Supa Dups, Rvssian ride the Latin wave

Supa Dups.

JAMAICAN producers Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee and Tarik ‘Rvssian’ Johnston contribute to reggaeton artiste Nicky Jam’s new album Fenix which was released last Friday by Sony Music Latin. Johnston, who has made a name in Latin music circles, produced two tracks &ndash ... Read More

John Legend. Legend lights up with Stylez
TEN years after collaborating with Buju Banton on the Can’t Be My Lover remix, American R& ... Read More

Jamaica Constabulary Force choir in concert.. JCF marks milestone in song
THE Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and a year of activities ... Read More

Jason “JW” Williams and Summer Olliviere wearing the costume Dominance at the Xaymaca International Road March Band launch held at the Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew, last Saturday. (Photo: Rory Daley) Still Palancin’
IT has been more than six years since Trinidadian radio disc jocks JW & Blaze released their car ... Read More

Watch out for Mace

Tuesday, January 24, 2017    


FAST-RISING deejay Mace is currently promoting his single Watch Out. “The single is a reflection of how I feel towards society. Many people will try to bring negativity in your path and slow you down when they see you on the road to success,” said the New York-based act. “The song is showing a different side of me and, so far, radio stations in New York can’t get enough of it. I will be in Jamaica soon on a small promotional tour, and the fans are eager to see what I am ... Read More

Xaymaca International set to soar

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Monday, January 23, 2017    

A selection of costume offerings from Xaymaca International. (Rory Daley)

NEW carnival player, Xaymaca International, launched their road march costume offerings at a cooler fete held at Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew, last Saturday. “This is the year of revolution. This is the year when carnival will explode,” Andrew Bellamy, director of Xaymaca International, told the Jamaica Observer at the launch. Bellamy said Xaymaca International was his brainchild, as he wanted to bring about new ideas to the local carnival space. “When I looked at ... Read More

Reggae Train ready to roll

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Monday, January 23, 2017    

International Reggae Train Dancers and Danca Family on the set of International Reggae Train taping in Manhattan, United States, early last week. (Photo: Contributed)

JAMAICAN reggae acts will be given a global audience thanks to a new television dance show called International Reggae Train. The show, which is similar to the once-popular Soul Train series, will feature live performances and dancers. The pilot episode was shot earlier last week in Manhattan, United States. In an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer, show producer Donovan Heslop, who is also the owner of the International Reggae Train LLC, spoke about the concept. “The concept ... Read More

DJ Lava a hit at Sandals

Monday, January 23, 2017    

Lois “DJ Lava” Morgan at the turntables at Sandals Ochi Beach Club in St Ann recently..

LOIS Morgan is the only female disc jockey at Sandals Resorts International (SRI), and this is something she is proud of. “It feels good. Any female would appreciate it,” Morgan told the Jamaica Observer during a recent visit to Sandals Ochi Beach Club in St Ann. Known as DJ Lava, she has made her name creating a musical storm whenever she gets a chance to showcase her talent. She recalled it was her sense of style which got her the name Lava, but noted, too, that her craft had hea ... Read More

Marley brothers for Kaya Fest

Monday, January 23, 2017    

Brothers Stephen “Ragga” Marley and Ky-Mani Marley.

Brothers Ziggy, Stephen, Damian and Ky-Mani Marley head the line-up for Kaya Fest, scheduled for April 22 at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in Miami. The inaugural show is produced by the Marleys to promote their cannabis line, which is marketed by Marley Natural, a company they launched last February. According to Stephen Marley, the event will also make patrons aware of cannabis’s versatility. “It is very important for people to be educated on the various benefits and uses of the pl ... Read More

From Kadeem to Kenzic

Monday, January 23, 2017    

Kenzic in performance at the recently concluded Rebel Salute in St Ann. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

THE two-day reggae festival Rebel Salute, which was staged in St Ann on January 13 and 14, offered a platform for many an emerging act to showcase their talents on the roster of this established event. One such act was singer Kenzic. Known to many as an actor, Kenzic (whose real name is Kadeem Wilson) has graced the silver screen in films such as Ghett’A Life, Home Again and Destiny. But he says he is slowly discovering his musical side. “Jamaica knows me for films, but this is so ... Read More

The word is love from Selector A

Monday, January 23, 2017    

Selector A

The compilation album has consistently been a big seller for companies who distribute reggae. These collections helped introduce the music to persons in remote areas like Japan where reggae fan Selector A is from. The 42-year-old has compiled three theme albums in the past three years. His latest, Reggae Loves Romance, was released last year by VP Records. It contains a number of hit songs such as Richie Spice's Brown Skin, Beres Hammond's Tempted To Touch and She's Royal by Tarrus Riley. His ... Read More

Tom Laing ready for Kings Highway

Monday, January 23, 2017    

Tom Laing.

NEW York-based reggae singer Tom Laing is preparing to release Kings Highway before the end of the month. The Donni Marshall-produced single was initially on Laing’s EP titled Love Is Ok, which was released by VP Records in 2015. “This is an excellent song; it has a very positive message. It’s one of my favourite songs from my EP. I believe the fans are going to love it,” he said. Laing said an accompanying video for Kings Highway is in the works. “I’m pu ... Read More

Rodigan’s reggae

Sunday, January 22, 2017    

David Rodigan (Lionel Rookwood)

For 40 years British broadcaster David Rodigan has been a champion of Jamaican music. Now the 65-year-old is getting set to release his autobiography covering his years in reggae. The book, My Life In Reggae, written with Ian Burrell, is set to be released on March 3. The work chronicles how the son of an army sergeant major from Oxfordshire in England became one of the biggest ambassadors for ska, dub, dancehall and all genres in-between. “I’ve always been a champion for the artis ... Read More

Complexions is coming

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, January 22, 2017    

Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Desmond Richardson.

Come March 8 and 9, Jamaican lovers of dance are being promised ‘a performance of a lifetime’. Complexions Contemporary Ballet — the New York-based troupe helmed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson — will be in town for two performances at the Little Theatre in St Andrew. The world-renowned dance company comes to Jamaica courtesy of Plié For the Arts, a local arts development company with a mandate to expose lovers of the arts to international artistes w ... Read More



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