3rdNWest plotting musical course

Members of the trio 3rdNWest (from left) Karell Wisdom,
Kevin Tappe (centre) and Garth Jobson

THEIR name may be derived from their geographic location in Montego Bay, but 3rdNWest certainly know where they want to go. "The sky's the limit. We came up with the name 3rdNWest because it's three of us and we are in the island's west end," Garth Jobson told the Jamaica Observer. In addition to ... Read More

Peter Tosh Tosh kids in royalties fight
CHILDREN of late reggae singer Peter Tosh are currently entangled in a legal battle over US$2million ... Read More

J’cans continue to Sing de Chorus
AMONG the Christmas songs belted out by the University Singers at the UWI Chapel in St Andrew, on We ... Read More

Omar Dattadean (left), trade development executive at Red
Stripe, relaxes with entertainers Tifa and dBURNZ at the Red
Stripe Beer Wednzdays LIVE at the A-Bar Restaurant and
Lounge in St Andrew, on Wednesday. Tifa, dBURNZ blaze Beer Wednzdays
DANCEHALL diva Tifa and rising singer and dub poet dBURNZ created a musical inferno inside the A-Bar ... Read More

Ron goes Mello

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, December 19, 2014    

Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess and Ron Muschette

MELLO FM's morning man Richard 'Richie B' Burgess is calling the inclusion of Ron Muschette to the station's line-up as "formidable". This comes after days of speculation as to the destination of Muschette after he quit at IRIE FM just over a weeks ago. He spent 14 years at the reggae radio station. According to Burgess, he is happy with the decision of his media colleague to join the ranks of the station whose line-up also include radio veteran Barry 'Barry G' Gordon. "I was doing an outside ... Read More

Sandz promises to be red hot

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, December 19, 2014    

Supreme Events team: (from left, back row) David Matthie, Carlton Davy, Kitwahna Vassell, Jermaine Davis and Oneil Forbes. (Front, left to right) Andrew Ellis and
Jermaul Adir.

ORGANISERS of Sandz Beach Chill are promising that the event, scheduled for White Oasis in Portmore, St Catherine, on January 1, will be off the hook. Plans for the 2015 staging were outlined during a media launch at Fiction Fantasy in St Andrew, on Sunday evening. Supreme Events has teamed with Moscato Sperone for the event. According to Debra Taylor, marketing manager for Select Brands, distributor of Moscato Sperone, a lot is in store for patrons who attend the event. "We're happy to be s ... Read More

NoMaddz for Live From Kingston

Friday, December 19, 2014    


The live music series moves to a new venue -- The Shell Bandstand inside Hope Gardens in St Andrew -- following previous stagings at Base Kingston and the Pegasus Hotel. Event director Jason Panton notes that there are plans to transplant the event in different forms and to different locations, inclusive and not limited to the US and Europe, where there is high demand for Jamaican music and culture. With performers like Chronixx, Iba Mahr and Jesse Royal taking to the stage for previous stag ... Read More

Busy Signal to host Magnum Follow Ur Sound final

Friday, December 19, 2014    

Busy Signal

DANCEHALL artiste Busy Signal is slated to host the Magnum Follow Ur Sound final at the UDC Car Park on the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston, on Saturday. The event is scheduled to start at 9:00 pm. After three sets of clashes, the four top sound systems have made it to the finals and will be vying for the Follow Ur Sound Championship Belt and $250,000 in cash. Veteran sound Silver Hawk go up against Crazy Chris from MoBay and St Elizabeth-based King Ghetto and Redd Heat sound systems. Resident ... Read More

Miller’s Irie Christmas

Friday, December 19, 2014    

Inner Circle

This is the sixth of the Jamaica Observer's daily series, 12 day of Chrismus. The series ends on Christmas Day. REGGAE singer Jacob Miller was in high spirits when he and his Inner Circle band decided to put a spin on several age-old Christmas classics in 1978. The popular set, Natty Christmas, was recorded at Joe Gibbs' studio on Brentford Road in Kingston. The album includes On The Twelfth Day of Ismas, All I Want for Ismas, Silver Bells (Natty No Santa Claus), Wishing You a Merry Christmas/ ... Read More

DJ Alley within Close Range

Friday, December 19, 2014    


AT 16, Kevin 'DJ Alley' Carty was determined to make it as a sound selector. He would be travelling to several dance sessions with his CD pouch hoping to get his break. "I usually got a chance to practise and showcase my talent during the early juggling, the 30-year-old told Splash. After graduating from Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon, Carty said he began working on a few sound systems in the parish. In 2008, he met up with dancehall producer Black Spyda, who took him on a six- ... Read More

Prince Talib finds his calling

Friday, December 19, 2014    

Prince Talib

Conscious singer Prince Talib's background is not typical of most contemporary Jamaican entertainers. A graduate of Moneague Teacher's College in St Ann, he earns his living as a poultry farmer. "My grandfather was a farmer so I grew up planting stuff, packing stuff. It's always been a part of me," he told Splash. Prince Talib (Kemar Turner) operates a small farm in Ocho Rios but still finds time to record. His latest music project is Sons of Royalty, a mixtape that contains seven songs includ ... Read More

The return of Dillgin

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, December 19, 2014    


SINGER Dillgin returns to the music scene with two singles, Shining and Weed and Wheat. The former is produced by Dillgin for Wall Streetz Records while Weed and Wheat is produced by Paran Sound. Dillgin started his career in 2001 as a deejay. He emerged that year with the breakout single Cuss Cuss featuring singer Mark Ice. That song's popularity resulted in a number of performances across Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. Cuss Cuss was featured on VP Records' Strictly the Best Vol ... Read More

Kafinal and Daddy U-Roy team up

Friday, December 19, 2014    

Kafinal and Daddy U-Roy

FOLLOWING the success of his single Road Tonight - which sampled Desmond Dekker's Israelites -- singer Kafinal again pays homage to Jamaican pioneer artistes. He teams with veteran deejay U-Roy on the single Nah Complain. "U-Roy is one of my mother's favourite artistes of all time. She played his music in the house all the time an' I became an avid fan," said Kafinal. "As a matter of fact, when I started singing my mother mentioned that if I ever were to do a collaboration she would love for m ... Read More

Nature's Way goes dancehall

Friday, December 19, 2014    

Queen Chevine and Curly Cash

NATURE'S Way Entertainment has released its first dancehall song, Bubble for Me, by Queen Chevine and Curly Cash. Bubble for Me is co-written and co-produced by Craig Brown, Cornelius Davis, Lesline Johnson and Garfield Cowan. Nature's Way Entertainment is executive producer for the track which is available on iTunes and is distributed by VPAL. The song is a change for Nature's Way which previously released reggae projects such as the House of Souls EP and Wayne Wonder's hit single, Let Me Lo ... Read More



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