Magnitude of the MARLEY MYSTIQUE

Marley Marley

This is the sixth of a seven-part series, commissioned by Red Stripe, on the life and legacy of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, OM, on the 71st anniversary of his birth. TO say Bob Marley’s contribution to Jamaica is of inestimable value, is to state the obvious. There is no doubting the ... Read More

Bob Marley Marley musings
THERE were many sides to Bob Marley. Had he lived, the reggae king would be 71 today and no doubt th ... Read More

Yvad Yvad does Marley tribute
Singer Yvad, whose career started with the Marley family, salutes its most famous member with his ne ... Read More

Ky-Mani Marley One Love Music Festival to be streamed live
THE One Love Music Festival, scheduled for historic Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay this evenin ... Read More

Rodigan calls for Reggae Museum

BY RICHArD JOHNSON Observer senior writer johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February 05, 2016    

David Rodigan

YET another call has come for a museum dedicated to reggae music in Jamaica. This time it is from British radio personality David Rodigan. He is calling on those in authority to create a permanent space for Jamaican pop music. “There is a need for a reggae museum to be here in Jamaica to reflect the history of this music that you have created and is revered all over the world. The powers that be need to act sooner rather than later, in a bid to protect the music for future generations,&r ... Read More

AFTER 12: All hail Mr Wacky

Friday, February 05, 2016    

After taking the spotlight with the girls, Boysie (second left) hangs with his fellow dancers.

Cheers Bar & Grill on Collie Smith Drive was the scene of the 11th Mr Wacky Memorial on January 23. The annual dance, held in memory of dancer Bogle, pulled a large crowd. And, of course, any event recognising the dancer will feature the latest steps. OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY was on assignment. Read More

Frassman scores with Pop Off

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, February 05, 2016    


Frassman is making waves with his latest single Pop Off, produced by NS Music Enterprise LLC. “Pop Off is the realest song right now. It basically speaks about people who are only around you for what they can gain, but when the bad times set in they are nowhere to be found,” said Frassman. Born Nicoy Salmon, Frassman is originally from Waltham Park in Kingston. He migrated to Hartford, Connecticut 13 years ago. He is in Jamaica promoting Pop Off and other new releases. “I h ... Read More

BOB lives on  

Friday, February 05, 2016    

Bob Marley

This is the fifth of a seven-part feature, commissioned by Red Stripe, celebrating the life and legacy of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, OM, on the 71st anniversary of his birth. “My life is only important if I can help plenty people. If my life is just me, my one security, then mi nuh want it.” Bob Marley made that emphatic declaration in a 1978 television interview in New York. That philiosphy echoes throughout his music in songs like Pass It On from his 1973 album Burnin&r ... Read More

Billboard shows Conkarah love

Friday, February 05, 2016    


HE is yet to make a major impact in Jamaica, but singjay Conkarah is making strides internationally. A cover of Adele’sHello which he recorded with singer Rosie Delmah from the Solomon Islands, has gone viral and racked up over 12 million views on YouTube in less than two months. His latest EP, Don’t Kill My Love, debuted this week at number seven on Billboard’s Reggae Album Chart. The six-track EP was released late last year. It has songs produced by Jeremy Harding and Aus ... Read More

Vahni sees the light

Friday, February 05, 2016    


VAHNI’S new single Step from the Dark, the follow-up to his hit song Boo, has been released. Produced by Live Life Music Group (LLMG), it is a tribute to his late brother. “My brother was the only friend I had at the time and when he passed away, the only thing that could comfort me was music. By listening to music I have developed a passion for it, hence I decided to start writing songs on my own,” said Vahni. Born Shawnpierre Thompson, Vahni is originally from St Thomas. H ... Read More

Nooks rides to the top

Friday, February 05, 2016    

George Nooks

VETERAN singer George Nooks is number one on the Foundation Radio Network New York Top 30 and South Florida Reggae Top 30 charts with his inspirational song Ride Out Your Storm. Produced by Nooks’s Total Records, the song is from his new album of the same name. “We are looking at releasing the album in the second quarter of this year. It will be distributed by Tads Records,” Nooks told Splash. Carl Morrison and Tad Dawkins Sr also produced songs for the set. Nooks had a goo ... Read More

Idris Elba speaks out!

Friday, February 05, 2016    

Idris Elba

AS another week in Hollywood’s award season comes to an end, the red carpets continue to be flooded by actors, directors, producers and many who are just taking every last moment about their films and performances. But it seems that the conversation around the lack of diversity in Hollywood’s entertainment industry, coupled with the lack of opportunity in film and TV overall, is far from being over and is spreading well beyond the shores of the United States of America. Golden Glo ... Read More

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74 

Friday, February 05, 2016 8:44 AM    

In this July 7, 2003 file photo, Philip Bailey, from left, Maurice White, and Ralph Johnson, of Earth Wind & Fire hold up the plaques from their induction at the Hollywood Rock Walk at a ceremony in Los Angeles. (Photo: AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said. White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing. "My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Ver ... Read More

Bess FM's Steve James reviving Real Rock

Friday, February 05, 2016 8:12 AM    

Steve James

KINGSTON, Jamaica – He may host one of Jamaican radio's most respected reggae shows, but Steve James is not a household name a la Barry 'Barry G' Gordon or Richard 'Richie B' Burgess. On Bess FM's weekly Real Rock programme (Thursdays from 7--10 pm) James offers artistes whose music is rarely played on mainstream radio a chance to be heard. "The airwaves are currently dominated by dancehall and most radio stations are rotating the same songs constantly. My philosophy is that as long as t ... Read More



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