Music

Honoured!

MCGREGOR... feels good to
be honoured by own people

Even after 52 years in the music business, Freddie McGregor can still be overwhelmed by the occasion. It was an emotional moment for the singer Sunday morning when he received a plaque from organisers of Reggae Sumfest for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music. "I really appreciat ... Read More

Master pannist Darren Sheppard, headliner of Rhapsody In Steel concert, held at the Karram
Speid Auditorium in St Andrew, on Sunday. (PHOTO: RORY DALEY) Big crowd for Rhapsody in Steel
HUNDREDS of patrons turned up at the Karram Speid Auditorium on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew, f ... Read More

DEEP JAHI...
wants to show
Jamaica he is a
versatile artiste Deep Jahi eyes another prize
The Jamaica Observer continues its features on the contestants in this year’s Festival Song Co ... Read More

Tessanne Chin Tessanne takes Sumfest finale
SINGER Tessanne Chin gave a command performance on International Night II of Reggae Sumfest, which c ... Read More

Orisha ‘sounds’ off at Redbones

BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer | Monday, July 21, 2014    

Orisha Sound

IN her second appearance at Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew in a matter of days, Norwegian singer Orisha Sound was again in good nick. The Los Angeles-based artiste (who is of Scandinavian/Slavic heritage), showed her vocal prowess as well as her guitar and violin skills. Her rendition of Sunshine Lady, a song she recorded and did during her July 11 performance with Wayne Daniel, was first-rate. Opening with One More Night, Orisha Sound was also a hit with Rewind and a cover of Adele' ... Read More

Saluting Randy Chin

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Sunday, July 20, 2014    

Vincent ‘Randy’ Chin

The 17th staging of Tribute To The Greats takes place July 26 at the Chinese Benevolent Association in St Andrew. Dubbed The Chinese Connection, it salutes the contribution of the Chinese to Jamaica's popular music. Today, the Sunday Observer continues a six-part series on some of the recipients. VINCENT 'Randy' Chin was trying to establish himself as a music producer in January 1962 when he first met a Trinidadian singer named Lord Creator at the Havana nightclub in Kingston. Accompanying him ... Read More

Chronixx rules!

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 20, 2014    

Reggae act Chronixx ruled on Sumfest
International Night I at the Catherine
Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego
Bay. (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY)

ON an evening of exciting performances, it was roots-reggae singer Chronixx who was the clear standout at Reggae Sumfest International Night I at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, on Friday. Making his entrance to the stage with his prophetic Start A Fire, he did just that. In his relaxed style, he wowed the crowd with his message-filled songs over his one-hour set. The singer had no difficulty keeping the momentum going as he went through his paces with songs including ... Read More

Homecoming for Derulo

Sunday, July 20, 2014    

DERULO... always felt a
part of Jamaica

FOR Sumfest International Night I performer Jason Derulo, it's like 'coming home' on his first visit to Jamaica. At a press conference held on Friday afternoon at the Iberostar Hotel in Lilliput, St James the American R&B singer expressed his delight on his visit to the island. Derulo, whose parents spent the greater part of 10 years living in Jamaica, said, "I always felt a part of Jamaica," even as he acknowledged his Haitian heritage. The singer commented on the impact reggae music has ... Read More

An ode to Africa

Saturday, July 19, 2014    

(L-R) Queen
Ifrica and Buju
Banton

AFRICA, the spiritual home of Rastafari and cradle of civilisation, is the central theme of a 12-track compilation set entitled Reggae Loves Africa. The album was released on Tuesday by VP Records/Greensleves label. According to a release, the set is a celebration of kinship and inspiration that Africa has provided to reggae music. "Themes of liberation and repatriation are at the heart of reggae music. The rhythms of Africa are at reggae's deepest roots. Africa's history and its modern-day s ... Read More

Thousands flock Dancehall Night

Saturday, July 19, 2014    

One section of the huge
audience which turned out for
the first night of performances
at Reggae Sumfest 2014.

THE 22nd staging of Reggae Sumfest got off to a great start inside the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay on Thurdsay. The who’s who of the local dancehall music scene came out for the first of three nights of performances. Here are some highlights. Read More

Making magic at Channel One

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Obsever senior writer | Thursday, July 17, 2014    

The ruins of the Channel
one studio located
along Maxfield Avenue
in St Andrew

The 17th staging of Tribute To The Greats takes place July 26 at the Chinese Benevolent Association in St Andrew. Dubbed 'The Chinese Connection', it salutes the contribution of the Chinese to Jamaica's popular music. Today, the Jamaica Observer presents the fifth in a six-part series on some of the recipients. Most reggae historians agree that the 1970s is the music's golden age. Some of the period's greatest sounds came out of Channel One. Four brothers — Joseph (better known as 'Jo Jo ... Read More

Sumfest moves into high gear tonight

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

Patrons at the All-White Party at the Pier One Entertainment Complex on Tuesday night

MONTEGO BAY, St James — ALL is set for the staging of the popular Dancehall Night of Reggae Sumfest at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay tonight. "Everything is in place for Dancehall Night (tonight)," Richard Russell, executive director of Summerfest Promotions, organisers of Reggae Sumfest, told the Jamaica Observer West. "All of our equipment are already in place and the vendors are now putting on the finishing touches to their stalls here today (yesterday)." The ... Read More

September date for Cure's album

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

Jah Cure

Singer Jah Cure is scheduled to release his new album in September. The self-titled set is his sixth. Its lead single, Life we Live, was released two weeks ago on the artiste's Iyah Cure Productions label. Jah Cure, who performs on Reggae Sumfest's International Night tomorrow, believes his latest album reflects, among other things, 'spiritual growth' "I am looking to build on the success of my previous album. This album represents Jah Cure as an artiste, a father, a husband and a producer," ... Read More

Give Me Jesus, says Brooks-Kristos

By Reece Dyche | Thursday, July 17, 2014    

BROOKS-KRISTOS... wants to keep
spreading God’s word to others

This is the sixth in The Jamaica Observer's 10-part series on the finalists in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition. STACEY-ANN Brooks-Kristos hopes her entry Give Me Jesus will be the winning choice in this year's Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition. The final is set for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, on Sunday. Brooks-Kristos, a Christian of 15 years, shared the inspiration that brought about ... Read More



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