Holt remembered

HOLT... the perfect example of a talented, patriotic Jamaican

THE life, music and legacy of veteran Jamaican artiste, John Holt, was on many-a-lip at National Honours and Awards ceremony at King's House in St Andrew, yesterday. Holt died in the Wellington Hospital in London on Sunday. He was 69. He was remembered by many for his distinctive sound and the vas ... Read More

Reggae singer
Marcia Griffiths
with her insignia for
the Order of
Distinction in the
rank of Commander
at King’s House in St
Andrew, yesterday.
WELLINGTON) Marcia Griffiths  — Artistes with distinction
THE local entertainment fraternity was well represented among the list of recipients at the National ... Read More

John Holt High tide for John Holt
THE Tide is High introduced John Holt to a different generation of fans throughout the 1980s, 1990s ... Read More

John Holt Ub40, others, pay tribute to ‘1000 volts of Holt’ on social media
KINGSTON, Jamaica—As news of the death of ‘Stick by Me’ singer John Holt went vira ... Read More

Tuning into Tosh

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 20, 2014    

Peter Tosh would have celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday. At right Dr Clinton Hutton

A SYMPOSIUM for firebrand reggae singer Peter Tosh is scheduled for the Multifunctional Room at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, next Monday. The theme of the symposium — now in its 12th year — is ‘Peter Tosh — Activist and Pan Africanist — a focus on the Man, the Music, the Message and the Herb’. The event is free and will begin at 6:00 pm. Dr Clinton Hutton, one of its panelists and conceptualiser of the symposium, said Tosh’s message ... Read More

T.O.K celebrates 15 years

Monday, October 20, 2014    


A HANDFUL of fans and supporters turned out at the Famous Club in Portmore, Saturday to celebrate vocal group T.O.K's 15th anniversary. Despite the low turnout, there was an energetic vibe as the quartet gave a spectacular performance. Suited in black and white, T.O.K (Alistaire 'Alex' McCalla, Xavier 'Flexx' Davidson, Roshaun 'Bay-C' Clarke, and Craig 'Craigy T' Thompson) took the dance floor at 3:30 am. From the first notes of Shell it Dung, the group had the modest audience rocking. There ... Read More

A marriage made by Mozart

Monday, October 20, 2014    

The principal characters in Le Nozze di Figaro.
From left: Marlis Petersen, Ildar Abdrazakov,
Amanda Majeski, and Peter Mattei.

THE extent to which people go to exact revenge when they feel duped can be many and varied. When subject surrounds love, and relationships, then the stakes become even higher. That may well have been the thinking of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he crafted the opera Le Nozze di Figaro, which has become known in the English-speaking world as The Marriage of Figaro. On Saturday, audiences around the world were able to sample the delight that is Mozart's celebrated comedy, via The Metropo ... Read More

Crawford sees JA as entertainment mecca

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Damion Crawford

DAMION Crawford, minister of state in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, says with 20,000 entertainment event held last year, Jamaica has both comparative and competitive advantage as an entertainment mecca. The minister's assertions came at the launch of Carlene Davis's album launch -- Dripping Blood -- at the Redbones Blues Café, on Thursday. He says the entertainment industry should be considered among those that can contribute to the economic advancement of Jamaica. But, li ... Read More

Red Stripe calls film-makers

Monday, October 20, 2014    


UP-AND-COMING directors and producers will get their chance to showcase their talents in Red Stripe's Make The Cutâ promotion. Backed by its Drink Right campaign -- an initiative to raise awareness about responsible drinking while promoting more care taken while enjoying alcoholic beverages -- the competition is aimed at local talent. Entrants will get the chance to showcase videography, directing, post-productions, and editing skills as they make a 30-second TV advert bringing to life t ... Read More

Bringing the family back

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Winston 'Merritone' Blake (second left) speaks with Marva Bernard (left), Jamaica Netball Association president, while Professor Evan Duggan, dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI, and Christine Wood, events manager at J Wray and Nephew, look on. The occasion was the launch of the 24th Merritone Family Reunion and Homecoming Weekend at The Waterfalls in Liguanea, St Andrew, recently. Merritone's Family Reunion and Homecoming comes to a close at Las Lik scheduled for The Deck on Trafalgar Road in ... Read More

Without honour

Sunday, October 19, 2014    

Vere Johns ... His Opportunity Hour and Opportunity Knocks shows were the Rising Star contests of the 1950s and 1960s. They helped launch the careers of Alton Ellis, Lloyd Charmers, John Holt, Bob Andy, Desmond Dekker, The Wailers, Jackie Edwards, Dobby Dobson, Boris Gardiner, Millie Small, Jimmy Cliff, the Blues Busters, Derrick Morgan, Lascelles Perkins, Higgs and Wilson, Bunny and Skully, Laurel Aitken, Jimmy Tucker and Rico Rodriguez. Johns, who worked at the Gleaner for many years, died i ... Read More

Saluting the songbirds

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

WHEN it comes to the history of early reggae, Heather Augustyn's interest has no bounds. For the past decade, the American journalist/teacher has written extensively on the music's roots. Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music is her latest literary effort. Released in September, it is Augustyn's look at the role women played in the formative years of Jamaican music. The Indiana native interviewed several of these trailblazers including My Boy Lollipop singer Millie Small and Enid Cumbe ... Read More

DOUG BENNETT takes centre stage

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

Doug Bennett

COME tomorrow, National Heroes' Day, local musical theatre veteran Douglas James Alister Bennett will accept the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander at King's House in St Andrew. "I am absolutely delighted. What is so great is that it was so unexpected and I am looking forward to the investiture," he told the Sunday Observer. Bennett is being recognised for his seminal contribution to the development of theatre in Jamaica. He has been the chairman of the Jamaica Musical Theatre Compa ... Read More

Miss Trace rocks steady with BB

Sunday, October 19, 2014    

Miss Trace rocks
steady with BB

AUSTRALIAN singer Miss Trace has found a new hero in rocksteady great BB Seaton. Last month, while in London for Seaton's 70th birthday party, she recorded three songs — Image of Love, Something For You and Stand By Me — with him. The two first collaborated last November on the songs, World Needs Now and Born To Believe. Miss Trace spoke of how she met Seaton, a prolific singer/songwriter who led harmony group, The Gaylads, during the 1960s. "I met a gentleman online in 2009, Ras ... Read More



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