Sizzla joins hand in community projects

Sizzla Kalonji in performance at Redemption Live, held at Sabina Park in Kingston, on Sunday

Sizzla has broadened his Sizzla Youth Foundation by working with like-minded organisations in the community of August Town. The Foundation will coordinate with the University of the West Indies (UWI), Social Development Commission (SDC), Citizen Security and Justice Programme, Project Management In ... Read More

Choreographer Orville Hall Dirty dancing
Choreographer Orville Hall is outraged at the latest ‘dance’ trend which sees the manhan ... Read More

Sol the Weatherman Good forecast for Sol the Weatherman
Deejay Sol (aka Weatherman) has covered a lot of ground in his 10-year career --- some Rhythm and B ... Read More

I Zebulun I Zebulun eyes chart glory
Anyone who has been on the Portmore dance scene over the past five years should be familiar with sin ... Read More

Zamunda’s grand plan

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Zamunda (Bryan Cummings)

LAST week when Finance Minister Audley Shaw outlined the Government’s tax plan during the budget debate in parliament, singjay Zamunda was mulling over his own numbers. The St Ann artiste’s new song, Two Grand, has gained momentum due to its focus on how the average Jamaican can survive on $2,000 per week. Given the rising cost of basic food items, Zamunda is not surprised his song has hit a nerve with the working class. “To them, two grand imperative, due to fluctuations of ... Read More

Kranical celebrating mothers

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Kranical (delroy ledgister)

GROWING up, deejay Kranical remembers the struggles his mother went through to keep bread on the table. Her untiring actions have provided the inspiration for his recently released single Mama (Single Mothers Dedication). “This song is very important to me because throughout all my mistakes, my mother has been there for me. There were times when I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from and she came through. She’s been like my guardian angel through it all,” Kran ... Read More

Stephen Marley’s set to bear fruit

Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley is set to release his fourth studio album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, on July 22. The release is scheduled to come at the end of a 44-city, United States coast-to-coast run, which is slated to begin in Redway, California on Thursday, May 26 and ends in New Orleans on July 24. Produced by Marley, the 23-track digital set boasts songs including Rock Stone, featuring Capleton and Sizzla; Ghetto Boy featuring Bounty Killer & Cobra, and Scars On My Feet with Waka Fl ... Read More

Roots, rock, reggae festivals

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Patrons at Reggae Geel in Belgium.

INTERNATIONAL reggae festivals during summer are becoming a strong pull for local reggae acts. Europe is where it all happens for the majority of established Jamaican reggae artistes. Rototom Sunsplash set for Benicassim, Spain, from August 13 to 20, has an enviable roster of Jamaican acts. The line-up is headed by Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley. He is ably supported by Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Kabaka Pyramid, Inner Circle, Jah 9, Agent Sasco, ... Read More

‘Powerful’ concert on June 5

Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity Show will boast a new venue and new faces. The event — now in its 16th staging — is slated for Douglas Orane Auditorium, Wolmer’s Boys’ School, National Heroes Circle in Kingston, Sunday, June 5. Showtime is scheduled for 5:00 pm. “We have at least three internationally renowned personalities, one of whom is a ‘friend of Jamaica’‚ who will be flying in specially to perform on the show. We feel honoure ... Read More

Alty B cuts hard with Babashop

Saturday, May 21, 2016    

Devin Di Dakta

Gaga Productions, a new label out of Toronto, Canada, is looking to get off the mark in a big way with its debut compilation album, the Babashop Riddim. The beat has songs by established and up-and-coming artistes including 2015 Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall winner, Devin Di Dakta, who does She Tell Me. Teenaged deejay Wayne J contributes Superstar, while Razor B’s song is Gal A Bawl Out. Gaga Productions was launched last year by Waterhouse-reared deejay Alty B, who is also on B ... Read More

Style Week struts out on May 25-29

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment | Saturday, May 21, 2016    

Male models walk down the runway at Fashion Block, one of the signature events of Style Week.Photo: Observer file

Saint International’s honcho, Deiwght Peters, is promising a “fresh and new” Style Week slated for May 25-29 in the Corporate Area. “Style Week Jamaica is the premier fashion platform in Jamaica. The event is the key in showcasing Jamaica’s new and established designers. In addition to Jamaica, designer collections from The Bahamas, Guadeloupe, and beyond will take the runway. This year, a larger than ever contingent of fashion media will be heading in for the even ... Read More

Day of the Jakal approaches

Saturday, May 21, 2016    


JAMAICA’S influence on rap and hip hop is unmistakable, but the home-grown practitioners of the art form have found limited success locally. Jakal hopes to change all that. The rapper is hitting the ground running with his latest single Mercedes, an ode to the luxury car brand. The track is produced Broskimusic. “The video for that will be shot by Yard Boyz, the guys who shot the movie Jamaica Mafia,” he explained. “I’m currently working on an EP for the summer,&r ... Read More

Spade laying the Structure

Saturday, May 21, 2016    


DANCEHALL singjay Spade said his latest single Structure is creating a buzz since its offical release a week ago. A collaborate effort with budding singjay Lagikz, the Seaview Gardens-based artiste said the song has exceeded his expectations. “The song has been mashing up the place even before it was offically released. Check every passenger bus that travels in the Corporate Area and it is at the front of every bus man playlist,” he told the Jamaica Observer. A dedication to the f ... Read More

Renae 6:30 high on Low Rider

Friday, May 20, 2016    

Renae 6:30

Renae 6:30, known in dancehall circles for her dancing, has added to her résumé as a recording artiste. The 22-year-old’s new song is Low Rider, a collaboration with singer Serani. “It is a really fun song and it’s going to take the summer by storm. We are putting in a lot of promotion both locally and internationally and so far it’s working,” Renae 6:30 told Splash. She said it was Serani’s idea to work together. He contacted her in Apri ... Read More



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