Music

Mixed reactions to Mariah Carey

American singer Mariah
Carey in concert at Jamaica
Jazz and Blues Festival at
the Trelawny Multi-purpose
Stadium on Friday night.

SHE was the biggest drawing card at the this year's staging of Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, but the jury is still out regarding the performance of songstress Mariah Carey on Friday night's staging of the event. A sizeable audience filed into the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium from early evening ... Read More

Willi Williams Spreading the message in Canada
WILLI Williams had never been outside of Jamaica until 1974 when wanderlust drew him to Toronto, Can ... Read More

Cracking the Gavinchi Code Cracking the Gavinchi Code
SINGER Gavinchi Brown debuted at number two on the Billboard Reggae Album chart last week with the E ... Read More

Freddie McGregor Freddie to headline Musical Delights 7
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JCDC Gospel song eliminations starts Tuesday

Sunday, February 01, 2015    

Kenneisha Smith, winner of last year’s Jamaica Cultural
Development Commission Gospel Song Competition.

THE first audition/elimination round for the 2015 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition begins at the St Mark's Anglican Church Hall in Manchester on Tuesday. Central Jamaica entrants from the parishes of St Elizabeth, Manchester and Clarendon are expected to compete for a place in the semi-final round, which is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am. According to Stephen Davidson, JCDC director of marketing and public relations, the competition is an avenue for new ... Read More

The Wright stuff

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Saturday, January 31, 2015    

Mr Wright

PRODUCER-turned-dancehall artiste Mr Wright is pleased with the response to his latest single Tear off Clothes. Produced by the South Florida-based Range Hill Records and released in December, the track has been enjoying strong rotation on local and European airwaves. He said a music video is in the works. Tear off Clothes has been featured on prominent mix tapes from the likes of DJ Kenny, DJ Wass and DJ Stevens from Costa Rica. The artiste said he has the goods that the dancehall arena has ... Read More

Murphy rules iTunes chart

Friday, January 30, 2015    

Eddie Murphy

TWO days after its official release, Oh Jah Jah the reggae song by actor Eddie Murphy, has topped the iTunes Reggae Top 100 Chart. The single was released by VPAL Classic, digital arm of VP Records. Oh Jah Jah replaced Sister Nancy's resurgent 1982 hit single Bam Bam, which now holds second spot. Also in the top five are Do You Wanna by Shifta and Che'Nelle, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and the Wailers and Matisyahu's One Day. Oh Jah Jah is Murphy's second reggae number in 18 months. In t ... Read More

The Simpkin Project for VP Records

Friday, January 30, 2015    

The Simpkin
Project

CALIFORINA-based reggae band The Simpkin Project has inked a multi-album deal with VP Records Dub Rockers Imprint. The signing took place earlier last week. In a release posted on the label's website, VP Records' marketing director, Michael McGraw said he was excited about the new venture. "Their natural sound and level of musicianship exemplifies the qualities of a timeless sound that makes the music so enduring for multiple generations," he said. The members of The Simpkin Project were just ... Read More

Duane Stephenson on film

Friday, January 30, 2015    

Duane Stephenson in performance

SINGER Duane Stephenson has completed videos for two songs from his current album, Dangerously Roots. They are Good Good Love and Sorry Babylon. "I wanted to get a modern party vibe going for Good Good Love. It has that old-time dancehall feel, but we wanted to take it to 2015 and what people are into now without losing that romantic feel and good party/dancehall vibe," Stephenson explained. That video was shot at Fort Clarence Beach in Portmore. Sorry Babylon is a performance video, filmed a ... Read More

G7 does the 'Maths'

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, January 30, 2015    

G7 in a scene from the video Do Di Maths.

NEW Jersey-based deejay G7 is promoting his latest single and video Do Di Maths. The Portmore-born artiste told this column that the song is about standing one's ground in a competitive music arena. "The concept is to illustrate to those individuals that sometimes go around and intimidate others, in the end it will not always work out in their favour," he said. G7 migrated to the United States in 2007. He is known in dancehall circles for songs such as Gimmie, Dem a Devil, Love Yuh Right, Nah ... Read More

Moesh keen to Buss Big

Friday, January 30, 2015    

Moesh

LAST year was a busy one for singjay Moesh, her most active since she got into the business in 2008. In November, her debut album Buss Big was released. The set has songs produced by well-known figures such as DJ Kareem (Them System) and Caveman (When I Rise), but Moesh says two months later, patience is still the name of the game. "It was a good launch but things could have been better in terms of response, but I hope it builds," she told Splash. Them System is among the dreadlocked Moesh's ... Read More

Hitech Cavaley follows in Capleton's footsteps

Friday, January 30, 2015    

Hitech Cavaley

HIS brother, Capleton, is one of the giants of modern dancehall. Newcomer Hitech Cavaley hopes to follow in those huge footsteps with is latest single, Do'h Free it Up, which will be out in February. Do'h Free it Up was produced by Princess Productions. "Since I recorded this song I've been getting a lot of positive feedback about it. It's a really good song and it is dedicated to all the independent women. The kind of women who keep it real and don't fall for guys who are trying to trick them ... Read More

All set for Jazz

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, January 29, 2015    

Patrons at a previous staging of
Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival at
the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.

THE stage is set for this evening's start to the three-night Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium. Walter Elmore, executive producer of the event, said all is in place for tonight's opening set, which is dedicated to the life and work of the reggae great John Holt. "It's a tribute to John Holt. We have pulled together a great set of artistes, as well as two of Holt's sons, who will perform all music made popular by John. He has done so much for the music, not j ... Read More

Flow puts blue in ‘Jazz’

Thursday, January 29, 2015    

Mariah Carey

TELECOMMUNICATIONS firm Flow is asking patrons of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival at Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium to wear a blue outfit on Friday night. 'Jazz' begins tonight and ends on Saturday. According to Nicole Campbell, Flow sponsorship manager, the gesture is to celebrate the performance of American superstar Mariah Carey. She said patrons in blue will have their pictures taken and uploaded to social media. The one with the 'most likes' wins. "The winner of the Wear Blue for Jaz ... Read More



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