Hamptons delivers magic

<p>This guest strikes a pose.<p>

REMY Martin Hamptons Midnight Magic began the Yuletide season with a bang last Saturday. Held at the downtown Kingston Waterfront, dubbed East End Harbour, the location was ideal for the hundreds of people who came dressed in designer threads to have a good time. “The Hamptons party, as the ... Read More

I-Octane Jamboree for Braeton
SEVERAL high-profile acts are slated to perform at this evening’s Jamboree at Ferdie Neita Spo ... Read More

Ziggy Marley Nominees sing Grammy praises
Nominees for Best Reggae Album at the 59th Grammy Awards, are upbeat about being recognised. Shortl ... Read More

Raging Fyah 
Raging Fyah humbled by Grammy nomination
“Humbled and honoured.” That is the sentiment expressed by Raging Fyah band following Tu ... Read More

Spinning in a Marley world

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, December 09, 2016    

DJ Sasha Payne showing her skills on the CD mixer.BRYAN CUMMINGS

IT came to her in a dream. For years, Shacia Marley, daughter of Stephen and grand-daughter to Bob and Rita, knew she wanted to be involved in music, after all, it is in her DNA. What she did not know was which area of the music business it would be. Then came the dream and DJ Sasha Payne was born. “In the dream it was me on stage with my grandfather. I don’t know what I was doing but there was a look on his face that told me he was enjoying it and it made him feel really, really g ... Read More

Iya Chant keeps it positive

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Friday, December 09, 2016    

Iya Chant.

Dub poet Iya Chant is banking on positive messages to develop his base. One of his new songs, the Roland McDermot-produced Africa, features singer Terry Linen. Iya Chant, whose real name is Michael Reid, is from the Whitehall Avenue area of St Andrew and splits his time between Jamaica and London. He started in music on sound systems such as Crystal Disco, Inna City and Silver Hawk. He has a musical background with his father being producer/show promoter Wilfred “Witty” Reid, bes ... Read More

Great sets at Jacob’s Place

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Boris Gardiner in performance at Action For Charity held at Fab 5 headquarters on Springvale Avenue in Kingston, in September. (Photos: Lionel Rookwood)

It could not get any better Tuesday at the RJR Kingston Music Week event at Jacob’s Place, King’s Plaza. One of the largest turnouts at the popular chill spot was fully entertained by talented artistes and musicians. The high point came when singer Boris Gardner made the first of two appearances, joining sports administrator Ian Andrews and journalist Kerlyn Brown of CVM Television. It was the climax of Andrews’ outstanding stint, and he requested Brown&r ... Read More

Ova Dose is a Hard Man Fi Dead

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Ova Dose.

UK-based dancehall deejay Ova Dose says he has high expectations for his latest single Hard Man Fi Dead. The track is produced on his Myself Production label and was released on Monday. It is available on all digital platforms. “The song has been well received. The name of the song, Hard Man Fi Dead, was given to me by my dad, after I went back to Jamaica in February of this year. People have been anticipating the song and since it was released I have been getting a lot of good reviews. ... Read More

Jemere Morgan marks Transition

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Jemere Morgan.

On January 6, Jemere Morgan will highlight his ‘transition’ to manhood with the release of his 17-track debut album called Transition. “This album will highlight the changes I have made from being a kid to a man. It is about travelling the world and experiencing different cultures and appreciating different types of music. It represents the current phase of my life and my experiences with relationships and so on,” he said. Besides the title track, the songs are Shine W ... Read More

Range sticks to her roots

Friday, December 09, 2016    


Since she was 15 years old, Shana Blair McCormack has been involved in the fashion industry as a model. That makes her an unlikely candidate for Rasta advocacy. But on her first song, Inwad Rasta, McCormack (known as singer Range) salutes people who celebrate the faith, despite going without locks or smoking ganja. Produced by Diamond Links Productions, Inwad Rasta is scheduled for release on December 15. “I have family members who are Rasta and I know them as very caring, lov ... Read More

Khalilah Rose adds flavour to Silk’s track

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Khalilah Rose.

“Garnet Silk is one of my greatest musical inspirations; he’s made a tremendous impact on me as an artiste. I love his music a lot and Place In Your Heart has always been one of my favourite songs,” said Khalilah Rose. Interestingly, her version is produced by Calibud Music owned by Sheldon Stewart, whose stepfather Bobby ‘Bobby Digital’ Dixon, produced the original. Khalilah Rose said the team at Calibud suggested she do the song after hearing her perform it at R ... Read More

Chronixx calls on Santa... again

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Chronixx (Garfield Robinson)

Chronixx gets in the Christmas spirit by covering a Jamaican Yuletide favourite, Carlene Davis’s Santa Claus Do You Ever Come to The Ghetto? Davis’s husband Tommy Cowan, who produced and wrote the original, is elated the song has been covered by an artiste widely acclaimed as leader of the neo-roots movement. “Chronixx is the leading young, conscious artiste out of Jamaica right now, and to see that the song has so much relevance to him that he would choose not just to sing, ... Read More

Razor B winds down in Europe

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Razor B.

Razor B is currently winding down his European tour. The trek began in early November. “The highlight of the tour was being able to connect with thousands of fans across Europe. It was a joy seeing people who don’t speak English singing and dancing to your songs”, Razor B explained. Austria, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Germany are just some of the countries Razor B performed. One of his recent hits, Bruk Fi Mi Back (produced by Cornelius Records) is featured on VP Records ... Read More

Get Footloose on December 17

Friday, December 09, 2016    

A previous staging of Footloose.

Popular retro music party Footloose returns to Mas Camp on December 17 for its 2016 finale — the Worl-A-Girls edition. “Patrons can expect a great experience. Great music and great vibes”, said promoter Tyrone Dixon of Broadway Productions. This is the first time Footloose will be held during the Christmas season. It caters to fans of music from the 1980s to the 2000s. Footloose was first held in 2006. Read More



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