Di Dakta gets Sept 5 court date

Devin Di Dakta

Dancehall deejay Devin Di Dakta had his bail extended when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday. He was answering to charges of sexual assault. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and is slated to return to court on September 5. Reports are that on January ... Read More

Luciano Luciano gives Sumfest nod
REGGAE singer Luciano is a giving thumbs up to the revamped Reggae Sumfest, which will, for the firs ... Read More

Benji Myaz Benji Myaz rocks the Gardens
JUST over two decades ago, Benji Myaz — a young singer from western Jamaica — recorded L ... Read More

Ed Robinson Ed Robinson returns with The Blame Game
Singer Ed Robinson returns to the music scene with The Blame Game , which he believes is one of ... Read More

Reggae singer Abajonai looks to Brighter Day

Thursday, June 30, 2016    


Convinced his generation has been handed the short end of the stick by politicians, singer Abajonai has striven to convey a positive message since he began recording six years ago. He lives up to that reputation on Brighter Day, his new song, produced by No Gravity Records. “Wi try give a message of upliftment. Not that there aren’t positive messages from other artistes, but there can’t be too many,” he said. Brighter Day is among a batch of songs he currently has on t ... Read More

Barrington Levy set for Sumfest

Wednesday, June 29, 2016    

Barrington Levy

IN a 37-year career, Barrington Levy has headlined many a show. The latest will be Reggae Sumfest on July 23, at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay. Nominated this year for a Best Reggae Album Grammy for Acousticalevy, he returns to Sumfest after a three-year break. “God bless my fans, on the night of the show, you will see what happens. I am asking the fans to come with the good vibes, the happy vibes. Walk with your tape and leave your machete, walk with your queen an ... Read More

Sean Paul inks ‘Island’ deal

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Wednesday, June 29, 2016    

Sean Paul

Sean Paul has joined the roster at Island Records. The deejay signed recently with the iconic label, co-founded by Chris Blackwell, Graeme Goodall and Leslie Kong in 1959. Sean Paul is currently in Germany on the second leg of his ‘Out of Control’ European tour. Island Records is the second major label deal for Sean Paul. In 2002, he signed with Atlantic Records through a joint deal with VP Records. That union produced five studio albums: Dutty Rock (2002); The Trinity (2005); Impe ... Read More

Lucas DiPascuale readies album

Wednesday, June 29, 2016    

Lucas DiPascuale (Jess Baumung)

BACK in 2014, the dancehall world was introduced to the talent of Canadian Lucas DiPascuale when he did an acoustic rendition of deejay Popcaan hits which went viral. Since then the Toronto native has had a whirlwind of experiences which has seen him recording No Talking with Popcaan; and Do It Like with Stylo G, Kardinal Offishall, and Konshens. He has also worked with producer Stepehen ‘The Genius’ McGregor and deejay Agent Sasco. In October last year, DiPascuale released his EP t ... Read More

All set for X2 on Saturday

Wednesday, June 29, 2016    

Alison Hinds

Appleton Estate EDX presents X2, the one-day, dual party festival, which takes place Saturday at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Ocho Rios. The drink-inclusive event has two segments: from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm will be a beach/soca party with a live performance by Alison Hinds, followed by the highly anticipated EDM concert from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. According to event organiser Mark Tracey, the fourth staging is a diverse package. “This year we are offering patrons a more rounded expe ... Read More

Inkz drops Pon Di Edge

Wednesday, June 29, 2016    


A number of popular entertainers, including Spice, Mad Cobra, Lady G, Gyptian, I-Wayne and Professor Nuts, have emerged from the dormitory community of Portmore in St Catherine. Newcomer Inkz is hoping to score similar success with his debut single Pon Di Edge. “Music has always been my first passion, even when I was going school I was beating desk during every lesson while deejaying my own and other people’s songs. A friend of mine said: ‘If you always remembering people ... Read More

Deja working on being Unforgettable

Wednesday, June 29, 2016    


AFTER a year in Canada, reggae singer Deja returned to the ‘Rock’ to nurture her fledgling career. She’s hoping her decision pays off with her latest single Unforgettable. “I want to motivate everyone to be unforgettable. I want this track to be everyone’s morning song, for them to wake up saying: ‘I’m the greatest! Unforgettable!’” said the 20-year-old. Produced by K Fire Beats and Dre Day Production, Unforgettable was released on June 1 ... Read More

The Key to enjoyment

Wednesday, June 29, 2016    

Smirnioff Ice is nice, says Shanna Kay. (karl mclarty)

‘Key fi the City’ turned out to be one of those parties that if you missed it, you couldn’t gain entry to the Up crowd. So, on Friday, June 10, dancehall devotees flocked to 184 Orange Street where Black Viper delivered deadly bites of the latest and greatest hits, much to the delight of JAMAICA OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY. Read More

Great sets at Miss Dream Castle Pageant

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, June 29, 2016    


YONKERS, New York —Veteran singer Tinga Stewart delivered a splendid set at the seventh staging of the Miss Dream Castle Pageant held in the Diamond Room of the Royal Regency Hotel, recently. Nattily dressed in a black outfit with matching hat and shoes, Stewart opened his set with When All Is Said And Done, then eased into Dream Of Me, Inside My Heart and Al Green’s How Can You Mend A Broken Heart. He later upped the tempo, delivering his festival-winning entries Play De Music an ... Read More

Tory Lanez samples Tanto Metro, Devonte

Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Tory Lanez (Loren Wohl)

Canadian singer/songwriter Tory Lanez has sampled Tanto Metro and Devonte’s hit Everyone Falls in Love for his latest song Luv. Co-produced by Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco, Luv is the second single from Lanez’s album for Interscope Records, which is due for release later this year. Lanez’s previous hit, Say It, sampled Brownstone’s 1995 song If You Love Me. It reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year. The 23-year-old Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peter ... Read More



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