Holt gets his Startime

John Holt
Michael Barnett

In tribute to singer John Holt who died on October 20 in London, England, the Jamaica Observer presents 'Holt a Day', a daily feature leading up to his funeral, which is slated for November 15. A LUNCH meeting between promoter Michael Barnett and singer John Holt in 1987 led to the creation of the ... Read More

Alkaline No Change For Alkaline
CONTROVERSIAL dancehall artiste Alkaline said he is extremely disappointed with the Government for n ... Read More

Busy Signal Get Busy
DEEJAY Busy Signal is calling the past two years "the best years" of his life. It has been two year ... Read More

Lincoln ‘Style Rotterdam’ Scott Style Scott’s funeral is tomorrow
THE funeral service for influential drummer Lincoln 'Style Rotterdam' Scott is scheduled for the Roo ... Read More

Jamaican Mafia for December debut

Saturday, November 01, 2014    

Mykal Fax in a scene from the movie
Jamaican Mafia.

THE movie Jamaican Mafia will make its local debut in December. Filmed in New York last year, the movie stars Paul Campbell, whose credits include Dancehall Queen and Third World Cop. "We will be doing a one-time screening at the Carib Theatre in Kingston on December 4 and another in Montego Bay on December 7," said Mykal Fax, Jamaica-born screen writer and actor in the film. He said he was overjoyed that the movie would be shown in Jamaica. "I'm representing Jamaica to the fullest. Pleasing ... Read More

That's Not Nice

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October 31, 2014    

Music producer Notnice in his recording studio.

DANCEHALL producer Ainsley 'Notnice' Morris says his association with controversial acts Vybz Kartel and Alkaline have caused some artistes to shy away from him. According to Morris, it is one of the biggest challenges he faces in the industry. But he says he is, however, determined to keep doing what he has been. "The same thing that happen with Vybz Kartel is happening with Alkaline. They believe that I just want to work with a particular act, but it's not like that. I just work with who wil ... Read More

Magnum Kings & Queens goes regional

By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October 31, 2014    

From left) Tamika
West, brand
manager Magnum
Tonic Wine; Mark
Kenny, Magnum
King & Queens coproducer;
group brand
manager for
fortified wines and
liqueurs at J Wray &
Nephew Limited;
and Sanjay
Ramanand, Magnum
King & Queens
co-producer, at the
Tuesday launch
of the new season
of their show.

BILLED as Jamaica's number one dancehall TV show, Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall was launched at the Lyndhurst Road offices of TVJ on Tuesday. The occasion saw news that the programme would spread its reach to Trinidad & Tobago for its eighth season. "We have partnered with a TV station in T&T to carry the show. To help it along we will be having auditions in Port of Spain," Mark Kenny, co-producer, told the Jamaica Observer. This opens the competition to a potential victor fr ... Read More

Aidonia hits out at scammers

Friday, October 31, 2014    


DANCEHALL artiste Aidonia is blasting persons purporting to be part of his management team and collecting deposits for shows in Europe. According to the Bad People deejay, LiveJam Entertainment is not authorised to conduct business on his behalf. "To all my European fans/promoters and supporters I will not be appearing on any event booked or promoted by LiveJam Entertainment, we have received no payments nor were we aware of any such event(s)," the artiste said in a statement. "I would like t ... Read More

Etana rises on Billboard

Friday, October 31, 2014    


Due to a change in the cut-off date for the tabulation of Billboard Magazine's charts, Etana's new album I Rise debuts at number seven on the Billboard Reggae Album chart. Although it was released on October 28, Catch Di Riddim sources disclosed that Etana's album sales comprised pre-orders from one state in the United States; roughly 200 copies were sold. It is expected that a week of sales could see the Clive Hunt-produced I Rise topping the chart next week. I Rise is Etana's fourth entry ... Read More

Tanya Stephens for Dubai show

Friday, October 31, 2014    


FEMALE dancehall deejay Tanya Stephens is slated to perform at Reggae Beachfest to be held at XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa in Dubai on Saturday. Stephens, who will be making her first trek to the United Arab Emirates, is known for songs including Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet, These Streets, It’s a Pity and Boom Wuk. Also performing are the United Arab Emirate’s dancehall king Don Corneille, DJ Jus, Raj, Jaysun and Teddy Jam from Sudan. Read More

Dancehall to BRUK OUT

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Promoters Brian
Martin (second left)
and Sonny Ranking
(right) of Big Head
Promotion present
Jahnoia Christie
(centre) with her
Dancehall Queen
trophy at the Pier
One Entertainment
Complex in August.
Sharing in the
moment is
Jahnoia’s sister,
Keja, who won the
competition last
year. (PHOTO:

THE world of dancehall music and the dancehall queen contests will be the subject of a documentary titled Bruk Out. Bruk Out is brainchild of Brooklyn native Cori McKenna, who is director on the project. She readily admits to being drawn to the music and culture of her fellow New Yorkers who had Jamaican ties. "I would go out and watch the Caribbean parade each year and I was really intrigued by the music and the dancing. I was so inspired that I made some contacts and was invited down to Jama ... Read More

Riddim Twins pay tribute to Holt

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Sly and

In tribute to singer John Holt, who died on October 20 in London, England, the Jamaica Observer presents 'Holt a Day', a daily feature leading up to his final farewell, which is scheduled for November 15. FOR their 1998 album Friends, the revered drum-and-bass team of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare paid homage to the music they grew up listening, by covering songs by singers John Holt and Dobbie Dobson. British singer Maxi Priest, who helped popularise the lovers' rock sound in the United K ... Read More

Watch out for Nae Nae

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Friday, October 31, 2014    

Nae Nae

SINGJAY Nae Nae has made her biggest move to become a force in Jamaican music circles with her latest singles, Da Body Ya and Raging Bull. Da Body Ya is produced by D-Dot Music Group, while Raging Bull was done for Time Code Records. Born Shanice Graham in Kingston, Nae Nae grew up in Trelawny and resided for brief period in the United Kingdom. Her recording debut came last year with the track Bedroom Stulla which was produced by Barbadian Denny De Illest. Confidence is something Nae Nae is n ... Read More

Do Go See this weekend

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Edition on

SPLASH PICK OF THE WEEKEND Liberation, Dance Edition @ Covenant City Church, 72 Half Way Tree Road Featuring: Chozenn, DA Jay, Dunamis, Goddy Goddy, Lypher, Omari, St Matthew Time: 7:00 pm Pic: Goddy Goddy Caption Goddy Goddy among performers for Liberation, Dance Edition on Saturday FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 Celebratory Life @ Shop 4 Global Plaza, 62 Grants Pen Road Featuring: High Vibes Time: 9:00 pm Halloween Smirnoff Fridays @ Ribbiz and Triple Century Time: 8:00pm Star/ Magnum All S ... Read More



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