Freddie headlines Mother's Day show

American R&B singer Freddie Jackson will be the main attraction at A Gift For Mom — a Mother's Day concert set for the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew on May 14.Jackson, who is no stranger to the Jamaican stage, last performed... Read More

Sumfest gets NY launch
Olivia “Babsy” Grange,  minister of gender affairs, culture, Entertaiment and Sport, was special guest at the official New York launch of Reggae Sumfest 2017 recently.She was joined by Delano Seiveright, senior advisor to Jamaica's minister of...... Read More

Jamaica gets plug on Wendy show
Jamaica and its culture got a 'shout out' on two separate occasions last week on the highly-rated American television talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, hosted by media personality Wendy Williams.It first happened on Monday when stage and screen star Dulé...... Read More

Nardo Ranks' Dem a Bleach marks 25 years
For six weeks in the summer of 1992, Dem a Bleach, by a budding deejay from east Kingston named Nardo Ranks, occupied the number one spot on the RJR Top 40 chart. The song spoke about peoplewho bleached their skins to appear lighter shade.Now 25...... Read More

Local painting fetches big bucks

Sunday, April, 30 2017   

A painting by the Jamaican-born, 18th century artist, musician and botanist, Samuel Felsted was sold last week for US$80,000 in an auction of American furniture, folk and decorative arts at Freeman's, the oldest United States auction house, which is based in... Read More

Dexter's ditty

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Sunday, April, 30 2017   

There is always a story behind a song.One Easter Sunday morning, renowned  Jamaican arranger and choir director Noel Dexter sat in the audience as the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) singers raised the roof of the Little Theatre in St Andrew and... Read More

Startime for the Manhattans

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, April, 30 2017   

AFROS, bell-bottom pants and platform shoes were hip when Gerald Alston first visited Jamaica with The Manhattans in the mid-1970s. They were a quintet then, with Alston the group's baby.Now 66, he will lead its current edition on the Original Startime show... Read More

Dis Poem Wordz fest on Sunday

Sunday, April, 30 2017   

The seventh Dis Poem Wordz and Agro Festival takes place Sunday at Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio. This year's event is a tribute to Derek Walcott, the Nobel Prize-winning St Lucian poet who died in March. Founder/promoter of the festival, Ras Takura, is... Read More

Living for the arts

By Simone Morgan-Lindo Observer reporter | Sunday, April, 30 2017   

Tomoy Hogarth has covered a lot of ground in her 23 years. Currently a fourth-year student at Mico University College where she is pursuing a bachelors degree in secondary visual arts education, she explores diverse topics.“I lived for the arts. I am not one... Read More

Dream start for Xodus

Saturday, April, 29 2017   

 ORGANISERS of Xodus road march in the Corporate Area last Sunday are pleased with the turnout of revellers who chose to party under their banner.“We're very pleased. We got twice the amount of people we were expecting,” said... Read More

Yesterday sets sail tonight

Saturday, April, 29 2017   

 ANOTHER edition of the popular retro party series, Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum Yesterday — The Best of the 90s, is set to unfold tonight at the Mas Camp in St Andrew. The tri-annual event, which has been a staple on the... Read More

I Love Soca was a hit

Saturday, April, 29 2017   

It was a massive crowd that turned out for the recent staging of I Love Soca Jamaica Cooler Festival held at the waterfront in downtown Kingston.The event, dubbed the Cooler Fete Edition, saw a large turnout from members of the entertainment and... Read More

Petraa believes Love Is Eternal

Saturday, April, 29 2017   

The Latin word 'petra' means stone and reggae/dancehall artiste Petraa is determined to carve out a name for herself in the music business.Petraa, whose real name is Petra Grant, is a deejay, songwriter and producer. Born in the United Kingdom, she lives in... Read More

Ms Sandals Ochi crowning tonight

Saturday, April, 29 2017   

MISS Sandals Ochi 2017 will be crowned at a glittering finale of the pageant to be held at “The Pavilion” at Sandals Ochi tonight, starting at 7:00 pm.The 13 females vying for the title are: Kerri-Ann Morrison, Miss New Hope Pharmacy; Novea Palmer,... Read More

Third Dimension carving niche on soca scene

Saturday, April, 29 2017   

Sound system Third Dimension is happy with the feedback received from their outing at Sunday's road march throughout the Corporate Area. They had representatives in three of the four bands taking the streets.“This is our second time... Read More




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