Singer Charmayne Maxwell dies


GUYANA-BORN singer Charmayne 'Maxee' Maxwell, formerly of 1990s Rhythm and Blues group Brownstone, has died. She was 46. Maxwell was at a football match in Los Angeles Saturday when she fell. Her death has been ruled an accident. Maxwell was married to Danish music producer Carsten Soulshock. She ... Read More

Charles Campbell JaRIA pleased
WITH the curtains down on Reggae Month, Charles Campbell -- executive director of Jamaica Reggae Ind ... Read More

Andre Shepherd Shepherd soothes the flock
AT the Redbones Blues Cafe's recent Pre-Valentine show, Mickey Hanson and Friends, singer Andre Shep ... Read More

New tracks from Macka New tracks from Macka
MACKA Diamond has been busy in the recording studios.This week she will be releasing No Money No Lov ... Read More

JaRIA salutes chosen ones

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 02, 2015    

Gramps Morgan and Cherine Anderson
perform a medley of late reggae singer
John Holt’s songs at Jamaica Reggae
Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour
Awards at the Courtleigh Auditorium in
New Kingston, on Saturday night. (Photo:
Steve James)

MEMBERS of the entertainment fraternity had their night out at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Saturday night. Twenty-one of their peers were honoured for significant contribution to reggae. Pat Chin, who along with her late husband Vincent, were given the Lifetime Achievement Award, said she felt proud to be among this year’s recipients. “I feel very honoured and very happy. I’m only sorry my hus ... Read More

Barrie Hypes up Bacchanal Fridays

By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 02, 2015    

Farmer Nappy left the
crowd wanting more
after a performance
that went from a slow
boil to a highenergy
(Photo: Karl

FARMER Nappy may have been the headliner for  Bacchanal Fridays, at the New Mas Camp, in St Andrew, but it was Barrie Hype who stole the limelight. “I love you Jamaica,” he shouted to the adoring mass who wanted more of his music. With Richie D doing the opening stint, Farmer Nappy made his appearance after midnight. He started slow, first teasing with his mega-hit Big People Party, then running through his substantial stable of soca songs including Chippin, and Surrender. E ... Read More

Sweet Honey in the Park

Monday, March 02, 2015    

American a cappella quartet Sweet Honey in the Rock in
performance at Emancipation Park in St Andrew, on Friday.
(Photos: Joseph Wellington)

THE sweet sounds of reggae, gospel, Negro spirituals and world beat music flowed through Emancipation Park last Friday, as the American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock  brought their brand of music to the popular Corporate Area green space. The event was Blues on the Green, the annual concert presented by the United States Embassy in Jamaica to commemorate Black History Month. The quartet of women, who are renowned for their engaging music rooted deeply in the African-American ... Read More

Elevating dancehall music

Monday, March 02, 2015    

(L)L’evate & (R)DJ Breezy One Don

AS teenagers in Trenton, New Jersey, during the 1990s, Kareem Buckley and Carl Stultz rocked to the dancehall beats coming out of their native Jamaica. Now artistes, the longtime friends were in Kingston recently for recording sessions with producers Sheldon ‘Calibud’ Stewart and Young Veterans. Buckley, known as DJ Breezy One Don, and Stultz, a singer who goes by the moniker L’evate (pronounced elevate), did the songs for the latter’s label, Carl Stultz Music Group. A ... Read More

I-Octane makes first-time performance in Africa

Monday, March 02, 2015 4:11 PM    

Entertainer I-Octane (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Reggae and dancehall ambassador I-Octane is set to make his first trip to Africa, where he is expected to perform at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, Gambia, on March 6. The event, which is organised by Katato Entertainment, will serve as the official launch of entertainer T Smallz’s double EP, The Versatile (Volumes 1 & 2). For I-Octane, this will be a mystic journey which will help him reach back and touch the past in a meaningful way and pay homage to t ... Read More

Palache’s eye for acts

Monday, March 02, 2015    

Nikimo Palache

NEW YORK-BASED, Jamaican music producer Nikimo Palache has an unusual way of unearthing talents for his label Punch This Records. Three years ago, while scouting for acts in Grants Pen area of Kingston, Palache met and began filming on his phone a down-and-out-looking Gully Bop as he freestyled. That impromptu performance was uploaded on the producer’s YouTube channel. Gully Bop became in immediate sensation. “For me, age or where an individual is from isn’t important. Som ... Read More

TOK says sorry

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

Skygrass in
performance at last
weekend’s staging.

BLUE Mountain Music Festival (BMMF) organisers say they remain committed and have no thought of discontinuing the event, despite the challenges faced with their second staging. "We have not give a single thought to stopping the event in the future. It's forward forever," co-promoter Craig 'Craigy T' Thompson told the Sunday Observer. "We believe we are on the right track. This year would have been near perfect had it not been for Saturday's late start," he continued. Meanwhile, Thompson and h ... Read More

The Dan who cooked for Bob

Sunday, March 01, 2015    

(L)A picture of Mikey Dan and
Bob Marley
(R)Michael ‘Mikey Dan’ Henry
and his wife Joan.

WHEN he went on tour, it was not all music for Bob Marley. He was passionate about football and fitness, and he loved food. Marley had two official cooks who travelled with him at different stages of his career. The first was Michael 'Mikey Dan' Whyte, who handled the reggae star's culinary needs from 1973 to 76. Now 62, Whyte is a committed member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and lives in New York City. Recently, he spoke to the Sunday Observer about his relationship with the king of reggae ... Read More

The Black That I Am on NY run

Sunday, March 01, 2015    

Karl O’Brian

AS part of Black History Month, The Black That I Am is having a limited New York run from February 25 to March 8. The production, which began as a poem in 2003, was created by Jamaican actor and playwright Karl O’Brian Williams. The play is currently at The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens, until March 1. It then moves to the Roy Arias Studio Theater in Manhattan from March 4 to 8. The Black That I Am is a dramatic exploration of black identity seen from a Caribbean persp ... Read More

Aaron Silk steps out, again

Sunday, March 01, 2015    


FIFTEEN years between albums is an eternity in contemporary music, but according to singer Aaron Silk, his comeback set in March will be a strategic effort. "Wi mek this exclusively fi Europe. When I an' I go there wid this I mus' can play any venue," he told the Sunday Observer. The yet-to-be-titled album is Silk's second and his first since 2000's Bless I Oh Jah. The Roy Francis-produced Step Out is its lead song. In addition to Francis, Lynford 'Fatta' Marshall, Lebert 'Gibby' Morrison and ... Read More



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