Former Aswad member gets MBE

Aswad, with Brinsley Forde (Photo: Rex Features)

BRINSLEY Forde, a founding member of reggae band Aswad, was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) Tuesday at Buckingham Palace in England. The 61-year-old Forde was awarded the MBE by Prince William. His son, music producer Jermaine Forde and 80-odd year-old mother Stella, attended ... Read More

(From left) Mixtures promoters Raymond Fagan, Richard Reid and Anthony
Walker. (Photo: 'Mixtures' to stir up a treat
ORGANISERS of the Mixtures party series are planning a memorable event for their 10th anniversary ce ... Read More

Konshens postpones high school tour Konshens' postpones school tour
KONSHENS' Music To Fund a Cause tour scheduled for Camperdown High School in St Andrew, yesterday, w ... Read More

Benjamin Zecher
(left) and Moritz
von Korff. German label revisits Golden Locks
GERMANY production house Oneness Records has released its latest project, the Retro Locks 'riddim'. ... Read More

‘Chug It’ returns to Negril

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

An aerial view of the crowd at a recent staging of Chug It at Sugar
Man’s Beach in Portmore, St Catherine.

AFTER a three-year hiatus, beach party series 'Chug It' returns to Negril for its second staging on Sunday, May 31. The high-energy party is scheduled for Wavz Beach in the quiet resort town. Organiser Andrew 'French' Wright expects a bumper crowd not only comprising patrons in Negril, but from Chug It's Portmore base, Kingston, Mandeville, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay. "This is the only event of its kind to receive such high levels of support from across the island. Chug It will continue to do ... Read More

'Buju was pressured'

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment | Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

Buju Banton

ROSEMARY Duncan, coordinator of the three-member Buju Banton Defense Support Committee, says the incarcerated reggae artiste was "pressured into an agreement" to drop any further appeals. Buju Banton (given name Mark Myrie) is currently serving a mandatory 10-year sentence in a Georgia correctional facility on cocaine charges. Last Thursday, the reggae singer said he would be halting any further appeals, while the US Attorney Office announced it would be dismissing firearms charge against the ... Read More

Dia launches the Juk

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

Dia launches the Juk

WHILE working as a musician in northern California last year, Diavallan 'Dia' Fearon noticed the absence of contemporary Jamaican music on major radio stations. The high-energy music fans there are into the Juk, a new sound he created. The beat is similar to EDM and House, genres that were popular in European clubs before becoming big in the United States through producers like Major Lazer. According to Dia, dancehall music is not exciting the masses like 10 years ago. Hence the Juk. "This ... Read More

Sean Paul goes Full Speed

BY ACEION CUNNINGHAM Observer writer | Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

Sean Paul (centre) performing inside Margaritaville Montego Bay during the VIP Launch Party for his Full Speed
rhythm last Saturday. (Photos: Aceion Cunningham)

BLUE Beat Ultra Lounge on Montego Bay's hip strip was the venue for Sean Paul's VIP Launch Party for his Full Speed rhythm, last Saturday night. The production is the latest effort from Sean Paul and features some of Jamaica's top and up-and-coming dancehall acts. Sean Paul expressed his satisfaction with the rhythm and the acts featured on it. "It is a hardcore, modern dancehall rhythm with an EDM infusion, it's high tempo but the drum and bass is definitely there," he told the Jamaica Obser ... Read More

Cedric Myton headlines Inna Di Yard show

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

Cedric Myton

SINGER Cedric Myton, whose distinct tenor helped make The Congos one of roots-reggae's most influential groups, will headline tomorrow evening's Inna Di Yard show at Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew. Myton, who has been based in Brazil for the last two years, will lead a cast that comprises the Inna Di Yard Nyahbinghi group led by guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith. Singers Max Romeo, Sangie Davis, Kiddus-I and Jhamiela complete the line-up of artistes who will be backed by the Inna Di Yard ... Read More

‘Lightning’ to hit Lousianna

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

‘Lightning’ to
hit Lousianna

REGGAE singer Likkle Lightning is slated to be the opening act for Warrior King's concert at Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, tomorrow, at 9:00 pm. Likkle Lightning (given name Christopher Campbell) hails from the sleepy resort town of Negril. He is known for tracks including Early Morning Flash and Temptation. Read More

Kat pulls on Shaggy & Nancy

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

(L) Kat Deluna
(R) Shaggy

AMERICAN singer Kat Deluna samples Shaggy's It Wasn't Me and Sister Nancy's Bam Bam on her latest single Bum Bum. The track is a collaboration with American Rhythm and Blues singer Trey Songz. Bum Bum is released by Global Music Brand/Entertainment One. It is the first single from Kat's third album Viva Out Loud. Radio disc jockey and producer Kurt Riley confirmed the authorised sample of Bam Bam which was originally produced over 30 years ago by his father Winston Riley. The 27-year-old Kat ... Read More

Konshens' campaign begins tomorrow

Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

Konshens’ campaign
begins tomorrow

KONSHENS will kick off his 'Music To Fund a Cause' campaign at Camperdown High School in east Kingston tomorrow. "We are working to raise funds for each school for a particular project," he said. In addition to Konshens, SubKonshus label acts including Delus, Darrio and Javada as well as several surprise guest artistes will perform at each stop on the tour. Konshens' campaign begins tomorrow --> Read More

Music stars for Sandals Ochi

Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

Chris Young

A NUMBER of American country music stars are slated to arrive at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in St Ann for Boots on the Beach Vacation which starts today and ends May 27. The performances -- scheduled for May 22 to 26 -- will be hosted by Country Music Television's Katie Cook. Among those expected to take the stage are platinum-selling artistes Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann and Tyler Farr. Appearances will also be made by Boot Campaign COO Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Joey Jones and Boot Campaign Ambassad ... Read More

Freddie’s acoustic winner

Monday, May 18, 2015    


FREDDIE McGregor was in splendid form Friday night, treating fans at Redbones Blues Café in Kingston with acoustic renditions of his many hit songs. The first in a series of monthly shows billed 'Big Ship and BIZZY Bee Acoustic Live at Redbones' was dominated by the singer/songwriter/producer and his Big Ship Band, which was led by guitarist Dalton Browne. Other members were percussionist Oshane Campbell, Trevor McKenzie (acoustic bass), Chad Monroe (piano), (Lincoln Thomas (guitar) and ... Read More



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