Arts & Culture

Rex remembered in true style

The spirit of noted cultural figure and scholar professor Rex Nettleford reigned supreme at Remembering Rex, the fundraiser staged by the foundation established in his honour and held at the Little Theatre in St Andrew last Tuesday. Read More

Requa recognised
In 1962 Rex Nettleford and Eddy Thomas brought together 16 dancers to form the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC). Among those founding members was Barbara Grant, a young physical education teacher with a passion for dance.... Read More

New energy for mento
IN the 1960s when most Jamaican teenagers were into ska and rocksteady, Ralph Lindsay tuned into mento, a sound many of his peers deemed “old people music”. As leader of the Energy Plus Mento Band, he remains a standard bearer for a fading piece of the country's...... Read More

After 12: Celebrating Bob
After 12 travelled overseas last Sunday to bring you highlights from the Bob Marley “One Love” Festival and Rasta Fair held at the North Beach Amphitheatre in Durban, South Africa, to commemorate and celebrate the life of Bob Marley.... Read More

Marlon James' Black Leopard gets thumbs up

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Tuesday, February, 5 2019    

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1), the new book by Marlon James, was released yesterday. Based on reviews from leading literati in the United States, it is expected to be another strong seller for the Jamaican author. Read More

Where are the men?

Sunday, January, 27 2019    

National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) has been forced to reopen its call for submission from male poets for the national poetry competition organised in conjunction with Poet Laureate of Jamaica 2017-2020 Lorna Goodison. Read More

Barnaby pleased with concert

By Kediesha Perry Observer writer | Sunday, January, 27 2019    

The slightly disappointing turnout at the second staging of Laurice and Friends in Concert did not dampen the spirit at The Church of the Ascension in Mona, St Andrew, last Sunday. Read More

Mayor nods to creative sector

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Friday, January, 25 2019    

A 14 per cent increase in revenues from registering entertainment events has convinced the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) that pumping some of its earnings into the creative sector could be a good investment. Read More

Reggae museum coming

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, January, 22 2019    

THE Ministry of Tourism will create an international reggae music museum in Kingston, as one of the projects planned for Reggae Month in February. Read More

Rasta, reggae and rebellion

Sunday, January, 20 2019    

Actor, film-maker, activist and the granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley, Donisha Prendergast is currently in India where she conducted sessions at Goa Sunsplash — India's biggest reggae and sound system festival which was held last weekend (January 12-13), and is also slated for... Read More

Poetry competition heats up

Sunday, January, 20 2019    

The process to arrive at the winners of Poet Laureate of Jamaica 2019 poetry prizes is currently under way. Read More

Jokers get serious

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

Tired of being seen as simply a pack of jokers, Jamaica's stand-up comedians are getting serious about their craft and have moved to form an association. Read More

Redemption song explained

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, January, 13 2019    

In 2002 the Government of Jamaica opened Emancipation Park, an expansive green space located in the heart of the Corporate Area. Read More

Author V S Naipaul makes transition

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Thursday, January, 3 2019    

The Jamaica Observer continues its reflection on the year 2018 in entertainment. This daily column looks on the achievers, trendsetters, those who died, and the controversies.  Read More

A great evening with the University Singers

Sunday, December, 23 2018    

It is fair to say the annual Christmas concert staged by the University Singers is one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season. Read More


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