Dancehall Night lives up to billing

Beenie Man and Tommy Lee Sparta (Philp Lemonte)

THE jury is still out on whether this was the biggest dancehall night ever at Reggae Sumfest. But what is indisputable is that a massive audience turned out on Friday to take in the first of the two live performances at this year’s festival. New festival chairman Josef Bogdanovich called it t ... Read More

Don Andre (right) and Ding Dong in performance at Reggae Sumfest held at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James, on Friday night. (Photo: Philp Lemonte) Don Andre hits back at Spice
Newcomer Don Andre, who recently stepped into the limelight thanks to his popular track Tom Cruise a ... Read More

Stitchie Stitchie giving it his all
ON Friday, Stitchie will suit up for his headline appearance at ‘3 In 1’, a show schedul ... Read More

Ambassador Dr Nigel Clarke, chairman of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (centre), is flanked by scholarship winners (from left) Kamoy Gordon, Ian Crossbourne, Kymani Calder, and Devoy Ellis. (Photo: Contributed) NYOJ students get US scholarship
FOUR National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) students recently left the island to represent Jamai ... Read More

Big crowd at Nude Twisted Fantasies

Saturday, July 23, 2016    

The patron created a splash.

EVEN though it was advertised for a 4:00 pm start, patrons didn’t start streaming into the Fantasy Playground venue, St Georges Cliff in Hellshire, St Catherine, until minutes after 10:00 pm for the third edition of Nude Twisted Fantasies. By 11:00 pm, the venue was filled to capacity. The pool party delivered the experience and vibes patrons expected. DJ Lank, Coolshade Chris, Star Time and DJ Calico were part of the team that took control of the musical juggling, with hot selection ... Read More

Sound systems rock MoBay

Philp Lemonte | Saturday, July 23, 2016    

Pieces selector Ikel Marvelous

It was another home run for the organisers of Reggae Sumfest’s Sound Explosion held at Pier 1 in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday night. The well-attended event featured Stone Love Movements, Black Kat, Metro Media, Firelinks, Tony Matterhorn, and Montego Bay’s own Pieces. The Jamaica Observer caught up with Johnny Gourzong, COO of Summerfest Promotion — festival organisers, who said it was another successful Sumfest staging. “Sound System Explosion is a new event ad ... Read More

Junior Tucker show postponed

Saturday, July 23, 2016    

Junior Tucker

The Junior Tucker concert, dubbed The Spirit of Jazz Hotta, scheduled for the Wine Shop in Southdale Plaza (1 South Avenue) in St Andrew, has been postponed to a later date. According to Tucker, a minister of religion, the event will be rescheduled to Sunday, September 25. The singer said the postponement is a result of him refocusing his attention on changing the location of his place of worship from the New Kingston Business Centre to Haining Road in St Andrew. In addition to Tucker, Suzann ... Read More

‘Steeling’ the audience’s hearts

Saturday, July 23, 2016    

Karen Smith capped off a full night of steel pan entertainment at Sunday’s Rhapsody in Steel: A Musical Feast at the Karram Speid Auditorium, St Andrew. Photo: Rory Daley

SINGER Karen Smith, backed by Desi Jones & Friends, was the icing on a very entertaining evening at Sunday’s Rhapsody in Steel: A Musical Feast at the Karram Speid Auditorium, St Andrew. Prior to the songstress, there were performances by the Bethel Steel Orchestra and UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra. “It was successful as a sizeable crowd turned out to be well entertained,” Dr Audley Betton, chairman, fund raising committee — Church of St John the Evangelist, told th ... Read More

Nicky Silk gets Sumfest break

Saturday, July 23, 2016    

Nicky Silk

For roots reggae artiste Nicky Silk, the call to perform on the Reggae Sumfest stage was like a dream come true. The St Mary-born, Ocho Rios-based artiste said after years of trying to make it locally, he was shocked when he heard he would be part of the line-up for tonight’s Reggae Night at Reggae Sumfest alongside greats such as Super Cat, Tarrus Riley, Barrington Levy, Sanchez and Christopher Martin. “Oh My God, it is like heaven when I get that call that I was on Sumfest. For t ... Read More

Singer ‘Sixy’ Morris debuts his Sunrise

Saturday, July 23, 2016    

Rohan ‘Sixy’ Morris

Sunrise, the debut album from singer Rohan ‘Sixy’ Morris, was released released last week by Zojak World Wide. It contains the title song, originally done by British group Simply Red in 2003. Sixy co-produced his version with Abidan Campbell. The son of ska great Eric ‘Monty’ Morris, Sixy is pleased with Sunrise (the album) which he describes as a ‘collector’s item’. Three songs have been released from it to date: Sunrise, Hold Each Other and Ugly Day ... Read More

Riverman hopes to make splash with Fly

Saturday, July 23, 2016    


SINGJAY Riverman is hoping to get his big breakthrough with his latest single Fly. Produced by Tripple L Records, Fly was released in June. He said Fly is a song aimed at inspiring its listeners. “It’s about finding ways to elevate yourself, despite the obstacles faced in life. It is one of those songs that make you want to try harder at whatever you are hoping to achieve,” he told the Jamaica Observer, while stating he draws his inspiration from every day life happenings. ... Read More

Magnum Dream Live Brings Dancehall to the World

Friday, July 22, 2016    

Dancehall is certainly one of the things that instantly springs to mind when people around the world hear the word ‘Jamaica’. It’s a beat at the heart of Jamaica, emulated by some of the most popular artistes in the world. And stage shows and dancehall are inextricably linked. A concert like the Magnum Dream Live — the epic start to 2016’s Appleton Special Dream Weekend on Thursday, July 28 - isn’t just a place to dance and enjoy the music, though that’ ... Read More

Number nine for Sean Paul

Friday, July 22, 2016    

Sean Paul

Cheap Thrills, the hit song by Sia featuring Sean Paul, is his ninth Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It is number three this week. This is the first time in 10 years that Sean Paul has reached as far on Billboard’s biggest singles table. When You Gonna (Give it Up to Me) featuring Keyshia Cole reached number three in 2006. The last time the deejay entered the Top 10 was in 2009, when Do You Remember (credited to Jay Sean featuring Sean Paul and Lil Jon) peaked at number ... Read More

Immperial does it better

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Friday, July 22, 2016    

Alley Cat

Doing Better is the title of an EP by deejay Immperial, formerly known as Alley Cat. It contains four self-produced tracks for his Immperial Productions label. “Each track has its own concept. Doing Better speaks about overcoming obstacles and living life to the fullest. No Man Mascot speaks about females who reject negative treatment from men,” said the deejay, who blazed the charts in the 1990s. He scored with Girls Tour, Brag and Boast, Why Why, No More Garrison, and A Gal A Sa ... Read More



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