Boothe headlines Unforgettable

Ken Boothe

KEN Boothe is slated to be the headliner of Unforgettable scheduled for Sts Peter and Paul Auditorium in St Andrew on Sunday, January 29. The end-of-term event, organised by Avant Academy of Music, is earmarked for a 5:30 pm start. “The concert is a developing staple of our academy. Through ... Read More

Revellers in Jamaica Carnival’s road march in Kingston last year. (Photo: Antonio Graham) ‘Byron Lee’s vision lives’
JULIANNE LEE, director of Jamaica Carnival, said she is pleased with the increased number of groups ... Read More

Jemere Morgan. Jemere Morgan makes Billboard transition
Jemere Morgan, son of Morgan Heritage member Gramps Morgan, makes his debut on the Billboard Reggae ... Read More

The Ward Theatre Ward out, Pantry in for Ricky Rowe
AFTER missing its opening date of January 7 at The Ward Theatre in Kingston, Ricky Rowe’s 4 Bu ... Read More

Singer Sophia Brown does Only Jamaica

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Sophia Brown.

Reggae singer Sophia Brown has released her latest single Only Jamaica, which pays homage to the country of her birth. Released January 13, the track is produced by Buck Town Production and distributed by Zojak World Wide. “Crime and violence are so rampant in certain parts of our country right now, that I wanted to personally let people who live abroad understand that, despite our challenges, Jamaica is still a beautiful island. I wanted to make a song that focuses on the positive thin ... Read More

Alpha to name centre in Sean Paul’s honour

Wednesday, January 18, 2017    

Sean Paul.

ALPHA Institute’s Music Technology Department is to be renamed Sean Paul Henriques Media Centre. This honour came about after Grammy-winning artiste Sean Paul toured the institution in December and donated $1.5 million to its music technology programme. Sean Paul said what impressed him most was the willingness and enthusiasm of the students. “Also, those persons who are there daily, who give those kids some hope. I spoke to a few of the kids, who said when they first came to the ... Read More

Moonlight shines on Boris’s star

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Wednesday, January 18, 2017    

Boris Gardiner

SINGER and musician Boris Gardiner’s Every Nigger is a Star is featured on the original motion picture soundtrack for the American filmMoonlight. The soundtrack – which also features songs from Barbara Lewis, Goodie Mob and Nicholas Britnell – was released late last year by Lakeshore Records. The now 74-year-old Gardiner co-wrote Every Nigger is a Star with his older brother, Barrington. The song was first featured in the 1973 film Every Nigger is a Star, which starred Baham ... Read More

Nesbeth gets double YVA nods

Wednesday, January 18, 2017    


Singjay Nesbeth is pleased with his two nods in the upcoming Youth View Awards. The entertainer was nominated for Cultural Artiste of The Year and Favourite Local Chart-Topping Song of the Year. The My Dream singer said about 2016 when he lost his wife and sister months apart, “2016 was a very challenging year for me in many regards, but I continue to prevail through it all. I want to say a special thank you to the Youth View Awards because the nominations represent not just the voice of ... Read More

Jah Max back with Smooth Sailing

Wednesday, January 18, 2017    

Jah Max.

THREE years after its release, Jah Max is amping up promotion of the track Smooth Sailing, with hopes of it getting the recognition it truly deserves. Produced by Dan Giovanni from Isaiah Music Inc, the singjay said the song is about spreading positive messages throughout the universe. “At a time when Jamaica, especially the western end, is blanketed by violence, the song is timely as unity and love is what we really need. I really hope that this track will hit the Billboard...and conti ... Read More

After 12: Pink & Black...yea!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017    

Shania ignored the theme, but that didn't cost her any attention. (karl mclarty)

It wasn’t the biggest crowd ever, but the many revellers who journeyed to Wicki Wacki in Bull Bay, St Andrew, on December 23 for Pink and Black had a blast. And who better than OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY to capture the action? Read More

Grub Cooper to get Rita Marley award

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Grub Cooper

MUSIC producer and vocalist Grub Cooper is scheduled to be honoured by the Rita Marley Foundation for his contribution to Jamaica’s musical heritage. The occasion is slated for The University of the West Indies, Mona campus, on February 17. “Grub has undoubtedly made immeasurable contributions to Jamaica’s music and culture. For this reason, Dr (Rita) Marley and the foundation find him most deserving of this inaugural award. It will be bestowed on February 17, during the fou ... Read More

Rebel salutes festival

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Tony Rebel in performance at Rebel Salute held at Grizzly’s Plantation in St Ann, last weekend. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

REBEL Salute organiser Tony Rebel is giving this year’s staging of the two-day reggae festival at Grizzly’s Plantation at Priory, St Ann, last weekend, a pass rate of 85 per cent. According to him, aside from the favourable reviews he has received since Sunday, he rates himself very hard and is aware there is no limit to where the 24-year-old event can go. “This is my contribution to nation building and the tourism product. My ultimate aim is to provide a week-long festival o ... Read More

Zyanigh pushing See You Cry

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    


UNITED Kingdom-based reggae singer Zyanigh is expecting a warm reception for his single See You Cry and its accompanying video. Both were released last Friday. See You Cry is produced by Jazhyah Music Group and is available on all major digital media platforms. “Fans have been gravitating to my sound ever since I released Love You More, and this new track is going to be a definite hit for the women,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “I have been doing well on the European marke ... Read More

Poetry in motion aims at charities

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Dub poet Yasus Afari in performance at a previous staging of Poetry in Motion.Delahayes Photos

THE 14th staging of spoken word festival, Poetry in Motion (PiM) is scheduled for Manchester Golf Club on Brumalia Road, Mandeville, on Sunday, February 26. Showtime is slated for a 6:00 pm start. According to organiser Yasus Afari, part proceeds of the event will be going to a number of Manchester-based educational institutions and charitable organisations. “From the inception, PiM has demonstrated social responsibility, entrepreneurship, ‘com-unity’, nation building and a ... Read More



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