Rvssian displays his RIAA platinum
certification for Passion Whine.

PRODUCER Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston has earned a platinum plaque for his work on the reggaeton track Passion Whine. Released as a single in March, Passion Whine was recorded by Puerto Rican artiste Farruko and features Sean Paul. The track is featured on the 15-track album Farruko Presenta: Los Menor ... Read More

John Holt John Holt gets defiant
In tribute to singer John Holt who died on October 20 in London, England, the Jamaica Observer prese ... Read More

Paul Simon Paul Simon exhibition
CLEVELAND, USA (AP) -- An exhibit chronicling Paul Simon's career will debut at the Rock and Roll Ha ... Read More

Peter Tosh
remembered Peter Tosh remembered
LATE reggae musician Peter Tosh's advocacy for the legalisation of ganja and activism were highlight ... Read More

Inna de Yard film makes Swiss debut

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith (centre) performing with his daughter Jhamiela (left) and Italian singer Sabrina Pallini

SWISS film-maker Markus Elgoff launched his film, The Art of Making Music a Way of Life -- The Inna de Yard Project -- in Switzerland in late September with a series of performances featuring respected Jamaican session guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith. Smith, his daughter Jhamiela and Italian singer Sabrina Pallini did five shows to help promote the film, which is based on the musician's Inna de Yard acoustic concept that was launched at his St Andrew home eight years ago. Elgoff's film premiere ... Read More

Boothe remembers Holt

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter | Tuesday, October 28, 2014    

Ken Boothe

In tribute to singer John Holt who died on October 20 in London, England, the Jamaica Observer presents 'Holt a Day', a daily feature leading up to his funeral which is yet to be announced. ALTON Ellis, John Holt, Delroy Wilson and Ken Boothe are generally regarded as the greatest rock steady singers. With Holt's death, Boothe is the last man standing in that quartet. Yesterday, Boothe remembered Holt for more than just his hit songs. "He was very humorous. He was fun to be around. He reminds ... Read More

Relaxed vibes at Big People party

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Tuesday, October 28, 2014    

Alonzo Hawk at the controls at Big People Party: The
House Edition at The Constant Spring Golf Club, St
Andrew, on Sunday night. (PHOTO: RORY DALEY)

IT was a laid-back vibe for Big People Party: The House Party Edition held at The Constant Spring Golf Club, St Andrew, on Sunday night. In a market dominated by over-the-top entertainment events aimed at the mid-30s and lower-age demo-graphic, Big People Party attempted to go completely in the other direction offering a more relaxed atmosphere for the often ignored older crowd. The venue provided multiple options. There was poolside dining with good old party staples, jerk chicken and pork, c ... Read More

Made in Britain ...Ignored in Jamaica

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Sunday, October 26, 2014    

Aldin ‘Smood
Face’ Taylor

THERE has been a big presence in recent times of British-Jamaican artistes on pop charts in the United Kingdom. However, they have failed to duplicate that success in Jamaica. Some of these acts include Stylo G, Wretch 32, Melissa Steel and Krishane Levy. Stylo G, who won the MOBO Award for Best Reggae Artiste in London last week, has scored hits in the UK with Soundbwoy, Badd and Move Back. Originally from Spanish Town, Stylo G is yet to make inroads in the land of his birth. Producer Aldin ... Read More

The British are coming!

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

is one of two British
reggae acts to score a
number one single on
the Billboard Hot 100.
Born in Lewisham, London
to Jamaican parents, Priest
had hits with Wild World and
Some Guys Have All the Luck,
which made the British pop
He also scored big with Just a Little
Bit Longer, Set the Night to Music (with
Roberta Flack) and That Girl (with Shaggy).
Signed to Virgin Records in the UK, he released hit
albums including Bonafide and Man with the Fun.

BITTY McLean, Maxi Priest, King Sounds, Tippa Irie, Musical Youth, Papa Levi and Smiley Culture are just some of the British reggae acts who have had success in Jamaica. Here's a look at their track record. Maxi Priest is one of two British reggae acts to score a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Born in Lewisham, London to Jamaican parents, Priest had hits with Wild World and Some Guys Have all the Luck, which made the British pop charts. Bitty McLean McLean, who once worked wit ... Read More

Full Black tonight

Saturday, October 25, 2014    

Ninja Man, Elephant Man and Lady Saw

ROBERT Minott, promoter of the annual stage show Full Black, is saying all is set for a spectacular event at the LIME Golf Academy in New Kingston, St Andrew, tonight. "Everything will be running like a well-oiled machine," Minott told the Jamaica Observer. This year's staging will see performances from Lady Saw, Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Sizzla, Elephant Man, Kip Rich, Ishawna and dancer-turned-deejay Ding Dong. Ding Dong, whose outfit Ravers Clavers is responsible for the creation of moves inc ... Read More

Borgeous for EDX

Saturday, October 25, 2014    


AMERICAN DJ and music producer Borgeous is special guest performer at Electronic Dance Xposed (EDX) slated for the Kingston Polo Club in St Catherine, tonight. The event, sponsored by Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, is the buzz on social media and has seen tickets being purchased from Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Canada. "I'm excited to perform in Jamaica for the very first time, for Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum's EDX," said Borgeous via Instagram. Cecil Smith, group brand manager for ... Read More

Grammy hopefuls to know on Dec 5

Saturday, October 25, 2014    

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — The Recording Academy will announce the nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards the morning of December 5, except for one category: the coveted Album of the Year. The nominees for the top prize will come later that day when the academy debuts the new TV special, 'A Very GRAMMY Christmas,' to air on CBS at 9 pm. It will feature performances from Pharrell and Ariana Grande. The Grammys first launched a televised concert announcing its main nominees in 2008. Recording Acade ... Read More

Ward 21 launches new project

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter | Friday, October 24, 2014    

From left: Kunley McCarthy, Mark ‘Mean Dawg’ Henry and Andre ‘Suku’ Gray

EARLIER this week, dancehall group Ward 21 re-launched their fifth studio album, Still Disturbed. The 15-track set was released in January but did not gain momentum until a six-week promotional summer tour of Europe which saw the trio making stops in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. According to Kunley McCarthy, a member of the group, their distribution strategy goes by territory. Still Disturbed was released in Europe and Japan in March. Due to its popularity in Europe, Ward 21 retur ... Read More

Carib Hall of Fame Awards tomorrow

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Friday, October 24, 2014    

Tarrus Riley, Beenie Man and David Rudder

GARNETT Reid, executive director of the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation, is very excited about the 12th Annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence scheduled for the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, tomorrow evening. "Everybody has been enthusiastic about it from we began 14 years ago, because we are recognising Jamaicans in fields that were being ignored, despite their tremendous contribution to the growth and development of the Caribbean culture, ... Read More



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