Ruach Ru takes aim at Playa Man

Ruach Ru.

Ruach Ru gets personal on Playa Man, her new song for the Tide Jam label. It’s about men who love to play the field. The St Andrew-born singer said the song, released early this month, addresses an issue many women can relate to. “This is social commentary; it’s a very simple so ... Read More

Jackie Mittoo’s organ from Studio One is on show. Reggae on show
Exposition Jamaica Jamaica, a four-month exhibition on Jamaican music, opens next Tuesday at Philhar ... Read More

Rally Banks delivering his original Can’t Forget on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition held last Saturday at D’Entrance on Constant Spring in St Andrew. . Rally Banks gives set to remember
Castle Red’s Rally Banks delivered a stirring performance of his original Can’t Forget a ... Read More

Singer Sledge performing for wards and staff at Strathmore Gardens Children’s Home in Spanish Town recently.. Artistes give wards boost in Spanish Town
THE Strathmore Gardens Children’s Home in Spanish Town got a musical lift last month with a vi ... Read More

Edi Fitzroy gets fond farewell

Wednesday, March 29, 2017    

The cover of Edi Fitzroy’s funeral programme. (Photos: Steve James)

SCORES of entertainment fraternity members, family and former colleagues filled Tent City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portmore, St Catherine last Sunday to pay respect to singer Edi Fitzroy. Desi Young, president of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians, who read one of the lessons, said Fitzroy made a positive impact and was well respected. “He got a good farewell. It was well-attended by members of the entertainment fraternity,” he told the Jamaica Observer. In addition to You ... Read More

From New York to the world

Wednesday, March 29, 2017    

Gyptian (left) and producer Michael “Jah Mike” Coburn..

WHEN producer Michael Coburn records songs from his base in The Bronx, New York, Jamaica is often on his mind. Like most reggae players in the Big Apple he wants a hit song “a yaad”. “To get a hit in Jamaica while working in New York is a big deal because Jamaica is the heart of reggae music; all the great musicians and artistes are living there and a lot of producers are there as well,” he said. “If any song hit in Jamaica, it hits the world.” Known as Jah ... Read More

Sacred Sound on Billboard

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Wednesday, March 29, 2017    

Iya Terra.

THE rapid turnover of artistes topping Billboard’s Reggae Album chart continues. Five-member group Iya Terra (from Los Angeles) is the new number one with Sacred Sound. Released on March 17, Sacred Sound contains 11 songs, including collaborations with E N Young, Jacob Iosia, and Stick Figure. Tracks include By My Side, Love and Respect, Gypsi Girl, Humble Yourself, and Give Thanks. Satsang from Chicago debuts at number seven with Pyramid(s). The 12-track set, released on March 20 by ... Read More

Perfect blend at Mas Camp

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Shenseea in performance (Rory Daley)

THE sweet sounds of soca and hardcore dancehall music jostled for patrons’ attention at last Friday’s staging of Bacchanal Fridays held at Mas Camp in St Andrew. The event was dubbed Bacchanal & Dancehall. “This is usually our biggest night and we had an excellent turnout,” said Michael Ammar Jr, a director of event organisers Bacchanal Jamaica. And turn out they did, as carnival fans mingled freely with the hardcore dancehall audience. On the turntables, both genr ... Read More

No love for sisters

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Queen Ifrica

Despite a return of female acts to the top of the Billboard Reggae Album chart, sales for the sisters are not good. The current number one on the chart is For The Lovers by Californian singer Tenelle. She is the fourth female since 2014 to reach number one. For the Lovers opened with 786 copies sold. The previous week’s number one, Climb, by Queen Ifrica has fallen to number seven. The set had first-week sales of 435 copies and drops to the bottom half of the Top 10, with an additiona ... Read More

Jamaica Youth Chorale’s musical odyssey

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Jamaica Youth Chorale in performance last Sunday. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

Jamaica Youth Chorale took its audience on a musical odyssey on Sunday during its second annual spring concert at the University Chapel at the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies in St Andrew. The adventure took the audience from Europe to North America and Africa before landing squarely in Jamaica. Each stop offered a treat in the sounds of that location, putting on display the breadth, depth of this group under the direction of Gregory Simms and his team, which includes musical ... Read More

Up to the challenge

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    


Soca and the indigenous bouyon are dominant sounds in Eastern Caribbean countries like Dominica, but singer Challenger was always attracted to a more militant music. “There was not one day reggae was not played on the island. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear and Culture were my top influences in the reggae world,” he said. “Because of the consciousness they carried with them and channelled through their music, with my life’s experiences, really drew me to the music ... Read More

More Jamaicans on UK compilation set

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Skip Marley.

For the first time in its 34-year history, the compilation, Now That’s What I Call Music (UK edition), contains songs featuring more than one Jamaican artiste. The 96th edition includes Run Up by Major Lazer, featuring Partynextdoor and Nicki Minaj; Chained To The hythm (Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley); and No Lie by Sean Paul and Dua Lipa. The dancehall-influenced I Would Like by Swedish pop singer Zara Larsson (which samples Sasha’s Dat Sexy Body) is also on the 43-song, tw ... Read More

Travis Greene to headline local show

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Travis Greene (foreground) and Chrisette Michele performing at President’s Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. (Photo: Instagram)

Travis Greene, the gospel singer who controversially performed at President Donald Trump’s inauguration, will headline Unity In The City, scheduled for April 17 at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew. Greene, a black American, will appear alongside several leading Jamaican gospel artistes including Papa San, Jermaine Edwards, Kevin Downswell and Rondell Positive. The 33-year-old has two albums to his credit, Stretching Out and The Hill. The latter was released in 2015 and help ... Read More

Producers upbeat about Work Medz Rhythm

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Anthony Grant.

CHILDHOOD friends Anthony “The Innovator” Grant and Estate Recording Studio Music producer Demone Gustavus have teamed up to release the Work Medz Rhythm. Distributed by Zojak Worldwide, the rhythm was officially released on March 3. The production features songs like Inna Earth by Devin Di Dakta and One Inna Dem Head (Blak Ryno). Billboard charting artiste Xyclone is also on the track. “ One Inna Dem Head is a very controversial song by Ryno. Since its release in January, it ... Read More



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