Jamaica-flavoured Grammys

Above:  Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor (left) and Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee..

Besides the Best Reggae Album category, the 2017 Grammy Awards has a strong Jamaican flavour. In Record of The Year, Rihanna’s number one single Work with rapper Drake, is produced by Matthew Samuels better known as Boi-1da. The 30-year-old Samuels was born in Kingston but moved to Canada at ... Read More

(From left) Imru James, brand manager Stouts and Malta - Red Stripe, with Guinness Sounds of Greatness winners Javeyan “Natural” Bailey and Ricardo “Callum” Mathra of No Limit International. (Photos: Rory Daley) No Limit to victory
Guinness Sounds of Greatness came to an exciting close at Red Stripe Oval in St Andrew, as No Limit ... Read More

Tearah. The birth of Strength Up Records
STRENGTH UP Records, a company based in Cooreville Gardens, St Andrew, will be officially launched t ... Read More

Scratchylus (right) and daughter Empress Reggae. Scratchylus hopes to Reset The Mind
Reset The Mindset, an album by the father/daughter act Scratchylus and Empress Reggae, was released ... Read More

Peace concert gets thumbs up

Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

Queen Ifrica

DESPITE the no-show of several artistes, organisers of Sunday’s free concert – dubbed Entertainers Against Crime And Violence at Dump Up Beach – in Montego Bay said the event lived up to expectations. “The turnout was out of this world. It was one similar to a dancehall of Reggae Sumfest. The artistes came and delivered much to the delight of the audience. The sets were not drawn out as each act performed just two songs and gave a statement encouraging peace in Montego B ... Read More

The US invasion

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

SOJA (from left): Bobby Lee, Trevor Young, Hellman Escorcia, Jacob Hemphill, Patrick O’Shea, Rafael Rodriguez, Kenny Bongos, and Ryan Berty. (xxxx)

THREE American acts have been nominated for Best Reggae Album at next year’s Grammy Awards, scheduled for February 12 in Los Angeles. The nominations were announced in that city yesterday morning. Live In Virginia by the band SOJA, Falling Into Place by California band Rebelution and Rose Petals from Hawaii-based singer J Boog comprise the American nominees. Ziggy Marley by multiple winner Ziggy Marley, Sly & Robbie Presents…Reggae for Her: Devin Di Dakta and JL, and Everlas ... Read More

A Christmas Card from Fab 5 and Friends

Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

Gem Myers

VETERAN show band, the Fabulous 5, recently released their Fab 5 & Friends Christmas Card album. It contains 14 songs including Grand Market with The Cari-Folk Singers,Celebration which features The University Singers,Sleep King Jesus, a collaboration with the Kingston College Chapel Choir andOh Holy Night with Gem Myers. The JAVAA Crew are also featured onChristmas Breeze, and the Excelsior Primary School Singers onSanta Style. Fab 5 drummer/singer, Grub Cooper arranged and produced 12 o ... Read More

J Boog for second week

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Wednesday, December 07, 2016    


Wash House Ting by California-bred, Hawaii-based reggae singer J Boog tops the Billboard Reggae Album Chart for a second week. Last week, the set moved 2.291 copies in its first week. J Boog has reasons to celebrate as his EP Rose Petals has been nominated in the Best Reggae Album category of the 59th Grammy Awards. Debuting at number two is Leaves in the Pool, the sixth studio effort from another California group, The Holdup. This is the group’s second entry on the chart. They reached ... Read More

Hanson tackles new project

Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

Adrian ‘Donsome’ Hanson (x)

Adrian ‘Donsome’ Hanson has been involved in music production for over a decade. His most recent release is a compilation set titled Dancehall Brukout Vol 1. Inbetween music production, he started the online blog Riddim-Don Magazine and the PR agency Riddim-Don Media. His latest venture is the New York-based Donsome Booking Agency. “Having been a major player in the industry, I have links on most of the artistes in the music industry not just reggae but also R&B and hip-h ... Read More

Burkett puts rap on latest single

Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

Jonathan Burkett

On his latest song, One Life, Jonathan Burkett reaches out to the despondent, many of whom are overwhelmed by their dire circumstances. Burkett raps and veteran artiste, Ambelique sings on the Willie Lindo-produced track which was released early this year, but only recently serviced to Jamaican radio. The song’s theme, South Florida-based Burkett notes, is timeless. “My message in One Life is to tell the world that this one life we live should be enough to make us happy and thankf ... Read More

Beenie G looks to Instagram

Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

Beenie G.

LONDON-BASED, Jamaican-born deejay Beenie G is currently in the island promoting his single called Instagram. Describing the track, the entertainer said it has a catchy chorus and gives off a ‘vibesy’ and uptempo feel. “Instagram is currently one of the hottest social media services. The song is really directed towards the females and some of the activities that go on that particular social media network. Anyone who has an Instagram account can relate to the song,” he ... Read More

Gospel at Wonderland

Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

THE Ultimate Experience Gospel Music Festival takes place Saturday at Wonderland Fun Park in Ocho Rios. An all-star cast is scheduled to perform, including Papa San, Junior Tucker, Jermaine Edwards, DJ Nicholas, Deneese Wright, Marsha Wright, and iWorshipp. Showtime is 4:00 pm. Read More

Shaggy for Hall of Fame

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Shaggy in performance at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa in Ocho Rios, St Ann, last Saturday.

SHAGGY is to be inducted into the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) Hall of Fame for 10 years of outstanding support to the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston. The induction is slated to take place at the third staging of the CVSS Hall of Fame andVolunteer Awards at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday at 7:30 pm. Guest speaker will be Prime Minister Andrew Holness. This year, Shaggy presented a cheque for $55 million to the Bustamante Children’s Hos ... Read More

Ambassadors named

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Bob Marley

Bob Marley Group of Companies has named its ambassadors to drive celebrations surrounding Marley’s 72nd birthday in February of next year. Young reggae acts Runkus, Dre Island and Jah9 have been named to be the face of the observances and will be part of the annual birthday concert to be staged at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in St Andrew. According to brand manager at the Bob Marley Group, Debbie Bissoon, these acts were chosen as their music and ‘livity’ are in keep ... Read More



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