MCGREGOR... feels good to
be honoured by own people

Even after 52 years in the music business, Freddie McGregor can still be overwhelmed by the occasion. It was an emotional moment for the singer Sunday morning when he received a plaque from organisers of Reggae Sumfest for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music. "I really appreciat ... Read More

Master pannist Darren Sheppard, headliner of Rhapsody In Steel concert, held at the Karram
Speid Auditorium in St Andrew, on Sunday. (PHOTO: RORY DALEY) Big crowd for Rhapsody in Steel
HUNDREDS of patrons turned up at the Karram Speid Auditorium on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew, f ... Read More

wants to show
Jamaica he is a
versatile artiste Deep Jahi eyes another prize
The Jamaica Observer continues its features on the contestants in this year’s Festival Song Co ... Read More

Downsound not derailed, music studio to relocate
KINGSTON, Jamaica – CEO of Downsound Records, Josef Bogdanovich, remains positive despite the ... Read More

UK popstars One Direction to release film

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:08 PM    


LONDON, (AFP) - Hit boy band One Direction is to release a concert film to be screened in cinemas around the world, the group said on Tuesday. The recording of a concert at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy will be screened in cinemas on October 11 and 12. Called "Where We Are", the same name as the band's current world tour, the film will include behind-the-scenes footage and a 15-minute interview. "The Where We Are tour is coming to a cinema near you for one weekend only," band member Zayn M ... Read More

Chronixx to perform on NBC's Tonight Show

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1:39 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Tonight will see roots reggae artiste Chronixx performing on the "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on NBC. The show, which begins at 10:35 pm, will host the young Jamaican singer as he performs alongside his Zinc Fence Redemption Band. Chronixx -- who recently performed at Reggae Sumfest -- will be using the late- night TV performance as a cap for the US leg of his Dread and Terrible Tour, which got under way on May 25. The tour has seen Chronixx performing i ... Read More

Tessanne takes Sumfest finale

By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 21, 2014    

Tessanne Chin

SINGER Tessanne Chin gave a command performance on International Night II of Reggae Sumfest, which closed at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay yesterday morning. Dressed in a black suit, complemented by a white blouse, the Voice 2013 winner energised the weary crowd with even before she sang a note. As her name was announced, there was a mad rush to the stage by patrons. "It's so good to be home. I've been away for a long time. I have a show for you tonight," she said, be ... Read More

Anjell Bryan is Festival Queen

BY RORY DALEY Observer reporter daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 21, 2014    

Festival Queen 2014 Anjell Bryan with first runner-up Miss St Ann, Sharlene Codner (left), and
second runner-up Miss Trelawny, Honica Brown. (PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

MISS Kingston and St Andrew, Anjell Bryan, was crowned Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Queen 2014 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Saturday. The 25-year-old won ahead of Miss St Ann, Sharlene Codner, who was first runner-up, and second runner-up Miss Trelawny, Honica Brown. "The contest has empowered me both as a young woman and as a Jamaican, because it taught me so much about myself and my culture," Bryan told the Jamaica Observer. Bryan als ... Read More

Adam Levine weds Behati Prinsloo

Monday, July 21, 2014 3:03 PM    

(Photo: CNN)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Adam Levine, former mentor for Tessanne Chin on ‘The Voice’ competition, married fiancée Behati Prinsloo on July 19 at Flora Farms in Los Cabos, Mexico. The People Magazine’s “sexiest man alive” and the Victoria's Secret model said their nuptials in front of more than 200 guests following a pre-wedding beach party the night before, according to People magazine. The couple began dating in 2012 and officially announced their engageme ... Read More

Fifty Shades of Grey trailer-release this week

Monday, July 21, 2014 8:42 AM    

Charlie Hunnam (Photo: AP)

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — The first trailer for the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can't wait for the finished product. Speaking Sunday at a Fox event as part of the Television Critics Association press tour, the 34-year-old actor said he still believes in the film although he's no longer a part of it. "I'm just really excited to see it. I was just really, really invested and wanted to wo ... Read More

Miss Portland Festival Queen

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Miss Portland Festival Queen Tahera Brown receives a trophy for best performance during the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen coronation at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Saturday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) Miss Portland Festival Queen --> Read More

Reggae Sumfest highlights

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Wizard and Beres Hammond. (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY )

After five nights of exciting and high-energy performances, Reggae Sumfest ended yesterday morning at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay. The Jamaica Observer zoomed in on the action and share some of their snaphots with you. Read More

Orisha ‘sounds’ off at Redbones

BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer | Monday, July 21, 2014    

Orisha Sound

IN her second appearance at Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew in a matter of days, Norwegian singer Orisha Sound was again in good nick. The Los Angeles-based artiste (who is of Scandinavian/Slavic heritage), showed her vocal prowess as well as her guitar and violin skills. Her rendition of Sunshine Lady, a song she recorded and did during her July 11 performance with Wayne Daniel, was first-rate. Opening with One More Night, Orisha Sound was also a hit with Rewind and a cover of Adele' ... Read More

Celebrating the Chinese on film

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Sunday, July 20, 2014    

The Institute of Jamaica is partnering with the Chinese
Benevolent Association to look at the impact of the Chinese to
Jamaica’s development.

THE Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA), in association with the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), will host a two-day film festival marking the 160th anniversary of the Chinese arrival in Jamaica. The festival is scheduled to start at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus on Friday, and moves to the IOJ Lecture Hall, in downtown Kingston, the following day. All events are free. "The 160th anniversary of the arrival of the Chinese in Jamaica, is an important milestone. IOJ is pleased to pa ... Read More



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