Music

Def Jam's dancehall links

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Friday, November, 29 2019    

Iconic hip hop label Def Jam Recordings, which is owned by Universal Music Group, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Read More

Chris headlines Kenya festival

Thursday, November, 28 2019    

Christopher Martin will headline the second Umoja Splash Festival scheduled for the KICC Grounds in Nairobi, Kenya, on December 7. He will be accompanied by fellow reggae acts D Major and Future Fambo. Read More

JR boards Money Jet

Thursday, November, 28 2019    

Never far from the latest trends, Junior Reid returns to the scene with a 'juggling' rhythm he believes will strike a chord with dancehall fans. Titled the Money Jet, it has songs by 16 artistes including himself. Read More

Retro move?

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, November, 28 2019    

 ORGANISERS of vintage music party, Retro Flexx, are accusing the Government of killing the entertainment industry with the current Noise Abatement Act which sees events being mandated to end at midnight on weekdays and 2:00 am on weekends. Read More

Koffee time for Rihanna!

By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer aaliyahc@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, November, 27 2019    

Grammy nominee Koffee has confirmed a collaboration with her and pop superstar Rihanna is in the works. According to British bi-monthly magazine, i-D Vice, the 19- year-old said the two have been in contact but she is tight-lipped with details. Read More

Mortimer fights his way onto Billboard

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Wednesday, November, 27 2019    

Fight The Fight, a six-song EP by roots singer Mortimer debuts at number three on this week's Billboard Reggae Albums Chart. It was released November 15 by Easy Star Records/Overstand Entertainment. Read More

Anthony Cruz sounds off

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Wednesday, November, 27 2019    

Sound system operators challenging Government's Noise Abatement Act is definitely one of the hot button entertainment issues for 2019. Read More

Muhsin serving his community

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Wednesday, November, 27 2019    

While attending the University of Miami (UM) in the 1970s, Abdul Muhsin met a fellow Jamaican who took him under his wings, teaching him a culinary skill that continues to serve him, and others, well. Read More

Shock at DJ's death

BY AALIYAH CUNNINGHAM Observer writer aaliyahc@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, November, 27 2019    

FAME FM disc jockey Collin Hines said the tragic death of his colleague, Raymond “DJ Venom” Peart, has cast a pall of gloom over the radio station as well as its employees. Read More

Thomas puts faith in Real Tears

Wednesday, November, 27 2019    

MUSIC producer Anthony Ricardo Thomas is banking on his latest production, Real Tears featuring Charly Black, making a major impact in Europe. Read More

Christopher Ellis bares soul

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Tuesday, November, 26 2019    

Lovers rock was at its most popular during the early 1980s, an era that saw the emergence of British singers like Maxi Priest, Vivian Jones and Peter Hunnigale. The sound they helped make famous is no longer a force, but don’t tell that to Christopher... Read More

Still on the Pulse

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Tuesday, November, 26 2019    

Racial animus and social injustice in the United Kingdom provided material for singer/songwriter David Hinds in the early days of Steel Pulse. The band's firebrand leader continues to blaze a fire on Mass Manipulation, their latest album, which is nominated for Best Reggae Album at next... Read More

Bittersweet Grammy nomination

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, November, 24 2019    

Wednesday's news of a nomination for Best Reggae Album was bittersweet for second-time nominee Julian Marley. Read More

'In with fighting chance'

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Friday, November, 22 2019    

IT has been a fruitful 2019 for Third World. The veteran band kept busy touring, and released an overdue album that produced three well-received singles. Things got better on November 19 when they were announced as one of five nominees for Best Reggae Album at the 2020 Grammy... Read More

Capleton, Jah Vinci make case for clash

By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer aaliyahc@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, November, 22 2019    

At the recent Red Bull Culture Clash, there were several heated exchanges between members of the Romeich Entertainment and Strike Force camps. Read More



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