Down with Lady Genius

Lady Genius in performance
at her EP launch at the Triple Century
Sports Bar, New Kingston, on
Thursday. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

SINGER Lady Genius launched her first EP — Down To Ride -- at Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston, St Andrew, on Thursday night. The 10-track set is produced by Black Diamond Records on the X-man rhythm. The 25-year-old explained the inspiration for the title track, which features deej ... Read More

Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission Professor Hopeton Dunn (left) and Executive
Director of the Commission Cordel Green address members of the media on copyright
compliance directive to cable television operators in Jamaica. Plug to be pulled on 19 channels
COME May 31, 19 cable channels are to be removed from the roster offerings. This follows a directiv ... Read More

Shaggy Shaggy rules iTunes charts
AFTER more than a month, reggae artiste Shaggy's It Wasn't Me and Angel remains at the top of the i ... Read More

Sizzla Sizzla celebrates ‘Earthstrong’
IT was a full house for Sizzla Kalonji's 'Earthstrong' on April 18 at the old Skateland complex, Win ... Read More

RAZOR B for Club SkunkLIFE

Saturday, April 25, 2015    

Razor B

CANADIAN-BASED dancehall artiste Razor B will be the live act at Skunk Nation's Club SkunkLIFE monthly party series at Susie's Bakery & Coffee Bar, South Avenue Plaza, St Andrew, tonight. "I've been a huge Skunk Nation fan for a while now," Razor B told the Jamaica Observer. Razor B joins Renaissance's Dre Day and Puff, Cashflow Rinse and Spugy, and house DJs Donny and Glasses. On completion of the gig, Razor B will return to do a promotional tour of his recently released album Pon Target ... Read More

Etana reaps what she sews

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 24, 2015    

Two models
looks from
Etana’s skirt

This is the fifth in a 10-part series looking at entertainers who have moved into business outside their industry. SHE burst onto the music scene in 2007. Her biting lyrics, endearing vocals and pleasing personality have made Etana a household name in Jamaica. Tracks such as Wrong Address, Warrior Love, Jah Blessings, Roots, Don’t Forget and I Am Not Afraid made her 2008 debut album The Strong One a must-have. It’s been eight years and the artiste born Shauna McKenzie continues t ... Read More

DJ Flexi, MD

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, April 24, 2015    

DJ Flexi

WHILE in his teens, Franz Collins would often 'fool around' the virtual DJ software on his home computer. It was not until he got a laptop that he decided to take things a step further by playing music for friends and family at house parties. Later, Collins moved into professional gigs for corporate companies as well as campus events. The 22-year-old is known as DJ Flexi. He is also a final-year medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI). Two weeks ago, he won the college DJ c ... Read More

Ganja law concerns JaRIA

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 24, 2015    

Ibo Cooper

THE Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) is taking issue with certain sections of the recent amendments to the Dangerous Act, popularly referred to as the Ganja law. At its monthly general meeting held at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in St Andrew on Tuesday, JaRIA president Michael 'Ibo' Cooper, noted that there were too many holes in the legislation that he foresees will create problems in the future. Of particular concern to JaRIA is the fact that under th ... Read More

Gyptian's addicted to love

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Friday, April 24, 2015    


Gyptian has teamed with Canada's Konsequence Muzik label for the song, Addicted to Your Love which is featured on the 'riddim' of the same name. The other song on the beat is Shotta by singjay Guidance. Konsequence Muzik is based in Alberta. One of its principals is Tristmar Peart who said he enjoyed working with Gyptian. "Although I am a new producer, Gyptian listened to the 'riddim', fell in love with it, and in no time he voiced this song, which we know has the potential to be a mega hit," ... Read More

Great sets, low turnout at Mango Jam

Friday, April 24, 2015    


THE second staging of Tropicana Tropics Mango Jam, held on the grounds of the Little London High School in Westmoreland last Sunday, had impressive performances from Kip Rich, Busy Signal and gospel artiste Kevin Downswell. But organisers say they were unhappy with the level of support from the community for the event which formed part of a fund- raising activities to aid the school in acquiring a bus. "We are a little disappointed in the poor showing from the community and the paucity of supp ... Read More

Partying for a cause

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Sandra Samuels-Reid

ROTARY clubs of New Kingston and St Andrew North will be hosting Rotary & Friends at the Hope Zoo in St Andrew tonight. Sandra Samuels-Reid, Rotary club of St Andrew North president-elect for 2015/2016, said the event will act as a major fund-raiser for the clubs. "We will be using the proceeds to get equipment for the woodwork programme at Alpha Boys' Institute. We're also planning to set up a barbering programme at the school, so we will need equipment and tools for that programme," said ... Read More

DJ Xplicit hits the mark

Friday, April 24, 2015    

DJ Xplicit

PRODUCER/disc jockey DJ Xplicit has scored with his latest production, the Love Breeze beat and album which hears him on songs with a number of artistes, including Laza Morgan, Chris Marsh, Red Fox and Guyanese singer Timeka Marshall. The various artistes compilation debuted at number two on the American iTunes Reggae chart. It also charted on iTunes in Bermuda, and the United Kingdom. The tracks on the Love Breeze include Wine Your Body (with Laza Morgan), One and Only (with Chris Marsh) And ... Read More

Bolo back in the UK

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Yami Bolo

YAMI Bolo is one of many artistes who were mentored by roots visionary Augustus Pablo. Fitting, then, that on his return to the United Kingdom after 10 years, he performed alongside Pablo's son Addis. Bolo and Addis Pablo's Suns of Dub group (which includes Trinidadian singers Jah Bami and Ras Jammy) did six shows in the UK, which took place in Newcastle, Nottingham and London. The main event was Kulchasplash on Easter Monday at the Electric Brixton club. Anthony B and Jah9 were also on the c ... Read More

Dilly Chris beats ‘Bad Mind’

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Dilly Chris b

PERSONAL experiences inspired Dilly Chris's latest single, the self-produced Bad Mind. "The song came about because over the years I have constantly had people trying to hinder my progress, whether in the music business or everyday life," the deejay told this column. A video for Bad Mind, directed by Izy Beats, was recently released. Born in St Andrew, Dilly Chris lives in South Florida, where he also works as a barber. Blow My Mind, Sweat and Pain are some of his previous songs. Dilly Chris ... Read More



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