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

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Michelle Serieux and lead actress Shantol Jackson watch playback for a scene. (Photo: Jeff crossley) One to watch: Shantol Jackson
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Eddie Baugh remembers Walcott

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior writer johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature Derek Walcott at a news conference in 2014. (Photo: AP)

Early in his life, Nobel Laureate for literature the late Derek Walcott toyed with whether to become a painter or a writer. His friend and colleague, retired university lecturer Professor Edward Baugh is happy he chose the latter. The St Lucia-born Walcott died at his home on the sister Caribbean island early Friday morning, at the age of 87, after what has been described as a protracted illness. “I was not really surprised when I heard he passed,” Baugh told the Sunday Observer. ... Read More

Air Supply giving hospital lifeline

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Air Supply (Photo: Michael Schoenfeld)

ENCHANTMENT under the stars. This is what Paul Issa, chairman of the Issa Trust Foundation, says patrons should expect from An Evening with Air Supply scheduled for the Lily Pond lawn at Couples Sans Souci Resort in St Ann on June 24. The inaugural concert is aiming to raise funds for the paediatric ward of the St Ann’s Bay Hospital. Issa was speaking with journalists in St Ann earlier this week. According to the chairman, the Australian soft rock duo — comprising Graham Russell ... Read More

Arkansas chorale to perform works of Jamaican composers

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

The University of Arkansas Inspirational Chorale.

The University of Arkansas Inspirational Chorale, which began its tour of Jamaica yesterday, will include the works of Jamaican composers in their repertoire at concerts scheduled for Montego Bay, Kingston, and Mandeville. The works have been included in recognition of this being their first show in Jamaica which has been dubbed Sun, Sea, Song and seeks to expose the works of the chorale to Jamaica while exposing them to the diverse Jamaican culture, including its music. The chorale, under t ... Read More

Drake returns with dancehall beats and big-name guests

Sunday, March 19, 2017 11:16 AM    


NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Drake, the prolific hip-hop star who was last year's top-selling artist, has returned with a song collection in which he ventures further into dancehall rhythms and taps fellow big names. The Toronto rapper, who has long challenged industry definitions, on Saturday dropped "More Life" and called it not an album or a mixtape but his first playlist. "More Life" is anchored by "Fake Love," Drake's infectious hit about the phoniness of those around him. He rel ... Read More

Keeping time with Kush

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Rashaun “Kush” McAnuff.

This is the second of the Jamaica Observer’s 10-part series looking at musicians who have made an impact on reggae and pop. The son of singer Winston McAnuff, Rashaun “Kush” McAnuff knew from early he wanted a music career. While he loves singing, the devout Rastafarian feels most comfortable behind a drum kit. McAnuff is drummer and vocalist for the Uprising Roots Band, which has released one album and toured Europe and North America. He has also been on the road with his f ... Read More

French film festival begins March 20

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Fred Pellerin.

March 18 to 26 is being celebrated internationally as French language and Francophonie week, and here in Jamaica one of the highlights is the staging of the Francophone Film Festival from March 20 to April 3. This is one of the biggest foreign language festivals organised yearly in Jamaica, and will feature films from France, Canada, Belgium and Senegal. The venue for the festival will be the Multifunctional Room by the Main Library at The University of the West Indies (UWI). Movies will be sh ... Read More

The word is Love from Glen

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Glen Ricks.

There was a time in Jamaican music when the balladeer reigned and each singer had a distinct sound. One of them was Glen Ricks. The vocalist, whose career has been besieged by “personal challenges”, is set to release Mood For Love, an album produced by Saunjay Kerr. The set has been two years in the making, with initial sessions done at producer Bobby Digital’s Kingston studio. Ricks told the Jamaica Observer that it was Kerr’s idea to record an album of original song ... Read More

Curvy Diva on track

Saturday, March 18, 2017    

Yanique “Curvy Diva” Barrett.

IN two weeks, television personality Yanique “Curvy Diva” Barrett will be embarking on her musical journey with the single Lifestyle. The fledging singjay spoke to Jamaica Observer about her debut project. “As the name suggests, it’s about me and my lifestyle, how I’m living and not allowing certain situations to affect me,” she said. “Over the years, I’ve faced so many situations and challenges and they have all made me stronger and more determi ... Read More

Suncity competition finals next Saturday

Saturday, March 18, 2017    

DJ Matalon of Papine High

After 10 weeks of intense musical battles, the grand finals of the Suncity High School Disc Jock competition is scheduled to take place at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, next Saturday, March 25. Showtime is 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Tanto Blacks, Devin Di Dakta, Tifa and former Magnum contestant Shac are among those scheduled to perform. Representatives from three high schools will battle for first place, bragging rights and a multitude of prizes from various sponsors. &ld ... Read More

Chatta gets militant in latest song

Saturday, March 18, 2017    


Murderah - Lef We Black Man Alone is a hard-hitting song from Canadian deejay Chatta. She produced it for her RaggaNational label. The single is inspired by controversial incidents involving police and black men throughout the United States. “It’s a known fact that young black men are being targeted and treated unfairly all over the world. Black men are more likely to be harassed, maimed, arrested, and endure a violent demise by the police, than men from other races,” Chatta ... Read More



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