Heads up to Maurice White

Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore of reggae band Third World

AS a fledgling band, Third World kept their ears to the ground musically. They were particularly impressed by a genre-defying American group called Earth, Wind & Fire. “They had a great influence on Third World at the time the group was formed,” Third World guitarist Stephen lsquo;C ... Read More

Skip Marley in performance at the Bob Marley 71st birthday jam session at 56 Hope Road in St Andrew on Saturday Skip off the old block
THE Marley family has found its newest star to carry on the legacy of their famous patriarch, reggae ... Read More

Sean Paul The ‘Seans’ make it happen again
Sean Paul has once again teamed with British singer/songwriter Jay Sean. Their latest collaboration, ... Read More

Summer Roze Summer Roze blooms with Bumpa
BEING the daughter of a former world boxing champion, Summer Roze said she once flirted with the ide ... Read More

Roache goes back to basics

By Simone Morgan Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, February 08, 2016    

Dorothy Cunningham

THE play, Mama Take Me Back to Church, debuts at the YMCA in Kingston, on Ash Wednesday. Playwright Andrew Roache said the production was borne out of a need for clean family entertainment. “Having worked in the theatre world for almost three decades, persons always wanted a production with a religious plot. We have heard complaints about the lewdness within some plays...the viewers yearned for more and wanted something of more value,” Roache told the Jamaica Observer. He said he ... Read More

Hardesty launches in the sunset

Monday, February 08, 2016    

Rich Hardesty

Rich Hardesty loves to describe himself as a ‘Jamerican’, given the countless times the American singer has visited Jamaica. Fitting then that he launched his first reggae album, The Sunset Show, in the country he considers a second home. The Indiana native performed at two shows on Saturday. First was the event celebrating Bob Marley’s 71st birthday at the Marley Museum in St Andrew; then, a slot on artiste manager Claudette Kemp’s show at Mandela Highway, marking her ... Read More

Prohgres back with a bang

Monday, February 08, 2016    


Singer Prohgres returns to the scene with two new songs: The Wiggle Song (featuring DHQ Sher) and Success Deh Near. He told the Jamaica Observer that both are consistent with the songs he has done since his first recordings as a 15-year-old seven years ago. The Wiggle Song, produced by Simpac Music, is getting the lion’s share of promotion. “All the focus is on The Wiggle Song. It is getting good rotation in England and Canada, and a video shoot is also in the pipeline,” sa ... Read More

Great sets at One Love Music fest

By Horace Hines Observer staff reporter | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Skip Marley performing at the One Love Music Festival, held at the Aqueduct at Rose Hall in Montego Bay, on Friday night.

ROSE HALL, St James — Impressive performances highlighted the inaugural One Love Music Festival put on by Tuff Gong International. Held at the Aqueduct from Friday night into Saturday morning, it would have made reggae icon Bob Marley proud. Action kicked off on Thursday night with a charity gala on the lawns of the nearby Rose Hall Great House featuring Marcia Griffiths and Benjy Myaz. But it was Marley’s grandson, Skip Marley, whose demeanour, appearance and vocals captured and r ... Read More

Iranian rocks reggae poster contest

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

<InfoItalics>Prism of Nature</InfoItalics> by Iranian Seyed Abbas Mirqeisari.

FOR a second year, there are no Jamaicans in the top 100 winners of the International Reggae Poster Competition (IRPC). The results of the competition’s fourth staging were announced on the competition’s website last week. Iranian Seyed Abbas Mirqeisari’s Prism of Nature took top honours while second place went to Oktay Barkin of Turkey with Lion. Round out the top tier was Reggae Music produced by Li Wei of China. The winners were selected from a panel of 23 judges. &ldquo ... Read More

Watson lauded as cultural icon

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

An urn containing the remains of the master painter Barrington Watson at the St Augustine Chapel at Kingston College on North Street, yesterday.

THE Kingston College Chapel on North Street was not big enough to hold the family, friends and well-wishers who paid their final respects to master painter Barrington Watson yesterday. Watson died on January 26 of complications from cancer. He was 85. He was remembered for his contribution to Jamaican art as well as his generosity. “We live in a time [in] which we are self-preoccupied and self-focused...Barry gave of himself selflessly and it is revealed in itself to the people of Jamaica,& ... Read More

One Love, ride on

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Bob Marley

THE 1970s could easily be described as a decade of political disillusionment in Jamaica, with several calls for Jamaican youth to lift their voices for social justice. None spoke more loudly and clearly than Bob Marley, whose musical angst inspired people to Get Up, Stand Up to those who oppressed them in the Concrete Jungle. Musicologist Dr Dennis Howard believes Marley’s music came at a time of heightened black consciousness. “Marley’s messages were in the tradition of Mar ... Read More

MAPS to celebrate 1st anniversary

Sunday, February 07, 2016 9:19 AM    

MAPS promo girls

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Party series MAPS will celebrate their first anniversary at the Caymanas Golf Club in St Catherine, beginning at noon today. "The event has grown tremendously over the past year and we are extremely thankful for the continued support from our loyal patrons, sponsors and everyone who has helped to make it the success it is. The event gets better at each staging as we keep exceeding the expectations of our patrons," Cadeem Mullings, one of the event's promoters, told OBS ... Read More

Reggae MIA at NAMM

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Guitatist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith

RESPECTED guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith says Jamaican administrators missed a golden opportunity by not showcasing the country’s music at the recent National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in Anaheim, California. Smith attended the January 21-24 show at Anaheim Convention Center. The annual event, a must-go for musicians, attracted 100,000 persons over four days. It was the second visit at NAMM for the veteran session musician. He said one of its most popular attractio ... Read More

I Kong’s second coming

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

I Kong

Roots singer I Kong had a decade as an entertainer under his belt when he recorded the song The Way It Is in 1972. Released in 1978, The Way It Is was produced by Tommy Cowan with the Inner Circle band as musicians. Michael Lee was executive producer. The song, and album, never gained mainstream coverage but always had an underground following in Europe where it is currently enjoying a revival. “It’s really a revelation to see and hear how the people there have responded to my per ... Read More



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