Laden does Delus tribute


DEEJAY Laden has recorded a song in tribute to late singjay, Delus. The single, titled See You Again (Delus), is produced by Konsequence Muzik and was released last Friday. Laden explained his reason for doing the track. “I did the song because of our friendship. We were close over the past ... Read More

File photo shows reggae singer Frankie Paul (left) and Tabby Diamond (second right) of the Mighty Diamonds serenading singer
Marcia Griffiths at a launch of the Startime series held at Spades Lounge in Kingston, November last year. Looking on is Charles
Simms (second left) and Michael Barnett, the series’ conceptualiser. Charles Simms: the silent partner
Startime, the popular vintage music show, makes it debut at The Verandah in Clarendon Park, on July ... Read More

Toots Hibbert of Toots and The Maytals (left) and his long time manager Michael ‘Mike’ Cacia (right) pose with Austin McBean, at a launch of Groovin In The Park in New York in 2013. Maytals’ manager Mike Cacia is dead
Michael ‘Mike’ Cacia, long-time manager of Toots and The Maytals, died on Monday at age ... Read More

Andrea Davis Reggae Day’s reach growing
On Friday, July 1, reggae music takes centre stage in 35 cities across the globe in commemoration of ... Read More

Cadia experiments with Desert of Love

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Cadian Gritton

With an appreciation for all genres of music, Cadia Gritton has never shied from experimenting with different sounds. She needed no urging when approached to record the house-flavoured Desert Of Love, her latest song. Co-produced by Donovan James and Diavallan Fearon, Desert Of Love is scheduled for a July 4 release. “When Donovan played me the track, it resonated with me instantly,” said the singer, whose stage name is Cadia. Showing versatility has been the norm for Cadia since ... Read More

Military band takes over

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Jamaica Military Band in concert at Hope Gardens in St Andrew, last Sunday.

Every third Sunday the Jamaica Military Band stages a special concert, and fathers were toast at Hope Gardens in St Andrew on June 19. Conducted by bandmaster Albert Shaun Hird, the band, dressed in their Zouave uniform, packed the lawns of the venue as they performed varying genre of music, including pop, gospel, mento, reggae and soca. “We arranged a nice line-up of music for special days, for example this Father’s Day. The energy was good and the players really showed their tale ... Read More

Remembering Totlyn Jackson

Simone Morgan-Lindo | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Totlyn Jackson

Arguably one of Jamaica’s finest singers, Totlyn Jackson had a career that spanned more than four decades. The 84-year-old passed away in London on June 15 after a short illness. Dr Myra Hague-Bradshaw, principal of Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, described the late singer as a remarkable woman. “She was a brilliant lady. She was classically trained, so she brought a level of technical skills to the jazz festival and to the music scene on a whole. She was very gifted and musicians liked ... Read More

Bounty, Mavado for Rendezvous

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Bounty Killer

Bounty Killer and Mavado are headliners for the second Rendezvous show at Pearly Beach in Ocho Rios this evening. Promoter Winston Bennett promises a spectacular show. “Bounty Killer and Mavado are two of the giants of dancehall music, and the fans are happy that they have made peace. This will be their first official performance on the same show since they’ve reunited,” he told the Jamaica Observer. The deejays were involved in a long-running feud that often played out on ... Read More

Full ‘Blass’ for Rio

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment | Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Blass in a Jamaican themed-scene

HAVING dabbled in rugby and athletics while attending Bridgeport High, fast-rising singjay Blass said he’s aware of the importance of home support. Therefore, he felt it was apt to pen the ode We Are Winners for the Jamaican contingent ahead of the summer Olympics in Rio. “With Usain Bolt announcing his impending retirement and what could be the final performances for many of Jamaica’s top athletes, I feel the song is quite fitting. The song celebrates the winning ways of Bol ... Read More

Seyi Shay building bridges

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Seyi Shay

A British singer, citing historical ties between reggae and African music, says it is critical that artistes from the two genres establish lasting bonds. Seyi Shay, a Universal Records artiste, made this observation during her June 17 lecture at the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus, under the theme ‘Marketing In The Music Industry’. “That’s why I’m here. That is why I am trying to mend bridges that have been broken and be a voice for young women w ... Read More

Ashley banks on Happiness

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Winsome Ashley

US-based Jamaican-born singer/songwriter Winsome Ashley believes forgiveness is an essential trait for happiness. “When you forgive someone, you let go of any ill feelings or the hurt they caused. You, in turn, release yourself from those negative feelings and take yourself to a higher level,” said Ashley, who records under the moniker Rosilina Rolyat. It is that thinking which provided the inspiration for the R&B-reggae-flavoured I Wish You Happiness. Released a month ago, th ... Read More

Jah Luke continues journey

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Jah Luke

Roots singer Jah Luke is the definition of reggae’s journeyman. Recording since his teens, he has trod the independent route throughout his career. He did it his way on Love And Happiness, his second album, which will be released on his Jah Luke label through a distribution deal with VP Records. Jah Luke started production on what turned out to be a 10-track set last summer. Footing the bill for an album, he discovered, is not easy. “It took mi a year, but gradually mi get done wi ... Read More

No stopping Singer J

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Singer J

THE consummate performer, recording artiste Singer J has hit pay dirt with his latest single, Can’t Stop Me Now. Produced by Frenz For Real, the song is creating a buzz locally as well as in the New York tri-state area. Another version was recorded for the local sprint team participating in the upcoming Rio Summer Olympics. ‘This is a song that the world needs. It is something to uplift people and allow persons to be inspired,” Singer J told Jamaica Observer. Aside from Can ... Read More

Sade Serena teams with Shaggy

Thursday, June 23, 2016    

Dum, a ‘combination’ between singer Sade Serena and Shaggy, has been kicking up a storm on local airwaves and in her hometown of South Florida. Getting a hit song with the Grammy-winning artiste is a plus for her. “Growing up I have always looked up to Shaggy and other artistes like Sean Paul and Elephant Man that paved their way to mainstream success. To have a diamond-selling artiste like Shaggy on my record is a dream come true for me,” said Sade Serena, whose mother ... Read More



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