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

Doing it the EASY way

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Friday, March 24, 2017    

Mr Easy.

There was a time when dancehall artistes in the business for over 20 years were considered old school. Sipping a chilled Cranberry drink at a Kingston nightclub, singjay Mr Easy looked anything but yesterday’s news. The stocky entertainer is pitching Gone A Lead, his latest song produced by Notnice Records. Mr Easy is ready to hit the road, with spot dates set for the United States and Jamaica in April, followed by a tour of Europe. Known for songs like Bashment Gal, Funny Man and Drives ... Read More

Do Go See

Friday, March 24, 2017    


@ Mas Camp, Stadium North Featuring: Chromatic, Dr Jay, Creepa and Dirty Dez Time: 9:00 pm Where It All Started @ McDonald Lane New Testament Church of God, Kingston 13 Featuring: Carlene Davis, Dennis Rushton, Dean Fraser and more Time: 7:00 pm Soul of Jamaica @ Redbones Blues Cafe, St Andrew Featuring: Kiddus I and Winston McAnuff Time: 9:30 pm MVP Fridays @ Puls8, 38 Trafalgar Road, New Kingston Time: 9:30 pm TGI Fridays @ Margaritaville Negril, Jan Elsner Road, Negril, Westmor ... Read More

Remembering Walcott

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Derek Walcott (left) and Kwame Dawes at Calabash International Literary Festival at Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth in 2008. (Photo: Contributed)

AT the 2008 Calabash International Literary Festival, it was widely reported by major media outlets how Sir Derek Walcott trashed fellow Nobel laureate, Trinidadian writer V S Naipaul. But the event’s co-founder Justine Henzell recalls a less sensational admonishment. “I remember when a BBC reporter remarked that the Caribbean did not support the arts and he retorted, ‘Young lady, I have never read to a larger audience anywhere in the world than I just did.Caribbean governm ... Read More

Farewell, ‘Good Morning Man’

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Alan Magnus.

FOR close to half a century, Jamaicans have awoken to the voice of broadcaster Alan Magnus on Radio Jamaica (RJR). That is about to change in a few days when he demits ‘office’. Magnus, who has been at RJR since 1971, is not leaving the airwaves totally. “I have pointed out to management that I will make myself available to do The Nutty Buddies with Dorraine (Samuels). I am available for outside broadcasts, and if an announcer reports ill I am available to sit in,” he t ... Read More

Charly Black gets Latin love

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Charly Black with his award for Gyal You A Party Animal.

High-riding deejay Charly Black was recognised at the ASCAP Latin Awards on March 15 for his song, Gyal You A Party Animal, which was a massive hit in Latin America last year. The ceremony took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico at Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. Produced by Kurt Riley, Gyal You A Party Animal is Charly Black’s biggest hit. Its success earned him a number of shows in the emerging dancehall markets of El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico. “It was a great chance to n ... Read More

Sadiki, Twiggi top Florida chart

Thursday, March 23, 2017    


With You I’m Born Again, a ballad by singers Sadiki and Twiggi, is number one for the secondstraight week on the South Florida Reggae Chart. The song was released late last year, and is from Sadiki’s Covered In Love album. Sadiki (real name Henry Buckley Jr), who produced the song and album for his Skinny Bwoy Records, expected it to do well. “It’s not surprising to me at all. Everyone involved in the recording gave 150 per cent effort. I’m appreciative of the f ... Read More

Jay Z to make feature film and documentary about Trayvon Martin

Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:57 PM    

Trayvon Martin

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The rap mogul Jay Z is partnering with the Weinstein Company to produce a feature film and documentary series about the killing of Trayvon Martin, the teen whose death in 2012 set off nationwide protests. They will make the film and six-part docu-series after winning a bidding war for the rights to two books about the killing of the unarmed black teenager by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, the trade magazine Variety reported on Thursday ... Read More

Goodison recalls Derek’s humour

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Lorna Goodison.

The announcement of Lorna Goodison as Poet Laureate of Jamaica comes on the heels of Derek Walcott’s passing. Walcott, the St Lucian Nobel laureate for literature, was a dear friend of Goodison. He died on Friday at his home in St Lucia after what has been described as a protracted illness. “I am so saddened by his passing as Derek and I were friends. We met many years ago as he was one of the first persons to give me lessons in creative writing after taking a look at my poems. Ov ... Read More

Negril gets ready for Charley’s JB Rum Great Escape Weekend

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Brand Charley’s JB Rum manager Pavel Smith (left) and member of the organising committee for the Charley’s JB Rum Great Escape Weekend, Nekeisha Myrie Kozier, during the launch of the event at Bambooze Negril last Friday.()

Plans are now in high gear for this year’s staging of the Charley’s JB Rum-sponsored Great Escape Weekend party series, which begins on April 14 in the resort town of Negril. Speaking at the launch of the sixth staging of the event at Bambooze Negril, member of the organising committee, Nekeisha Myrie Kozier, promised patrons a fun-filled Easter weekend. “We will have something for everyone. This year will be no different. It’s going to be four days of non-stop partying ... Read More

Western Entertainment Diary - March 23

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Exotic Thursdays @ SundazeBar & Grill Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay Time: 10:00 pm Heineken All Star Thursdays @ Margaritaville Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay Adm: Free Time: 10:00 pm FRIDAY, March 24 The Urge Quiet Party @ Facebaar Nightclub, Ironshore Music By: DJ Kentucky and DJ Tippy Adm: $2,500 pre-sold, $3,000 gate Time: 12:00 am-5:00 am Five in the City @ Margaritavlle Montego Bay Adm: Free Time: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm SATURDAY, March 25 Silent C ... Read More



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