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Sean Paul, Cure for Guyana's Easter Fest

Sean Paul

RECORDING artistes Sean Paul and Jah Cure are headliners for Guyana Easter Fest scheduled for Guyana National Stadium on Sunday. "I have not been to Guyana in a long time, so I'm excited to perform with my new band there and play all my new songs from the Full Frequency album for my Guyanese fans," ... Read More

Busha Mark Busha Mark sings for the females
SINGJAY Busha Mark says he has high hopes for his latest single Gi Wi Di Gal Dem. Produced by House ... Read More

Charley's JB Rum WataWar
THE popular party returns on Easter Monday for its third staging at Cornwall Beach in Montego Bay. ... Read More

Johnny Wonder, 21st Hapilos’s executive vice-president (Photo: Pawty Central) Hapilos awards off
SATURDAY'S 21st Hapilos Anniversary and Digital Awards has been postponed. The event was scheduled f ... Read More

Dread and Terrible lie

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Chronixx

ANTONIE Missir — producer of Chronixx's Dread and Terrible Tour French leg -- is dismissing rumours that the artiste was assaulted by security guards at La Cigale in Paris on Sunday, April 6. "I guarantee that there is no truth to the story," said Missir, in an email response to the Jamaica Observer yesterday. According to the producer, Chronixx and his team were on stage when a minor incident happened backstage between a security guard and an unauthorised person. "Chronixx and crew beh ... Read More

Jah Reefa set to make mark

Balford Henry | Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Jah Reefa

SINGJAY Jah Reefa is among a new generation of entertainers emerging from St Thomas. The up-and-coming artiste hopes to make his mark with the track Loyalty Over Royalty. Released last week, the single is produced on the Rapid Burst Record label. “It’s an anthem pointing out that I understand that nothing in life comes easy... Money can’t change we, because we are loyal to those who are loyal to us,” the 23-year-old singjay told the Jamaica Observer. St Thomas has had ... Read More

Mas 'Destra-ction'

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 14, 2014    

Soca star Destra interacting
with a patron while Stuart Silva
looks on at Mas Camp in St
Andrew on Friday evening.
(PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

THERE was no question that Jamaicans are in love with Destra Garcia. This was evident as thousands of adoring fans packed the Mas Camp, in St Andrew, last Friday, to see the soca queen in performance. Her hour-and-a-half set sealed the deal on an exciting six weeks of party at the location. "We've had three ordinary nights, and three very successful nights. Tonight is one of the successful ones," Michael Ammar Jr, director of Bacchanal Jamaica, told the Jamaica Observer. Ammar said overall th ... Read More

Roberts call for dancehall unity

Monday, April 14, 2014    

Jamie Roberts

CEO of Young Vibez Productions (YVP) Jamie Roberts is concerned about dancehall's 'dry' state. He believes the genre not only needs a steady flow of songs that appeal to a wider audience, but a return to the days of cooperation between artistes and producers. "It's pressuring, the music is dry, nothing is going on. We need to look towards the future and take it to a better state," Roberts told the Jamaica Observer. Roberts, 23, is the son of Shocking Vibes Records founder Patrick Roberts. For ... Read More

No more Cuss Cuss

Cecelia Campbell-Livingston | Sunday, April 13, 2014    

Wayne Robinson, son of the late singer Lloyd Robinson. (then) Lloyd
Robinson

LAST November, singer Lloyd Robinson, best known for the dancehall classic Cuss Cuss, died at the Kingston Public Hospital. Five months later, his son Wayne regrets not having spent more time with him. "He accomplished a lot musically, but as a father he came up short. I never really knew the man," Wayne Robinson told the Sunday Observer from his home in Florida. The 47-year-old Robinson says there is no resentment toward his 'old man'. He is grateful he got the chance to spend three days wi ... Read More

The message of Mamakaffe

Sunday, April 13, 2014    

Mamakaffe

This is the ninth in a 10-part series looking at the impact of dancehall/reggae culture around world. JAMAICAN music has influenced the African artiste for many years. Recently, a number of dancehall/reggae acts have journeyed to the 'Motherland' to meet increased demand for live performances. Since 1996, Cote D'Ivoire native Mamakaffe has taken her brand of reggae to the continent's airwaves. Songs including Africa Yea, Enemies of Justice, Natural Girl and her current single, a remake of Rita ... Read More

Return of the In Crowd

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 13, 2014    

Members of the In Crowd Band: (From left) Richard Anthony Johnson, Fil Callender, Errol
Walker, Barry Bailey and Cleveland Browne.

THE In Crowd, a popular show and recording band from the 1970s, have reunited to record a new album. There is no official release date or title for the set as yet, but to date over 17 tracks have been laid. According to drummer/producer Cleveland Browne, the reunion is a long time coming. "After all these years, this would be an excellent idea to do a recording as a gift to the fans. Not a giveaway, we gonna be selling it, of course," he said. The In Crowd have always had a revolving personn ... Read More

Smartkid plans for Revision

Saturday, April 12, 2014    

Omar ‘Smartkid’ Quarry

REGGAE/dancehall producer Omar 'Smartkid' Quarry is currently working on tracks for the upcoming album Revision. According to Quarry, the 15-track dancehall and reggae compilation will feature acts Sizzla Kalonji, Lutan Fyah and Beenie Man. "We are currently in the process of choosing the tracks, all of which I expect to be well received by the reggae/dancehall market. I am also working towards releasing it this summer," Quarry told the Jamaica Observer. The 29-year-old producer is best known ... Read More

Chronixx tops Billboard’s reggae chart

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Saturday, April 12, 2014    

Chronixx

FOR the past three years, reggae singer Chronixx has built an enviable track record. His efforts are paying off as the 'conscious music crusader' is number one on Billboard's Reggae album chart with his latest EP, Dread & Terrible. Released on April 1, the Dread & Terrible project contains 10 tracks including Alpha & Omega, Here Comes Trouble, Capture Land and Eternal Fire. The set features production work from Phillip 'Winta' James; Lloyd 'John John' James; Chronixx's in house pro ... Read More

Destra eyes new ground

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 11, 2014    

Destra Garcia

THESE are busy times for Trinidadian soca artiste Destra Garcia. The singer, who performs this evening at Bachannal Fridays at New Mas Camp, is also preparing for shows in London later this month and recording new songs. Garcia is known for soca hits including Anyhow Ah Like it, Love Somebody, Fly, Mash Up, Handle the Ride and Call my Name. But though she has been in the game for nearly 20 years, remaining relevant in the male-dominated soca industry is no easy task. "A man can just throw on ... Read More



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