Music

Forever loving Bob in Bermuda

Bob Marley performs on stage in June 1977 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England.

Bob Marley never performed in Bermuda, but he has thousands of fans in that British territory. Many of them turned out at the BAA Gymnasium in the capital Hamilton on February 6 to celebrate his 71st birthday. Roots singers Warrior King and Aaron Silk were featured acts on the show. “It was ... Read More

I-Octane I-Octane ‘flings up’ the vibes
Soca-flavoured single, Fling Up Yuh Body by I-Octane is currently doing the rounds and producer ZJ D ... Read More

Jah Shawn Jah Shawn pushes to make it
SINGJAY Jah Shawn is stepping up promotion for his latest songs, Gone Too Soon and Haffi Make It. A ... Read More

Patrons at Crates pause for a photo op. Crates party series stacks up accolades
IT was a massive turnout of patrons attending Crates the Series held at Fantasy Beach in Priory, St ... Read More

Pamputtae goes soca, again

Saturday, February 13, 2016    

Pamputtae

DANCEHALL artiste Pamputtae is having a spirited run in several Caribbean islands with her carnival-peppered single Wine Up Pon Mi Soca. She is hoping the momentum will extend itself to Jamaica. “I’ve been doing soca since 2008. I have about 15 soca songs,” she told the Jamaica Observer. “Music a music and soca music is good. Everyboday likes different stuff, so we haffi cater for everyone.” Released in December, Wine Up Pon Mi Soca is produced by Trinidad a ... Read More

Abatau does it his way

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Senior staff reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February 12, 2016    

Abatau

For the children of successful musicians, standing in the shadows of their parents can be a daunting task. Many are gripped by fear and the constant thought of not measuring up. That is not the case of rising musician and recording artiste Abatau. The 18-year-old son of reggae music standard-bearer Tony Rebel is determined to cut his own path and blaze his own trail. “The decision to go into music was something I really did on my own. It was not because my father was into the music s ... Read More

Merital Family to regroup

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Keneale Brackett

Keneale Brackett, a member of the Merital Family dancehall group, was deported last Thursday after being incarcerated for almost two years in the United States. Brackett was convicted on drug-related charges in 2014. He said being behind bars rehabilitated him. “It taught me morals — I have to live by rules and regulations. It taught me and others to stay away from negative stuff and not to get caught up in certain situations,” he said. The Merital Family rose to prominence ... Read More

RDX talks Side Chicks

Friday, February 12, 2016    

RDX

RDX will release their new single, Side Chicks, on Valentine’s Day. It is a deliberate move, said group member Renigade. “We have decided to highlight the side chicks of the world on a day that is usually focused on celebrating the standard relationship,” Renigade told Splash. Side Chicks is co-written by RDX (which also includes Delomar) and their Apartment 19 team, the Shella Posse. The song is from the duo’s upcoming EP 2FloorsUp. “The song comes directly fr ... Read More

Machel evolves on Billboard

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Friday, February 12, 2016    

Machel Montano

SOCA star Machel Montano scored the second Billboard-charting album of his 32-year career this week. His Monk Evolution debuts at number eight on the Reggae Album Chart. Monk Evolution is the 19th solo album for the 41-year-old Trinidadian. It has 11 tracks including Memory with Tarrus Riley); Like So (featuring Angela Hunte); and Carnival Groupie. Montano is known for hits such as The Fog, Dance With You, Big Phat Fish, Big Truck, Happiest Man Alive and Jumbie. In 2014, he won the Best Inter ... Read More

Midnite in Kingston

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Akae Beka

The Hope Gardens Shell Bandstand will be set ablaze on Saturday, March 26, when Akae Beka (Vaughn Benjamin), former lead vocalist of the St Croix-based reggae band Midnite, performs for the first time in Jamaica alongside a cadre of other artistes. The brainchild of Away to Africa founder, Tiffanie Anderson, who is excited about the upcoming event. “Akae Beka’s music and energy has a very strong motherland focus much like the other artistes on the show, so we thought it would be a ... Read More

Peppa Ceed is ready to party

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Peppa Ceed

Jamaican-born, NY-based recording artiste and restaurateur Peppa Ceed is preparing to take to local airwaves with his latest single Party Time. Released in mid-December, the singjay said the single, which featured dancehall artiste Gully Bop has been making rounds in the clubs in New York. “I am hoping to have similar or even better luck here in Jamaica. That would be a plus for my career as Jamaicans are the hardest music lovers to place so when they embrace your work, you know ... Read More

Showtime Damion’s the Boss

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Showtime Damion

LAST year, Live Mi Life by Showtime Damion got some traction on Jamaican radio. The London-based dancehall artiste is back with Owner Boss on Good Good Productions’ Cure Pain rhythm. He describes Owner Boss as an anthem for the independent man. “The song is encouraging people to just live their lives and be the boss of it however they want to,” said Showtime Damion. The deejay recently signed to Mastermind Entertainment Ltd and Twilight Music Group (TMG) Productions in the U ... Read More

Bacchanal Fridays jumps off tomorrow

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Michael Ammar, Jr

SOCA party series Bacchanal Fridays kicks off at the Mas Camp in New Kingston tomorrow. This year’s theme, Bacchanal Legacy — Live The Dream, is a reflection of quality entertainment and the contribution of late director Earl ‘Fuzzy’ Franklin. Franklin, 68, was Bacchanal’s costume creator for nearly two decades. He passed away in July of last year. According to director Michael Ammar Jr, the event is now attracting patrons from all over the globe. “The op ... Read More

Rvssian gets Billboard boost

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Rvssian

JAMAICAN producer Tarik ‘Rvssian’ Johnston is featured on Billboard’s current number two album, Islah by American rapper Kevin Gates. The 15-track set is Gates’s debut work and is a joint release by Bread Winners Association/Dead Game Records. Released on January 29, Islah is distributed by Atlantic Records. “I take it as a great accomplishment, as a Jamaican and also as a music producer, because it is out of my box as far as the genre is concerned,” Rvssian ... Read More



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