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Great sets at PAN outing

Ding Dong and his Ravers Clavers Crew in performance at PAN 2016 Region 1 held at Independence Park in Black River, St Elizabeth on Saturday. (Nicholas Bennett)

Gospel artiste Kevin Downswell and dancehall acts Ding Dong and Busy Signal were the entertainment highlights of last Saturday’s staging of PAN 2016 Regional 1. Held at Independence Park, Black River in St Elizabeth, the threat of rain did very little in keeping patrons away. Downswell&rsqu ... Read More

                                Top musicians on It’s A Family Affair
FOR his upcoming movie It’s A Family Affair, veteran film-maker Lennie Little-White draws on t ... Read More

One of the two Male Model slots went to Rosane Murray. Winners in Sandals Ochi Festival of Arts selected
Sandals Ochi Beach Resort crowned its Festival of Arts winners at the resort in St Ann, on Thursday. ... Read More

Bucky Ital Bucky Ital salutes the working class
Singjay Bucky Ital salutes the Jamaican labour force in his upcoming song, Work Hard, produced by Mi ... Read More

Shatta Wale eyes Jamaican success

Monday, August 29, 2016    

Shatta Wale

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Ghanaian deejay Shatta Wale continues the drive to make a mark in Jamaica with Life And War, his latest song, produced by YGF Records. He has collaborated with top producers Notnice Records on the song Like A King, and appears on the remix of Alkaline’s It’s All About The Money. “I think I have done a lot in Ghana and there is a need to penetrate into certain strategic markets across the African continent and the rest of the world. The focus now is t ... Read More

Ghanaian Shatta Wale eyes Jamaican success

Monday, August 29, 2016    

Shatta Wale

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Ghanaian deejay Shatta Wale continues the drive to make a mark in Jamaica with Life and War, his latest song, produced by YGF Records. He has collaborated with top producers Notnice Records on the song Like A King, and appears on the remix of Alkaline’s It’s All About The Money. “I think I have done a lot in Ghana and there is a need to penetrate into certain strategic markets across the African continent and the rest of the world. The focus now is t ... Read More

Runkus conquers Europe

Monday, August 29, 2016    

Runkus

In June, the Jamaica Observer presented a series looking at reggae artistes going on tour. We follow up with some of those acts. Runkus was one of the young reggae turks who made their European festival debut this summer. He performed on three shows: Summerjam in Germany, Belgium’s Reggae Geel, and Rototom Sunsplash in Spain. “It was crazy-wicked, a good experience. Europe has a different form of energy,” said the 22-year-old singjay. He told the Jamaica Observer that he was ... Read More

Felicia Peterkin-Campbell is Miss Wag Water Valley 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016    

Miss Wag Water Valley 2016 Felicia Peterkin-Campbell is all smiles with her prize.

EIGHTEEN-year-old Felicia Peterkin-Campbell is Miss Wag Water Valley 2016. Ashley Bernard was first runner-up, while Brittany Hart finished as second runner-up. Peterkin-Campbell, who was a crowd favourite, finished ahead of seven other contestants at the coronation show held at the Tapioca Village Retreat in Devon Pen, St Mary, on August 6. She copped four of the sectional prizes, walking away with Most Congenial, Most Aware, Best Talent, and Best Dress. Tracy-Ann Phillips was adjudged M ... Read More

Ronnie Davis gets unplugged

Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Ronnie Davis

Veteran roots reggae singer Ronnie Davis, known to many as a member of The Itals, flies solo for Iyahcoustic, his latest album. The unplugged set was released August 19 by Skinny Bwoy Records, an independent label based in Chicago. Iyahcoustic was recorded in Jamaica at Grafton Studios and Anchor Recording and is produced by singer Henry ‘Sadiki’ Buckley Jr, owner of Skinny Bwoy Records. It is Davis’ fifth album and first in over 20 years. He is accompanied by guitarist Mit ... Read More

Deer makes debut

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Deer, (seated, centre) on the set of Dope Fiend on location in New York.

WHEN Dope Fiend premieres at Newark International Film Festival in the United States on September 9 and 10, viewers will see local actress Sakina Deer, who assumes the production’s female lead. Deer is familiar to Jamaican audiences for her recurring stage production roles by the Jambiz International outfit. She can currently be seen in Blindspot, now showing at the Centrestage Theatre in New Kingston. She attributes her debut film role to former co-star Shayne Powell, with whom she sha ... Read More

Basil Watson honoured by National Award

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Beyond the Tape dedicated to athlete Herb McKinley at the National Stadium.

COME Heroes Day, October 17, sculptor Basil Watson will be among several Jamaicans receiving National Awards at King’s House in St Andrew. He will receive the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) for his outstanding contribution to Jamaican art. “It is not something I event worked for. I do what I do simply for the love of it, but for it to be recognised by my country and people, I can truly say there is a feeling of pride... I am indeed proud to be recognised,&rdq ... Read More

Wailers war on

Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Former members of Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, which played alongside Bob Marley, are going to court to try to stop the group they left from performing under the same name. Aston “Family Man” Barrett and other ex-Wailers members said in a petition filed in a Virginia Beach court this week that the reggae group currently performing as The Wailers is a sham because it includes no members of the original band. They’re asking the court to act ... Read More

Phillye’s hoping to Get It

Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Phillye

PHILADELPHIA-born singer Phillye is hoping her latest single Get It will give her the big break on the international music scene. Recorded on the Pull Up rhythm for Head Concussion Records producer Rvssian, Phillye said the dancehall song came as a surprise to many, as she is known for her sultry reggae and R and B crossover singles. “I have fans all over the world. They communicate with me well online, but I want to really start reaching out to my fans more and giving them the opportun ... Read More

On set with Johnny Mathis

with Sheryl Lee Ralph | Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Johnny Mathis

Greetings from Santa Fe in New Mexico, where the dirt is a warm pink, the sky is a turquoise blue and the phone reception is just a little bit better than Jamaican land lines after Hurricane Gilbert. Yes, I am still here making a movie (which shall remain nameless), but forgive me I’m a little on the groggy side because my pickup this morning was 5:25 am. No matter how glamorous you think movie making is, we all usually get up with the sun and work a minimum of 12 hours a day. By 7:35 a ... Read More



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