Arts & Culture

Anjell Bryan is Festival Queen

Festival Queen 2014 Anjell Bryan with first runner-up Miss St Ann, Sharlene Codner (left), and
second runner-up Miss Trelawny, Honica Brown. (PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

MISS Kingston and St Andrew, Anjell Bryan, was crowned Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Queen 2014 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Saturday. The 25-year-old won ahead of Miss St Ann, Sharlene Codner, who was first runner-up, and second runner-up Mis ... Read More

The Institute of Jamaica is partnering with the Chinese
Benevolent Association to look at the impact of the Chinese to
Jamaica’s development. Celebrating the Chinese on film
THE Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA), in association with the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), will h ... Read More

Ramsay’s nephew Anthony Bailey shares a
moment with Denise Inglis (left) and Dr Terry
Hall-Knight. Remembering Ken Ramsay
A small group gathered at the Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew on Thursday evening to pay hom ... Read More

Finalists in this year’s
Miss Jamaica Festival
Queen competition. Parish queens face off on Saturday
COME Saturday night, one of 13 parish queens will walk away with the crown and title Miss Jamaica Fe ... Read More

MoBay braces for Sumfest gains

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, July 15, 2014    

Patrons at last year’s

THE St James Parish Council is committed to investing in the staging of Reggae Sumfest in its capital city Montego Bay. For mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris, this fits into the overall aim of the council. "The parish council is taking the time to invest in projects like Reggae Sumfest, as there are benefits to be earned over the long and short term. Furthermore, we want Montego Bay to become the entertainment capital of Jamaica, so we must support this venture and others like it." He note ... Read More

Huge crowd for Sumfest opener

By Aceion Cunningham | Tuesday, July 15, 2014    

Representatives of Pepsi, one
the event’s sponsors

IT was an impressive start to Reggae Sumfest 2014 as a huge crowd turned out for the Sumfest Beach Party at Aquasol Theme Park in Montego Bay, St James, on Sunday. From as early as midday patrons began pouring in the venue, many with the FIFA World Cup final between Germany and Argentina on their minds. The match was, however, projected on a massive screen, much to their delight. With the match out of the way, DJ Crazy Neil took over the turntable controls and made light work of getting patron ... Read More

Laurie-Ann Chin is Miss Jamaica World

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 14, 2014    

Newly-crowned Miss
Jamaica World Laurie-
Ann Chin (centre) is
flanked by first runner-up
Shellianne Young (left),
and second runner-up
Kimberly Webb. (PHOTO:

LAURIE-ANN Chin walked away with the coveted Miss Jamaica World 2014 crown at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Saturday night. The 22-year-old Chin — who wore the sash Miss University College of the Caribbean (UCC) — emerged ahead of the batch of 19 contestants to win over $15 million in prizes, including an Audi A3, courtesy of ATL Automotive, and a weekend for two at a Sandals Resort property. An overjoyed Chin, who also took the Best Figure award, spoke to the Jam ... Read More


BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, July 10, 2014    

The vibrancy of
Jamaica’s dancehall
culture is captured in
its dance moves

COME July 27, approximately 20 dance groups will battle for the chance to be the top crew and a shot at the main prize of US$10,000, in the Boom Badda Dan: the ultimate dancehall dance battle. In a bid to push dancehall music and make its contribution to promoting Brand Jamaica, Boom energy drink has organised this event which is expected to attract dancers from across the globe. Chieftin Campbell, community relations coordinator for Boom, explained the idea came about having seen where a numb ... Read More

Wright-Good writes good book

Thursday, July 10, 2014    

Kimone Hardial (left) has her copy of You Are Different For A Reason; Maximize
Your Difference signed by the book’s author Joan Wright-Good at its local launch
at Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, last Friday.

FRIDAY, July 4 was a day of celebration for Jamaican motivational author Joan Wright-Good as she launched her second book, You Are Different For A Reason; Maximize Your Difference at Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. "I was very significant to launch this book in Jamaica, because this is where my heart is and you can never forget where you're coming from," Wright-Good told the Jamaica Observer. The launch saw performances from gospel artistes such as Sean Coore and JCee, while Laud Minist ... Read More

Abrupt end to Boston Jerk Music Fest

Everard Owen | Wednesday, July 09, 2014    

Miguel (left back) and his family visiting from Atlanta. (In front L-R) Jourdain,
Arinia, Dylan; (back L-R) Taisha, Diana and Feona.

THE 15th Tropical Lagoon Boston Jerk Music Festival, held last Sunday at Boston playfield in Portland, was beset by challenges. Its musical section, scheduled to end at 8:00 pm, dragged until 9:45 pm when police ordered proceedings closed with Bushman on stage. The Fabulous Five, led by bassist Frankie Campbell, performed hours after being involved in an auto accident in Port Antonio. Four members of the band were in the two-vehicle collision and suffered injuries. Trombonist Romeo Gray came ... Read More

Stines bares ‘Soul’

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, July 07, 2014    

A moment from Quilted
Memories, one of the
dances used to explain
the book Soul Casings by
Dr L’Antoinette Stines.

SOUL Casings — the first book from choreographer Dr L’Antoinette Stines’s doctoral thesis — was launched at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, on Saturday. As artistic director of L’Acadco, Stines used her company’s work to showcase each of the book’s chapters which cover her journey from a student of classical ballet in Harbour View, St Andrew, to her studies in New York, and through to t ... Read More

No place to play

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter | Sunday, July 06, 2014    

COOKE... must respect that the closure is a business

WHEN the curtains close on the David Tulloch-directed For My Daughter this month, it will be the final production at The Pantry Playhouse in New Kingston. In October last year, another New Kingston venue, Stages, closed its doors. It has prompted concern in some quarters that local theatre is experiencing serious challenges. According to director/playwright Dahlia Harris, whose plays include Judgement, God's Way and God Go Wid Yuh, although crowd support fluctuates, things have been tough in r ... Read More

The Art & Soul of Kingston

Sunday, July 06, 2014    

A mash of styles decorates the outer wall of this Lyndhurst Road residence — a mural
depicting two men doing the 'Shelly Belly' dance and a more abstract design of white
hand prints speckled across the red-painted surface.

Kingston is the breathing, pulsing, culturally thriving heart of this dynamic country of ours. It's the birthplace of ska and reggae and the incubator of our most explosive fashions. It's acutely manicured in parts and gaudily colourful in others. It's loud, dirty, dangerous and proud and offers an incredible variety of artistic expression through its multi-faceted character. SO is donning its walking shoes to give you a tour of the many fascinating ways Kingston expresses itself. We take a look ... Read More

Ajamu zooms in on dancehall

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Obsever senior writer | Sunday, July 06, 2014    

Photos on display at the exhibit

THIS is the final in a 12-part series looking at Jamaicans who have excelled in the tri-state (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) area's entertainment and leisure industry. FOR the past 20 years, Marlon 'Ajamu' Myrie has zoomed in on the New York City dancehall scene, using his camera to capture the biggest artistes on the town or in concert. On June 20-21, Ajamu relived many of those moments in 'Dancehall: Music, Life and Culture, an exhibition at the popular Brooklyn Fete venue. It was t ... Read More



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