A Spicy affair - ‘Babsy’ gives Spice the nod


Culture Minister Olivia “Babsy”Grange has defended the decision to include deejay Spice on last weekend’s concert honouring Jamaican athletes who participated at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Grange and her team have been criticised following Spice’s performance, ... Read More

Tanto Blacks Tanto Blacks is Cash 4 Life face
Celebrated dancehall ‘Real Rich’ sensation Tanto Blacks is named ambassador and the face ... Read More

Pritti Shu Pritti Shu hits out against Bad Mind
In his latest single, up-and-coming singjay Pritti Shu expresses his disgust for backbiters and hypo ... Read More

Chyna Nicole Chyna Nicole on a high
Seven months after its release, Higher, the first album from singer Chyna Nicole, has done well on r ... Read More

Isha Bel’s time to shine

Friday, October 21, 2016    

Isha Bel

Though she has done countless songs in a 20-year career, singer Isha Bel is still hunting that elusive hit. She thinks it has come in Cost of Living. The song is from Cost of Living/Light Haffi Shine, an EP released September 20 by Swiss label Addis Records. Cost of Living is a cover of Peace Within, a song done by singer Nora Dean in the 1970s. A former member of the Fourth Street Sister vocal group, Isha Bel has done a number of singles since going solo nearly a decade ago. The EP repr ... Read More

More ‘roses’ for Gregory

By Howard Campbell Observer senior reporter | Thursday, October 20, 2016    

June Isaacs receiving the posthumous award on behalf of her husband reggae singer Gregory Isaacs. (Joseph Wellington)

AN album of unreleased songs from Gregory Isaacs and a Valentine’s Day theme show are on the cards in 2017 for the late singer’s estate. His widow, June Isaacs, told the Jamaica Observer that the album will be distributed by Tads International Record, the independent label her husband had a long relationship with. In February, a live show dubbed ‘Red Rose For Gregory’ is scheduled for Kingston. American Rhythm & Blues group Atlantic Starr will be the featured act a ... Read More

Bobby Shmurda’s fall from grace

Thursday, October 20, 2016    

Bobby Shmurda

AMERICAN rapper Bobby Shmurda was sentenced to seven years in prison on Wednesday, having pleaded guilty in connection with a 2014 incident in which the New York City police charged him with conspiracy to commit murder, weapons possession, and reckless endangerment. However, Shmurda, whose given name is Ackquille Jean Pollard, rejected a previously agreed plea deal, telling Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Abraham Clott that his lawyer forced him to accept the deal. “I was forced to take ... Read More

Bobby Ellis is dead

Thursday, October 20, 2016    

Bobby Ellis

Bobby Ellis, the influential trumpeter who played on a number of groundbreaking Jamaican songs, died Tuesday at age 84. His daughter, Cheryl Ellis, told the Jamaica Observer that her father died at the University Hospital of the West Indies. He was admitted there on September 27 to treat a pneumonia-related illness. Born in Kingston, Ellis was a past student of Alpha Boys School and a contemporary of other Alpha alumni who went on to greatness. They included saxophonists Tommy McCook and Headl ... Read More

Downswell, Romain Virgo deliver at seafood fest

Thursday, October 20, 2016    

Kevin Downswell (karl mclarty)

Gospel singer Kevin Downswell and reggae act Romain Virgo delivered spectacular sets at Monday’s staging of the Grace Tropical Rhythm Port Royal Seafood Festival in Kingston. Downswell was introduced to the audience just after most had completed their delicious dishes of seafood delights and the children had enjoyed the rides and goodies on offer. His spiritual performance could be felt throughout the venue as he had fans of all ages singing along with outstretched arms. Downswell&rsq ... Read More

Laza Morgan is on fire

Wednesday, October 19, 2016    

Laza Morgan

REGGAE singer Laza Morgan is at it again. He recently released his latest single On Fire, which has been creating a huge buzz. “The song is being well received and we only just started promo. Because of the good feedback it made us move to the next level; that’s stepping up promotion and marketing, so look for video coming soon and many more,” Laza Morgan told the Jamaica Observer. Produced on the Cold Sweet rhythm by Majah Label Music Group, On Fire is being distributed by ... Read More

Keeping Tosh’s legacy alive

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, October 19, 2016    

Peter Tosh and Marlene Brown in happier times.

BEHIND every successful man there’s a woman. In Peter Tosh’s case it was Marlene Brown. Since Tosh’s death at his St Andrew home in September 1987, she has travelled a long road to get recognition for his success as a solo artiste after leaving The Wailers, as well as getting industry investors to recognise the value of his heritage. That all seems to be coming together as today, Tosh’s birthday, a museum opens at Pulse’s headquarters on Trafalgar Road in St Andre ... Read More

Cali P’s I Thoughts debuts on Billboard

Wednesday, October 19, 2016    


GUADELOUPE-BORN singer Cali P debuts at number 10 on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart this week with I Thoughts. The 12-track set was released on October 7 by Hemp Hire Productions/ Flash Hit Records. It features songs produced by Equiknoxx, Seani B, Don Chandler, and Teka. There are collaborations with Capleton, Yung JR, Shanique Marie and Randy Valentine. Tracks include Ease Off, On My Way Home, Coconut Jelly Man, Lyrical Faya, Guiding Shield, and Do You Love Me. Elsewhere on the chart, ... Read More

Africa music fest for Nov 26

Wednesday, October 19, 2016    

Victor Essiet

Promoters of Africa Meets Reggae and World Music International Festival (AMR) expect continued growth for its third staging on November 26. The event, which is dominated by artistes from host country Nigeria, takes place at the National Stadium in Lagos, that country’s previous capital. The line-up includes Nigerian singers Majek Fashek and Victor Essiet and his Mandators band, artistes who helped put African reggae on the map. Essiet is founder and promoter of Africa Meets Reggae. &ldq ... Read More

Amlak to release Book of Judges

Wednesday, October 19, 2016    


Reggae singer Amlak is set to release his debut album Book of Judges later this month. The 11-track set features collaborations with acts including Spragga Benz, Exile Di Brave, Kazam Davis, Indo German, Toke and Rseenal Di Artillery. Book of Judges is a joint venture between RSQTHP Music Group and Germany-based True Lion Productions. “What I bring to the table is nothing different from what every other conscious performing artiste/activist has brought. Except that I add my own personali ... Read More



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