Franchizze to get BET break

FRANCHIZZE... it came as a surprise

UP-AND-COMING dancehall artiste Franchizze said he is extremely excited to premiere the music video for his single Nuh Pastry on BET's 106 & Park today. "It came as a surprise. A lot of avenues are there to market music videos, so my management team sent the songs to a lot of networks including ... Read More

DESOUZA... Jamaicans catch on to new trends very quickly DJ Kyle DeSouza for SPF Weekend
MIAMI-based DJ Kyle DeSouza will be performing at the SPF Weekend marquee events BNM: Eye Candy late ... Read More

Gregory Isaacs Hats off to A Hat Affair
THE life and legacy of Gregory Isaacs was celebrated at the Blue Essence, inside the Kings Plaza, in ... Read More

SEAN PAUL... set to perform with Enrique Iglesias Sean Paul for Good Morning America
Television networks in the United States continue to see performances by Jamaican artistes. In the ... Read More

Denbigh gospel show for Sunday

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

(L-R )Kevin Downswell and DJ Nicholas

KEVIN Downswell has joined the line-up of acts for the Denbigh Gospel Extravaganza 2014 set for the Denbigh Agricultural Show Ground, May Pen, Clarendon, on Sunday. The show, presented by Hi-Pro and produced by Gospel Music, is set for 6:00 pm. The Gospel Extravaganza was first introduced 10 years ago. "The show has grown tremendously in recent years since Jamaica Broilers Group -- through its Hi-Pro and Best Dressed Chicken brands -- began sponsoring the event, and this year we look forward ... Read More

Celebrating Ja in Dubai

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

JAMAICANS celebrate the country's 52nd year as a sovereign state on August 6. Three days later, the growing Jamaican community in Dubai will recognise that milestone with the inaugural Jamaica Independence Party. The event is scheduled for August 9 and showcases a number of sound systems, manned by selectors from Jamaica, the United Kingdom and Africa. Jamaica Independence Party is the brainchild of Kenya Don, a Kenya-born promoter who has staged dancehall/reggae shows in Dubai since 2002. "W ... Read More

'Wonderful, but frightening'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

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Tonight Show host
Jimmy Fallon on his
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REGGAE star on-the-rise Chronixx is still the subject of conversation following his performances on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last Tuesday and a subsequent concert in New York's Central Park at the weekend. In a recent interview with National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States, the Here Comes Trouble singer noted that he was nervous when performing on the late-night TV show. "It was wonderful, but frightening, because I knew that everyone in Jamaica was watching, and i ... Read More

Spice ready for Dream Live

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    


DREAM Live — the performance event during the week of parties — returns to Smirnoff Dream Weekend, set for Negril from August 1-6. On Tuesday, August 5, female deejay Spice will be among those taking to the Dream Live stage at Cayenne Beach in Negril. "I feel great to be a headline act on Dream Live this year. My birthday is on the same day so it will also be a celebration for me," said Spice. She promises her usual 'spicy' performance and is confident that her fans will not be di ... Read More

Lady Gaga readies jazz CD

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Lady Gaga

NEW YORK, NY (AP) — Lady Gaga is a bona fide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop. Gaga has spent two years recording an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett called Cheek to Cheek, to be released September 23. "You know, it's funny, but jazz comes a little more comfortable for me than pop music, than R&B music," Gaga said in an interview Monday. "I've sung jazz since I was 13 years old, which is kind of like my little secret that Tony found out. ... Read More

Ska festival this Saturday

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

The horn section
of the ska band
Ska La Reg.

THE Jamaica Cultural Development Commission is in the final stages of preparation for the inaugural music festival — Heart of Ska — to be staged this Saturday, August 2, as part of this year's Independence celebrations. The festival will be staged at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew starting at 12:00 noon with a daytime programme which will feature film presentations, exhibitions showcasing photos and artifacts of renowned exponent of this music form, The Skatal ... Read More

Cliff headlines Reggae on the River

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Jimmy Cliff

REGGAE superstar Jimmy Cliff headlines this weekend’s 30th renewal of the Reggae on the River Festival being held in Humboldt County, California in the United States. The four-day event, which begins tomorrow and runs till Sunday, will see a slew of Jamaican acts, as well as reggae artistes from all over the world joining Cliff for the live performances, which get going on Friday. Among the local acts to take to the stage on Friday are Mykal Rose, who made his name as a member of Black ... Read More

Weddy Weddy turns 10

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter | Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

POWELL... didn’t
envision that it
would become the
longest running
weekly party

TEN years ago, sound system operator Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell said he wanted to have a party vibe similar to that of House of Leo, a weekly dancehall-inspired party. He came up with the weekly Wednesday night party series Weddy Weddy. The party has grown to become a part of dancehall culture and Powell is somewhat surprised. "We really didn't envision that it would have become the longest running weekly party, but on the other hand, we always have high hopes for whatever we start," Powell tol ... Read More

Jagger comes out for Chronixx

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Jagger comes out for Chronixx

Mick Jagger has rubbed shoulders with prime reggae talent in his time -- Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, and now Chronixx. The Rolling Stones frontman was in the audience for Saturday's SummerStage concert at Central Park in New York City, which Chronixx headlined with veteran roots singer Junior Reid. Jagger, who attended the show with three of his daughters, went backstage to meet the singer after the show. The free event attracted over 5,000 fans according to Jesse Serwer, editor of the Largeup.c ... Read More

Doing it for Alpha

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Winston ‘Sparrow’ Martin of the Alpha band fame

LAST Friday's Music is the Gift That Keeps on Giving, event featuring the Alpha Boys' Band and the Alpha All Stars, certainly lived up to its billing. The performances by past and present students of the Kingston-based institution that has nurtured boys at risk for 130 years, had patrons at the Redbones Blues Café truly entertained. Both aggregations delivered an infectious blend of jazz, mento, ska, and reggae. The Alpha Boys' Band was first up. Their set included the original in ... Read More



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