Music

What one dance did for Beres

Beres
Hammond

SINCE recording the Soul Reggae album in 1978, singer Beres Hammond had settled into a groove as Jamaica's premier R&B artiste. A reggae hit song, however, eluded him. That all changed 30 years ago, thanks to an uptempo track named What One Dance Can Do. Written and produced by Willie Lindo, ... Read More

Dane Lee Dane Lee hopes to strike right chord
IT is never easy for children of famous persons to follow in their parents' footsteps. But Dane Lee, ... Read More

(L) Bob Marley
(R) Mitchell
Brunings Finding 'Marley'
MARLEY, the world premiere musical about Bob Marley, found its Bob in an audition clip for the telev ... Read More

Johnny
Kemp The Bahamian Connection
JOHNNY Kemp, the Bahamas singer who was found dead at a Montego Bay beach on Thursday, was among a h ... Read More

Chris Martin 'steppin' out

Sunday, April 19, 2015    

Chris Martin ‘steppin’ out

REGGAE singer Chris Martin has released the music video for Steppin' Razor. Directed by Kurt Wright, it was shot on location in Jamaica. Steppin Razor, the single, is produced by Frankie Music and is the track from his debut EP of the same name. It is slated for release in spring. Steppin Razor bears the same name of Tosh's 1977 classic. Martin, however, explained the distinction. "Tosh's song had a militancy, cutting down inequality but I am saying a steppin' razor is sharper than the rest. ... Read More

Skip ready to carry Marley legacy

Saturday, April 18, 2015    

Skip

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD singer Skip is the latest member of the Marley clan to ply his trade in the music arena. He is preparing the digital release of his debut single Cry to Me next Tuesday. Co-produced by the singer and Paul Fakhourie, the track is on the Tuff Gong International label. The accompanying video was released earlier this week. "Cry to Me is a message for this girl I know, well really a message for everybody who seems to focus on their insecurities. I'm just saying it's cool to be w ... Read More

Empress creates musical legacy

Saturday, April 18, 2015    

Empress Nannah Nana

LONDON was the most musically diverse city in the world during the 1970s. Punk rock, heavy metal and roots-reggae made the British capital a hotbed of rebellion. Hannah Harris grew up in the United Kingdom during that period of angst, a time of challenges for the country's West Indian population. Though a practising lawyer since the 1990s, she said there has always been a burning desire to make music. "I've always been into music but I never recorded anything until three years ago. I believe ... Read More

R&B singer dies in Jamaica

Saturday, April 18, 2015    

Johnny Kemp

THE body of Bahamian singer Johnny Kemp was found on a beach in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday. Kemp, 55, who lived in New York, is known for the 1987 Billboard dance anthem Just Got Paid. According to the Corporate Communications Unit, the police's information arm, the singer's body was found face down at the beach around 9:50 am on Thursday. He apparently suffered head injuries and was fully clothed. It is believed Kemp -- who was seen walking on the rocks earlier in the morning -- lost ... Read More

Dealer strikes Balance

Saturday, April 18, 2015    

Dealer

REGGAE singjay Dealer (aka Ra Deal) is encouraged by the warm reception to his latest single Balance. Released in February, the track is on the Big Dreams Productions imprint. Balance is the first single from his upcoming album Born to Be Free scheduled for a summer release. The singjay said the inspiration for Balance came from his own observations and experience. "You have to know how to play the cards you have been dealt in life, you have to know how to balance in this trod we making in l ... Read More

Dream Girl video coming

Saturday, April 18, 2015    

De’Vious

DEEJAY De'Vious is preparing for the release of his video Dream Girl later this month. The video is directed by Clean Money. "I have a team that is working overtime and I am very confident that this video will get out there the right way," he said. Read More

Putting Spice into fashion

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 17, 2015    

One of several designs in Spicey Couture boutique.

This is the fourth in a 10-part series looking at entertainers who have moved into business outside their industry. SONGS like Ramping Shop and outrageous costumes have made deejay Grace 'Spice' Hamilton a popular figure in the dancehall arena. Six years ago, the fashion-savvy artiste expanded her brand by opening Spicey Couture boutique in the Mall Plaza, St Andrew. She opened another branch in May Pen, Clarendon nine months ago. She spoke to Splash about going into business and the challeng ... Read More

'No politics in 'Magnum''

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Friday, April 17, 2015    

Andrew Holness

MARK Kenny, executive producer and creator of the television talent series Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall, says there is no political motive behind Opposition leader Andrew Holness' guest judge appearance on tomorrow night's episode. Holness, 42, is a former prime minister and leader of the Jamaica Labour Party. Kenny, who spoke to Splash, said that in order to strike a balance, a representative from the governing People's National Party (PNP) will also be a guest judge before the series ... Read More

An ode to One Drop

Friday, April 17, 2015    

VP Records has revived One Drop Anthems, a compilation series first made popular in the United Kingdom by Greensleeves Records. The comeback set has 14 tracks, 11 of which are originals done by artistes such as Jah Vinci (Kings Highway) and Raging Fyah (Hard Road). There are three covers: Luciano's adaptation of Rod Taylor's His Imperial Majesty; Ikaya's take on the Steel Pulse anthem Worth His Weight in Gold (Rally Round) and Etana's Stepping Out of Babylon, originally done by Marcia Griffith ... Read More

Blu Lyon roars on Bad

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, April 17, 2015    

Blu Lyon

HIS father is respected Trinidadian Calypsonian Austin 'Super Blue' Lyons, while his sister is singer Fay Ann Lyons, one of the hottest names in contemporary soca. A career in music seemed inevitable for deejay Blu Lyon. Blu Lyon is currently in Jamaica doing the promotional rounds as well as shooting a video for his latest single, Bad. During the next three weeks, he plans to release videos for two other songs, Magic and Celestial Feelings. Tomorrow, he is scheduled to perform on Clarendon T ... Read More



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