Pitbull bites into a dancehall classic


Cuban-American rapper Pitbull recently released a Spanish cover of the Chaka Demus & Pliers hit song Murder She Wrote. Titled El Taxi, it is from Dale, his ninth album. Dale is nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album category. It was released in July last ... Read More

Abatau Abatau does it his way
For the children of successful musicians, standing in the shadows of their parents can be a dauntin ... Read More

Keneale Brackett Merital Family to regroup
Keneale Brackett, a member of the Merital Family dancehall group, was deported last Thursday after b ... Read More

(From left) Ray Cha of Yaadcore sound system, Camille Monchicourt of unitedreggae.com and roots artiste Derajah at Nanook’s live show on Ash Wednesday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) United through reggae
Depending on his budget, Camille Monchicourt of the unitedreggae.com website visits Jamaica annually ... Read More

RDX talks Side Chicks

Friday, February 12, 2016    


RDX will release their new single, Side Chicks, on Valentine’s Day. It is a deliberate move, said group member Renigade. “We have decided to highlight the side chicks of the world on a day that is usually focused on celebrating the standard relationship,” Renigade told Splash. Side Chicks is co-written by RDX (which also includes Delomar) and their Apartment 19 team, the Shella Posse. The song is from the duo’s upcoming EP 2FloorsUp. “The song comes directly fr ... Read More

Machel evolves on Billboard

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Friday, February 12, 2016    

Machel Montano

SOCA star Machel Montano scored the second Billboard-charting album of his 32-year career this week. His Monk Evolution debuts at number eight on the Reggae Album Chart. Monk Evolution is the 19th solo album for the 41-year-old Trinidadian. It has 11 tracks including Memory with Tarrus Riley); Like So (featuring Angela Hunte); and Carnival Groupie. Montano is known for hits such as The Fog, Dance With You, Big Phat Fish, Big Truck, Happiest Man Alive and Jumbie. In 2014, he won the Best Inter ... Read More

AFTER 12: Happy Birthday, Marlon!

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Coretta (left), Samona (centre), and Laurene give support to the birthday boy.

Marlon Reid had his good friends over at his Lyndhurst Crescent house to celebrate his birthday on January 29, and OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY was asked to record the festivities. Read More

Midnite in Kingston

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Akae Beka

The Hope Gardens Shell Bandstand will be set ablaze on Saturday, March 26, when Akae Beka (Vaughn Benjamin), former lead vocalist of the St Croix-based reggae band Midnite, performs for the first time in Jamaica alongside a cadre of other artistes. The brainchild of Away to Africa founder, Tiffanie Anderson, who is excited about the upcoming event. “Akae Beka’s music and energy has a very strong motherland focus much like the other artistes on the show, so we thought it would be a ... Read More

Peppa Ceed is ready to party

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Peppa Ceed

Jamaican-born, NY-based recording artiste and restaurateur Peppa Ceed is preparing to take to local airwaves with his latest single Party Time. Released in mid-December, the singjay said the single, which featured dancehall artiste Gully Bop has been making rounds in the clubs in New York. “I am hoping to have similar or even better luck here in Jamaica. That would be a plus for my career as Jamaicans are the hardest music lovers to place so when they embrace your work, you know ... Read More

Showtime Damion’s the Boss

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Showtime Damion

LAST year, Live Mi Life by Showtime Damion got some traction on Jamaican radio. The London-based dancehall artiste is back with Owner Boss on Good Good Productions’ Cure Pain rhythm. He describes Owner Boss as an anthem for the independent man. “The song is encouraging people to just live their lives and be the boss of it however they want to,” said Showtime Damion. The deejay recently signed to Mastermind Entertainment Ltd and Twilight Music Group (TMG) Productions in the U ... Read More

King Mas to release new album

Friday, February 12, 2016    

King Mas

Nature’s Way Entertainment out of Florida is preparing to release Rasta Evolution, an 18-song album by singer King Mas. According to the company’s CEO Garfield Cowan, the album took three years to complete. “We had little obstacles along the way, but we continued to push because we believe in this album and the movement of positive, conscious music,” Cowan explained. A number of producers contributed songs to the project, including Cowan and his wife Sanya, O Sitawi, D ... Read More

Negus aims to chronicle his success

Friday, February 12, 2016    


Born in Guyana and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, deejay Negus makes no secret of his passion for Jamaican dancehall music. The 34-year-old artiste has called Toronto, Canada home for the past nine years. From there, he operates the Street Platinum label. Negus is currently pushing the Chronicles of Success beat which has songs by a number of artistes including himself. His song on it is I Wanna Know. “It’s a bit of a conscious ‘riddim’ but I took a different angle an& ... Read More

teenAGE Style Guide for YVAs 2016: Part 3

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Thristan is wearing a classy and trendy royal blue bodycon dress with cut-outs at the back from Style Savvy. The high, padded shoulders add a unique look to this fit and makes it a red-carpet-ready ensemble. Burgundy, Aquazzura-inspired heels are paired with the royal blue look... the colours blend perfectly, keeping Thristan trendy, young, hot and hype.

The much anticipated Youth View Awards (YVAs) are only a week away (February 20). If you’re a trendy fashionista who is young, hot and hype and you haven’t got your perfect fit then no need to fret, you still have time. A number of stores across the Corporate Area have looks for both males and females to suit their red carpet needs: looks perfect to party the night away with international superstar Pia Mia. For the perfect YVAs Style Guide the teenAGE Lifestyle team visited Style S ... Read More

Bacchanal Fridays jumps off tomorrow

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Michael Ammar, Jr

SOCA party series Bacchanal Fridays kicks off at the Mas Camp in New Kingston tomorrow. This year’s theme, Bacchanal Legacy — Live The Dream, is a reflection of quality entertainment and the contribution of late director Earl ‘Fuzzy’ Franklin. Franklin, 68, was Bacchanal’s costume creator for nearly two decades. He passed away in July of last year. According to director Michael Ammar Jr, the event is now attracting patrons from all over the globe. “The op ... Read More



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