Aunty Roachy Festival returns

Ricky Rowe (left) and Tony Hendriks stars in the play Samson
and Di Liar.

FREE literary festival, Aunty Roachy Festival, returns to the Independence Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, today. The event, which will cover a range of poetry, prose and drama writings, is scheduled for 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Stephen Davidson, director of marketing a ... Read More

Cecil ‘Skelly’ Spence (left) and Lascelle ‘Wiss’ Bulgin of Israel Vibration
at the sound check before a show on their recent European tour. Israel marches on
FORTY years of recording and touring with Israel Vibration has not dimmed Cecil 'Skelly' Spence's pa ... Read More

Earl ‘Fuzzy’ Franklin Fuzzy Franklin remembered
BACCHANAL Jamaica's costume creator Earl 'Fuzzy' Franklin is remembered as a hard-working husband an ... Read More

It was a packed house on Friday night for the first party in the SPF programme SPF: Forever
Beach at Dunn’s River Beach, Ocho Rios, St Ann. (PHOTOS: RORY DALEY) SPF Weekend off to a good start
THE first of a the SPF Weekend events, SPF Forever Beach, held on Friday night at Dunn's River Beach ... Read More

Jewel Lagoon Water Park a big splash

By Renae Dixon Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 03, 2015    

Miss Jamaica World Laurie-Ann Chin (centre) makes a surprise entrance through one of the
slides at the water park. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON

The Jewel Lagoon Water Park in Runaway Bay which was officially opened last month has already been reaping great benefits for the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort. The hotel which adjoins the water park is already fully booked for December 2015 to January 2016 and has had increase occupancy since the park's soft opening just over three months ago. Within three months of operation more than 45, 000 people have already visited the attraction which caters to all age groups. Speaking at the ... Read More

Revisiting Garvey's wives

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 02, 2015    

Shanique Brown (left) as Amy Ashwood and Petrina Williams as
Amy Jacques in a scene from the Dahlia Harris play Garvey’s Wives. At right: Shanique Brown

HAD financial requirements been in place, Garvey's Wives, a play by Dahlia Harris, would have been shown at last month's inaugural Jamaica Film Festival. The play traces the lives of Amy Ashwood and Amy Jacques, the wives of Marcus Garvey, Pan Africanist and Jamaica's first National Hero who died in 1940. Garvey's Wives premiered on stage last year at the 8X10 Theatre Festival organised by the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Indies, Mona. The Amys ar ... Read More

Let's do it for Garvey!

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 02, 2015    

National Hero
Marcus Garvey

FILMMAKER/ACTOR Donovan Watkis firmly believes Jamaica's fledging industry should train its cameras on National Hero Marcus Garvey and not wait on Hollywood. "Marcus Garvey is the most important black leader. We have to tell that story. We don't have to wait on American filmmakers to do it for us," Watkis told the Sunday Observer. The 30-year-old said Garvey's influence is global and everyone can relate to it. "The stories are told of people Garvey influenced ... Carter G Woodson, W E B DuBoi ... Read More

Ras Kronik's second coming

Sunday, August 02, 2015    

Ras Kronik's second coming

HAVING lived in Las Nevada for over five years, singer Ras Kronik has made a name in a city regarded as the gambling mecca of the world. The dreadlocked artiste is working on his second album, titled Wild and Free, which is recorded with Jamaican and American session musicians who live in Sin City. It will be his second album, following 2013's The Real Thing Remix. "This one will have about 14 tracks with different producers including Patrick Anthony (former UB40 trumpeter), KC Cousin, Philli ... Read More

JAMPRO's film fest bearing fruit

Sunday, August 02, 2015    

(L-R) Film Commissioner Carole Beckford. Nicole Bernard, executive vice president of Fox Audience Strategy

JAMAICANS now have a chance to be part of the writers and directors intensive organised by United States-based media and entertainment conglomerate, FOX. This is one of the benefits to come out of the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival, organised by Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) from July 7-11. Film Commissioner Carole Beckford said that this FOX Writers and Directors Intensive is how the hit television series Empire was born, and this opportunity for Jamaicans comes directly as a resul ... Read More

Marital myths

with Tony Robinson | Sunday, August 02, 2015    

God, the best maker of all marriages, Combine your hearts in one, Your realms in one. -- Shakespeare, Henry V, V, 2 COMBINE your hearts in one and you'll have a marriage made in Heaven. I'm sure you've heard that term, and indeed it's what many people yearn for, especially women. Well, men do yearn for a marriage made in Heaven too, but they don't express it as much. Women are always seeking the perfect man, their knight in shining armour, their Prince Valiant, and the perfect life which com ... Read More

Etana to get unplugged

Saturday, August 01, 2015    


REGGAE singer Etana will be the headliner for the next We Are Reggae unplugged concert series slated for Beach Bar, Doctor's Cave Bathing Club in Montego Bay, on August 29. "We are excited to present our first female act Etana on August 29. Having had a July 11 We Are Reggae event, which witnessed Agent Sasco delivering a stellar performance; the decision was made to return to format and present Etana. We look forward to another successful staging," said Peter Lloyd, co-conceptualiser of the se ... Read More

Crime scares Sumfest patrons

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Saturday, August 01, 2015    

Patrons at the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest held at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex
in Montego Bay, St James.

A St James businessman is speculating that the murder of seven persons in that parish recently may have been the contributing factor to the low turnout of patrons during the final two nights of Reggae Sumfest 2015. "We did Sumfest this year, and the first night was a great success and, coincidentally or unfortunately, seven people were murdered in Montego Bay on Thursday, July 16. And, for the first time in the history of the festival, we had 50 per cent fewer people on Friday and 50 per cent l ... Read More

Anju Blaxxx gets bail

Saturday, August 01, 2015    

Anju Blaxxx

JAMAICAN dancehall producer Anju Blaxxx was released on bail after spending close to six months in a North Dakota jail on lottery scamming-related charges. His release was confirmed by Tanya Thellwell, manager of UIM Records . "He was granted bail when he appeared in court yesterday (Thursday). He also went to immigration court today (Friday) and he was cleared, so hopefully he will be home soon," she told the Jamaica Observer. The lottery scam involves convincing elderly American victims to ... Read More

DJ Charlie B to rock 'Playground'

Saturday, August 01, 2015    

DJ Charlie B

TORONTO'S DJ Charlie B is guest disc jock rostered for a very Special staging of Appleton Special Celebrity Playground at Wavz Beach in Negril, on Thursday, August 6. Also known as Mr Canada, DJ Charlie B has collaborated with a number of international stars including P Reign, Drake, the Weeknd, YG and Future. Affiliated with Drake's October's Very Own (OVO), he was the monthly resident DJ for BET's 106 & Park. He spoke to the Jamaica Observer of what patrons are to expect. "I'm not going ... Read More



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