Innovata leaves crash with minor bruises

Innovata. At right: The ill-fated

UP-AND-COMING dancehall deejay Innovata narrowly escaped serious injuries after the car he was driving crashed in a truck along the Old Harbour main road on Wednesday morning. Speaking with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, the entertainer said he was heading towards Spanish Town from Clarendon when ... Read More

Ninjaman Ninja's studio to focus on youth
VETERAN dancehall artiste Ninjaman, who recently parted ways with Downsound Records, is now assuming ... Read More

Beenie Man Beenie Man rocks Footloose
IT was an evening of musical treats for patrons attending last Saturday's staging of Wray and Nephew ... Read More

Soakin’ Wett ends with a splash
NEGRIL'S ultimate summer water party experience climaxed with JB Overproof Rum's 'Soakin Wett' held ... Read More

Bronson hunts rising talent

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Friday, September 04, 2015    

Bronson (centre) with Digicel Rising Stars finalists (from left)
Marsha K, Anna Maria, Samantha Bogle, and Jodi-kay.

MUSIC industry executive Brick Bronson was in Kingston last week as a guest judge for the Digicel Rising Stars talent contest. It was his second visit to Jamaica; his first was for an entirely different event. "The first time I came here, I was the best man at a wedding in Montego Bay. I never got a chance to really feel the culture of the people as I have now since my arrival in Kingston," Bronson told splash. Bronson is CEO and co-founder of 36Brickhouse, the company which manages American ... Read More

Spookie profits from Hurt it UP

Wednesday, September 02, 2015    


GROWING up in the Tower Hill community of Kingston, singer Jason White would often visit Friends for Real studio to show his talent. A former student of Mount Carmel Academy, he and friends would beat desks during lunchtime, creating beats while performing for their schoolmates. Now known as Spookie, he is making moves with the song Hurt it Up which is produced by Braintear Music. Released just over one year ago, Hurt it Up has been an underground hit in London where he lives, as well as in Ne ... Read More

No Soul in the Sun this year

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson performing at last year’s Soul in the Sun held
in Montego Bay, St James. (PHOTO: OBSERVER FILE)

THE three-day music festival, Soul in the Sun, first staged last October will not be held this year. This was confirmed by executive producer Junior Taylor in an interview with the Jamaica Observer. "There will be no show this year. The rationale is that based on the current economic climate as well as the weak level of sponsorship support that we have received," said Taylor, "Even if we provide a ticket price at a cost that our patrons could afford, we would only be netting a fraction of our ... Read More

All-star performance

Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

A section of the
Pembroke Hall

Despite the daunting responsibility of saluting the Skatalites in an effort to inspire a return of horns in Jamaican music, the Pembroke Hall Allstars Band was up to the task at Redbones Blues Café last Friday evening. The fledgling nine-piece unit out of Pembroke Hall High School paid tribute to musicians who helped shape Jamaica's rich music heritage. In the opening segment, they did shining renditions of Skatalites classics such as Garden of Love, Guns of Navarone, Something Special a ... Read More

Munga counting on Another Prayer

Tuesday, September 01, 2015    

Deejay Munga Honorebel
displaying where he was
injured in Jackson Town, St
Andrew, yesterday.

DANCEHALL artiste Munga Honorebel said his latest track, Another Prayer, was inspired by brutal attack on his life on Friday evening. "The song is real and it's because of prayers why I am here today. Instead of thinking about retaliation, I just expressed my emotions and gratefulness in song," he said. The entertainer -- whose given name is Damian Rhoden -- was attacked and chopped as he sat with friends in the Jackson Town area of St Andrew. The incident has left the artiste nursing 34 stitc ... Read More

OMI parties like its 1989 with Taylor Swift

BY GORGETTE BECKFORD Observer writer | Monday, August 31, 2015    

Chart topper
OMI in
with Country
Star Taylor

BILLBOARD chart-topper OMI's celebrity continues to grow. The Jamaican singer shared a stage with country superstar-turned-pop icon Taylor Swift on Saturday at Petco Park in San Diego, California, the latest leg of her 1989 Tour. Prefacing his stint, Swift spoke glowingly of the Clifton 'Specialist' Dillion protégé. "He could be absolutely anywhere in the world tonight, [but] he chose to be in San Diego, California," she proclaimed. The statement was met with screams from 50,000 fans. ... Read More

Anju Priest is Happy & Free

Monday, August 31, 2015    

Anju Priest is
Happy & Free

IT has been 11 years since singer Anju Priest's first album Stages was released. And though he has released songs in the interim, he recently teamed with singjay I-Octane on a single he believes will reintroduce him to fans. Happy & Free is the name of the song. Initially released in the Cayman Islands where the dreadlocked artiste has lived for 12 years, it is the lead single from The Essence of Life, his second album. "The first thing I did differently with this album was the collaborati ... Read More

Back with a Venjahnce

Monday, August 31, 2015    

Back with a Venjahnce

Singjay Venjahnce, a veteran of the western Jamaica club and dance scene, is upbeat about the release of his latest song, The Village. His first project since 2008, it is a comeback single for the diminutive artiste who has been recording for over 20 years. "I'm recording some new songs, some of them will be released as singles before the end of the year but most of them will come out on my EP in 2016," he said. Venjahnce (real name Verol Stevens) is from Sheffield, Westmoreland. His previous ... Read More

Pitch perfect

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior writer | Sunday, August 30, 2015    

Come October 19, National Heroes Day, Gooden will be among the thoes receiving the Order of Distinction in the rank of officer (OD) for her outstanding contribution to music and elocution in Jamaica. Gooden, who was born in the city of Aberdeen, admits that she has had a 49-year-old love affair with Jamaica, which began the moment she set her eyes on the island in 1966. "I am so totally Jamaican now that I cannot see myself resettling in Scotland. My brother wants me to return as I am now gett ... Read More

Supa Dups wants to keep Carib music mainstream

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment | Sunday, August 30, 2015    

Music producer
Supa Dups

GRAMMY-WINNING Jamaican music producer Supa Dups has taken the ambitious task of finding a permanent home for Caribbean music in mainstream America. "Where reggae is concerned, it is not as big as it could be because the unity is off. As soon as we can work together, then we'll have a vibrant industry again. The industry is there, but our successes come in spurts, like a novelty, and like every couple of years you have a one song like a Cheerleader (Omi) or a Gimme Di Light (Sean Paul) come aro ... Read More



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