Hero's tribute to D Brown

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, July, 2 2019    

He was born in February, which is designated Reggae Month and he died on July 1, dubbed International Reggae Day. Fitting dates for singer Dennis Brown, the Crown Prince of Reggae. Read More

Cops pull plug on Sizzla

BY AALIYAH CUNNINGHAM Observer writer | Tuesday, July, 2 2019    

THOUGH police brought the show to an abrupt end minutes to midnight, patrons attending Hennessy Artistry Acoustic on the lawns of SkyDwellers Ultra Lounge in Kingston were thoroughly entertained by the unplugged set of headliner Sizzla Kalonji. Read More

Social changes

Tuesday, July, 2 2019    

Changes are coming for next year's Get Social Awards. Read More

Soca Gold tops Billboard

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Tuesday, July, 2 2019    

The double-disc Soca Gold 2019 compilation tops the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart this week. Released by VP Records on June 21, it sold 299 copies in its opening week. Read More

Flight takes off at Gatffest

BY AALIYAH CUNNINGHAM Observer writer aaliyahc@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, July, 2 2019    

The short film, Flight , won five awards including the Archibald McDonald Award for Best of Gatffest 2019. The 10-day festival concluded Sunday with an awards ceremony at the Medical Sciences Building, University of the West Indies,... Read More

Noddy Virtue shines at gala

Tuesday, July, 2 2019    

NODDY Virtue delivered a splendid set at the 10th Anniversary Gala of the Miss Dream Castle Pageant held in the Diamond Room of the Royal Regency Hotel in New York on Saturday night. Read More

James Duke Walker to host PHP coaching, networking event

Tuesday, July, 2 2019    

American actor James Duke Walker, a protégé of Jamaican playwright David Heron, whose performance in the 2018 movie Roadside Assistance earned him acclaim, hosts the PHP (People Helping People) Agency's Independence Day Life Coaching and Networking event, Friday at The New Vibe Lounge in... Read More

Still rocking steady with Studio One

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Monday, July, 1 2019    

With today being International Reggae Day, the Jamaica Observer continues its 'Reggae 50' feature on people, organisations, and events that have made an impact on reggae over the past 50 years.  Read More

Bolt gets into the rhythm

BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July, 1 2019    

Retired track sensation Usain Bolt is eyeing dominance on another track, the music industry, with his upcoming dancehall rhythm Olympe Rose. Read More

High Grade Int'l takes clash title

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Monday, July, 1 2019    

High Grade International was named winner of the Guinness Sound of Greatness (GSOG) sound system grand final, held at Red Stripe's headquarters at 214 Spanish Town Road in St Andrew on Friday evening. Read More

Remembering reggae's prince

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Monday, July, 1 2019    

Twenty years ago today, Dennis Emmanuel Brown, Crown Prince of Reggae, died at age 42. Doctors at the University Hospital of the West Indies say he succumbed to respiratory failure. Read More

Third time's the charm for Manchester Festival Queen — Isha Nation

Monday, July, 1 2019    

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Isha Nation was recently crowned as Miss Manchester Festival Queen 2019. Read More

Soca Gold boards fitness train

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Sunday, June, 30 2019    

Soca was carnival good time music when VP Records launched its Soca Gold compilation album in 1997. Its primary audience is still the Caribbean, but soca's percussive beats has made strides in the United States, especially in cities with strong West Indian... Read More

UWI Singers' concert season ends today

By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer aaliyahc@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June, 30 2019    

THE University Singers will be bringing the curtains down on their concert season this evening at Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, on The University of the West Indies' Mona campus in Kingston. Read More

'Dance chose me and I responded'

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June, 30 2019    

When the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) takes to the stage at the Little Theatre in St Andrew on July 19 for the opening of its 57th annual season of dance, ballet mistress Kerry-Ann Henry will be celebrating a milestone of her own. This year marks her 25th year as a... Read More


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