NYOJ to host free concert

The National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) continues its outreach programme — NYOJ Gives Back — with a free concert entitled 'Musical Enlightenment: Lighting the Path to Success' at the YMCA on Hope Road in St Andrew on June 3. Read More

Shaggy, Sting hold firm
New Zealand reggae fusion band Sons of Zion makes its debut on this week's Billboard Reggae Album chart. ... Read More

Jah Cure risks it all
JAH Cure has released his latest single Risk it All, featuring Haitian American singer Phyllisia Ross.... Read More

Tommy Lee bound over
DANCEHALL deejay Tommy Lee Sparta will remain in custody until next Tuesday, according to his new attorney Tom Tavares-Finson.... Read More

Time to take Notis

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

Powerhouse rhythm sections have been part of reggae since ska took its first steps in the early 1960s. Welsh and Unga Barunga are the latest drum and bass team stepping up to the plate, and they do so as musicians and producers. Read More

Redbones' 'send-off' begins this evening

Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

TO mark the final week of operation at its current location on Argyle Road in New Kingston, Redbones Blues Café will feature four nights of live music, dubbed the Best of the Best, from today to Saturday of this week. Read More

Calabash festival plans in high gear

BY SADE GARDNER Observer writer | Tuesday, May, 22 2018    

ORGANISERS for the biennial Calabash International Literary Festival say plans are in high gear for its 14th staging. Read More

For peace sake

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Tuesday, May, 22 2018    

THE One Blood Music Festival, a two-day event promoting peace in troubled Kingston communities, starts tomorrow (Labour Day) at the Dunrobin Playing field on Red Hills Road. Read More

Magnum crowns new 'King' & 'Queen'

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Tuesday, May, 22 2018    

GC Foster College student Annette Elliston, better known as Safiyah, is on cloud nine. She was named “Magnum Queen of The Dancehall” on Saturday night in a grand finale at Melbourne Cricket Club in St Andrew. Read More

Lawyer says Tommy Lee 'kidnapped'

BY SADE GARDNER Observer writer | Tuesday, May, 22 2018    

ERNIE Smith, lawyer for Tommy Lee Sparta, says the police “kidnapped” his client from Half-Way-Tree police lock-up yesterday and took him to St James without his knowledge. Read More

Sadiki keeps it unplugged

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Monday, May, 21 2018    

Blue Mountain Acoustic, the fifth album from singer-producer Sadiki, is scheduled to be released on June 1. And, as the title suggests, it is an unplugged set. Read More

Hall prepares for His Grace

BY SADE GARDNER Observer writer | Sunday, May, 20 2018    

Minister Marion Hall says her second gospel album, His Grace , will be “lit in a spiritual way”. Hall said she is excited about the self-produced project, which will be released by VPAL in late July. Read More

Clinton Lindsay helped chart the way

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, May, 20 2018    

This is the sixth in 10-part series on Jamaicans who have made their mark on North American radio.  Read More

Reggae Sunsplash @ 40

By: Richard Johnson | Sunday, May, 20 2018    

During the summer of 1978, four Jamaicans with a love for reggae staged a historic event which changed the way their country's music was presented. Read More

Lybran delivers sobering message

Saturday, May, 19 2018    

The comical deejay has always had a place in dancehall music. Back in the 1980s when 'gun talk' and slackness ruled, rib-ticklers like Papa San, Stitchie and Professor Nuts kept things light. Read More


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