Omarion rewrites ‘Murder’


AMERICAN R&B singer Omarion has sampled Chaka Demus and Pliers' 1993 hit Murder She Wrote in his latest single Post to Be. Produced by Dijon 'DJ Mustard' McFarlane, Post to Be also features American acts Chris Brown and Jhene' Aiko. The single is the second from the singer's upcoming album Sex ... Read More

Bridgett Anderson Bridgett Anderson, Garnet Silk’s spiritual sister
The Jamaica Observer continues its 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of root ... Read More

Spragga Benz (left) shares his set with dancehall deejay
Beenie Man at Heineken World Premiere held at Fort Rocky,
Palisadoes, on Saturday. (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY) Great support for Heineken party
THERE was barely any space for movement at the Heineken World Premiere held at Fort Rocky, Palisa ... Read More

TWENTY-five years ago, five Jamaicans — Tommy Ricketts, Malachi Smith, Tomlin Ellis, Shaka Ban ... Read More

SKOLNIK to address music confab

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Michael Skolnik

MICHAEL Skolnik, editor-in-chief and co-president of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons', is the featured speaker today at the Jamaica Music Conference (JMC) which takes place at the University of the West Indies' (Mona campus) Neville Hall. The conference, which began Friday, also ends today. According to JMC co-founder and organiser, Kwasi Bonsu, Skolnik will address the evolving music industry and how to stay relevant in an increasingly competitive market, among other things. "W ... Read More

Respect to the Max!

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Max Romeo

YESTERDAY was special for Max Romeo. The singer celebrated his 70th birthday and his 50th year in the music business. Romeo's generation is considered the most influential in reggae music. He figured in the roots revolution of the 1970s, belting out spiritual songs like Let The Power Fall and revolutionary anthems such as War Ina Babylon. That generation transcended music. Romeo was part of the musical bandwagon assembled by singer/producer Clancy Eccles that helped make the transformative Mic ... Read More

New singles from Uprising Roots Band

Sunday, November 23, 2014    


MIGHT Can't Beat Right and Trench Town are the latest singles from the Uprising Roots Band which is gearing up to release its second album in early 2015. The songs were recently distributed and are the follow-up to Time and Black To I Roots. All are from the impending album, also titled Black To I Roots. The self-produced set will be the band's second. Their first, Skifiya, was released in early 2011 and earned Uprising Roots live stints in Europe and on the United States east and west coasts. ... Read More

Tony Roy gets lift from wine festival

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Tony Roy

HAVING performed at the recent International Reggae Wine Festival in Montego Bay, singer Tony Roy is hoping his latest songs will find an audience in Jamaica. The St Thomas-born Roy has been a fixture on the Washington DC/Maryland reggae scene for over 10 years. Prior to his performance at the 'Wine Fest' in October, he released two singles, Live Without Your Love and a cover of Gregory Isaacs' Love Overdue. He says he got a lift performing in Jamaica for the first time since 2011. "It was gr ... Read More

Anita rules iTunes chart

Saturday, November 22, 2014    


Jamaican-born reggae singer Anita Antoinette's performance on the NBC talent competion, The Voice, moved her back to the number one slot on iTunes Reggae Top 100 Chart this weekend. Her rendition of Bob Marley's Redemption Song (The Voice Performance) ensured that she retook the top spot from another Jamaican-born deejay Kranium with Lifestyle remix, featuring Troy Ave. Marley occupies two, three and five on the chart with Three Little Birds, Redemption Song and Is This Love, respectively. Ma ... Read More


Saturday, November 22, 2014    


FAST-RISING dancehall deejay Gage said while he has never encountered any objections to his performances in other Caribbean countries, protesters should know it's 'role play'. "At the end of the day, an artiste is just taking on a character. It's just music. The characters we play are sometimes different from who we really are. I don't like the ban and the protest because we don't see them banning movies. However, there are rules everywhere and it is their country," he said. Earlier this year, ... Read More

The Voice from Duhaney Park

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, November 21, 2014    

(Photo: NBC)

RESIDENTS of Duhaney Park in Kingston are in a jubilant mood. One of their own, 24-year-old singer Anita Antoinette Fearon, is in the Top 10 of the popular American television talent show, The Voice. When Splash caught up with Fearon on Wednesday following Tuesday night's show, she was excited about her progress. "I feel honoured, grateful, inspired, and excited to show more of myself and my talents as an artiste. I can feel the love coming from my supporters worldwide and I am truly thankful ... Read More

Tony Rebel remembers Garnet Silk

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer writer | Friday, November 21, 2014    

Tony Rebel and Garnet Silk

This is the third in the Jamaica Observer's daily 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. Next month marks 20 years since his death. THE Jamaican dancehall was mired in lewd and violent lyrics throughout the 1980s. That carried over into the 1990s until a group of Rastafarian artistes from south-central parishes brought their message of consciousness to a music that had lost its way. Heading the group was dub poet Yasus Afari, deejay Tony Rebel and ... Read More

DJ Chuckie all set for Heineken party

Friday, November 21, 2014    

Fay-Ann Lyons,  DJ Chuckie and Bunji Garlin

SURINAMESE DJ and producer Chuckie is fired up for his debut performance at Heineken World Premiere at Fort Rocky in Port Royal, Kingston, on Saturday. "I've been looking forward to doing a show in Jamaica for a long time now! I was born in Suriname, so I'm a Caribbean kid. Electronic music became really popular in the Caribbean so I can imagine that people in Jamaica have started their own electronic music scene," he said. DJ Chuckie has played on almost every continent and is ready to give J ... Read More

Maestro Don shoots video

Friday, November 21, 2014    

Maestro Don and his love interest in his latest video You a My

RISING dancehall artiste Maestro Don is upbeat about his new video You a My Gal, which was filmed in sections of Portmore. It was directed by Robin Chin of Enhanced Realizm. It is the sixth video for the 21-year-old deejay. "Working with the director was smooth and quite easy because we have already worked on a project before and, seeing that we are both professionals, everything was set," said Maestro Don. "The finished product is above average standard. Excellent quality and professional wor ... Read More



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