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
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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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In the Mix

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Saturday, March 18, 2017    

Mix Master David.

Having established himself on the Atlanta party scene, sound system selector Mix Master David is moving into new territory with the International Party ‘riddim’, released last month on his MMD Entertainment LLC label. “I got into production based on the love and passion that I have for music. As a DJ, I hear music differently and I always wanted to create my own production. I believe in growth, and when you think of a DJ you might ask yourself, ‘What is the next step as ... Read More

Thriller U drops single Non Genuine

Saturday, March 18, 2017    

Thriller U.

Non Genuine, the second song from Thriller U’s upcoming album, has been released by Nyah Bless Music. Produced by Franz Ace, it is the follow-up to In Common which came out in February. Hopeton Brown, CEO for Nyah Bless Music and producer of Non-Genuine, said a lot of time has gone into the album, the 47-year-old singer’s first in 20 years. “We spent the latter part of last year building rhythms to ensure a Grammy-type production. Regardless, without adequate promotion the m ... Read More

Sahie hits out at domestic violence

Saturday, March 18, 2017    


Disturbed by the frightening level of violence against Jamaican women, deejay Sahie hits out in the song, Land We Love . The song is produced by Omari Abrahams of Birthright Music. Sahie (real name Kiplin Reid) laments that the spate of murders, rape and domestic abuse is unprecedented. “Jamaica never used to be like this…the daily murders, the killing of women and our children. As I ponder these things, the reality hit me hard and I had to write this song,” he stated. ... Read More

Spragga’s back

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Friday, March 17, 2017    

Spragga Benz

IN the 1990s, deejay Spragga Benz was one of the hottest dancehall artistes, with hits such as A-1 Lover, Jack It Up, Machine Gun Kelly, Tings A Gwan and She Nuh Ready Yet. In recent years, he has played a driver role for his production house and label Red Square, pushing younger charges. Now 47 years-old, the deejay has renewed energy and is preparing to take up the ‘mike’ again. “I was never really gone, but mi just never inna dat vibe to produce my type an’ brand of ... Read More

Bugle Being Himself

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Friday, March 17, 2017    


After leading the way to the control room of his recently completed St Andrew recording studio, singjay Bugle (real name Roy Thompson) settles into a seat and plays songs from Be Yourself, his new album. The 15-song set was released January 29 (his birthday) by Empire Records, the California label that distributed Strictly Roots, Morgan Heritage’s Grammy-winning album. Released three years after Anointed, his debut album, Be Yourself was recorded at the new studio. Professionally and per ... Read More

Capleton, Spice for Unplugged Series

Friday, March 17, 2017    


Capleton and Spice are slated to be guest performers at the inaugural Unplugged Series at Margaritaville in Ocho Rios, St Ann, tonight. “Having Capleton perform speaks for itself. And, of course, Spice is the hottest current Queen of the Dancehall,” said Kahlil Shirley, marketing director for Borderline Promotions. Shirley said the aim is to give fans a more personal experience with their favourite artistes than they may be used to at a traditional stage show. Show time is schedul ... Read More

Double DDee goes VIP

Friday, March 17, 2017    

Double DDee.

Deejay/producer Double DDee, who recently launched her Davgion label and management company, has released the VIP rhythm. The beat has songs by budding acts Shawn Ice, Posh Morris, Cubanis, Nevaramo, Danjah and Risque. Double DDee also contributes a track. VIP is the second project for Double DDee who in 2014 released the Dry Well rhythm. “I initially planned to just put out a single from Shawn Ice versus an entire production. But after the overwhelming social media feedback from a fu ... Read More

Mista Mone is Addicted

Friday, March 17, 2017    

Mista Mone.

Deejay Mista Mone ‘talks’ love on his new song Addicted, released in February by Black Liberty Records. Addicted is one of several singles recorded on the Addictive rhythm. “It’s a love song done in dancehall style. It speaks about me loving a girl and getting addicted to her qualities,” said Mista Mone. Mista Mone was also engineer for the beat which features Jamaican and United States-based artistes such as Pretty Shu, Snatcha Lion, Killa Fonz, and Excel Blac ... Read More

Beenie for Abu Dhabi

Friday, March 17, 2017    

Beenie Man

Self-proclaimed king of the dancehall Beenie Man is being billed as the headliner for a one-day celebration of Caribbean culture in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The Jamaican deejay is set to perform at the second annual Caribfest, an 11-hour outdoor event taking place at Yas Beach on March 31. The festival is being organised by Core ME — the promoters also behind the Reggae BeachFest parties, which recently celebrated five years in Dubai with a set from Ky-Mani Ma ... Read More

MBR takes it to the Street

Friday, March 17, 2017    

Cleon Jones.

Street Knowledge is the latest project from Mineral Boss Records (MBR). It features songs like Wait for It by I-Octane; Things Keep Happening (Jahmiel); Enemies Scared (Masicka) and Will Of Man (Konshens). Street Knowledge was released March 3 on iTunes and other digital outlets. “Our thrust is to promote positive music, highlight the best of the best and give a voice to up and coming artistes who need that push,” said MBR head Cleon Jones. Last year the label scored big with Mav ... Read More



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