Tommy Ricketts

TWENTY-five years ago, five Jamaicans — Tommy Ricketts, Malachi Smith, Tomlin Ellis, Shaka Bantuta and Calvin Mitchell — wanted to create a space where lovers of poetry could fellowship and share their works. The Poetry Society of Jamaica was born. Today, as the society wraps up its sil ... Read More

Michael Skolnik SKOLNIK to address music confab
MICHAEL Skolnik, editor-in-chief and co-president of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons', ... Read More

Max Romeo Respect to the Max!
YESTERDAY was special for Max Romeo. The singer celebrated his 70th birthday and his 50th year in th ... Read More

Band New singles from Uprising Roots Band
MIGHT Can't Beat Right and Trench Town are the latest singles from the Uprising Roots Band which is ... Read More

Tony Roy gets lift from wine festival

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Tony Roy

HAVING performed at the recent International Reggae Wine Festival in Montego Bay, singer Tony Roy is hoping his latest songs will find an audience in Jamaica. The St Thomas-born Roy has been a fixture on the Washington DC/Maryland reggae scene for over 10 years. Prior to his performance at the 'Wine Fest' in October, he released two singles, Live Without Your Love and a cover of Gregory Isaacs' Love Overdue. He says he got a lift performing in Jamaica for the first time since 2011. "It was gr ... Read More

Anita rules iTunes chart

Saturday, November 22, 2014    


Jamaican-born reggae singer Anita Antoinette's performance on the NBC talent competion, The Voice, moved her back to the number one slot on iTunes Reggae Top 100 Chart this weekend. Her rendition of Bob Marley's Redemption Song (The Voice Performance) ensured that she retook the top spot from another Jamaican-born deejay Kranium with Lifestyle remix, featuring Troy Ave. Marley occupies two, three and five on the chart with Three Little Birds, Redemption Song and Is This Love, respectively. Ma ... Read More


Saturday, November 22, 2014    


FAST-RISING dancehall deejay Gage said while he has never encountered any objections to his performances in other Caribbean countries, protesters should know it's 'role play'. "At the end of the day, an artiste is just taking on a character. It's just music. The characters we play are sometimes different from who we really are. I don't like the ban and the protest because we don't see them banning movies. However, there are rules everywhere and it is their country," he said. Earlier this year, ... Read More

The Voice from Duhaney Park

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, November 21, 2014    

(Photo: NBC)

RESIDENTS of Duhaney Park in Kingston are in a jubilant mood. One of their own, 24-year-old singer Anita Antoinette Fearon, is in the Top 10 of the popular American television talent show, The Voice. When Splash caught up with Fearon on Wednesday following Tuesday night's show, she was excited about her progress. "I feel honoured, grateful, inspired, and excited to show more of myself and my talents as an artiste. I can feel the love coming from my supporters worldwide and I am truly thankful ... Read More

Tony Rebel remembers Garnet Silk

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer writer | Friday, November 21, 2014    

Tony Rebel and Garnet Silk

This is the third in the Jamaica Observer's daily 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. Next month marks 20 years since his death. THE Jamaican dancehall was mired in lewd and violent lyrics throughout the 1980s. That carried over into the 1990s until a group of Rastafarian artistes from south-central parishes brought their message of consciousness to a music that had lost its way. Heading the group was dub poet Yasus Afari, deejay Tony Rebel and ... Read More

DJ Chuckie all set for Heineken party

Friday, November 21, 2014    

Fay-Ann Lyons,  DJ Chuckie and Bunji Garlin

SURINAMESE DJ and producer Chuckie is fired up for his debut performance at Heineken World Premiere at Fort Rocky in Port Royal, Kingston, on Saturday. "I've been looking forward to doing a show in Jamaica for a long time now! I was born in Suriname, so I'm a Caribbean kid. Electronic music became really popular in the Caribbean so I can imagine that people in Jamaica have started their own electronic music scene," he said. DJ Chuckie has played on almost every continent and is ready to give J ... Read More

Maestro Don shoots video

Friday, November 21, 2014    

Maestro Don and his love interest in his latest video You a My

RISING dancehall artiste Maestro Don is upbeat about his new video You a My Gal, which was filmed in sections of Portmore. It was directed by Robin Chin of Enhanced Realizm. It is the sixth video for the 21-year-old deejay. "Working with the director was smooth and quite easy because we have already worked on a project before and, seeing that we are both professionals, everything was set," said Maestro Don. "The finished product is above average standard. Excellent quality and professional wor ... Read More

‘Lala Pink’ aims to make mark

Friday, November 21, 2014    

Lala Pink

DANCEHALL singjay Lala Pink Doll is anticipating that her latest single Relationships will make inroads locally. The recently released track is produced by Futristic Era Riddim. “People have been walking up to me daily telling me how much the love the song, Relationships. I know in myself that a lot of people will like this song because of what it speaks about and the fact that the song is so relatable,” she said. Lala Pink Doll (given name Latrar Scott) is based the United State ... Read More

Nesbeth declares Victory

Thursday, November 20, 2014    

Nesbeth in performance at the
Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New
Kingston on Monday evening.

DOZENS of supporters and well wishers turned up for the launch of reggae singer Nesbeth's EP Victory at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Monday evening. The five-track set, co-produced by the singer, was officially released on iTunes on Tuesday. It is distributed by Zojack Worldwide. Nesbeth, whose given name is Greg Nesbeth, told the Jamaica Observer he hopes that his new EP will broaden his fan base and inspire the listeners. "I want it to reach out across the world to people wh ... Read More


BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Wednesday, November 19, 2014    


IT has been six years since singer Serani scored big on the Billboard charts with the hit single No Games. He is hoping to replicate that success with his latest single In My Arms. Released this week on iTunes, the single was co-produced by Serani and Matthew 'Esco' Thompson. "The song is straightforward, to the point, about me making an attempt to woo a lady into falling for me and believing that she belongs in my arms," the 32-year-old told the Jamaica Observer. The singer -- who is curren ... Read More



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