JoJo's last session

Countless artistes and musicians passed through Channel One recording studio during the 1970s and early 1980s, when it was the go-to spot for making hit songs, and all of them met its founder and principal, Joseph “JoJo” Hoo-Kim. Read More

Beres hits the top
Beres Hammond earns his third number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart this week with Never Ending, which was released on October 12 by VP Records. It enters with encouraging first-week sales of 1,607 copies.... Read More

Dalton wows judges
Jamaica's Dalton Harris on Saturday put on another impressive performance to wow the judges, the audience, and ultimately the voting public on the first live show of this season of the talent series X Factor UK.... Read More

YowLevite aims for mainstream
Most university students in their final semester are excited about graduation, but up-and-coming producer Keron “YowLevite” Young is more focused on his first EP effort, which he hopes will be his launch pad into the music business.... Read More

Keeping the Trench Town sound alive

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Monday, October, 22 2018    

The challenge, of ghetto life has been the soundtrack for Trench Town artistes since the 1960s, but singjay Dahvid Slur prefers to look at the positive side of life in his songs. Read More

Kaya Fyah keeps coming back

Monday, October, 22 2018    

African singer Kaya Fyah was in Kingston recently recording songs for his third album, which is due for release early next year. Like his previous sessions here, he worked with veteran producer Tony Owens and the Firehouse Crew. Read More

Long road ahead

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October, 22 2018    

Jawara McIntosh, the son of reggae luminary Peter Tosh, who was left in a coma for over a year following a beating in a New Jersey jail — reportedly at the hands of a fellow inmate, is slowing making progress. Read More

'Light-skinned' Spice sparks buzz on social media

Monday, October, 22 2018    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Dancehall entertainer Spice has been creating a buzz on social media with her latest post on Instagram of a photo of herself with a lighter complexion. Read More

Like it's golden

BY RICHARD JOHNSON observer senior reporter | Sunday, October, 21 2018    

It goes without saying: author Roland Watson-Grant is proud of his latest achievement — the Musgrave bronze medal for his contribution to literature. Read More

Marley documentary subject of lawsuit

Sunday, October, 21 2018    

I Shot the Sheriff, the lead-off episode in the Netflix documentary series ReMastered, which centres around the 1976 assassination attempt on the life of reggae superstar Bob Marley, is the subject of a lawsuit in the United States. Read More

The billionaire who loved to jam in Jamaica

ENTERTAINMENT 56 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Sunday, October, 21 2018    

Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder who died on October 15, was not only a computer genius and one of the world's wealthiest men, but an outstanding guitarist who loved reggae and Jamaica. Read More

Omar and the Queen

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, October, 21 2018    

The funeral service for comedienne and media personality Elva Ruddock has been set for Saturday, November 10 at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium at Jamaica College in St Andrew. Read More

Daybreak was sizzling

by Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Saturday, October, 20 2018    

It had all the right ingredients for success — great music, gorgeous ladies, awesome food and a well-executed social media and marketing plan. Daybreak, held last Saturday at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Priory St Ann, was a sizzling affair. Read More

Morning Bliss went all white

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Saturday, October, 20 2018    

The Lyssons beach in St Thomas was the venue for the Heroes' Day staging of Morning Bliss. It was the first anniversary of the breakfast party series and it attracted a large number of patrons, most of whom stuck to the all-white theme. Read More

Q finds inspiration in Trojan

Saturday, October, 20 2018    

As Trojan Records marched to breaking Jamaican music in the United Kingdom, one of the first Jamaican producers the fledgling label worked with was Bunny “Striker” Lee. Fitting then, that he was on stage at the Q Awards in London Wednesday evening, where Trojan received the... Read More


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