Strong set from Etana


REGGAE singer Etana gave a strong performance at the We Are Reggae series held at Doctors Cave Beach in Montego Bay, St James, on Saturday. She delivered a blistering two-hour set which included two encores and two standing ovations from the capacity-filled venue. From her opening selection Free, ... Read More

(L-R )Kris Kelly and Rick Ross Rick Ross signs Kris Kelli
American rapper Rick Ross has signed Jamaican singer Kris Kelli to his MMG Digital company. The labe ... Read More

Michael Stewart (aka Mikey Shine) Tell Dem its singer's time
BECAUSE he was weaned on the sounds of Bob Andy, John Holt and Gregory Isaacs, Michael Stewart said ... Read More

Ramel Sobrino, general manager Sandals Ochi Beach Resort (left), hands Best
Model, Male - Andrew Smith his prize at last Saturday’s ENCORE (Entertainment
Now Creates Opportunities Rewarding Excellence) Talent and Model Search
Competition held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort. (Photos: Contributed) Sandals got talent
SANDALS Ochi Beach Resort featured aplenty in the finals of the ENCORE (Entertainment Now Creates Op ... Read More

PRINCE ALLA'S second coming

Thursday, September 03, 2015    

Prince Alla

ROOTS-REGGAE has always been linked to rebels like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Burning Spear. But there have also been the 'mystics' which include Augustus Pablo, Yabby You and Prince Alla. Now 65, Prince Alla is the lone survivor of the three artistes who have cult followings in Europe, Asia and the United States West Coast. He is a featured act on the Green For Life/Redbones Blues Cafe's show at that Kingston venue on Saturday. It is Prince Alla's second performance at the venue in three mon ... Read More

Spookie profits from Hurt it UP

Wednesday, September 02, 2015    


GROWING up in the Tower Hill community of Kingston, singer Jason White would often visit Friends for Real studio to show his talent. A former student of Mount Carmel Academy, he and friends would beat desks during lunchtime, creating beats while performing for their schoolmates. Now known as Spookie, he is making moves with the song Hurt it Up which is produced by Braintear Music. Released just over one year ago, Hurt it Up has been an underground hit in London where he lives, as well as in Ne ... Read More

No Soul in the Sun this year

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobsever.com | Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson performing at last year’s Soul in the Sun held
in Montego Bay, St James. (PHOTO: OBSERVER FILE)

THE three-day music festival, Soul in the Sun, first staged last October will not be held this year. This was confirmed by executive producer Junior Taylor in an interview with the Jamaica Observer. "There will be no show this year. The rationale is that based on the current economic climate as well as the weak level of sponsorship support that we have received," said Taylor, "Even if we provide a ticket price at a cost that our patrons could afford, we would only be netting a fraction of our ... Read More

All-star performance

Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

A section of the
Pembroke Hall

Despite the daunting responsibility of saluting the Skatalites in an effort to inspire a return of horns in Jamaican music, the Pembroke Hall Allstars Band was up to the task at Redbones Blues Café last Friday evening. The fledgling nine-piece unit out of Pembroke Hall High School paid tribute to musicians who helped shape Jamaica's rich music heritage. In the opening segment, they did shining renditions of Skatalites classics such as Garden of Love, Guns of Navarone, Something Special a ... Read More

New York Caribbean Carnival Week kicks off tomorrow

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 4:44 PM    

Revellers at last year's New York Caribbean Carnival Week.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – In his 44 years living in New York City, Thomas Bailey has seen it all in terms of the evolution of Jamaican culture. This week, Bailey is one of the 'head cook and bottle-washers' for New York Caribbean Carnival Week. He is the president of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) which oversees the annual five-day spectacle which culminates on September 7 with the New York Caribbean Carnival Parade along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. According ... Read More

Munga counting on Another Prayer

Tuesday, September 01, 2015    

Deejay Munga Honorebel
displaying where he was
injured in Jackson Town, St
Andrew, yesterday.

DANCEHALL artiste Munga Honorebel said his latest track, Another Prayer, was inspired by brutal attack on his life on Friday evening. "The song is real and it's because of prayers why I am here today. Instead of thinking about retaliation, I just expressed my emotions and gratefulness in song," he said. The entertainer -- whose given name is Damian Rhoden -- was attacked and chopped as he sat with friends in the Jackson Town area of St Andrew. The incident has left the artiste nursing 34 stitc ... Read More

Fewer cable offerings

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, September 01, 2015    

Fewer cable offerings

TODAY is the deadline for local cable television providers to remove 19 channels from its roster based on a directive issued by the regulatory agency, The Broadcasting Commission. In April, the agency said a number of local operators were in breach of various laws as it relates to copyright, as they did do not possess the requisite agreement to air these channels. The original deadline set by the commission was May 31. However, after dialogue with operators, a three-month stay was granted. Th ... Read More

Local contingent ready for ENCORE

Tuesday, September 01, 2015    

The winners of the Jamaica round of the ENCORE Talent and Model
Search Competition held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in St Ann last
Saturday night. From left are Roshane Marsh - Best Instrumentalist;
Nicholas Waller and Tevaughn Bryan - Best Dancers, Group; Tricia-Gay
Smith-MacIntosh - Best Spoken Word; Andrew Smith - Best Model,
Male; Tyrone Barnett - Best Dancer, Solo; Bernice Brown - Best Vocalist,
Female; Nicota Cooper - Best Model, Female; and Romario English, Best

JAMAICA will field a strong team of talent for the international finals of the ENCORE (Entertainment Now Creates Opportunities Rewarding Excellence) Talent and Model Search Competition scheduled for September 18-19 at Beaches Negril and Sandals Whitehouse. The local finals were completed on Saturday night at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann. "They'll face some tough competition from the other islands," Joel Ryan, Sandals group manager of entertainment, told the Jamaica Observer. ... Read More

OMI parties like its 1989 with Taylor Swift

BY GORGETTE BECKFORD Observer writer gorgetteb@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 31, 2015    

Chart topper
OMI in
with Country
Star Taylor

BILLBOARD chart-topper OMI's celebrity continues to grow. The Jamaican singer shared a stage with country superstar-turned-pop icon Taylor Swift on Saturday at Petco Park in San Diego, California, the latest leg of her 1989 Tour. Prefacing his stint, Swift spoke glowingly of the Clifton 'Specialist' Dillion protégé. "He could be absolutely anywhere in the world tonight, [but] he chose to be in San Diego, California," she proclaimed. The statement was met with screams from 50,000 fans. ... Read More

Sharlene's ready for the Universe

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Monday, August 31, 2015    

Miss Jamaica
Universe 2015
Sharlene Radlein

Twenty-four-year-old Sharlene Radlein, who wore the sash Miss Eskay Catering, is Miss Universe Jamaica 2015. Radlein, who lives in New York, was a popular winner at the coronation which took place Saturday at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. She had been a strong contender since the launch of the pageant one month ago. Radlein won a cash prize of $1 million, and will represent Jamaica at the Miss Universe finals. Miss Lasco Lasoy, 24-year old Tasmin Golding, daughter of justice minister Mark Go ... Read More



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