Vetta to release EP


DANCEHALL deejay Vetta is gearing up for the release of his EP entitled The Journey Begins, next Tuesday. Produced by Grillaras Productions, The Journey Begins boasts eight tracks. They include Morning Rising, Journey, Gyal Wine and Party Song. "Everybody will enjoy demself when dem listen to thi ... Read More

(L) Models of the moment Kai Newman (left)
and Tami Williams (right) flank designer
Tasha Williams of TNT during Sunday’s
staging of Fashionblock in New Kingston.
The collection from Neah Lis makes its way down the
runway. (PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Saints shoot for Teen Vogue
Tami Williams and Kai Newman, the current 'it' girls from local modelling agency, Saint Internationa ... Read More

‘Dream’ deal
DREAM Entertainment Ltd, promoters of the annual Dream Week of parties, recently singed a deal with ... Read More

Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsounds Records, is a picture
of grief as he looks at the body of his late wife, Latoya ‘Toya’
Jackson, at the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church,
yesterday. At right is Tommy Thompson, director of Brite Light
Funeral Services. (Photos: Joseph Wellington) Grand farewell for Toya
AS the white hearse pulled up to the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston yesterday, ... Read More

Omi makes UK history

Monday, May 25, 2015    

Omi performing
for players and
fans at Bayern
Allianz Arena
in Germany on

SINGER Omi made reggae history last weekend when his song Cheerleader topped the United Kingdom pop chart for a fourth straight week. This is the longest reign at number one in the UK by a Jamaican artiste. Cheerleader was recently certified platinum for sales of over 600,000 copies in that country. So far, the song has sold more than 1.9 million copies worldwide. It is currently making moves on Billboard Magazine’s main charts. It is number 31 in its third week on the Billboard Hot ... Read More

Style week focuses on J’can fashion

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, May 25, 2015    

Being escorted by their guard of honour on the first night of
Style Week were Saint International supermodels Kai Newman
(left) and Tami Williams. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

SAINT International's Style Week Jamaica 2015 closed in New Kingston yesterday with FashionBlock. Deiwght Peters, Saint International CEO, believes the impact of his three-day extravaganza will continue for the rest of the year. "Style Week makes Jamaican fashion credible by showing off the quality of the models and designers we have here. Style Week gets the international media interested in local offerings," he told the Jamaica Observer. Friday night opened with White Night, White Style. He ... Read More

Tessanne performs at Memorial Day Concert

Monday, May 25, 2015 2:31 PM    

Jamaican songbird Tessanne Chin (file photo)

WASHINGTON, DC, United States — Jamaican songbird and Season 5 winner of NBC’s The Voice Tessanne Chin was among the performing line-up at the 26th annual National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC, United States, on Sunday. She belted an inspired rendition of the Dolly Parton-penned I Will Always Love You – which was made popular by the late Whitney Houston. Since topping the singing competition, Chin has lent her vocals to numerous social and human rights charities in ... Read More

A song for the children

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

Reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff (left) greets veteran producer
Winton ‘Niney’ Holness (right), while Joylene Griffiths-Irving,
executive director of the Scotiabank Foundation, looks on. The
occasion was a media briefing held at the Jamaica Pegasus
hotel in New Kingston, on Thursday.

THE plight of the island's children was the focus of a media briefing at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew, last Thursday. Holding centre stage was reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, who spoke about his foundation's benefit dinner on June 1 at the Pegasus. "I'm pleased to be associated with you who are concerned about our children. I grew up in a country where children were taught to respect elders, and elders to respect children... I've always loved children... [So] I made Treat the Youths Right," s ... Read More

Six-string Savoury

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

SAVORY... I am open to working with anyone who comes forward, once I am available.

HE has played guitar for some of reggae’s finest on some of the biggest stages locally and internationally. Behind the ‘cool’ demeanour of his trademark sunglasses, Lamont ‘Monty’ Savory is a committed musician. He remembers the first time his soul was stirred by the instrument. It was the riffs of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song which caught the ears of an eight-year-old Savory, and he was hooked. “Just seeing the guitar in the video did it for me. It ... Read More

Sweet sounds of Sugar

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

(L) Sugar Minott
(R) Pashion Minott

VETERAN singer Frankie Paul is among several acts slated to perform on the fifth staging of the Sugar Minott’s Day Tribute at Youthman Promotions headquarters on Robert Crescent in Kingston. The two-day event begins with a stage show at 8:30 pm tonight. “Frankie Paul came to the studio a few days ago. He heard of the tribute and asked to be part of it. Dad had a lot of influence on Frankie Paul’s career... they did several songs together,” said Pashon Minott, daughter of ... Read More

GATFFEST growing beyond local shores

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

(From left) Professor Ian Boxill, director of the GATFFEST; Sir Kenneth Hall, festival patron; Kadeem Wilson,
GATFFEST brand ambassador; and Storm Saulter, guest speaker at the launch of the GATFFEST Film Festival at the
University of the West Indies, (Mona), recently.

NOW in its third year, the Greater August Town Film Festival (GATFFEST) is scheduled for June 25 to 28. “It is becoming a pivotal event for showcasing genre films from around the world. We have expanded our footprints, and we continue to grow. We are proud to have 72 films entered this year,” said Professor Ian Boxill, director of GATFFEST. The festival opens in Kingston with a red carpet gala affair and film exploring the life of Amy Jacques Garvey, wife of national hero Marcus Ga ... Read More

More than a town

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

Stilt Walkers
on parade.

ORGANISERS of the annual Black River Day are going all out to make a statement with its third staging on July 31. In fact, they plan to get the attention of Jamaica’s tourism authorities, who they claim have ignored the town despite its achievements. GT Taylor, president of the Black River Chamber of Commerce, is determined to change this. “The Chamber is very concerned that the Government and [Jamaica] Tourist Board are not seeing Black River as a great asset to Jamaica. We are not at all ... Read More

Roots with quality!

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

(L) Guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith (left) and
singer Ken Boothe share stage.
Cedric Myton in performance at Redbones
Blues Café last Thursday evening. .

A star-studded cast of roots-reggae artistes assembled at Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew Thursday evening for a show fittingly billed Living Legends Live. Complementing them was the showing of the documentary, The Art of Making Music a Way of Life, by Swiss film-maker Markus Egloff. Beginning with Nyahbinghi drummers and chanters from the Inna Di Yard Allstars, it was ‘high-grade’ entertainment throughout, as the Argyle Road venue was transformed into a Rastafari village. ... Read More

Can people change?

With Tony Robinson | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

Can people change?

This world is not for aye, Nor 'tis not strange That even our loves Should with our fortunes change. -- Shakespeare, Hamlet III, 2 VERY often when your fortunes change, so does your love. Just ask any man who had beautiful women at his beck and call and then loses his fortune. See how fast his lovers change as they won't stick around. Did they really change, or did their true colours come to the fore? Ever so often we hear of people changing, and I daresay I usually take it with a grain of ... Read More



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