Alkaline ruled

Alkaline performing at Magnum New Rules held at National Stadium car park in St Andrew on Saturday. (Photos: Karl McLarty)

CONCERT Magnum New Rules brought out heavyweight performers last Saturday for its show at National Stadium’s car park. The evening belonged to headliner Alkaline. The shoulder-to-shoulder crowd was colourful. Some patrons wore Guy Fawkes masks and Vendetta apparel. When Alkaline took the sta ... Read More

Deiwght Peters (centre), CEO of Saint International, with the 2017 Fashion Face of the Caribbean winners, Breana Carson (left) and Mario Grant. (Bryan Cummings) Prayers answered for two Saints
IT was an emotional evening at the Courtleigh Auditorium last Saturday as Saint International model ... Read More

Desmond Dennis as Ranny olo in the University Players’ Garvey.. Desmond Dennis’s double
ACTOR Desmond Dennis admits he does not take disappointment very well. So going into tonight’s ... Read More

Tom Laing. Love Is OK for Tom Laing
TOM Laing has not been back to Jamaica since migrating to the United States 39 years ago. On April 5 ... Read More

Jamaican music take spotlight

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior writer johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

The Kingston College Chapel Choir in performance. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

From the opening notes of the national anthems of Jamaica and the United States of America it was clear that the concert featuring the Inspirational Chorale of the University of Arkansas would have been a great evening of music. Along with the Kingston College Chapel Choir, the visiting choir performed at the 353-year-old St Andrew Parish Church in the heart of Half-Way-Tree, as part of their recent Jamaican mini tour, and delivered a varied and thoroughly enjoyable performance last Tuesday. ... Read More

Veteran band celebrates 50th anniversary in 2018

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Jacob Miller

A play based on the life and music of Jacob Miller is among the events that will mark Inner Circle’s 50th anniversary next year. The band’s co-founder Ian Lewis told the Jamaica Observer that the play opens in May at the Little Theatre in Kingston when Miller, who died in March 1980, would have turned 68. The play will have two dates, followed the next day by a free concert at Emancipation Park, headlined by Inner Circle. “We are blessed to be out there still actively tourin ... Read More

Biggie’s buzz at Sting

By Sade Gardner Observer writer | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Notorious B.I.G (aka Biggie Smalls).

ON Boxing Day, 1996, superstar rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) made his way on stage for Sting, at Jamworld in Portmore, St Catherine. The occasion was memorable for two reasons: Sting was a hard-core dancehall show, and the rotund Biggie delivered his set in a wheelchair as his broken leg was in a cast. Isaiah Laing, founder of Sting, explained the reason behind having the rapper on dancehall’s biggest show. “Rap and dancehall are like cousins; notice how rap music c ... Read More

One to watch: Shantol Jackson

By Sade Gardner Observer writer | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Michelle Serieux and lead actress Shantol Jackson watch playback for a scene. (Photo: Jeff crossley)

“When you go on a stage never act, become.” This advice from local stage and screen legend Leonie Forbes has become a mantra for up-and-coming actress Shantol Jackson. The 23-year-old, who is becoming one to watch in local film, television and theatre, can currently be seen in playwright Dahlia Harris’ Country Wedding, and has two films — Sugar and Sprinter — which are currently doing the circuit. Jackson’s journey has been filled with challenges, but she ... Read More

Lyttle signs with Sony

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Kevin Lyttle

St Vincent soca star Kevin Lyttle, who last year scored a chart-topper on Billboard’s Tropical Songs table with Midnight, featuring Latin artiste Nengo Flow, has signed a deal with Sony Music subsidiary Ultra Records. This is the second major label deal for Lyttle, who signed with Atlantic Records in 2004 following the success of his platinum single, Turn Me On, featuring Spragga Benz. The partnership will see Sony/Ultra and Lyttle’s Tarakon Records releasing four projects, inclu ... Read More

Silent Cruise to set sail in MoBay

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

DJ 47.

MoBay-based promoters Ecliptik Events – known for their themed parties – are promising an experience never undertaken in Jamaica: a combination of a cruise party and a silent party. The event, Silent Cruise, is scheduled for tonight. Boarding is at Pier One in Montego Bay. DJ Blu, DJ Tippy and DJ 47 will be responsible for the evening’s music and each is expected to deliver the goods in hisrespective genre. The silent party concept allows patrons to select from the three ch ... Read More

All-star cast for Magnum New Rules

Saturday, March 25, 2017    


AN all-star cast is expected for Magnum New Rules scheduled for National Stadium Car Park in St Andrew, tonight. The event, headlined by Alkaline, will also see Mavado, Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, I-Octane, and Jahmiel. Up-and-coming dancehall acts Frassman and Deizzle are also billed for the jaunt. Sound systems Swatch International, DJ Wessy, Flabba Dabba, DJ Cash Price, Coppershot Sound, Rebel T and DJ Banka are slated to provide the musical selections. “We are set to deliver an exhilaratin ... Read More

Saint's to go marching

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

File photo shows (from left) Brandon Bailey, 2015 Fashion Face of the Caribbean male; Deiwght Peters, Saint International CEO; Alexion McDonald 2015 Fashion Face of the Caribbean female; Kurt Campbell, 2015 Avant Garde Designer of the Year; and Leneka Rhoden modeling Campbell’s winning piece, Campari flight to fantasy.

IT'S all systems go for this evening's staging of Saint International's double-bill glam-fest: the Jamaica Avant Garde Designer of the Year and the Fashion Face of the Caribbean. The occasion is scheduled for the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston and slated to start at 9:00 pm. "As the oldest and most prestigious design competition in Jamaica, we are confident that patrons will be dazzled by another night of spectacle as designers step up their A-game. Lasco Money has joined Campari as a ... Read More

MoBay Blow-Out tonight

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Iwer George.

Soca sensation Iwer George is scheduled to headline Montego Bay Blow Out Fete at Pier 1 tonight. The event is part of Wray & Nephew Jamaica Carnival’s thrust to spread the carnival love islandwide. The Trinidad and Tobago- born artiste said he was happy to be part of Jamaica Carnival. “I am happy to be a part of the return of the real Jamaica Carnival, since I was part of the beginning with the great Bryon Lee and the Dragonaires together with the crazy Super Blue, Admiral Bail ... Read More

Killer sounds from Michael Buckley

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Michael Buckley.

THE hardcore dancehall fan has been familiar with Michael Buckley’s distinctive baritone for over 35 years. Though he has influenced artistes such as Bushman, mainstream recognition has been elusive. Underground songs like Send Another Sound Home have earned him a following on the sound system circuit, but Buckley aims to expand his base with his first album. He admits the tag of dance artiste has limited his career. With a vast repertoire of singles at his fingertips, releasing an a ... Read More



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