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Kartel verdict today

Vybz Kartel's lead attorney, Queen's Counsel Tom Tavares-Finson was tight-lipped about his expectations for today's appeal verdict regarding the incarcerated deejay. Read More

The nightlife shutdown
This is the first in a series of stories commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1980 General Election in Jamaica. ... Read More

Rapping with Friday Night Cru
It has been tough for Jamaican rappers to make a breakthrough locally. However, the duo Friday Night Cru hopes to change that.... Read More

Dre Island set to rise
DESPITE the prevailing social and economic times, reggae singer Dre Island is determined to release his debut album Now I Rise on April 27.... Read More

Beenie Man among Billboard's Greatest

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Thursday, April, 2 2020    

Beenie Man's Girls Dem Sugar featuring Mya, is ranked number 84 on Billboard magazine's 100 Greatest Songs of 2000. The songs, which were selected by Billboard staff, was revealed last week. Read More

Brodhead begins Sentimental Journey

Thursday, April, 2 2020    

Growing up in the United States Midwest, Nancie Brodhead listened to the music of composers like the Gershwin brothers and Rodgers and Hammerstein. As an adult, she performed their timeless songs in karaoke, but it was not until last year that she finally recorded a... Read More

OMI's full of cheer

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Thursday, April, 2 2020    

Since its release in 2015, Cheerleader , the chart-topping single by singer OMI, has racked up more than one billion streams on Spotify , the first for a Jamaican recording... Read More

Skip races on with Slow Down

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

For the first time in 14 years, a Jamaican has made the Top 20 of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart. Skip Marley's Slow Down featuring rhythm and blues singer H.E.R., is number 15 on that tally this week. Read More

Back to basics in Brent

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

'No Bass Like Home', an expose looking at the Jamaican and reggae presence in the London borough of Brent, is scheduled to open there in October. Read More

New name, new message for Quara Ahnya

Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

Singer Quara Ahnya has dabbled with lovers' rock, dancehall, and rhythm and blues since he launched his music career over 25 years ago. Initially known as Icon, he has found his calling with roots-reggae. Read More

Producer TuFinga pushes positivity

Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

With his latest project Island Sonic , dancehall producer TuFinga is looking to change the negative narrative that usually surrounds the music. Read More

Women behind Marley

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor --- Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

WOMEN Rising, the second instalment in the mini-documentary series, was released on Bob Marley's YouTube channel yesterday. Read More

Strong entertainment from distance

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, March, 31 2020    

The restrictions on mass gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced the entertainment fraternity to find creative ways to deliver performances in these times of quarantine. Read More

'Gringo' keeping the faith

Tuesday, March, 31 2020    

WITH the world reeling under the pressure brought on by the novel coronovirus disease (COVID-19), Montego Bay-based deejay Unknown Gringo has penned a gospel song to stave off fears and inspire hope. Read More

Music group seeks minister's audience

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Tuesday, March, 31 2020    

KAREN Smith, president of Jamaica Federation of Musicians and Affiliates Union (JFMAU), is seeking audience with Entertainment and Culture Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange, in relation to relief recommendations for the music and creative industries which have been affected by... Read More



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