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Orisha Sound to drop album

Orisha Sound

NORWAY-BORN, Jamaica-based reggae artiste Orisha Sound is gearing up for the release of her latest single Gimmi The Beat, featuring Shel-K. Produced on the Black and Yellow Entertainment label, the track is the first song from her sophomore 10-track album, 1 Reggae. Slated for December 2, the set ... Read More

ZJ Wah Wa Zip ‘jock’ to plead guilty in US scamming case
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Andre Palmer ENCORE finals tonight
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Earth Warrior Unrest triggers In The City
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The work continues for Mavado

By Simone Morgan Observer staff reporter | Friday, September 19, 2014    

MAVADO... if I can break
the ice in the United
States it would be a huge
step for my career

IT'S been some time since Mavado has had a hit song in the United States... five years to be exact. The self-proclaimed 'gully god' is eyeing a return to the Billboard charts, and he's getting some help from a rap legend. This week, the dancehall artiste spoke with Splash from his base in South Florida about Hustler, a song he recently did with LL Cool J. Mavado said the link came through Grammy-winning producer Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis. "I was told that LL was in town (New York City) and tha ... Read More

Benji builds hype for Geet Weh

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, September 19, 2014    

Benji Hype

FOLLOWING enthusiastic response to first-quarter songs Google Bad Mind and Rave Every Day, deejay Benji Hype is hoping for even bigger things for Geet Weh, his latest single. Produced by College Boyz, Geet Weh was recently released. Based on reaction when he performed it at a street dance in St Elizabeth last weekend, Benji Hype is confident he has a hit on his hands. "The feedback was great, the people love the song and it was jus' crazy vibes in St Elizabeth. Right now, we are working on get ... Read More

Soul on demand

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Friday, September 19, 2014    

Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson

THERE have been no outrageous demands by acts booked for the Soul in The Sun festival set for Montego Bay from October 10-12. The line-up comprises Regina Belle, Howard Hewett, Freddie Jackson, Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osbourne, Dru Hill, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat and the group Silk. Executive producer of the event, Junior Taylor, told Splash that based on the manner in which the artistes were contracted there have been no over-the-top demands. "Keith Sweat has been very instrumental in putting t ... Read More

Jackie Bernard is dead

Friday, September 19, 2014    

BERNARD... was
66 years old

CEBERT 'Jackie' Bernard, a member of rock steady group The Kingstonians, died Sunday morning at the Kingston Public Hospital. His sister, Monica Bernard-Kelly, told Splash that he died from pneumonia. Jackie Bernard was 66. Bernard fell on hard times in the 1990s and his health had deteriorated considerably in the last decade. The Kingstonians, which also included Bernard's older brother Lloyd, emerged during the rocksteady era of the mid to late 1960s. They first recorded for J J Johnson who ... Read More

Dancehall and soca acts for Guinness show

Friday, September 19, 2014    

(L-R) Cure, Bugle, Mr Killa and Lady Saw

NEXT Thursday, Jamaica will join the worldwide celebration of Arthur Guinness Day at the National Arena in St Andrew. The event — which first started in 2009 — will feature performances from Queen of the dancehall Lady Saw, deejays Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Bugle, and reggae singer Jah Cure. Soca artistes Skinny Fabulous and Mr Killa are also in the line-up. Jah Cure said it was a good platform to share his messages. "It's an amazing feeling to represent Guinness at Jamaica's Arth ... Read More

Shamracq: Taking the music to Montserrat

Friday, September 19, 2014    

Shamracq

JAMAICANS continue to make their mark wherever they go, and reggae-soca act Shamracq is making his name in the sister Caribbean isle of Montserrat. The St Catherine-born artiste, whose given name is Shamar Gowe, noted that from his early years he has always felt drawn to music. "I was always involved in sports and creating lyrics for fun and exciting songs for any school project, party, wedding, and funeral ;for even in the saddest moment I still was able to cheer up everyone." Just a year a ... Read More

Like father, like daughter

Friday, September 19, 2014    

Xana Romeo

XANA Romeo, daughter of veteran roots-reggae singer Max Romeo, is set to release her mix tape, The Cleanse, which is produced by her father for his Tharmax Music label. According to 20-year-old Xana, The Cleanse is a personal statement. "It speaks about the cleansing process that one must go through to become a more positive individual," she said. Born in the Kingston community of Greenwich Town, Xana was christened Azana Smith. She relocated with her family to Linstead, St Catherine where M ... Read More

The legendary Michigan returns

Friday, September 19, 2014    

MICHIGAN... it’s all about going back to basics. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM)

Foundation deejay Michigan is gearing up to release his six-song EP DJ Legend, scheduled for release at the end of September. It is the forerunner to his upcoming album of the same name. In an interview with Splash, Michigan said, "It's all about going back to basics. It's foundation style, the kind of songs I am known for." Featured tracks on the EP include its title song, DJ Legend, Dance Nice, People Rise (with Yami Bolo) and High Grade. The EP and album are co-produced by French companie ... Read More

Ce'Cile to give more

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Ce'cile TO GIVE MORE

RECORDING artiste Ce'Cile hopes to give fans more than they've become accustomed to in her latest album entitled Still Running. The 16-track set, the singer's third studio effort, is slated to be released on October 14. Co-produced by Vinny Vindetto, John FX and herself, the project will be distributed by Zojack Worldwide. "It's not a reinvention of me or anything, but Jamaica has never got a chance to hear a more rounded and acoustic side of me. I just want fans to hear a more correct version ... Read More

Sizzla sizzles at Tracks & Records

By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, September 18, 2014    

THE packed house at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records for the weekly Behind the Screen Series were not left wanting after a powerful twohour set by Sizzla. “I was asked to keep it clean as possible,” Sizzla told the audience at the Constant Spring Road venue. That did not stop him from 'bunnin fyah' on what he feels are Jamaica's ills, teasing the audience with tongue-in-cheek selfcensorship and innuendo. The throng, familiar with his songs, filled in the 'missing' lyrics for the ... Read More



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