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Etana to get unplugged

Etana

REGGAE singer Etana will be the headliner for the next We Are Reggae unplugged concert series slated for Beach Bar, Doctor's Cave Bathing Club in Montego Bay, on August 29. "We are excited to present our first female act Etana on August 29. Having had a July 11 We Are Reggae event, which witnessed ... Read More

Anju Blaxxx Anju Blaxxx gets bail
JAMAICAN dancehall producer Anju Blaxxx was released on bail after spending close to six months in a ... Read More

DJ Charlie B DJ Charlie B to rock 'Playground'
TORONTO'S DJ Charlie B is guest disc jock rostered for a very Special staging of Appleton Special Ce ... Read More

Charlie
Chaplin Chaplin backs out
DEEJAY Charlie Chaplin, who was scheduled to perform at the two-day Reggae Geel Festival in Belgium ... Read More

Versatile’s made it

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Versatile’s
made it

DANCEHALL artiste Versatile will be releasing his EP titled Made It on iTunes this Friday, July 31st. According to the deejay, the EP features nine songs that will resonate will with each listener. "A lot of thoughts was placed into each track. It's movitational and the my growth as an artiste is highlighted throughout the entire mixtape," he said. Other than the track listings are songs such as System Set a Way, Fly, Made It (remix) which features Popcaan and Yesterday. "The title track has ... Read More

Davis finds glory on billboard

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Carlene Davis

CARLENE Davis has had a number of highs in a 40-year career. This week, she chalked up another milestone. Her Dripping Blood album, released by VP Records in March, is at number three on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart, behind the much-touted The Cure by singer Jah Cure. It is Davis' 10th gospel album and her 25th overall. Not even in a fruitful secular career did she have a Billboard entry this high. She told the Jamaica Observer that that is what makes Dripping Blood's rise even more satis ... Read More

Wet Dreams delivers

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

AS promised, the 10th staging of Charley's JB Overproof Rum 'Wet Dreams' all-white party, created the ultimate atmosphere in Negril, last Saturday. The event was billed as a curtain raiser for Appleton Special Dream Weekend scheduled for August 5 to 9. Party promoter Densil Scott said the annual event held at Chances Beach was successful. "The turnout was very good. Jamaicans were very supportive of the event. There were many visitors from outside of the parish, the all-white theme was well-a ... Read More

Rita Marley to get Living Legends Award

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Rita Marley

REGGAE singer Rita Marley will be this year's recipient of the Living Legends Award from the African Women of Excellence Awards (AWEA) Committee. The ceremony will be held at the African Women of Excellence Awards Empowerment Banquet at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on September 12. Marley, who is the widow of reggae singer Bob Marley, said the honour came as a surprise. "I was not expecting this award. I know I've done hard work, to God be the glory," she told the Jamaica Observer. ... Read More

Three cheers!

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Omi

THREE cheers -- and three weeks at No 1 -- for OMI's Cheerleader! Cheerleader leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, actually widening its lead over runner-up Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd (it spends a second week at No. 2). Just a week ago, The Weeknd looked to continue its momentum to a possible No 1 standing, as Face had just nine per cent fewer points than Cheerleader. Read More

Stushie to honour singers

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Stushie

UK's up-and-coming reggae singer Stushie is currently working on a tribute five-track mix tape. The yet-to-be-titled set is slated for an August 28 release date. According to the singer, she'll be covering tracks including Sam Smith's Stay With Me as well as songs by reggae singers Chronixx, Tarrus Riley, Luciano, and Freddie McGregor. Read More

Nesbeth rocks Germany

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Nesbeth rocks
Germany

Reggae singer Nesbeth was in fine form on his debut at the three-day Reggae Jam Festival in Bersenbrück, Germany, on the weekend. "Never before have I done that, the rain came down in the midst of my set. I was soaked and so were the patrons, but together we had an experience of a lifetime," he said. He performed hit songs including Board House, So Let It Be and Guns Out This Morning. His next stop will be Reggae Geel in Geel, Belgium, on Saturday. Read More

Meet The Mighty Beestons Mento Band

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

The Mighty
Beestons
Mento Band

; LOCATED in the hills of Westmoreland, Beeston Spring is a typical rural district where many residents make farming their livelihood. It is also home to The Mighty Beestons Mento Band, which has been around for over 50 years. Despite their longevity, Astil Gage, the group's congo player and manager, said they are not known outside of cultural and tourism circles. "We do our thing in the hotels, likkle functions, wakes...things like dat. Independence coming up now so dat's when things pick up ... Read More

Ishawna, Shebada holiday link-up

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

(L) Ishawna
(R) Shebada

Ishawna -- who is riding high with her singles Restraining Order, Vroom Vroom, Cheerful Giver and Need Love -- is scheduled to perform during intermission of hit plays Bashment Granny 3 and Praya Partna, featuring Michael 'Stringbean' Nicholson. "The buzz on the shows has been great so far. This special is great value for money because you have one of the hottest females in the business, Ishawna, teaming up with Bashment Granny which is already a huge hit, and the new play, Praya Partner is hi ... Read More

Dancehall Flex Week

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Lady Saw

KING and Queen of the Dancehall, Beenie Man and Lady Saw are among several top dancehall acts slated to perform at Aspire Flex Week slated for Portmore and Kingston from August 5 to 9. The summer party series's theme this year is Dancehall Festival. Andrew 'French' Wright, organiser of Flex Week and promoter of Chug It, spoke to the event's celebration of dancehall. "Dancehall continues to contribute to the growth and development of a lot of the youths as it provides a medium through which th ... Read More



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