‘Lunatic’ merges music, fashion

Brandon Bailey

BRANDON Bailey, who won Saint International's Fashion Face of the Caribbean (Male) competition last Saturday, is also making a name for himself in the dancehall as deejay Pencil Lunatic. The 20-year-old Kingston College past student said he was a last-minute entrant in the contest after encourageme ... Read More

(L)Boris Gardiner & (R) Kendrick Lamar KENRICK LAMAR BRIGHTENS BORIS’S STAR
IT was the early 1970s and the Black Power movement sparked a cultural awareness from Kinshasa to Ki ... Read More

Cocoa Tea Cocoa Tea, Sizzla for Trinidad gig
REGGAE singer Cocoa Tea and Sizzla Kalonji are slated to perform at Escape to Jamdown 'Voices of Reg ... Read More

A section of
the crowd. Heat turned up in Mandeville
THE fourth in the weekly Carnival Pon Di Road series, promoted by Digicel in conjunction with Applet ... Read More

‘Sativa’ knocks impartiality

Wednesday, March 25, 2015    

Singjay Sativa Theblackone (Photo: Steve James)

GONE are the days when the Rasta artiste was viewed as the one-dimensional rootsman who shunned ballads for cultural and social issues. Singjay Sativa Theblackone is one roots artiste who is not afraid to mix it up. His song, Stick a Bush, admonishes a parent who is against his daughter showing affection for a Rastaman. "Wi jus' a show sey there's someone for everyone, no matter the difference in livity," he said. "As dem sey, every hoe have it stick a bush." Stick a Bush is produced by Omar ... Read More

Nature appeals to students

Tuesday, March 24, 2015    


REGGAE singer Nature made an impassionate plea to students to show more respect for the mentally and physically challenged during a recent concert held at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre last Friday. The artiste performed his track World Peace before pausing to address the large gathering of students. "Look out for people within your household and also your neighbours, some of whom are disabled, mentally and physically challenged... because we are all brothers and sisters even though we may ... Read More

New Vybz on billboard

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

Vybz Kartel

AS the first anniversary of his sentence for murder approaches, deejay Vybz Kartel earns his best showing to date on Billboard's Reggae Album chart. Viking (Vybz is King), an 11-track set produced by Linton 'TJ' White, debuts at number three on that table. It is the controversial artiste's fifth title on the Billboard chart. White, who has produced hits for Kartel including Touch a Button, Business, Conjugal Visit (featuring Spice), Without Money and Ordinary Servant, is not surprised at recep ... Read More

Walshy Fire to blaze Beach J'Ouvert

Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

Walshy Fire

MAJOR Lazer's Walshy Fire is slated to be one of the featured acts for Bacchanal Jamaica's Beach J'Ouvert scheduled for James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, on Saturday, April 4. "Every year we try to bring something new and trendy to Beach Jouvert and you must agree we couldn't get more hip than Walshy Fire. We have no doubt that he will bring us many additional young patrons as we work to ensure the continuity of carnival in Jamaica," said Charmaine Franklin, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica. Flo ... Read More

Bacchanal taken to another dimension

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Monday, March 23, 2015    

Nuphoric’s Patrick Alexis was the life of the party, jumping into the VIP section to get the soca dancing
vibes going.

TRINIDADIAN soca star Lyrikal said he did his best with his time at Bacchanal Fridays at Mas Camp in St Andrew. "I think it went very well for my first time in Jamaica," Lyrikal said after his performance. Lyrikal kicked things off with his hit Cloud 9. However, his range of familiar songs thinned out after Conquer Meh. "I'm here to teach soca to the Jamaican people," he said. Understanding that Jamaicans may not be fully into the carnival experience as his fellow Trinidadians, when things g ... Read More

Soul Session sizzles at Redbones

Monday, March 23, 2015    

Singer Nickeishia Barnes in performance at Redbones Blues
Café, recently.

LIVE music with a difference was the order of the night on March 14 at Redbones Blues Café, where the third Soul Session took place. In the spotlight were singers Nickeishia Barnes and Mackeehan, but producer/engineer Orville 'Rorey' Baker, also stood out when discussing the 'Hearts of Arts'. Hostess Stephaine (Wallace-Maxwell) got the show going, singing Rather Be and Fire Boom, before inviting Baker to open the roundtable discussion. "One Pop [studio] started in mi bedroom with just an idea ... Read More

'Leave The Children'

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter | Sunday, March 22, 2015    

BEAN... one of the killings
that will stay with me is the
recent slaying of a child in
Clarendon by her mother

THE recent spate of violence against children in Jamaica has driven author/singer Errol Bean to hit out against the predators in song. The former minister of religion appeals to these criminals in his single, Leave The Children. "The aim is to reach out to the abusers so they will stop. I hope this song will have an effect on their conscience because we want our children to grow into brilliant men and women who will in turn run our country," said Bean. In an interview with the Sunday Observer ... Read More

Spotlight on British female singers

Sunday, March 22, 2015    

(L) Janet Kay & (R) Kofi

A documentary about the woman's role in British reggae is expected to be released in early 2016. Women in Reggae is the title of the project being produced by Trelawny-born Donald Harper, who has worked in the music industry since 1990. The 52-year-old Harper is an associate tutor at the University of Leicester. Women in Reggae is part of a thesis for his PhD. It focuses on first-generation British singers such as Janet Kay, Sandra Cross, Carroll Thompson and Kofi who made a mark during the l ... Read More

Busy Signal’s charity to aid St Ann hospital

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment | Saturday, March 21, 2015    

Busy Signal

NEXT month, dancehall deejay Busy Signal will be embarking on his latest project -- the Busy 20/20 Helping Hands Foundation Limited. According to the dancehall artiste, the venture is for a much-needed cause. "My priority is the St Ann's Bay Hospital. It is in need of vital X-ray/CAT scan equipment for detecting cancer. It costs roughly $12 million," Busy Signal told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. The foundation — which was registered last year — will be officially launched at th ... Read More

Shaggy is one, two on iTunes

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Saturday, March 21, 2015    


THE growing popularity Shaggy's latest single, I Need Your Love, is having a ripple effect on some of his previous tracks. According to iTunes Reggae chart, It Wasn't Me and Angel, currently hold the top two positions, respectively. Both are from his 2000 album Hot Shot. Hot Shot was the highest-charting studio album of 2001 on the Billboard Year-End Album Charts, and dethroned The Beatles on Billboard's 200 album chart in February 2001. Bob Marley & the Wailers (Three Little Birds), Mati ... Read More



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