Sandals Grande Riviera tops ENCORE national finals

WINNERS: Winners of ENCORE (Entertainment Now Creates Opportunity Rewarding Excellence) national finals held at Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on Friday evening. From left are: Andre Palmer and Taneisha Thompson, Sandals Grande Riviera; Shadeky Mitchell, Beaches Negril; Junior Brown, Beaches Boscobel – Ocho Rios; Jolon Jones, Sandals Royal Caribbean – Montego Bay; and Scion Derby, Sandals Montego Bay.

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Sandals Grande Riviera produced two of the six winners in the national finals of ENCORE Jamaica 2014 held at its Ocho Rios, St Ann location, on Friday evening. The talent and modelling competition — opened Sandals and Beaches employees — saw Best Male and Female Voc ... Read More

(From left) Chronixx, Jah9 and Jesse Royal performing at Rototom Sunsplash
festival in Spain, recently. (PHOTO: ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH FESTIVAL) Rototom sunsplash wins new fans
ORGANISERS of the annual Rototom Sunsplash festival say the August 16-23 show in Benicassim, Spain a ... Read More

Stylo G Stylo G, Clean Bandit hit UK charts
JAMAICAN dancehall deejay Stylo G has teamed up with British electronic group Clean Bandit for the s ... Read More

Not even the threat of rain could keep fans away from the need to get Footloose at Mas Camp on
Saturday night. (PHOTOS: KENYON HEMANS) Everybody got Footloose
FOOTLOOSE: Short Shorts edition proved that sticking to the essentials — that is, playing goo ... Read More

Sandz Beach Party pulls crowd

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

From left) Mitch Williams of Portmore Society, Carlton Davy of Yung Kingz
Entertainment, and Jermaine Davis of TNS promoters of Sandz.

IT was great vibes, non-stop partying and flossing at the monthly summer series Sandz Beach Party last Sunday afternoon. The event attracted a massive crowd at its grand finale held at the Boardwalk Beach in Portmore. The event has been held every last Sunday of the month during the summer since its inception in May of this year. It is promoted jointly by members of TNS (Team No Shirt), Envy Team and Yung Kingz Entertainment. According to Oneil Forbes of Envy Team, based on the demand by patr ... Read More

Lennox Lewis celebrates birthday today

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 4:45 PM    

(Photo: AFP)

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis celebrates his 49th birthday today. Lewis born in the UK of Jamaican parentage knocked out Donovan Ruddock in 1992 to take the number one contender position in the World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings eventually becoming WBC champion. Lewis defeated World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Evander Holyfield in November 1999 to unify the three titles and followed up with a knockout of Mik ... Read More

Bieber charged with assault over photo incident

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 4:32 PM    

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation involving a photographer, his lawyer said Tuesday. Ontario Provincial Police said Bieber, who was driving the ATV, and an occupant of the minivan "engaged in a physical altercation," Friday afternoon near Bieber's hometown of Stratford. "Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's peaceful retre ... Read More

’T Boots’ Harris... unforgettable

Basil Walters | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Musician Grub Cooper pays tribute the late T Boots Harris

AMID tributes at the thanksgiving service for veteran entertainment journalist Trevor ‘T Boots’ Harris Saturday, his long-time friend and singer Boris Gardner captured the essence of the sombre occasion with his rendition of Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable. It was a perfect summary that left a lasting impression on the congregation at the First Baptist Church on Sandringham Avenue in St Andrew. Family, journalists and entertainment figures turned out to pay respect to Harris, wh ... Read More

Kaci Fennell is Miss Universe Jamaica 2014

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Kaci Fennell (centre) is flanked by second runner-up Kimar Muir (left) and first-runner up Roshelle McKinley. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

KACI Fennell won the Hyundai Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 title on Saturday at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College in St Andrew. A popular winner, the 21-year-old Mico University College student was selected over 18 other competitors. “It has been tiring but I put my all into this. I really worked hard towards this title and now I am completely elated,” Fennell told the Jamaica Observer shortly after being crowned. She said the achievements of former Miss Jamaica and Miss ... Read More

A family in mourning

Monday, September 01, 2014    

(From left) Keri-Ann Harris- Reuben (daughter), Francisco-Che Harris (son), Aghaneen Harris (daughter-in-law), Khalil Harris (son) and Tanya-Sue Harris (daughter-inlaw) were a picture of grief at the thanksgiving service on Saturday. Read More

Tom Laing salutes Gregory

Monday, September 01, 2014    

Tom Laing

AS a budding entertainer in the 1990s, Tom Laing was influenced by several singers. One of them was Gregory Isaacs. The New York-based Laing salutes his hero by covering Front Door, which Isaacs did in the 1980s when he was riding high as the Cool Ruler. “I’m the biggest fan there is, I have known ‘Toothache’ (his nickname for Isaacs) from I was 12 years of age. Front Door is my favourite Gregory,” Laing said. Laing produced Front Door for his Top Tier label. It ... Read More

Eastern Pan champs decided

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Delroy Thompson (left) and Carlos Thomas, winners in the Eastern Regional Eliminations of the CB Pan Chicken Championship.

JERKED chicken and dancehall were a winning combination on Saturday, August 23rd, at the CB Pan Chicken Championship Eastern Regional Eliminations, at the UDC Car Park in Portmore. The winners were: Annie Simpson for the Grace Ketch Di Taste Sauce competition; Pauline Rainford (St Thomas); Denton Levers (St Mary); Delroy Thompson (Portland); Norman Chambers (Kingston & St Andrew); Carlos Thomas (St Catherine). The 26 booths manned by the competitors were a hit with patrons. According to C ... Read More

On the Boardwalk with Sandz

Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:34 AM    

DJ Supastylez (second left) is surrounded by a bevy of beauties at a recent staging of Sandz

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The latest in the Sandz Beach Party series takes place today (Sunday, August 31) at the Boardwalk Beach in Portmore, St Catherine. It is the conclusion to a debut season which began in May. According to Carlton Davy of promoters Yung Kingz Entertainment, "It will be a party centred on the theme of chilling on the plush beach line of Boardwalk while being treated to a premium entertainment package." Sandz is the brainchild of a group of event coordinators. They are members ... Read More

Life after ‘Sticky’

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Uzziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson

IN a 2002 interview with the Jamaica Observer, Uzziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson spoke about the lack of session work for percussionists in contemporary reggae. “Nuh whole heap a work nah gwaan, a computer ting a run the place now,” he said. “Only one an’ two man will gi’ yuh a call.” Thompson, who died last Monday at age 78 in Florida, played on countless hit songs during a 50-year career. Those hits ranged from ska (Little Did You Know by the Technique ... Read More



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