Tafari’s desires fulfilled

DESIRE Fulfilled, the second album from deejay Tafari, debuts at number nine on this week’s Billboard Reggae Album Chart. He joins three other Jamaicans in the Top 10. Released by RUD3 Music LLC on October 14, Desire Fulfilled has 15 tracks with productions from Bret ‘Beats’ Bail ... Read More

Ranny Williams ‘Maas Ran’ concert today
IN tribute to late cultural icon Ranny “Maas Ran” Williams, the Jamaica Cultural Develop ... Read More

Iya Ingi Iya Ingi chants for Mona Commons
RAISED in the Mona community of St Andrew, roots artiste Iya Ingi has never forgotten where his educ ... Read More

Bahamas flag Concert to aid Carib hurricane victims
TODAY Sandals Resorts in the Montego Bay region, in collaboration with the Jamaica Constabulary Forc ... Read More

A night of song for Haiti

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Kelissa delivering a solid performance at Redbones Blues Cafe in Kingston last Friday.

The afternoon rain that sent Kingstonians scurrying Friday threatened the One Nite For Haiti benefit show at Redbones Blues Cafe, but an enthusiastic gathering showed up to see quality performances. Things got off to a hourlate start due to the weather, but after the Katalyst Band started proceedings, there was no looking back as artistes sang their hearts out for hurricane-battered Haiti. Guitarist Louis Felipe Bellorin from Venezuela launched the acoustic segment, followed by singer/ guita ... Read More

Monsoon Bedward dials up new track

Tuesday, October 25, 2016    

Monsoon Bedward

FOR much of his career, deejay Monsoon Bedward has recorded easy listening reggae songs. But his latest single, Answer Yuh Phone, hears him returning to his dancehall roots. According to the Washington DC-based artiste, the track is a throwback to songs he enjoyed while doing the sound system rounds in his native Clarendon. “I use to deejay on sound systems in my community and across Jamaica.I was also a student of (deejay) Johnny P who took me across Jamaica, performing on ‘sounds ... Read More

An ode to Joe

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Tuesday, October 25, 2016    

Joseph Hill

REMEMBERING Joseph Hill, a tribute album to the influential lead singer of Culture, will be released in 2017, 40 years after the group created a stir with the song, Two Sevens Clash. Hill died in Berlin, Germany, in 2006 at age 57. Penthouse Records’ Donovan Germain, who produced the album, said he had a personal stake in the project. “Joseph Hill was one of my favourite artistes, but you don’t hear a lot of Culture songs on the radio. I want to introduce him to a different ... Read More

Moving mainstream with Tanisha Scott

Tuesday, October 25, 2016    

Tanisha Scott (left) with fellow judges on Digicel Rising Stars

Dancehall moves have been visible in music videos by international acts for close to 20 years. Tanisha Scott has played a major role in bringing these Jamaican steps to the pop mainstream. Raised in Toronto, Canada, by Jamaican parents, Scott has been an in-demand dancer/choreographer for 20 years. She choreographed music videos for Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Drake, Whitney Houston Trey Songz, Kat Deluna, Kardinal Offishall, Rupee, and the Pussy Cat Dolls. This week, the video for Work (starring ... Read More

Peppa Ceed on Ice

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Tuesday, October 25, 2016    

Peppa Ceed

Veteran deejay Peppa Ceed is promoting his latest song Ice, which was produced by Kisko Hype. In it, declares that he does not need to wear expensive jewelry to attract females. Peppa Ceed, whose given name is Garvin Hussy, is based in New York City. Originally from Mount Airy in Golden Spring, St Andrew, he was influenced by Pinchers, Sanchez and Singing Melody in his youth. He launched his career shortly after migrating to the United States 15 years ago. His previous songs include Lebron Ja ... Read More

Get Up, Stand Up for Peter

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, October 24, 2016    

Andrew Tosh and Etana (Naphtali Junior)

Peter Tosh’s songbook was flung open on Saturday. And what flowed from its pages provided a vivid insight into the life and work of one of Jamaica’s prolific singer/songwriters. The tribute concert — staged by Pulse Investments, the Peter Tosh Estate and Marlene Brown, Tosh’s partner at the time of his death — celebrated the 72nd birthday of the fiery artiste who was gunned down at his upper St Andrew home in September 1987. A cavalcade of reggae acts graced the s ... Read More

Charly Black’s hot on Latin charts

Monday, October 24, 2016    

Charly Black

Charly Black is enjoying attention from the Latin market thanks to his song Pa Que Me Invitan, with singer Jencarlos. Pa Que Me Invitan (Why Did You Invite Me) is released by Universal Music Latin. It is co-produced by Miami-based Maffio and Jamaican Tarik “Rvssian” Johnston. “The collaboration came about after I was contacted by Rvssian, who is one of the producers of the song. He reached out to me and that’s basically how it happened,” said Charly Black. Pa Qu ... Read More

Good times with Kartel

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Monday, October 24, 2016    

Vybz Kartel

Good Good Productions are known for their hit ‘rhythms’ and singles. They include the Triple X, Brit Jam, and Cool Out. The team recently scored with the Cure Pain that featured big hits like Big League by Mavado and Where Were You by Jahmiel. The label’s latest project is the Success ‘rhythms’ which features Who Trouble Dem by Vybz Kartel. The song addresses the age-old subject of jealousy. This is not the first time Good Good Productions has worked with the con ... Read More

Jutah Rhymes giving thanks

Monday, October 24, 2016    

Jutah Rhymes (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

GROWING up in Seaview Gardens, Jutah Rhymes was never short on musical influences. The Kingston 11 community produced some of dancehall’s finest, including Shabba Ranks and Bounty Killer. Using them as inspiration, the Rastafarian singjay’s latest effort is a single called Give Thanks For Life. It is a collaboration with reggae artiste Jah Mason. Jutah told Splash the song is about being appreciative of what life offers. “It’s about giving thanks for life and being a ... Read More

Suga Roy honours the kings

Monday, October 24, 2016    

Zareb, Suga Roy and Conrad Crystal

November 4 is the official release date for Honouring The Kings of Reggae, a tribute album produced by deejay Suga Roy. The 19-song set includes covers of classic reggae songs such as Shantytown by Desmond Dekker and Marley’s So Much Trouble. The latter is done as Trouble by Suga Roy, Sizzla, Jahmali, Conrad Crystal, and Zareb. “Is my favourite Marley song; anywhere in the world mi go mi perform it,” said Suga Roy. The House of Riddim Band from Austria, drummer Kirk Bennett ... Read More



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