Drake’s Jamaican ‘Views’


VIEWS, the fourth album from Canadian rapper Drake, was released Friday by OVO Sound/Young Money Records to much fanfare on social media. The 20-track set has collaborations with Jamaican artistes and producers. Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee shares production credits on the tracks Contr ... Read More

Bynny Wailer Four decades of the Blackheart Man
Forty years ago when Island Records released Blackheart Man, Bunny Wailers' outstanding debut album, ... Read More

De African Sledge Return of De African Sledge
Economic challenges caused Trevor Thompson to give up the music business in the late 1990s. Back in ... Read More

Hopefuls line up to show off their talent at last year’s Digicel Rising Stars audition in Westmoreland. Rising Stars starts tomorrow
WITH a prize purse of $1.5 million, television talent contest Digicel Rising Stars will begin its tr ... Read More

Richie Stephens teams with Chaka Khan

Saturday, April 30, 2016    

Richie Stephens

The jaunt, which begins on May 18, will see Stephens and Chaka Khan performing at the One Love Jamaica Festival and The Green Room Festival in Tokyo, Japan. Speaking with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, the singer said this is the first time he will be sharing stage with the Through the Fire singer. “I have also loved Chaka Khan’s music from I was a youngster, so getting the chance to tour with her is definitely an honour,” he said. Slated to be a headliner at the One L ... Read More

Picstitch picking up the pieces

Saturday, April 30, 2016    

Picstitch (Huntley Vassell

EVER since he was a student at Excelsior High School, Huntley Vassel had dreams of being a singer. But though he sang in a band during the early 1980s, most of his career in the music industry has been as an audio engineer. Last year, Vassel revived his vocal ambitions. Recording as Picstitch, he did the song Pick Up The Pieces for PicAxe Production, a company he operates with veteran bass player Danny ‘Axeman’ Thompson. It is one of several songs on the Pieces rhythm, due for rel ... Read More

Marco Polo heads to Florida

Saturday, April 30, 2016    

A section of the crowd attending Marco Polo held in Ocho Rios, St Ann, in December last year.

POPULAR water party series, Marco Polo will make its overseas debut at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday, June 5. Promoted by Lawless Events, the event has been named the Caribbean’s largest water party. Lawrence, CEO of Lawless Events explained the decision to stage the party in Fort Lauderdale. “We have been coming under pressure from Jamaicans living in Florida, and pretty much the brand has grown. Hence, we decided to make Florida our first stop outside o ... Read More

Ssense says be mindful of Karma

Saturday, April 30, 2016    


EMERGING singjay Ssense feels his latest single Karma will resonate with listeners. “The song Karma is influenced by personal experiences. How people treat you result in their karma; how you react to them depicts yours,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “Karma is real.” The single was released yesterday on the Atlanta-based Island Jams Production imprint. The accompanying video was released the day before. Hailing from Seaview Gardens in Kingston, Ssense (real name Levon ... Read More

Miguel Antonio makes Kingston debut

Saturday, April 30, 2016    

Miguel Antonio

Singer Miguel Antonio has made a name doing the North Coast cabaret scene for 10 years. Tomorrow he makes his Kingston debut on the popular Jazz In The Gardens series at the Jamaica Pegasus. Antonio has performed on high-profile events such as the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival and Soul In The Sun, in his native St James. He sees Jazz In The Gardens as another stepping stone. “I aim to put in a good performance so a different audience can see what I’m about. It also give mi a ch ... Read More

Tessanne headlines JAPEX reception

Friday, April 29, 2016    

Tessanne Chin

Singer Tessanne Chin will be the headline act for the welcome reception at the opening ceremony of the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) trade show scheduled for today. The event concludes on Sunday. Other performers include Children of the Drums, Hatfield Folk and Cultural Group and Dance Xpressionz. “Taking place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Montego Bay, the tourism capital of Jamaica, we are delighted to welcome these exciting acts for a night to celebrate what promises to ... Read More

Unreleased track becomes hit for Don Andre

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 29, 2016    

Don Andre shows off his Tom Cruise dance

Tom Cruise, an unreleased track by the United Kingdom-based deejay Don Andre, is currently making the rounds in local dancehall circles. The track first surfaced just over a year ago, and the underground scene in the UK showed an early interest. But it was not until the track was uploaded to the Internet that the song and ensuing dance move really grew legs and began gaining traction. Speaking with Splash yesterday, Don Andre said he always had high hopes for the single, even before it was ... Read More

Hey Jude doing it for Hugh English

Friday, April 29, 2016    

Hugh English

RIDING high on the positive reception to his version of The Beatles classic 1968 song Hey Jude, singer Hugh English is confident 2016 is a watershed for his career. Hey Jude entered disc jockey Clinton Lindsay’s New York Foundation Radio Network chart in South Florida late last year. Its acoustic version, featuring veteran session guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, made that table recently. English told Splash that the song’s success transcends the charts. He sees it as par ... Read More

Dub it with Junjo, Linval

Friday, April 29, 2016    

Linval Thompson

Producers Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes and Linval Thompson, who were critical in shaping modern dancehall, are the subjects of reissue albums from Greensleeves Records. Today, two dub titles, Junjo Presents: Wins The World Cup and Linval Presents Space Invaders, will be released. They showcase the talents of the Roots Radics Band which played on countless hit songs by Lawes and Thompson at the Channel One studio in Kingston. Hopeton ‘Scientist’ Brown was the engineer on both a ... Read More

Terex Nuh Brakes releases

Friday, April 29, 2016    

Terex Nuh Brakes

Atlanta-based singer Terex Nuh Brakes is promoting his latest single Can’t Take it Nuh More . The song is produced by Lee Miller and is from Terex’s EP, Tape. Terex has been singing since he was eight years old. His father was also an entertainer, known as Latana Di General. “Growing up as a youth, my father had a lot of influence on me. He has also been a source of inspiration for me,” Terex told this column. He added that his moniker describes his personality. &ldq ... Read More



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