from around the world with its food, craft and clothing outlets and street performers. It had initially been slated for outside the nearby Roundhouse concert hall. Bu ... Read More

'Powda' Passes

Friday, August 22, 2014    

Powda passes

JOSEPH 'Powda' Bennett, a member of the resurgent Jolly Boys mento group, died Wednesday at the University of the West Indies Hospital. He was 76. His wife, Daisy Gardener-Bennett, told Splash that he had experienced asthma-type symptoms since returning from France on August 3. She says last week, he was admitted to the Port Antonio Hospital for four days after complaining of "shorta breath". Bennett travelled to the UHWI early this week for treatment after his condition failed to improve. Al ... Read More

Konshens live @ CRU

Friday, August 22, 2014    

Konshens in performance

LIVE music in Kingston has another series. The Live in The City show, promoted by Marriott International Productions and co-sponsored by Caribbean Producers Jamaica and Remy Martin, was launched Wednesday evening at CRU Bar and Kitchen. Dubbed the Benefit Edition, part proceeds from the event went to the medical expenses of Norman Manley Law School student Lanesa Downs, who is battling lupus. According to organiser André Marriott-Blake, "Lanesa is facing difficulties with medical expens ... Read More

Do Go See — August 22, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014    

Etana among
performers for
LIME Skool Aid
on Sunday.

Sunday, August 24 LIME SKool Aid @ Jamworld Entertainment Complex, Portmore Featuring: Konshens, Etana, Chris Martin; attractions sportzon, amusement park, storyland, face painting among others Time: 10:00 am Pic: Etana Caption Etana among performers for LIME Skool Aid on Sunday FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 Seafood Night @ The Essence, Kings Plaza, St Andrew Featuring: Vin the Musical Maestro Time: 7:00 pm Friday Night Happy Hour @ The Ambassador Bar and Grill, 148 Old Hope Road, Kingston Ti ... Read More

SOJA is number one

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, August 22, 2014    

SOJA is among a number of American reggae bands which have sprung up in the last decade.

American band SOJA debuts at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album chart with Amid the Noise and Haste. The 13-track set is their sixth album. It sold 12,213 copies in its first week and has also done well on other Billboard listings. Amid the Noise and Haste entered the Independent Album chart at number two; number nine on the Digital Album chart; and number 20 on the 200 Album chart. SOJA's previous studio effort, 2012's Strength to Survive, sold 12,315 copies in its first week and also ... Read More

20 years of Coppershot

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Some of the selectors with the 20-year-old Coppershot.

WHAT started out as a hobby for three music-loving teenagers attending Campion College in St Andrew morphed into the sound system Coppershot Disco. Now, 20 years later, Shawn Anderson, Jason Henriques and Matthew Gray are elated at reaching another milestone. "I really never thought about it reaching this far, as we started it as a hobby... we weren't serious. But it has grown and we have made it through 20 years, which is the biggest accomplishment of all," said Gray, CEO of Coppershot Disco ... Read More

Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert

Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:26 PM    


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a September 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds. The commission said in a statement Thursday it took the action because Cyrus often, in its words, "undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law". Tickets ranging from $27 to $370 for the concert in the capital have been on sale since July. Some critics hav ... Read More

Serena the singer, tennis star does karaoke

Thursday, August 21, 2014 1:17 PM    

NEW YORK (AP) -- Serena Williams replaced her tennis racket with a microphone at a karaoke event a week ahead of the US Open. The top-ranked athlete performed ‘Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend’ on Wednesday night at Arena in New York City. She danced and swayed her hips in a mini dress as she sang the song in falsetto and attempted high notes. Williams told the crowd before she began: "I'm really nervous." She was joined by fellow tennis player Jack Sock, ‘Orange Is the New ... Read More



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