Ammoye’s happy about Sorry

Canada-based singer Ammoye.

ON February 7, nominations for Canada’s Juno Awards were announced and among the nominees for Reggae Recording of The Year, is Jamaican-born singer Ammoye. The artiste was born Shernette Amoy Evans and hails from Halse Hall in Clarendon. She is up against four-time winner Exco Levi with Sire ... Read More

Project Manager Nicole Smythe-Johnson standing in front of Phillip Thomas’s oil and one-million Jamaican dollars on canvas piece IMF...(u***d) at the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston during Jamaica Biennial 2014. (Photo: Observer file) Big Biennial begins Sunday
Jamaica Biennial 2017 will be the largest in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s history. More ... Read More

Ibo Fyah. Ibo Fire adjusts name
Reggae singer Ibo Fire has made a slight adjustment to the spelling of his name. He is now Ibo Fyah. ... Read More

K Sling. K Sling sends message to Heroes
“SLAVERY abolish now; slavery gone. Tell the heroes them we a carry on. Black people a rejoice ... Read More

Today's Horoscope - February 21, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017    


HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, February 21, 2017: This year you move with grace and ease. You will take a risk or two and come out all the better for it. Partnerships bring you financial abundance, as long as you choose them carefully. If you are single, you open up to many new ideas because of someone you meet. You are likely to meet a potential sweetie who is very different from you. If you are attached, the two of you mesh together well. Your significant other is a great source of security for y ... Read More

Chronixx to make second Tonight Show stop

Monday, February 20, 2017    


Reggae singer Chronixx is set to appear on American network NBC ’s The Tonight Show on Friday, February 24. This would mark the second time the 25-year-old, who is widely regarded as the forerunner of the reggae revival movement, would be appearing on the late night talk show with the host Jimmy Fallon. In 2014, while promoting his EP Dread and Terrible, Chronixx performed the title track along with his Zinc Fence Redemption band and created quite a buzz on social media. He is currentl ... Read More

Vybz of the youth

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Monday, February 20, 2017    

Host Yendi Phillipps (centre) performing a stunning dance finale to the 10th anniversary Youth View Awards, held last Saturday at the National Indoor Sports Arena in St Andrew. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans)

FIVE years after his incarceration, Vybz Kartel was the biggest winner at the 10th annual Youth View Awards (YVA), held at the National Indoor Sports Arena in St Andrew on Saturday. Vybz Kartel, who is serving a life sentence for murder, received five awards from his eight nominations in seven categories. He won Favourite Local Artiste (Male); Hottest Summer Song; Favourite Local Chart-Topping Song for Fever; Favourite Dancehall Artiste; and shared Favourite Musical Collaboration with Shensee ... Read More

Forum debates radio’s relevance

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, February 20, 2017    

Garfield Robinson

RADIO’S relevance in the dissemination of new and happening music formed the nucleus of the discussion of last Thursday’s Reggae Open University, held at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in St Andrew. The forum was organised by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) as part of Reggae Month activities. The discussion was earmarked to focus on the ‘Gate keepers’ — who controls how music gets to the audience, what are the standards ... Read More

JaRIA honour melody to McNaughton’s ear

Monday, February 20, 2017    

(From left) Tony Brevett, Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton, original members of The Melodians.

CLASSIC songs like Little Nut Tree and By The Rivers of Babylon have earned The Melodians a place among reggae’s great harmony groups. On Saturday, original members Trevor McNaughton, Tony Brevett and Brent Dowe will be honoured by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) during its annual awards show at the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston. The 70-year-old McNaughton is the sole survivor of the original trio. Dowe died in 2006, while Brevett passed away in 2013. McNaughton will ... Read More

Blaze Mob strikes A Balance

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Monday, February 20, 2017    

Guasi Gong (left) and Shaka Rock of Blaze Mob.

Based in southern California, sibling trio Blaze Mob have worked the West Coast reggae scene tirelessly as artistes and backing band. That extensive roadwork has helped them gauge what diverse audiences appreciate. They appeal to different generations with Big Road and No Bad Dealings, songs released in late 2016. Bass player/singer Shaka Rock told Jamaica Observer that they keep in tune with the hip hop and dancehall scene. But being the sons of Wailing Souls founder, Garth Dennis, they ha ... Read More

Blackwood’s I Need You enters Billboard Chart

Monday, February 20, 2017    

(From left) Armin van Buuren; Olaf Blackwood; and Fernando Garibay..

Olaf Blackwood, a Jamaican singer who lives in California, has teamed with a high-profile cast for I Need You, his latest song. The St Elizabeth-born artiste collaborated with star EDM DJ, Armin van Buuren, and Lady Gaga’s songwriter, Fernando Garibay, on the recently released single. I Need You is on van Buuren’s Armada Music label. It entered Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart at number 49. “I’m very grateful that I was invited by Armin and Fernando t ... Read More

Remembering Barry Watson

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Barrington Watson.

TODAY, a special ceremony will be held at the home of late master artist Barrington Watson at the Orange Park Great House in Yallahs, St Thomas. It is scheduled for a 1:00 pm start. According to his widow Doreen, the occasion will be a special one. “It’ll be a lovely afternoon dedicated to the memory of Barry Watson. We will be having an unveiling of a monument dedicated to Mr Watson... This is my gift to him and his ashes will be placed in the monument. There will also be a bit o ... Read More

Pressing Matters

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Musician Earl “Chinna” Smith discusses the state of the Jamaican vinyl record industry in Pressing Matters, in Jamaica, directed by Vivien Goldman..

Last year British-born, New York-based writer and reggae lover Vivien Goldman was in Jamaica for activities related to International Reggae Day. Based on discussions she had with players in the local music industry, she became aware of the death of the local vinyl industry. “How could this happen?” she questioned. “Vinyl is such a strong signature of Jamaican music, and the fact that this arm of Jamaican music and culture was dying was astonishing.” Goldman would team ... Read More

Clement Irie returns with More Than Ever

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Clement Irie.

IN the 1980s, deejay Clement Irie rode the charts with hits such as Bun And Cheese (with Robert Ffrench), Leave Di Drugs Alone, Koloko and DJ In My Country. Now in his late 40s, he is once again on the hit trail. His song, More Than Ever, is number 17 and 15 on the South Florida and New York Reggae charts, respectively. Released by Youth Irie Records, More Than Ever is inspired by personal setbacks. “I lost three family members in less than two years. It was too much for me to handle an ... Read More



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