Music

Toni Braxton calls on Shaggy

Toni Braxton

This is the second of the Jamaica Observer's daily 12-part series, 12 Days of Jamdown Chrismus. The series ends on Christmas Day. He is known for his Boombastic, pelvic-thrusting 'girl tunes'â so when Shaggy delivered a Christmas song with R&B sensation Toni Braxton people took note. Chr ... Read More

Justus Arison and Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels Tribute for ‘Roach’
IN memory of his late mentor music producer Patrick 'Roach' Samuels, dancehall producer Justus Ariso ... Read More

Skrillex Skrillex return to Mas Camp
ELECTRONIC Dance Music (EDM) maestro Skrillex makes his second appearance in Jamaica on Friday at Ma ... Read More

A soulful Kelissa on stage with her
Anbessadors band. Kelissa gives simmering set
ON Saturday night, the cool hills of St Andrew reverberated with the sounds of reggae singer Kelissa ... Read More

Macka Diamond banks on Prayer

Monday, December 15, 2014    

Macka Diamond

DANCEHALL artiste Macka Diamond is pleased with public response to her gospel-flavoured song Prayer. "I have been getting a lot of encouragement on social media from my fans and from ordinary Jamaicans in the streets. They say 'Macka keep it up, we love the new song', and I am getting a different kind of response in the streets and on radio," she said. She shot a video for the single in St Elizabeth last week. It was directed by Super K studios/BOJ TV. "The shoot really went well, it was extr ... Read More

Prado keeps the faith

Monday, December 15, 2014    

Prado

SINCE his return to Jamaica after his eight-year break, dancehall artiste Desperado — who now goes by the moniker Prado — is banking on his socially conscious songs My Testimony and Have Faith. "When I got back to Jamaica, I realised how lost the young people are. So I have decided to reach out to them, to give them hope, even in the face of desperation," he said. My Testimony is produced by Garth Lindo and Wesley Diamond, while Jay Kime and Shaydz have production credits on Have F ... Read More

R&B star Jeremih charged

Monday, December 15, 2014    

Jeremih

NEWARK, USA (AP) — R&B star Jeremih and two others face charges in New Jersey after one of the men allegedly opened a door to a boarding ramp at Newark International Airport after it had been closed to prepare for takeoff. Port Authority police say a member of the 27-year-old "Don't Tell `Em" singer's party tried opening the door Friday in an attempt to get his tardy fellow travelers on board the Phoenix-bound flight. Jeremih, who police identified as Jeremy Felton, was charged with ... Read More

Police ID Corey Todd’s attacker

Saturday, December 13, 2014    

Corey Todd

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The St James police have released the identity of the gunman who was shot and killed after he wounded nightclub operator and dancehall promoter Corey Todd on Thursday morning. The deceased has been identified as Corey Grant, 29, unemployed of 2 Warehouse Avenue, Kingston 2. The police recovered a Glock 17 9mm pistol from the body of Grant. Reports are that about 5:00 am, Todd, who operates the Taboo Nightclub in Fairview, St James, was closing the facility when ... Read More

Ron leaves IRIE FM

Ron Muschette | Saturday, December 13, 2014    

Ron Muschette

INFLUENTIAL disc jockey Ron Muschette is no longer with radio station IRIE FM. He resigned yesterday "with immediate effect". No reason was given for the resignation but Muschette, 41, said there is no animosity between himself and the station that helped make him one of local entertainment's biggest names. Muschette joined the all-reggae station in 1999 and hosted the widely-popular Wake-Up Call, which airs from 6:00 am to 10:00 am on weekdays. "I'm grateful for my time at IRIE FM and for al ... Read More

Karyn White set for Euphoria

Saturday, December 13, 2014    

Karyn White

AMERICAN R&B singer Karyn White said she is set for her Jamaican debut at Euphoria Charity Concert scheduled for the LIME Golf Academy in New Kingston on Sunday. "This is my first time performing in Jamaica and I am looking forward to it. I'm really excited by the energy I'm feeling from the Jamaican people," White told the Jamaica Observer. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Mustard Seed Communities charity. The event is promoted by dancehall artiste Mr Vegas. White, 49, said ... Read More

Anita’s wildcard bid falls flat

Saturday, December 13, 2014    

Anita Antoinette

EVEN with a strong social media campaign led by former winner Tessanne Chin, Jamaica-born singer Anita Antoinette failed to make it as a wildcard in The Voice's final round on Wednesday. Antoinette, 25, was one of nine wildcard hopefuls. She was eclipsed by Damien Lawson, who became the first ever wildcard finalist. Displaying more vocal control and confidence, Antoinette gave a great rendition of John Mayer's Waiting for the World to Change. However, it was ultimately not enough. In addition ... Read More

Music pioneer Graeme Goodall is dead

HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Saturday, December 13, 2014    

Graeme Goodall

AUSTRALIAN Graeme Goodall, a key figure in the early years of Jamaican pop music, died on December 3 at age 82 in Atlanta, Georgia. His wife, Fay, said he died at home of natural causes. Born in Melbourne, Goodall first came to Jamaica in 1955 and worked at Radio Jamaica. He later went to the rival Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation as chief engineer. Goodall got into music as studio engineer for pioneer producer Ken Khouri, helping to direct some of his early sessions. Later, he worked in a ... Read More

The return of Gully Bop

By Simone Morgan Observer staff reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, December 12, 2014    

Legs up, Gully Bop
takes a phone call
at Supreme
Promotions office
earlier this week.
(Photos: Bryan
Cummings)

IN the last three weeks, a would-be deejay named Gully Bops/Countryman has become an Internet sensation after a video of him freestyling lyrics to his song, Dem no Bad Like Me, went viral. The YouTube video was filmed two years ago by New York producer Nikimo Palache. Dem No Bad Like Me was remixed by Claims Records and released last month. It not only caught the attention of disc jockeys but also CEO of Supreme Promotions, Isaiah Laing, promoter of the annual Sting dancehall show which takes ... Read More

Dineiro gets real with new single

Friday, December 12, 2014    

Dineiro

Singjay Dineiro is pleased with the response to his latest single, Real Real, which he did with American hip hop artiste Mantis TanTan. According to Dineiro, 24, the song has got favourable response in Jamaica and the Caribbean. "Mantis TanTan had a lot to do with this song being successful. I wrote this song a long time ago and recorded a demo version but didn't do much with it afterwards. Mantis heard it and decided to collaborate on it. He believed in my potential and helped to make Real Re ... Read More



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