Xodus’s dream now a reality

Dream Entertainment directors Kamal Bankay (left) and Scott Dunn (right) share lens time with Xodus reveller Ka-el Clarke on Oxford Road in St Andrew yesterday. (Photo: Rory Daley)

Dream Entertainment and its partner YUMA, out of Trinidad and Tobago, put its stamp on carnival with its Xodus road march on Sunday. “It’s amazing. We have the biggest band on the road despite us aiming for a more niche band,” Scott Dunn, managing director of Dream Entertainment, ... Read More

A section of the revellers in Bacchanal Jamaica’s road march along Waterloo Road in St Andrew, yesterday. (Photos: Rory Daley) Soca in the City
THE Corporate Area streets became a kaleidoscope of colour on Sunday as thousands of costumed revell ... Read More

A section of the crowd following Jamaica Carnival in the Corporate Area yesterday. (Photos: Richard Lindo) Jamaica Carnival’s rebirth
“Humbled.” That is how Julianne Lee reacted to the turnout for yesterday’s road m ... Read More

PARIS, France — Jamaican reggae superstar Bob Marley performs in front of an audience of 40,000 during a festival concert of reggae in Paris on July 4, 1980. Many of us are still latecomers to Bob Marley and his ilk. Interestingly, Marley would make more money in death than many of those who would use it as an instrument of separation in life. (Photo: AP) Exodus marks anniversary
The Marley family, along with Island Records and UMe, will reissue Bob Marley & The Wailers&rsqu ... Read More

Good morning, ganja

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Courtney Melody.

The Ganja Morning compilation album is the latest release from Reggae Vibes Productions. It has nine songs featuring the rhythm of the same name. It includes songs such as Ganja Morning by Ras Capulu, Relm Skunk from Prince Theo, The Herbs (Shooka), Herbs (Blessed), and Sensimillia by Courtney Melody.   Ganja Morning is produced by Michael Coburn, founder and principal of the Bronx-based independent record label which has worked with mainly roots artistes such as Mikey General and Ky-M ... Read More

Tasty treat for SOS Village

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Deejay Fyah Torche donates a batch of buns and cheese to Tamia Francis of the SOS Children’s Village in Stony Hill, St Andrew, recently. Looking on are wards of the institution. (Photo: Contributed)

Wards at the SOS Children’s Village in Stony Hill, St Andrew, got an appetising surprise recently with a donation of bun and cheese to celebrate Easter. The gesture was made by Jonathan Burkett, a singer who lives in South Florida. The items were presented to Tamia Francis, housemother at the institution, by deejay Fyah Torche who represented Burkett. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Burkett says he spent some of his youth in Moreland Hill, Westmoreland, with his grandparents. He told the Jamai ... Read More

’Twas a KES-tival

BY RORY DALEY Observer reporter | Monday, April 24, 2017    

WHEN it comes to rain verses soca, the latter seems to always win. This was also the case at last Friday’s Bacchanal J’Ouvert as patrons braved the inclement weather and poured into the Mas Camp venue in St Andrew to see KES the Band in performance. “It’s amazing to be in Jamaica every year,” Kees Dieffenthaller, the band’s lead singer, told the Jamaica Observer. The host of DJs such as Private Ryan, Barrie Hype, Back2Basics and Smoke proved the perfect lea ... Read More

Men Who Cook set for April 30

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 24, 2017    

The foundation for the regional pathology lab on a property owned by the Mandeville Regional Hospital. The lab is a Legacy Project of the Lions Club of Mandeville (File photo)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Establishing a pathology lab for the Southern Health Region, which serves public hospitals and clinics in Manchester, St Elizabeth and Clarendon is high on the agenda of the Lions Club of Mandeville. In fact, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the project earlier this year, members of the service club said it is one of its “most ambitious”. It is an expensive venture expected to cost an estimated $37 million, but breaking ground they say is a “str ... Read More

Plug pulled on Int’l Jazz Day concert

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

The historic Devon House in St Andrew was slated to be the venue of this year’s staging of the International Jazz Day concert on April 30. The concert has, however, been cancelled.

PLANS for this year’s International Jazz Day concert has been cancelled. The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, which had set the concert for Devon House in St Andrew on April 30, said the event has been scratched due to a lack of corporate sponsorship. Coleen Douglas, director of marketing and communications at the Edna Manley College, told the Jamaica Observer that, after careful consideration, it was decided it was not financially prudent to undertake the venture a ... Read More

NDTC continues renewal

Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Javal Lewis in Walk With Me (Photo: Michael Gordon)

For the past 36 years, the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) has worked to make their Easter Sunday Morning of Movement and Music a calendar event. The occasion has definitely achieved that status, and with this year being the 55th anniversary of the founding of the company by Rex Nettleford and Eddy Thomas, patrons seemed to have made the effort to be early for the 6:00 am event. Over the years, the dancers and singers have ensured that it was worth getting out of bed so early on a holiday ... Read More

Marching to his beat

Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Omar “Yellow” Johnson playing his Bob Marley version Epiphone guitar..

The Jamaica Observer continues its 10-part series looking at musicians who have made an impact on reggae and pop. THE multi-instrumentalist is a rarity in contemporary Jamaican music. Back in the day, versatile musicians like Mikey Chung (guitar, bass, and keyboards) and Earl “Wire” Lindo (keyboards, bass, drums) played on numerous hit songs. Not as prolific, Omar “Yellow” Johnson has shown adeptness on drums, bass, and guitar. Since 2008, he has played guitar with the ... Read More

5Star Akil marks milestone

Sunday, April 23, 2017    

5Star Akil.

Trinidadian soca artiste 5Star Akil is celebrating his fifth anniversary in the music business with the release of his mixtape Hero!. According to the entertainer, the 14-track compilation also celebrates him surviving an attack six years ago during which he was shot multiple times. “2017 marks five years of me doing music, and what better way to celebrate this milestone by giving back and saying ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped me reached this far in soca music and achiev ... Read More

Feluke heads to Mexico for treatment

Sunday, April 23, 2017    


Reggae singer/percussionist Denver “Feluke” Smith will journey to Mexico today to begin his 21-day cancer treatment. In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, musician Mikey Bennett said that they had met the required amount needed to pay for the trip and treatment in the South American country. Earlier this month, family and friends of Feluke created a GoFundMe account for the entertainer, who is suffering from stage 4 colon cancer that has metastasised to his lungs. Funds were ... Read More

Penchant for pension

Tony Robinson | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Fortune shows herself most kind Than is her custom: It is still her use To let the wretched man outlive his wealth; To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow An age of poverty. — Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, IV, 1 What an absolutely frightening prospect that is for many people, to outlive their wealth and end up in an age of poverty. Wealth is used very loosely here, for most people only earn a pittance anyway, outlive it, and still end up in an age of poverty. There used ... Read More



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