Popcaan fined for assaulting cop in Antigua

Deejay Popcaan

Jamaican deejay Popcaan was fined EC$2,000 and released from custody yesterday following an incident on Monday night in the Caribbean territory of Antigua and Barbuda. The artiste, whose real name is Andre Sutherland, was arrested and later slapped with four charges after an altercation with a memb ... Read More

Jacob Miller Remembering Jakes
NEARLY four decades after his death, Jacob ‘Jakes’ Miller’s legacy is alive and we ... Read More

DJ Redz DJ Redz carving his niche
The sound system selector has had a critical role in Jamaican music. Since the 1950s, they have help ... Read More

Leea Stewart Leea’s right there
HER father is Willie Stewart, former drummer of reggae band Third World. Her brother, Monea, is a mu ... Read More

Exciting showdowns at Magnum

Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

Clymaxx performing her track Baddest Ting.

SATURDAY’S weekly edition of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall Competition saw Shaneil Muir and Clymaxx dominating the female face-offs, while Shemdon and Frass Groovas secured wins in the male segment. The four were part of the group which received the lowest votes from the public and had to do battle to move on to the next round. Muir got the better of Tequila while Clymaxx outpaced Tiffy T. Librawto handed the win to Frass Groovas after forgetting his lyrics. Shemdon got the bette ... Read More

Klimax drops summer song

Tuesday, May 03, 2016    


FLORIDA-BASED recording artiste Klimax said his latest single Danger Wine is destined to be one of the anthems for this summer. “Summer is a time when most of the modern world takes a break and just party. We, Jamaicans, are known for our energy and flambouyant lifestyles so this song is only fitting. Danger Wine has a dance that accompanies it and the females and male listeners alike are going to love it. It brings back dancing of both sexes to the dancehalls,” he told the Jamaica ... Read More

Sledge hammers home his love

Monday, May 02, 2016    


Thirty-five-year-old construction worker Jason Roberts is hoping to get a musical break from his debut single You Are Still My Love. Produced by Haimnauth Loaknauth of Tun It Up Radio in New York, Roberts — who goes by the moniker Sledge — said the single is a dedication to the females. “It’s a song about loving but taking your partner for granted... a thing we as men stupidly do at times. After she leaves, that is the time where, if we’re man enough, apologise ... Read More

Chin wants to make an Impact

Monday, May 02, 2016    

Clive Chin

AS a teenager, Clive Chin witnessed what became some of the most pivotal recording sessions in reggae at his father Vincent’s Studio 17 in downtown Kingston. By the early 1970s, Chin began producing songs for the family’s Randy’s label and his own Impact imprint. He plans to release songs from the latter this summer. The songs will be part of a compilation series called The Lost Archives Of Studio 17. It will contain tracks by Augustus Pablo, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and ... Read More

Lucien keeps it grounded

Monday, May 02, 2016    

Vladimir Lucien in performance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, last week.

EACH month the Poetry Society of Jamaica meets at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts to fellowship. This meeting of the minds offers a unique space to hear and critique the work of established and emerging writers and poets. Last week, the featured poet was St Lucian Vladimir Lucien. Currently the writer in residence at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, Lucien read a number of pieces from his collection Sounding Ground. Among the works which went ove ... Read More

Drake’s Jamaican ‘Views’

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Sunday, May 01, 2016    


VIEWS, the fourth album from Canadian rapper Drake, was released Friday by OVO Sound/Young Money Records to much fanfare on social media. The 20-track set has collaborations with Jamaican artistes and producers. Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee shares production credits on the tracks Controlla with Matthew ‘Boi-1da’ Samuels and Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor. Too Good, done with Rihanna, is a co-production between Chin-Quee and Toronto-based Jamaican producer Pa ... Read More

Four decades of the Blackheart Man

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer writer | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

Bynny Wailer

Forty years ago when Island Records released Blackheart Man, Bunny Wailers' outstanding debut album, reggae was still underground music in the United States. On his last extended tour of that country in 1996, a new generation of Americans had discovered his music. It is likely some of them are taking in his current 'Blackheart Man Spring US Tour'. Thirteen of the mainly club dates have been completed. This evening, the 69-year-old Wailer is scheduled to perform at BB King Blues Club & Gril ... Read More

Return of De African Sledge

Sunday, May 01, 2016    

De African Sledge

Economic challenges caused Trevor Thompson to give up the music business in the late 1990s. Back in the hunt as singer De African Sledge, he reaches out to persons facing hard times with the song Rockstone Lick Hot. Released in February, Rockstone Lick Hot is produced by Clive Hunt for Multicultural Every National Productions, a Canada-based company. “The song is about the hardships of everyday life. Yuh have people who a try hard, yuh nuh, but still come up short,” said De African ... Read More

Rising Stars starts tomorrow

Saturday, April 30, 2016    

Hopefuls line up to show off their talent at last year’s Digicel Rising Stars audition in Westmoreland.

WITH a prize purse of $1.5 million, television talent contest Digicel Rising Stars will begin its trek across the island in search of contestants tomorrow. The first of six auditions will be held at the Mannings High School in Westmoreland on Sunday, beginning at 8:00 am. Auditions will continue each Sunday during May with stops in Ocho Rios, Mandeville, May Pen, and Portmore. The final audition is slated for Kingston on June 12. “Last year’s talent was enjoyable. The ladies domi ... Read More

Richie Stephens teams with Chaka Khan

Saturday, April 30, 2016    

Richie Stephens

The jaunt, which begins on May 18, will see Stephens and Chaka Khan performing at the One Love Jamaica Festival and The Green Room Festival in Tokyo, Japan. Speaking with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, the singer said this is the first time he will be sharing stage with the Through the Fire singer. “I have also loved Chaka Khan’s music from I was a youngster, so getting the chance to tour with her is definitely an honour,” he said. Slated to be a headliner at the One L ... Read More



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