Rototom sunsplash wins new fans

(From left) Chronixx, Jah9 and Jesse Royal performing at Rototom Sunsplash
festival in Spain, recently. (PHOTO: ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH FESTIVAL)

ORGANISERS of the annual Rototom Sunsplash festival say the August 16-23 show in Benicassim, Spain achieved its objective of appealing to a new demographic. Katia Brollo, a Rototom spokesperson, credits the appearance of neo roots-reggae acts with attracting new fans to the festival which was first ... Read More

Stylo G Stylo G, Clean Bandit hit UK charts
JAMAICAN dancehall deejay Stylo G has teamed up with British electronic group Clean Bandit for the s ... Read More

Musician Grub Cooper pays tribute the late T Boots Harris ’T Boots’ Harris... unforgettable
AMID tributes at the thanksgiving service for veteran entertainment journalist Trevor ‘T Boots ... Read More

A family in mourning
(From left) Keri-Ann Harris- Reuben (daughter), Francisco-Che Harris (son), Aghaneen Harris (daughte ... Read More

Tom Laing salutes Gregory

Monday, September 01, 2014    

Tom Laing

AS a budding entertainer in the 1990s, Tom Laing was influenced by several singers. One of them was Gregory Isaacs. The New York-based Laing salutes his hero by covering Front Door, which Isaacs did in the 1980s when he was riding high as the Cool Ruler. “I’m the biggest fan there is, I have known ‘Toothache’ (his nickname for Isaacs) from I was 12 years of age. Front Door is my favourite Gregory,” Laing said. Laing produced Front Door for his Top Tier label. It ... Read More

Life after ‘Sticky’

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Uzziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson

IN a 2002 interview with the Jamaica Observer, Uzziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson spoke about the lack of session work for percussionists in contemporary reggae. “Nuh whole heap a work nah gwaan, a computer ting a run the place now,” he said. “Only one an’ two man will gi’ yuh a call.” Thompson, who died last Monday at age 78 in Florida, played on countless hit songs during a 50-year career. Those hits ranged from ska (Little Did You Know by the Technique ... Read More

Crown him king

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Sunday, August 31, 2014    


AS a teenager, Kevin King had big dreams of being a basketball player. That all changed after he went through his father’s stash of vinyl records and ended up playing them on a turntable. He has long given up hopes of shooting hoops. Today, he is known as Kevin Crown, one of the top disc jockeys in the tri-state area of the United States — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. “I started as a DJ as a hobby but after listening to my father’s records my interest in music ... Read More

U-Roy's new set

Saturday, August 30, 2014    

U-ROY... the album has not
been released in Jamaica as

FOUNDATION artiste and toaster U-Roy is back in the island following a short stint in Europe where he performed at Reggae Ska as well as made a few more stops in that continent. The singer got the chance to sing some of his songs on his latest album released two years ago on the European market only Pray Fi Di People. Among the songs on the 13-track project are They Have No Love, Ebony Eyes, title track Pray Fi Di People and Border. The album came three years following his last album I Am The ... Read More

Samory-I upbeat about EP

Saturday, August 30, 2014    


ROOTS singer Samory-I is anticipating a favourable response to his five-track EP scheduled to be released next month. The EP is a precursor for his 15-track sophomore album Black Dub slated for 2015. "I write about everything that's around me. I am very passionate about what I do," he told the Jamaica Observer. Describing himself as a roots/lover's rock artiste, the 24-year-old Samaory-I (given name Samory-Tour Fraser) said he wants to leave a positive legacy in music. "All the songs on th ... Read More

Gospel act Ryan Mark starts his own church

Saturday, August 30, 2014    

Ryan Mark and his wife wife Chrissy D

COME Sunday, September 7, gospel artiste Ryan Mark will be conducting his first church service as a reverend of the Pure In Heart Ministries International at the Theatre Place in New Kingston. Service begins at 9:00 am. Ryan Mark — whose given name is Ryan Reynolds — was ordained as a reverend at the Potter's House International Ministries in New York, while on a promotional tour. Ryan Mark, along with his wife Chrissy D (Chrissy Doucette) — who is also an entertainer, formed ... Read More

Caribbean Hall of Fame returns

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Thursday, August 28, 2014    


THE Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture last staged its Caribbean Hall of Fame for Excellence Awards 2012. This year, founder/executive director, Garnett Reid, is reviving the event. "UNESCO has credited us with being one of the best cultural organisations in the region and we want to keep it that way," Reid told the Jamaica Observer on Monday. The launch of the 12th Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence is planned for today at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingsto ... Read More

Healthy performance by Stitchie

Thursday, August 28, 2014    

Deejay Stitchie (right) chose winners from a raffle at last Big Bronx Bashment event in New York
City last Saturday. With him are (left to right) founder, president and CEO of Morris Heights
Health Centre, Verona Greenland; and prize-winners Riana Welsh and Milton Clay.

STITCHIE turned back the years at last Saturday's Big Bronx Bashment in New York City, treating fans to a full set of the hits that made him a dancehall force. The evergreen deejay, who turned to gospel almost 20 years ago, delivered a blistering performance that had the youth and 'elders' rocking. Stitchie was at his humorous best on hits like Wear Yu Size, Natty Dread, Big Broad Hips and Body Body. The diverse crowd loved every lyric and showed their appreciation with sustained applause. ... Read More

Oakley joins the Legends

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

Sundra Oakley as a
contestant in Survivor
Cook Islands.

SHE has appeared in a number of American television shows and commercials, done Broadway and was in a top-rated reality show. This evening, actress Sundra Oakley makes her debut on the popular new TNT series, Legends. Oakley portrays Nisco Rice, wife of Tony Rice, played by American actor Morris Chestnut (The Best Man, G I Jane). "The Legends job came like all the others, an appointment through my manager. Legends is a great show and I felt very honoured to be a part of it," Oakley told the J ... Read More

Greenwich Town hails Lee, Morgan

Basil Walters | Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

Derrick Morgan and Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee have
inspired many star performers from Greenwich Town.

THE Greenwich Town community in Kingston will honour two of its outstanding musical sons — producer Bunny Lee and singer Derrick Morgan — on Friday. They will receive the Upliftment Award at the neighbourhood's Resource Centre. The function is part of a week-long celebration, which started Sunday. Friday's event will also recognise persons from Greenwich Town, who have excelled in sports and education. "Both Bunny and Derrick have inspired so many of our star performers. ... Read More



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