Tosh Tribute Concert tonight

Peter Tosh

TONIGHT reggae singer Peter Tosh’s music comes alive at Pulse model agency’s headquarters on Trafalgar Road in New Kingston. Tosh’s backing band Word, Sound and Power will reunite with original members for a benefit concert. The band comprised Sly Dunbar (drums), Robbie Shakespear ... Read More

Isaiah Laing, CEO of Supreme Promotions — organisers of the annual one-night show Sting. (Photo: Michael Gordon) St Catherine lauds its finest
Isaiah Laing, founder and promoter of the long-running dancehall show Sting, was recognised by the S ... Read More

Kevin Downswell performing on Kingston Jerk and Gospel Music Festival at Hope Gardens in Kingston on Heroes’ Day. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans) Blair, Downswell save gospel show
Emcee Nadine Blair and gospel singer Kevin Downswell were the saving graces of a less-than-organised ... Read More

Members of Kingston Rock To-Isis turns Kingston Rock
Reggae group To-Isis has been a household name in Jamaica for several years. However, the outfit has ... Read More

Sativa D Black 1 targets

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

Sativa D Black 1

Personal experience inspired singer Sativa D Black 1’s latest song, Petty Thief, produced by YGF Records. “One day mi lef mi shoes pon mi house top an’ when mi come back the shoes gone. This happens inna a lot of communities where yuh have petty thieves that terrorise people, so this song is social commentary and humorous, but it is a serious topic,” he said. Petty Thief is part of Sativa D Black 1’s EP, to be released through Charm B Productions, which manages h ... Read More

King Turbo wins World Clash title

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

A celebratory Ricky Turbo wins the World Clash.

Canadian sound system King Turbo outclassed a line-up of six from five countries to secure victory in World Clash, held at Club Amazura in New York, recently. The five-hour competition, organised by Caribbean entertainment specialists Irish and Chin, was dubbed The Rise of New Champions. “The Rise of New Champions is the start of a new beginning for global visibility of sound clash culture,” said Garfield “Chin” Bourne of Irish and Chin. “It’s the cultivat ... Read More

Marco Polo a hit

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

Aidonia delivering his set at Marco Polo held at Cable Hut Beach in Bull Bay, St Andrew, on Heroes’ Day.

DESPITE the late start, the Heroes’ Day staging of Marco Polo, held at Cable Hut Beach in Bull Bay, St Andrew, was a success by all accounts. Sponsored by Smirnoff, the event was dubbed the ‘Bikini Colours Cooler Edition’. Music was provided by DJ Nicco, ZJ Ice, and Hyperactive Sound. Lance Craig of LawLess Events spoke to the Jamaica Observer about the move to Cable Hut Beach. “We’ve been absent from Kingston for a while. We have been doing Marco Polo outside ... Read More

Bongo and friends rally for Haiti

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

Bongo Herman (right) and the cast of artistes who performed at Tuesday’s benefit show for victims of hurricane-ravaged Haiti, at Jacob’s Place in King’s Plaza.

Heavy rain put a damper on the Bongo Herman And Friends benefit show at Jacob’s Place, Kings Plaza, on Tuesday. But there was still an encouraging turnout of artistes and patrons who donated canned food and clothing for people in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew. “Wi glad how it come off, wi get couple things well from people wha’ wi going to give to Food For The Poor,” Bongo Herman told the Jamaica Observer. The veteran percussionist staged the event in association ... Read More

A Spicy affair - ‘Babsy’ gives Spice the nod

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October 21, 2016    


Culture Minister Olivia “Babsy”Grange has defended the decision to include deejay Spice on last weekend’s concert honouring Jamaican athletes who participated at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Grange and her team have been criticised following Spice’s performance, which many deemed inappropriate given the scale of the event and audience, which included Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, and Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Mrs Holness. &ldqu ... Read More

Tanto Blacks is Cash 4 Life face

Friday, October 21, 2016    

Tanto Blacks

Celebrated dancehall ‘Real Rich’ sensation Tanto Blacks is named ambassador and the face of the 2016 staging of J Wray & Nephew Limited’s ‘Q is the Key to Cash 4 Life’ competition. Blacks will be the main character in all advertisements of the competition, which will give players a chance to win up to $30 million in prize money over the next 14 weeks. The entertainer, who is well known for promoting a cash-rich lifestyle and positive lyrics, will encourage ... Read More

Pritti Shu hits out against Bad Mind

Friday, October 21, 2016    

Pritti Shu

In his latest single, up-and-coming singjay Pritti Shu expresses his disgust for backbiters and hypocrites in the track Bad Mind . According to him, the single has been making the rounds on social media and local airwaves since its release in May. “Unfortunately, even a child can relate an experience with someone who is envious, so the topic is a universal one. The song speaks about those wolves in sheep’s clothing, who wish you well in your presence, but secretly wishing for y ... Read More

In harmony with Daddy

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Friday, October 21, 2016    

(From left): Alexandria, Adriana, and Sheneka Clark, daughters of former Third World singer William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clark, at a luncheon for singer Gregory Isaacs at Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on Monday. (Photo: Steve James)

The spirit of William “Bunny Rugs” Clark hovered over King’s House on Monday as his widow Bouvier accepted his Order of Distinction from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen. Rugs, who died from cancer in Orlando, Florida, in February 2014 at age 65, was the lead singer of Third World for 37 years. His three daughters — Sheneka, Alexandria and Adriana — accompanied his wife to the Ceremony of Investiture of National Honours and Awards, which took place in St Andrew. ... Read More

Chyna Nicole on a high

Friday, October 21, 2016    

Chyna Nicole

Seven months after its release, Higher, the first album from singer Chyna Nicole, has done well on regional reggae charts in the United States. Released in April by Nico Star Music, Higher has entered the Foundation Radio Network Top 20 Album Chart in New York City; South Florida Top 15 Reggae Chart and the USA iTunes Top 100 Reggae Album Chart. “This is fantastic news. It’s like receiving an award because it acknowledges the hard work and collaborations with some of reggae&rs ... Read More

Isha Bel’s time to shine

Friday, October 21, 2016    

Isha Bel

Though she has done countless songs in a 20-year career, singer Isha Bel is still hunting that elusive hit. She thinks it has come in Cost of Living. The song is from Cost of Living/Light Haffi Shine, an EP released September 20 by Swiss label Addis Records. Cost of Living is a cover of Peace Within, a song done by singer Nora Dean in the 1970s. A former member of the Fourth Street Sister vocal group, Isha Bel has done a number of singles since going solo nearly a decade ago. The EP repr ... Read More



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