Junior Reid

SINCE leaving Black Uhuru in 1985, Junior Reid had spent considerable time out of Jamaica and had not had a massive hit song in his homeland during that period. He broke that drought with One Blood. The 1990 cry for unity among warring factions throughout the world has become his signature, winning ... Read More

Rick Ross Rick Ross dropped from Reggae Sumfest
AMERICAN hip hop artiste Rick Ross will not be appearing at Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall, Monteg ... Read More

Flex Week promotional models were the picture of perfection during last year’s staging. Flex Week set to thrill
SUMMER series Flex Week returns to Kingston and St Catherine during Independence Week, on August 5 t ... Read More

Chairman of the
Jamaica Music Society
Danny Browne (left)
with President of the
Jamaica Federation of
Musicians Desi Young
at Wednesday’s
International Reggae
Day conference at the
Jamaica Pegasus.
WELLINGTON) JAMMing for more reggae
THE call has come for a mandated quota of Jamaican content on local radio and television. Leading t ... Read More

Polo Club to host Appleton Rum’s EDX

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Appleton Rum’s EDX

APPLETON Estate Jamaica Rum's EDX (Electronic Dance Xposed) returns for its third instalation at the Kingston Polo Club in St Catherine, on Saturday. "With every edition of Appleton Estate EDX, we aim to raise the bar and reset the expectations of all who experience it. For this edition, we have countless surprises in store for our guests and could not be more excited to reveal our most elaborate and mind-blowing stage design to date," said Adam Gomes, event promoter and managing director North ... Read More

‘FREAK’ Calls Beenie man, Popcaan

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Thursday, July 02, 2015    

(L-R) Popcaan and Beenie Man

DANCEHALL artistes Beenie Man and Popcaan are featured on the remix of British duo Krept and Konan's Freak of the Week single. The track -- which also features American R&B singer Jeremih -- was produced by California-based DJ Mustard. Released last weekend in the United Kingdom, Freak of the Week samples Jamaican producer Jeremy Harding's 1997 Playground riddim. Harding gave the remix thumbs up. "The remix sounds good. One of dancehall's current titans [Popcaan] with one of dancehall's legends. ... Read More

Zezi cuts it at Rock Paper Scissors

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Guitarist Jason Lee
Worton accompanying
singer Zezi at Rock Paper
Scissors held at Redbones
Blues Café last Friday.
(Photo: Ishack Wilmot)

SHE may not be a rock star yet, but if her performance on Rock Paper Scissors at Redbones Blues Café last Friday is anything to go by, Zezi is certainly an act to watch. Born Sarah Silvera to a Jamaican mother and German father, Zezi was raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She got great response to her performance of genres as diverse as her background. Most of her set was built around songs from her recently released EP, Slow Burn, produced by Wayne Armond. She did Million Eyes, Gi Gi's I D ... Read More

Comfortable in her skin

Wednesday, July 01, 2015    


IFERTARI has stepped up promotion for her debut album, Learning Process, with a video for its latest song, Black Skin. Learning Process was launched at Gentry Lounge in April with a live performance by Ifertari and the Gnostic Roots Band. The lead single, Morning Evening, was released simultaneously. "The Morning Evening song and video opened up a lot of doors for me. The physical copies of the album sold well and I am gaining traction in markets such as South America, Africa and Europe, espec ... Read More

Groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon

Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

Capleton (left) greeting reggae singer Cocoa
Tea during their set at Groovin’ In The Park at
Roy Wilkins Park in New York, on Sunday.
Looking on is Grammy-winning artiste
Stephen Marley. (Photo: MyFlash)

QUEENS, New York: Over 20,000 fans here braved the threat of heavy rain Sunday to attend the fifth staging of Groovin' In The Park at Roy Wilkins Park. It was worth it as an all-star cast thrilled them with outstanding performances. Grammy winners Michael Bolton and Billy Ocean, Stitchie, Capleton, Cocoa Tea, Judy Mowatt and Luciano all delivered quality sets. Since his appearance at Rebel Salute in January, Stitchie has shed his gospel image and returned to his dancehall roots. Sunday was no ... Read More

No Letting Go for Krishane

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

Krishane Levy

SINGER Krishane Levy (son of reggae singer Barrington Levy) shares songwriting credits on the current UK number one single No Letting Go, recorded by British rapper Tinie Tempah and featuring singer Jesse Glynn. The single is produced by Bless Beats. No Letting Go topped the British pop chart on the weekend becoming the sixth number one single for Tinie Tempah. In a post on his Instagram page, Levy lauded the team. "Congrats to Tinie Tempah & Jess Glynne and well done to the entire team ... Read More

Full slate for Reggae Day

Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

(L) Ken Boothe
(R) Andrea Davis

TODAY is International Reggae Day. The media-based celebrations aim to bring reggae into sharp focus globally. This is achieved through increased airplay of reggae music, special conferences and workshops, as well as live shows. According to conceptualiser Andrea Davis, this year will see the inclusion of music markets such as Hawaii, India, African states joining the global event, as well as the hot spots of Miami, New York, and London. She hopes this year's observation will bring to the fore ... Read More

SweatFest a success

Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

Keith Sweat in performance at the recently concluded
SweatFest in Montego Bay, St James.

THE 2015 staging of SweatFest came to its climax at the Seawind Beach Club in Montego Bay, St James on Sunday. Aside from partying by the beach and poolside, guests had the opportunity to listen to multi-award winning musician Keith Sweat's upcoming album Dress to Impress. The set, which is slated to be released this fall, comprises several ballads and features a collaboration with American singer/producer Teddy Riley, who is credited with the creation of the New Jack Swing genre. Reflecting ... Read More

Solid set from Sizzla Kalonji

Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

(L) Sizzla Kalonji going through his set at We Are Reggae
unplugged concert series, last Saturday.
(R) Opening act DahVid mingling with the audience.

FIREBRAND reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji brought the packed house to its feet at the third staging of We Are Reggae unplugged concert series held at the Beach Bar, Doctor's Cave Bathing Club in Montego Bay, last Saturday. Dressed in a light grey suit, white shirt accentuated with red bow tie and his black turban, the dimunitive singjay earned a standing ovation for his thought-provoking and entertaining two-hour set. "We Are Reggae has again delivered on our promise of presenting the best live ... Read More

Tribute for Dandy Livingstone

Tuesday, June 30, 2015    

Dandy Livingstone

The 18th Tribute To The Greats show takes place August 1 at the Chinese Benevolent Association in St Andrew. Dubbed ‘The British Connection’, it salutes people who contributed to the development of Jamaican music and culture in the United Kingdom. The Jamaica Observer presents the first in a series looking at some of the 18 awardees. KINGSTON-BORN Livingstone moved to the United Kingdom in the late 1950s as a teenager and became one of the most identifiable entertainers in the West ... Read More



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