The Deck comes of age

Richard Spence (centre), co-founder of The Deck, cutting the joint’s 21 anniversary cake with (from left) wife Leonie, daughters Lisa and Leanne, and son Richard Jr (aka DJ Richie R A S) on Trafalgar Road in New Kingston last Wednesday. Photo: Garfield Robinson

CORPORATE Area ho tspot The Deck celebrated its 21st anniversary with family and friends at its Trafalgar Road headquarters on Wednesday evening. The occasion was complete with cake cutting and speeches in party-like atmosphere. Co-founder Richard Spence shared the establishment’s genesis wi ... Read More

Smoke Dem (left) and Anthony Seasoning. Smoke Dem, Seasoning drop Bad Mind Dem
Singjay Smoke Dem is carving out a niche in the dance halls of the Caribbean and South America, part ... Read More

A section of the audience inside Mandela Park on Wednesday. (Photo: Karl McLarty) Downswell showers fans in song  
INTERMITTENT showers sought to disrupt the final in the Reggae Wednesday series, but gospel music ar ... Read More

Kartel The Youth View Awards brouhaha
Irish dramatist Bernard Shaw’s quote that “Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to w ... Read More

Grub Cooper honoured

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Stephen Marley (left) presenting a Rita Marley Foundation Award to Asley “Grub” Cooper at a function held at The University of West Indies, Mona campus, recently..

VOCALIST and music producer Asley “Grub” Cooper was honoured by the Rita Marley Foundation for his contribution to Jamaica’s musical heritage at a function held at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, recently. Stephen Marley, son of reggae legend Bob and Rita Marley, presented the award to Cooper. “It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with the Marley family, and it gave me great opportunity to expose my art and brought me to the attention of many gl ... Read More

Bacchanal’s new flavour

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor – Auto and Entertainment | Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Several of the costumes on display at Bacchanal Jamaica’s media launch held at Knutsfort Court hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday evening. (Garfield Robinson)

WITH a new venue and a new road march route, organisers of Bacchanal Jamaica are hoping to leave patrons attending this year’s staging “Spellbound”. The announcement was made at the carnival’s 29th anniversary media launch held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday evening. “This year, Bacchanal Beach J’Ouvert will be moving to its new venue at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann, on Saturday, April 15. The new venue will al ... Read More

Barrington Levy to drop new single

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Barrington Levy.

Reggae singer Barrington Levy is promoting his latest single GSOAT (Great Survivor of All Time). The track is a collaborative effort among Levy’s Black Roses Label, Platinum Camp Records and Controlled Substance Sound Lab, and is expected in stores on March 10. According to Levy, GSOAT is about what it means to be unrelenting in the face of adversity. “We all have faced some difficult times in our lives. This song is for those people who have not crumbled under defeat; this song ... Read More

Minor jump for Grammy nominees

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Ziggy Marley.

Five of the six albums nominated for Best Reggae Album at the recent Grammy Awards have enjoyed a minor sales spike. This is reflected in the latest Billboard Reggae Album chart. According to sales monitor Nielsen Music, Ziggy Marley’s self-titled set, which won the award, posted the biggest sales, jumping from 23 to number eight. It sold 167 copies, up from 25 the week prior to the Grammys. To date Ziggy Marley has sold 13,269 copies. Even though it fell two spots to number four, Rebel ... Read More

Strong line-up for Rainforest Seafood Fest 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

YOUNG… our goal this year is to raise $10 million

MONTEGO BAY, St James — A line-up of some of Jamaica’s top- flight artistes is set to deliver performances at the highly anticipated fourth staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival on Ash Wednesday, March 1, at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, St James. The show, which returns to Montego Bay’s entertainment landscape after a one-year hiatus, has popular acts such as Bounty Killer, Tifa, Ding Dong, Romain Virgo, Cocoa Tea and Kevin Downswell down to p ... Read More

Splendid goes salsa with Wukie Wukie

Thursday, February 23, 2017    


DEEJAY Splendid continues to record on non-dancehall beats with Wukie Wukie, his new salsa single. It is co-produced by Daley Works Entertainment and Miketerhon Music. Wukie Wukie is the follow-up to the Toronto-based artiste’s cover of the calypso classic Big Bamboo, released last year. Splendid plans to visit Jamaica soon to step up promotion for the song. “I’m getting prepared to come to Jamaica in April to shoot the video. I also plan to do a lot of promotion while I&rs ... Read More

Eljai pays homage to reggae royalties

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Thursday, February 23, 2017    


Belizean singer Eljai pays tribute to reggae royalty on Together Forever, which blends two classic songs. Produced by Murdaben,Together Forever was released on February 6, Bob Marley’s birth date. It came out five days after the birthday of Dennis Brown. With February also recognised as Reggae Month in Jamaica, Eljai thought it would be appropriate to release his homage. “ Together Forever combines Bob Marley’s Forever Loving Jah and Dennis Brown’s To The Foundation ( ... Read More

David Bowie lauded

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

David Bowie.

LONDON (AP) – Britain's music industry saluted chart-topping talent and departed icons at Wednesday's Brit Awards, where nominees include Drake, Beyonce and David Bowie. Bowie, who died in January 2016, was named British male artist of the year and is also nominated in the album of the year category for valedictory release "Blackstar" Bowie's award was accepted by Michael C Hall, star of "Lazarus," a stage musical based around the late artist's songs. "If David Bowie could be here toni ... Read More

JCDC’s gospel finalists chosen

Wednesday, February 22, 2017    

Jamaica Gospel Song Competition’s finalists.

THE top-10 finalists in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Jamaica Gospel Song Competition are scheduled to face-off at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, on Sunday, July 23. The finalists were selected from 23 semi-finalists at an event held at Olson Memorial Chapel on Hope Road, last Sunday. “This year’s impressive crop of semi-finalists each brought something extra to the competition in their own unique way; it was hard for the judges ... Read More

Marley rhythm in top 10

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Wednesday, February 22, 2017    

Skip Marley (left) and Katy Perry perform during The 59th Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, recently.Photo: Larry Busacca

Chained To The Rhythm, Katy Perry’s song with Skip Marley, debuts at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Released February 10 by Capitol Records, Chained To The Rhythm is co-written by Marley, Perry and Sia Furler. It is co-produced by Max Martin and Ali Payami. This is the first time that a song featuring a Marley has made it in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Chained To The Rhythm entered the UK pop chart last Friday at number seven. It is the first song featuring a Marle ... Read More



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