Miami hosts 'Caribbean: Crossroads of the World'

Painter Ada Balcacer, of the Dominican Republic, talks to reporters and guests about her installation at the Perez Art Museum Miami in Miami. (Photo: AP)

MIAMI (AP) — One of the opening images in ‘Caribbean: Crossroads of the World’ features a massive nuclear submarine breaking the surface off what appears to be a cold northern coastline, with evergreens that would never thrive in tropical weather. The painting by Cuban-born Julio ... Read More

Chris Brown Chris Brown trial set for Monday
WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has set Monday as the start date for the assault trial of singer Chr ... Read More

Patrons enjoying the vibe at a previous staging of
Beach J’Ouvert in St Mary. (PHOTO: OBSERVER FILE) More fun for Beach J'ouvert
SOCA fans making the annual trek to Bacchanal Beach J'ouvert at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St M ... Read More

Supa Dups Supa Dups story
DWAYNE 'Supa Dups' Chin-Quee has had a decorated career as a producer. He has worked with a long lis ... Read More

Kafinal salutes Dekker

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Thursday, April 17, 2014    


SINGER Kafinal pays tribute to reggae pioneer Desmond Dekker with his latest song, Road Tonight. It is inspired by Israelites, Dekker's 1968 international hit. The Canada-based singer/actor is best known in Jamaica for the 2004 song Cooking Dat Pwile, on which he teamed with Sambo. Kafinal says he recorded Road Tonight to honour Dekker and help keep his legacy alive. "For the most part we wanted to pay tribute to the late, great Desmond Dekker, based on the familiarity in voice and it would ... Read More

Tydal heads to the US

Thursday, April 17, 2014    


Following the February release of his EP, The Journey of a Young Warrior, singjay Tydal makes his American show debut this weekend. He is billed for three shows — on April 18 and 19 in Alabama and April 20 in Columbus, Ohio. "First impression lasts, so I am going to give a good account of myself, connect with the people with a great energy and represent my country, team Master One (his management) and my family in the best way possible," said Tydal, who is also promoting his latest s ... Read More

High praises for local theatre

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

The cast and crew of Jonkanoo Jamboree accept the
trophy for Best Ensemble from Tanya Batson-Savage (left)
at the Actor Boy Awards on Monday night.

DESPITE the challenges, 2013 was a good year for the local theatre industry. That's the view of Tanya Batson-Savage, head of the panel of adjudicators for the Actor Boy Awards. Speaking at Monday's awards at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Batson-Savage noted that the year saw 30 productions taking to the stage representing a rich blend of themes and genres from tragedies to musicals, comedies and what she noted was a "growing breadth of plays for children". She, however, heaped he ... Read More

D'Midas touch

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Stephen Derek (right) adding the finishing touches to one of his designs.

TRINIDADIAN costume designer and band leader Stephen Derek is excited about his appearance at this month's Bacchanal road march. The march, which concludes the season, will be held April 29 in the Corporate Area. Derek was part of the Jamaican carnival scene in the mid-1980s. He was invited by band leader Byron Lee to assist with the launch of his Jamaica Carnival. "It's been a while since I have been to Jamaica carnival so I am anxious to see what improvement it has made and where it is now, ... Read More

DJ Jigsy King bats for the girls

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Jigsy King

VETERAN dancehall artiste Jigsy King is appealing to women to set higher standards for themselves. He stated that low self-esteem on their part is a contributing factor to the breakdown of dancehall music. "Back in the days, we couldn't deejay anything derogatory about females as they would not support it; now some of them are dancing to anything. How can an artiste even think about writing a line like 'Upgrade you from germs tun yuh inna wifey'? This is unacceptable," he said. The entertaine ... Read More

Old-school artistes for Rising Star sound system launch Monday

Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:55 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A strong cast of old school artistes are scheduled to perform at a live show marking the official launch of the Original Rising Star sound system on Easter Monday. The event takes place at South Camp Road and features singers Jimmy Riley, Carl Dawkins, Puddy Roots, Pad Anthony, Mikey General and deejay Little Twitch. The show is produced by deejay Buckey Ranks (Clive Buckley) whose son Marlon 'Bad Indian' Mitchell is selector for the London-based Original Rising Star. ... Read More

Hapilos awards off

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Johnny Wonder, 21st Hapilos’s executive vice-president (Photo: Pawty Central)

SATURDAY'S 21st Hapilos Anniversary and Digital Awards has been postponed. The event was scheduled for the Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica Centre in St Andrew. No reason was given for the postponement. Neither was a new date announced. In a statement yesterday, Johnny Wonder, 21st Hapilos's executive vice-president, apologised "for any inconvenience the postponement may have caused". "We at 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone assoc ... Read More

Predictions spot on

BY RICHARD JOHNSON | Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

(From left) Actor Boy awardees Nadean Rawlins, Glen Campbell, Sakina Deer and Christopher McFarlane. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

THEY did it. The actors got it right. In a poll conducted by the Jamaica Observer which asked other actors to predict who would go home with the Actor Boy Awards in the various categories ahead of Monday's ceremony, was spot on. The poll r esults showed veteran actor Glen Campbell would take the trophy for Best Actor in a Lead Role for his work in If There's A Will There's a Wife; Nadean Rawlins would win best lead actress for Departure in the Dark; Christopher McFarlane would be the winner fo ... Read More

Dread and Terrible lie

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 16, 2014    


ANTONIE Missir — producer of Chronixx's Dread and Terrible Tour French leg -- is dismissing rumours that the artiste was assaulted by security guards at La Cigale in Paris on Sunday, April 6. "I guarantee that there is no truth to the story," said Missir, in an email response to the Jamaica Observer yesterday. According to the producer, Chronixx and his team were on stage when a minor incident happened backstage between a security guard and an unauthorised person. "Chronixx and crew beh ... Read More

Jah Reefa set to make mark

Balford Henry | Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Jah Reefa

SINGJAY Jah Reefa is among a new generation of entertainers emerging from St Thomas. The up-and-coming artiste hopes to make his mark with the track Loyalty Over Royalty. Released last week, the single is produced on the Rapid Burst Record label. “It’s an anthem pointing out that I understand that nothing in life comes easy... Money can’t change we, because we are loyal to those who are loyal to us,” the 23-year-old singjay told the Jamaica Observer. St Thomas has had ... Read More



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