Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh crowned Miss World

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Toni-Ann Singh, Miss Jamaica World is Miss World 2019.Singh won from a field of 114 contestants at the 69th edition of the pageant in London today. Read more


Shock at DJ's death

BY AALIYAH CUNNINGHAM Observer writer aaliyahc@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, November, 27 2019    

FAME FM disc jockey Collin Hines said the tragic death of his colleague, Raymond “DJ Venom” Peart, has cast a pall of gloom over the radio station as well as its employees. Read More

Thomas puts faith in Real Tears

Wednesday, November, 27 2019    

MUSIC producer Anthony Ricardo Thomas is banking on his latest production, Real Tears featuring Charly Black, making a major impact in Europe. Read More

Chappie hailed as true artist

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, November, 26 2019    

Members of the entertainment industry, specifically film, turned out in their numbers to pay their final respects to cinematographer Franklyn “Chappie” St Juste at his funeral at the University Chapel, Mona campus in Kingston, yesterday. Read More

Christopher Ellis bares soul

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Tuesday, November, 26 2019    

Lovers rock was at its most popular during the early 1980s, an era that saw the emergence of British singers like Maxi Priest, Vivian Jones and Peter Hunnigale. The sound they helped make famous is no longer a force, but don’t tell that to Christopher... Read More

Still on the Pulse

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Tuesday, November, 26 2019    

Racial animus and social injustice in the United Kingdom provided material for singer/songwriter David Hinds in the early days of Steel Pulse. The band's firebrand leader continues to blaze a fire on Mass Manipulation, their latest album, which is nominated for Best Reggae Album at next... Read More

Congos make it official

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Monday, November, 25 2019    

Officially, The Congos are not nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award. Yet, Ashanti Roy, singer and co-founder of the roots-reggae group, says contributing to The Final Battle: Sly and Robbie vs Roots Radics is enough recognition.That album, produced by Argentinian Hernon... Read More

Four musicians to get awards

By Basil Walters Observer writer | Monday, November, 25 2019    

FOUR pioneers of the rocksteady era will be honoured by KOOL FM tomorrow as part of the fifth anniversary of that radio station's Live Tuesday show. Read More

Anebsa says he 'Wontstop'

Monday, November, 25 2019    

Reggae's popularity in the United Kingdom owes a debt of gratitude to independent record labels such as Trojan, Jet Star, Island, and Fashion that helped to break big names including Bob Marley, Alton Ellis and Desmond Dekker. Read More

Leba's high hopes for

By Basil Walters Observer writer | Monday, November, 25 2019    

Reggae singer Leba Hibbert is elated about the traction being gained by her single, Jamaica, which features deejay Hawkeye. The song is getting a major plug on Sirius XM's The Joint. Read More


By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer aaliyahc@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, November, 25 2019    

RENAISSANCE Disco's founder Delano Thomas recently set aside his role at the turntables for the classroom. He tutored 40 disc jocks and their managers under the DJ Academy Capacity Building Training Programme.“The programme is not designed to create DJs. It is... Read More

Pro-life actress shares her story

By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer Writer | Sunday, November, 24 2019    

With a personal and story of how God saved and preserved her life, Ashley Bratcher, the lead actress in the film Unplanned, shared with Jamaica Observer the challenges of playing the most difficult and most important role of her life. Read More

Poets pay tribute to Miss Lou

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Sunday, November, 24 2019    

Food may have been top of the menu at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, held November 10 at the Miramar Regional Park in South Florida, but there was also an appetising tribute to legendary folklorist Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley. Read More

Paul O Beale remembered

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, November, 24 2019    

In Jamaican theatre, characters such as Jookie Jam, Delcita and Shebada have a common element — playwright, director and producer Paul O Beale. Read More

Bittersweet Grammy nomination

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, November, 24 2019    

Wednesday's news of a nomination for Best Reggae Album was bittersweet for second-time nominee Julian Marley. Read More

Teff U Deff takes a stand

Saturday, November, 23 2019    

Emerging dancehall deejay Teff U Deff knows the pain of losing close friends to gang violence. Read More


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