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Beenie Man Unstoppable on Billboard

Beenie Man

Beenie Man’s Unstoppable, his first studio album in 10 years, debuts at number five on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. The set, released on September 16 by VP Records distribution arm VPAL, sold 244 copies in its first week. Unstoppable contains 22 songs. It features collaborations with Siz ... Read More

Alex Alex jumps Outta Di Boxx
IN October last year, word came that after more than two decades, dancehall quartet T.O.K was callin ... Read More

Safira Mona Safara Mona keeps a ‘Monitor’ on the youth
Having mentored a number of youths in some of Jamaica’s toughest communities, Safara Mona know ... Read More

Vijahn Vijahn revisits his roots
Vijahn salutes the Motherland on his latest song, Kunta Kente, produced by Mango Tree Entertainment. ... Read More

Beenie Man to headline Trelawny Food Fest

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, September 29, 2016    

Beenie Man

ROCK, Trelawny —The iconic dancehall artiste Beenie Man will headline the live performance segment of the fourth annual staging of Trelawny Food and Music Festival set for the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium at Florence Hall in the parish, on Heroes’ Day, Monday, October 17. Gospel artistes Prodigal and New Destiny are also booked to perform. The line-up also includes: Abby Dallas, Wowchi, Mycowave, Nicholas Voice and Mellisa King. Comedians, Ity and Fancy Cat, are expected to ke ... Read More

Weary “Ninja” heads back to court

Wednesday, September 28, 2016    

Ninjaman

Ninjaman is scheduled to return to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on November 28. The entertainer, along with his son, Jahneil, is charged with the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson in Marl Road, Kingston. The case was transferred to a recently established special court, designed to deal with cases on the books for more than five years. According to Ninjaman, the drawn-out process has affected his career. “There is hardly any work in Jamaica for an artiste because a mostly partie ... Read More

Etana takes it all back

Wednesday, September 28, 2016    

Etana

Facing backlash over her support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Etana has apologised to Jamaicans for endorsing the controversial real estate billionaire. “My recent remarks were made against the background of the real fear of terrorist attacks and acts of random violence that are so pervasive in the US right now. But I realise now that I cannot give in to this fear...we cannot build walls to lock ourselves in and other people that we fear, or we run the risk of isol ... Read More

Reggae stars Pam Hall for library charity in Kenya

Wednesday, September 28, 2016    

Pam Hall

Eric Donaldson, Pam Hall, Half Pint and Leroy Sibbles are currently in Nairobi, Kenya for a charity show, funds from which will be used to build libraries in the East African country. According to the Kenya Star, the quartet is scheduled to perform on the Rise Up Festival Saturday at Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi. The two libraries will be built in the cities of Kibera and Bondo. The Kenyan Star reported that Donaldson, Hall, Sibbles and Half Pint were recruited by the Having Purpose organisat ... Read More

No worries for Frankie Paul

Wednesday, September 28, 2016    

Frankie Paul, who had part of his right leg amputated in January, has denied rumours that his health has deteriorated. The singer set the record straight after an unflattering photograph of him was circulated on the Internet. Posted on Facebook, it shows a thin, shirtless Paul sitting on a bed. The image triggered rumours that he has serious health issues. Paul said the photo may have been taken without his permission by someone he was recording a dub session for. “People have been c ... Read More

Earlington looks to the Stars

Tuesday, September 27, 2016    

ON Sunday night, 24-year-old Elton Earlington became the seventh male to win the Digicel Rising Stars title. He beat 16-year-old Monifa Goss in a keenly contested finale inside the Courtleigh Auditorium in St Andrew, and brought the curtains down on season 13. “I am highly overwhelmed by my win. But I won’t be celebrating, because this is just the beginning for me and I can’t celebrate the beginning as if I’ve already made it. I am just going to try and get settled and ... Read More

Checkmate for Harambe

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Tuesday, September 27, 2016    

Madina Nalwanga (left) and Lupita Nyong’o in a scene from the movie Queen of Katwe.

Harambe, a song by African hip hop artiste Saba Saba and Jamaican deejay E-Dee, is featured on the soundtrack to the film, Queen of Katwe. The single is co-produced by Sean ‘Due’ Lashley and American Jesse ‘Belief’ Shatkin. Lashly‘s parents are Jamaican (he was born in New York and lived in Patrick City, Kingston, for several years). Shatkin is best known for producing Sia’s monster hit Chandelier. “Harambe is featured on a ‘riddim’ we di ... Read More

Thurston takes the Minibus

Tuesday, September 27, 2016    

Thurston Gordon

EMERGING singjay Thurston is predicting his debut single, Minibus, will be a hit, especially among the commuting public. “It’s gonna be a banger. It’s the introduction to who Thurston is,” he told the Jamaica Observer. Minibus will be released the end of this month on the Natural High Music label. He shared what the single was about. “The song is about me travelling on a minibus with a bag of books to distribute to some children. However, everyone on the bus thi ... Read More

Kenyata banks on Sheblelep Wednesdays

Tuesday, September 27, 2016    

Kenyata

There is no shortage of weekly dances in Kingston, and several of them take place in the Cockburn Gardens area. The new kid on the block is Sheblelep Wednesdays. The event was launched a month ago at York Avenue in that community by singer Kenyata. He told the Jamaica Observer that his objective is to expose his music as well as that of homegrown artistes. “Wi have a different thing than Whoppings Thursday an’ All Star Thursday ‘cause our thing have a stage show vibe. Wi waan ... Read More

Isha Blender’s Epiphany

Monday, September 26, 2016    

Isha Blender

ISHA Williams was a toddler in the early 1990s, a period of cultural awareness in dancehall led by a phalanx of artistes, including her father, Everton Blender. Strongly influenced by his message, she followed his path into music as Isha Blender. Her first EP, Epiphany, will be released in October. It contains seven songs with Don’t Be Used, an acoustic number, being the lead. Blender first recorded at age 12. That song was Bad Boy, produced by her father for his Blend Dem label. She ... Read More



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