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Jamaican music take spotlight

The Kingston College Chapel Choir in performance. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

From the opening notes of the national anthems of Jamaica and the United States of America it was clear that the concert featuring the Inspirational Chorale of the University of Arkansas would have been a great evening of music. Along with the Kingston College Chapel Choir, the visiting choir pe ... Read More

Jacob Miller Veteran band celebrates 50th anniversary in 2018
A play based on the life and music of Jacob Miller is among the events that will mark Inner Circle&r ... Read More

Notorious B.I.G (aka Biggie Smalls). Biggie’s buzz at Sting
ON Boxing Day, 1996, superstar rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) made his way on stage for ... Read More

Michelle Serieux and lead actress Shantol Jackson watch playback for a scene. (Photo: Jeff crossley) One to watch: Shantol Jackson
“When you go on a stage never act, become.” This advice from local stage and screen le ... Read More

Prince Theo’s second coming

Monday, March 06, 2017    

Prince Theo.

It’s been 13 years since Set The Captives Free, singer Prince Theo’s first and only album, was released but a hectic studio schedule is likely to result in a long-awaited follow-up. The St Thomas-reared artiste has recently recorded a number of songs for long-time collaborators in New York and Europe. He told the Jamaica Observer that some of those songs may appear on his overdue second set. “I see it fit to have another album now. I have a lot of singles an’ di people ... Read More

Myrna Hague on cloud nine

Monday, March 06, 2017    

Myrna Hague (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

The grounds of Devon House — the historic 19th century mansion in the heart of St Andrew — came alive with the sounds of jazz and much more on Saturday night. Jazz chanteuse Myrna Hague staged the ninth edition of her Simply Myrna showcase, which has become a staple on the entertainment calendar. It also featured singer Ernie Smith and the National Chorale. Backed by the Simply Myrna Band, an aggregation featuring some of Jamaica’s top musicians, including Marjorie Whylie, M ... Read More

King Stones rocks

BY SADE GARDNER Observer writer | Monday, March 06, 2017    

Members of the trio The King Stones in performance at Redbones Blues Cafe in St Andrew last Friday. From left are guitarist Samuele Vivian, singer Gabrielle Betty and violinist Jansen Folkers. (Photos: Naphtali Junior)

TRIO The King Stones was a great choice for patrons wishing to unwind after a hectic week at Redbones Blues Cafe in St Andrew, last Friday. The trio delivered a mix of jazz, pop, reggae, dub, lovers rock and classical music. The group’s sole female, Jamaican Gabrielle Betty, provided sultry vocals which were caressed by Italian guitarist Samuele Vivian and German violinist Jansen Folkers. The King Stones opened its set with an emotionally rich performance of songs, including Coming Home, ... Read More

Chyna Whyne shares her IDEAZ

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Chyna Whyne.

British singer/model Chyna Whyne likens the entertainment industry to “shark-infested waters” that can kill a career if persons don’t conform. Born Chyna Gordon to parents from Trench Town, she spoke at last Tuesday’s launch of the book IDEAZ — Notions of Beauty & Sexuality in Black Communities in The Caribbean & Beyond. The launch was held at the University of the West Indies’ Undercroft. Chyna Whyne graces the book’s cover. “As a bla ... Read More

Great vibes at Floats Foam Party

Saturday, March 04, 2017    

A section of Floats Foam Party (Photos: Aceion Cunningham)

The inauguaral staging of Floats Foam Party, billed as the ‘The Ultimate Day Rave’, delivered on its promise of exceptional entertainment. The party, which took place at Vista Ambassador Resort Spa on Montego Bay’s famed Hip Strip recently, got off to a late start and did not get a large turnout, but the party atmosphere inside the venue was unmistakable. The large pool and deck areas at Vista Ambassador made for an ideal location for the party, allowing for all the elements ... Read More

Singjay Summer Roze pens Whatsapp

Saturday, March 04, 2017    

Summer Roze.

FLORIDA-BASED singjay Summer Roze is currently in the island promoting her latest single, Whatsapp. “It’s a fun, party song. It’s about a girl who is being pursued by several men but stays true to the one she loves. For this track, I opened up a little bit more and showed some more versatility,” Summer Roze told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. Released last week, Whatsapp is produced on the Black Hart imprint. It is available on all digital platforms. Summer Roze said, ... Read More

Women to take centre stage

By Sade Gardner Observer writer | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Dahlia Harris.

PLAYWRIGHT Dahlia Harris is seeking to create opportunities for women who may want enter theatre through the inaugural staging of Jamaica Women in Theatre Festival scheduled for The Blue Room on 8 Haining Road in St Andrew from March 13 - 19. According to Harris, the festival — slated to start at 6:00 pm daily — will feature a series of sessions about the industry while showcasing work by women in theatre. There is no cost to attend. “We’re dealing with stage craft, lig ... Read More

Nat’l Chorale aims to thrill at Simply Myrna

Saturday, March 04, 2017    

The National Chorale of Jamaica in concert. (Observer: File photo)

THE National Chorale of Jamaica will be making its debut appearance on the seventh edition of Simply Myrna cabaret show scheduled to take place in the formal Gardens of Devon House in St Andrew, this evening. According to Winston Ewart, conductor for the chorale, although the group is known for a repertoire comprising folk, religious, popular and light classical music with its usual flair and vivacity, it will be stepping outside the box for this event. “We promise that this will be an ... Read More

History created at Jamaica Biennial

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Colonial Legacies by Greg Bailey..

Mixed-media artiste Jasmine Thomas-Girvan created history last Sunday when, for a second time, she copped the Aaron Matalon Award — one of two main prizes at the Jamaica Biennial 2017 now underway at the National Gallery in downtown Kingston. Thomas-Girvan, who first won the award in 2012, was recognised for her two installations at Devon House — Parallel Realities: Dwelling in the Heartland of My People, which is mounted in the dining room, and The Real Princess, which can be see ... Read More

Carib acts for US TV series

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Mike Sherman (right), president of Universal Media Group Inc, and board member Abebe Lewis..

Caribbean artistes will be part of Before The Fame, a new celebrity show set to air on American television this summer. The programme is produced by Mike Sherman, founder and president of Universal Media Group Inc, which has headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. Sherman told the Sunday Observer that Before The Fame debuts in the United States in September and internationally in October. He did not disclose what channel will air it but said Shaggy, Pitbull, Flo Rida and DJ Khaled are the first ... Read More



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