LAST week my good friend Nadine Sutherland published a stimulating article in this newspaper addressing the vexing issue of ageism in entertainment. It was timely and important. She pointed to an age-defying quality characterising a number of mature more
LAST year March, I had the distinct pleasure and honour of sharing stage with the legendary Patricia “Miss Pat” Chin, co-founder of VP Records, at the 2020 edition of the annual Grounation Symposium staged at the Institute of Jamaica.
“He was an original.” That is how veteran music producer and sound system selector Lloyd “King Jammys” James described his friend, colleague and iconic Jamaican artiste Daddy U Roy, who died of diabetes and hypertension-relat more
The Merritone Story, a book about the Merritone sound system, is earmarked for release in 2021. Errol “Monte” Blake, whose father Val started it 70 years ago in his native St Thomas, made the disclosure last week during an interview with more
Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson has urged members of the entertainment community to partner with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in the fight against crime.
Anderson met with some of the major players in the entertainment i more
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson met with some of the major players of the entertainment industry at his Old Hope Road, St Andrew office on Monday.
The meeting came on the heels of renewed efforts by the more
Entertainment Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange eulogised music producer Edward O'Sullivan “Bunny” Lee as a visionary whose innovation helped make reggae a creative force. She also saluted his commitment to community and family d more
There is no such thing as bad publicity. That's the sentiment being expressed by entertainment insider/music consultant Clyde McKenzie regarding the inclusion of Jamaican artistes Shenseea, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Skip Marley, and Koffee as well a more
NEXT Monday, seven-time Jamaica Festival Song Competition winner Eric Donaldson will be bestowed an Order of Distinction in the rank of officer (OD) for his outstanding service to the Jamaican music industry.
Due to restrictions brought on by COVID- more
A virtual wake for late engineer/producer Barry O'Hare is scheduled for IRIE FM's courtyard in Ocho Rios, St Ann, this evening from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
However, due to restrictions brought on by COVID-19, the event will be streamed live on social me more
Those who are interested in examining the historical nexus between music and politics would be well served to read the fascinating Music: A Subversive History by Stanford Professor Ted Gioia.
The book explains how the social and political elites hav more
The use of Jamaican music in political campaigns is nothing new.
The growth of indigenous Jamaican music coincided with the political and social development of post independent Jamaica. As a result political campaigns have become a space for the sho more
Former national goalkeeper Donovan “DV” Hayles, who has had his battles with prostate cancer, says he is doing well as he responded to questions in the ninth week of Harbour View FC's Instagram Live interview feature “My JourneyR more
The Jamaican music industry was strongly represented at Saturday's thanksgiving service for the life of music producer Robert “Bobby Digital” Dixon, held at the Pembroke Hall High School Auditorium in Kingston.
Dixon, one of contemporary more
This is the second segment of a series on the former Jamaica and West Indies opener Easton McMorris. The first segment was published on Sunday, June 7, 2020
EASTON McMorris insists that it was Barbadian John Goddard, the man who led the West Indi more
THE recent staging of the Verzuz online musical clash between dancehall heavyweights Beenie Man and Bounty Killer continues to dominate conversation within the entertainment fraternity, and has even revived talk of a return of Sting, the Boxing Day s more
The overwhelming feeling is that Jamaica and dancehall were the winners of Saturday night's musical clash between Beenie Man and Bounty Killer as part of the Verzuz series created by American music producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz.
For publicist more
On Monday, May 11, 1981 the sitting prime minister in Jamaica was Edward Seaga. His Jamaica Labour Party had swept to power seven months earlier following a landslide victory at the polls. The Leader of the Opposition was Michael Manley. The United more
We should remember the words of Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, in response to reports of discrimination against individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, “Those who discriminate are assuming that they will not have the virus...t more
“And then came the brothers Nap ster and Aimster and though they were definitely wrong, I think it was worse to be forced to buy a [expletive] album just to get one good song”
--- Tanya Stephens, Way Back from the album Gangsta Blues
In my last Jamaica Observer column, I highlighted some of the points raised in a conversation I had with Howard “Big Mac” McIntosh, chairman of the Entertainment Advisory Board, regarding the impact of the outbreak of COVID-19 on the e more
As the entertainment industry buckles under the pressure due to restrictions brought on by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), artistes are turning to social media to stay connected with their fanbase.
On Thursday evening a few Jamaican entert more
'THE show must go on' is a mantra of defiance which is reputed to have its origins in the circus, where it was felt that a mishap involving animals or performers should not be sufficient reason to bring the spectacle to a halt.
British rock group, Q more
WITH Prime Minister Andrew Holness's announcement on Monday that bars, nightclubs, pubs, and other related facilities be closed due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jamaica, media consultant Clyde McKenzie says players in the ente more
The 2020 staging of the Grounation Symposium and Exhibition series ended on a high note last Sunday at the Institute of Jamaica in downtown Kingston.
This year participants/observers and music history buffs spent four consecutive weeks interrogating more