Music

Caribbean Hall of Fame returns

Shaggy,
Beenie

THE Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture last staged its Caribbean Hall of Fame for Excellence Awards 2012. This year, founder/executive director, Garnett Reid, is reviving the event. "UNESCO has credited us with being one of the best cultural organisations in the region and we ... Read More

Deejay Stitchie (right) chose winners from a raffle at last Big Bronx Bashment event in New York
City last Saturday. With him are (left to right) founder, president and CEO of Morris Heights
Health Centre, Verona Greenland; and prize-winners Riana Welsh and Milton Clay. Healthy performance by Stitchie
STITCHIE turned back the years at last Saturday's Big Bronx Bashment in New York City, treating fans ... Read More

Sundra Oakley as a
contestant in Survivor
Cook Islands. Oakley joins the Legends
SHE has appeared in a number of American television shows and commercials, done Broadway and was in ... Read More

Derrick Morgan and Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee have
inspired many star performers from Greenwich Town. Greenwich Town hails Lee, Morgan
THE Greenwich Town community in Kingston will honour two of its outstanding musical sons — pro ... Read More

Uzziah 'Sticky' Thompson dies

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

THOMPSON... played on countless songs

PERCUSSIONIST Uzziah 'Sticky' Thompson, who played on a number of groundbreaking songs in a 50-year career, died Monday in Florida. His son, Audley Shakespeare, says Thompson died from a heart attack. Thompson, who was 78, first made his name as a deejay on songs like the Skatalites' Guns of Navarone. The Techniques' ska number, Little Did You Know, was the first hit song he played. He went on to work for five years with producer Lee 'Scratch' Perry, playing on The Wailers' Soul Rebel and Dup ... Read More

Here comes Show Stephens

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Senior Observer writer | Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

STEPHENS... music scene in Toronto is on the up but is a crab-in-a-barrel situation

Growing up in Toronto, Canada singer Show Stephens says he soaked up the different sounds on radio and in the city's clubs. Some of those influences can be heard on So Amazing, his debut song, which was released this month. "It's a blessing to put my first record out there, I put my blood, sweat and tears in it and It makes me feel good to make others feel good while they are listening to my music," he said. Stephens was born in Spanish Town but moved to Toronto as a child. One of his uncl ... Read More

Searching for dancehall talent

By CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

Nikki Z to host upcoming talent show.

Production on Dancehall's Got Talent, a new television show scheduled to air in October, starts Friday in New York City. It will be broadcast on OmniPresent Media and OPM Digital Network. The show's publicist, Malaika Lepine, says its objective is to expose new talent. "It gives opportunities for upcoming talent to really showcase and represent their culture in a way all reggae and dancehall music lovers can enjoy." The 18-episode series will be hosted by Nicole 'Nikki Z' Duhaney. There are ... Read More

Like father, like son

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Monday, August 25, 2014    

Krishane Levy

Krishane Levy, the 20-year-old son of dancehall legend Barrington Levy, is preparing to release his debut single, Drunk & Incapable in the United Kingdom come October. The song was produced by British producer Bless Beats. Levy recently signed with Atlantic Records in the UK. Drunk & Incapable also features British singer Melissa Steel, who is also signed to Atlantic and Beenie Man. its video was shot in Jamaica last weekend. Levy, who is being marketed as the next Sean Kingston, i ... Read More

Vintage year for wine fest?

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Monday, August 25, 2014    

Romain Virgo

CARLOS Daley, founder/promoter of the International Reggae Wine Festival, says this year will be a turning point for the show. Its fourth staging is scheduled for October 18 at Whitter Village in Montego Bay. Romain Virgo, Leroy Sibbles, Shuga, and Tony Roy are featured acts. "This year's production is geared towards impacting our festival as Jamaica's fourth festival......a real tourist attraction with the intention of getting the tourism sector to join in," Daley told the Observer. "We want ... Read More

History lessons in France

Monday, August 25, 2014    

History Man

THE informative History Man, who has played the European club and festival scene for several years, is currently in France performing with French band, Skamelia. The singer has been in France since June and is also working on his third album, Higher Ites. To date, he has performed on the Moove Les Minimes Festival, Mongiscard for France Music Day and Launac: Festival Wassa 'N' Africa. "This trip will be extended to Germany, Portugal and Switzerland. While in France, History Man i ... Read More

JOLLY BOY POWDA remembered

Saturday, August 23, 2014    

Joseph ‘Powda’ Bennett died on Wednesday

HEAD of Geejam Records Jon Baker has added his comments following the death of Joseph 'Powda' Bennett, a member of the Portland-based mento band, The Jolly Boys, who died on Wednesday. He referred to Bennett's passing as the end of a chapter. "Powda will be sadly missed, but not forgotten. He was a member of the Jolly Boys since the early 1980s. His cheeky and playful way was loved by audiences throughout the world. The end of a Jolly Boys chapter, yet a beginning of a new one for their long h ... Read More

Trelawny Fiesta on today

Saturday, August 23, 2014    

CHARLEY BLACK... always
nice to come home and
enjoy some good
Jamaican vibes

Singjay Charley Black, who is promoting his latest song Jamaican Everyday, dons his promoter's hat today for Trelawny Fiesta, which takes place at Zebra Force Lawn in the town of Warsop. The fourth staging of this event will feature sound systems Stone Love and Swatch alongside DJ Ashile and Keiva the Dancehall Diva. Charley Black recently returned from a series of dates in Europe. Being on the road inspired his patriotic song. "It's a nice feeling being home again, it's always nice to come h ... Read More

Marshall shows his Tru Colors

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, August 23, 2014    

Wayne Marshall (left) and Bounty Killer at Marshall’s Tru Colors album
launch held on Wednesday at Triple Century Sports Bar in New
Kingston, St Andrew. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

WAYNE Marshall showcased the musical strength of Tru Colors at the album's launch at the Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston, on Wednesday night. Also attending were several collaborators on the project. "Tru Colors contains songs that are a blend of elements that inspire me. It shows a more eclectic side of me," Marshall told the Jamaica Observer. The 13-track album has been available since January and released on the Ghetto Youths International label. Tru Colors is Marshall's second of ... Read More

Marley musical for Baltimore premiere

Saturday, August 23, 2014    

Bob Marley

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — A musical about Bob Marley that uses the Jamaican reggae icon's music is in the works for next year. Center Stage in Baltimore said it would present the world premiere of Marley, written and directed by company artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. It will run from May 6 to June 14. The show focuses on the years 1975 to 1978, when Marley survived an attempted assassination in Jamaica and went into exile in London. It will feature mid-70s Marley albums as Exodus, Kaya, ... Read More



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