Reggae Train ready to roll

International Reggae Train Dancers and Danca Family on the set of International Reggae Train taping in Manhattan, United States, early last week. (Photo: Contributed)

JAMAICAN reggae acts will be given a global audience thanks to a new television dance show called International Reggae Train. The show, which is similar to the once-popular Soul Train series, will feature live performances and dancers. The pilot episode was shot earlier last week in Manhattan, Unit ... Read More

Lois “DJ Lava” Morgan at the turntables at Sandals Ochi Beach Club in St Ann recently.. DJ Lava a hit at Sandals
LOIS Morgan is the only female disc jockey at Sandals Resorts International (SRI), and this is somet ... Read More

Stephen “Ragga” Marley and Ky-mani Marley share stage (Garfield Robinson) Marley brothers for Kaya Fest
Brothers Ziggy, Stephen, Damian and Ky-Mani Marley head the line-up for Kaya Fest, scheduled for Apr ... Read More

Kenzic in performance at the recently concluded Rebel Salute in St Ann. (Photo: Karl McLarty) From Kadeem to Kenzic
THE two-day reggae festival Rebel Salute, which was staged in St Ann on January 13 and 14, offered a ... Read More

Tom Laing ready for Kings Highway

Monday, January 23, 2017    

Tom Laing.

NEW York-based reggae singer Tom Laing is preparing to release Kings Highway before the end of the month. The Donni Marshall-produced single was initially on Laing’s EP titled Love Is Ok, which was released by VP Records in 2015. “This is an excellent song; it has a very positive message. It’s one of my favourite songs from my EP. I believe the fans are going to love it,” he said. Laing said an accompanying video for Kings Highway is in the works. “I’m pu ... Read More

Rodigan’s reggae

Sunday, January 22, 2017    

David Rodigan (Lionel Rookwood)

For 40 years British broadcaster David Rodigan has been a champion of Jamaican music. Now the 65-year-old is getting set to release his autobiography covering his years in reggae. The book, My Life In Reggae, written with Ian Burrell, is set to be released on March 3. The work chronicles how the son of an army sergeant major from Oxfordshire in England became one of the biggest ambassadors for ska, dub, dancehall and all genres in-between. “I’ve always been a champion for the artis ... Read More

Marley on wax

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Sunday, January 22, 2017    

Inside the Sunpress Vinyl facility in Miami.

Vinyl, the most resurgent product in the music industry, makes its boldest reggae comeback through a new deal with Tuff Gong International Records and Sunpress Vinyl, a company located in Miami. The latter has signed on to manufacture vinyl editions of landmark albums by Bob Marley and The Wailers, as well as Stephen Marley and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley. Dan Yashiv, one of SunPress Vinyl’s principals, told the Jamaica Observer that Natty Dread and Legend will be the first ... Read More

Red Rose for Gregory

Sunday, January 22, 2017    

members of the American group Atlantic Starr.

The Gregory Isaacs Foundation will be hosting their first annual Red Rose for Gregory fund-raising event on Sunday, February 12, at the Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew. The project is being spearheaded by Isaacs’s widow June, who told the Jamaica Observer that the idea came out of a discussion with a friend. “Gregory is known for his lovers’ rock music, and in order to connect him to Valentines Day we came up with the idea. It is all about love and red roses... what b ... Read More

Zacheous Jackson looks for a way out

Sunday, January 22, 2017    

Zacheous Jackson.

United Kingdom-based reggae artiste Zacheous Jackson has high hopes for his recently released single called Way Out. Produced by Red Ground Jamaica Music, the song, he said, tackles the lack of financial opportunities facing some Jamaicans. “There are many persons in Jamaica who dont have the financial resources to make a way for themselves and their families, so some really qualified people find it hard to get jobs within their field of study and end up only getting work in hotels serv ... Read More

Kevin Downswell grateful for YVA nod

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Gospel singer Kevin Downswell in performance at the Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town, St Andrew, in December. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

GOSPEL singer Kevin Downswell is pleased to be among this year’s Youth View Awards (YVA) nominations for Best Gospel Artiste. “This is my fourth nomination, but each one feels like the first. I am very grateful, and I thank the supporters and the YVA’s team for considering me as one who is worthy to receive this prestigious nomination. This is the YVA, so it (the nomination) is a big deal,” he told the Jamaica Observer. According to the singer, this is a boost for his ... Read More

Tribann set to Fly Away

Saturday, January 21, 2017    


Emerging singjay Tribann is gearing up to release his single called Fly Away on Monday. Produced by Shain Martin, Fly Away speaks about life’s challenges. “Life is sometimes far from being a bed of roses and we are oftentimes faced with a lot of challenges. As a result, we just want to take ourselves away from it and just fly away,” he told the Jamaica Observer. Tribann said he has high expectations for the single as it contains a message that everyone can relate to. &ldquo ... Read More

D-Lexx going for gold

Saturday, January 21, 2017    


FAST-RISING deejay D-Lexx feels he will get the attention he deserves with his single The Gold. “The song is getting good feedback, especially in the Cayman Islands... I have other songs out right now, but I'm pushing The Gold because mi feel seh it can work,” he told the Jamaica Observer. Released in August 2016, The Gold is produced by Money Maker/Emudio Records. According to D-Lexx, the song speaks to a determined spirit to do well and be successful. He contends anyone can ... Read More

ORieL releases People Say

Saturday, January 21, 2017    


People Say, the latest song from Dominican singer ORieL, has been released by Afar Music Group. It is the lead single from his first album, scheduled to be out in April. He hopes the sultry ballad will take off, especially in Jamaica, as Valentine’s Day approaches. “Love is the eternal theme and it is so misunderstood, but ironically, so easy to understand. There are so many different types of love that we could spend a lifetime talking about them, and we all know that when it com ... Read More

Tek Set eyes success with All About The Money

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Tek Set.

UNITED States-based up-and-coming deejay Tek Set is encouraged by the airplay of All About The Money. The single, produced by Jermaine Reid on the Gold Dynasty label, was released on October 20, 2016. “I can feel the big break coming with this single and this year is a very serious year in my musical career. I am putting in the work, and I have some new songs to be released later this year. The fans have been very supportive and my goal is to keep the momentum going,” he said. Read More



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