Remembering Roots

Actors John Amos (Kunta Kinte) and Madge Sinclair (Belle) in a scene from Roots..

For two weeks in early 1977, Jamaicans rushed home and tuned into the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) to watch Roots, a powerful mini-series that is arguably the most successful programme in TV history. Based on American author Alex Haley’s book of the same title, Roots celebrated its ... Read More

Ibo Cooper directs the Reggae Orchestra at a previous staging of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association awards ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. All set for JaRIA awards
AFTER hosting a series of events celebrating Reggae Month, Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRI ... Read More

L’Acadco soloist N’Gelle Gage in Satta (Lionel Rookwood) Dance takes the spotlight
Jamaica Dance Umbrella (JDU), described as the largest dance festival in the English-speaking Caribb ... Read More

Lee “Scratch” Perry performing on the Stepping High Ganja Festival at Cayenne Beach in Negril in 2015. (Photo: Gail Zucker) Stepping high in Negril
Given the pace of legislation to decriminalise ganja in Jamaica in the past two years, it seems an e ... Read More

Arkansas choir to come

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

The Inspirational Chorale of the University of Arkansas.

UNIVERSITY of Arkansas Inspirational Chorale is set to embark on a one-week tour of Jamaica, commencing March 17, with a number of performances scheduled across the island which will benefit local charities. This concert series marks the chorale’s first-ever tour to the Caribbean. The performances are set for Saturday, March 18, at the St John’s Methodist Church in Montego Bay. On March 19, The University of the West Indies (UWI) Alumni Association Jamaica Chapter hosts the chora ... Read More

Dje to make debut

Sunday, February 26, 2017    


VOCALIST Dje will be making her debut on Jazz ‘n Cabaret in the gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, this evening. “I am excited about performing on the show and will be bringing my unique blend of singing styles of jazz, reggae, pop and R&B with hints of bluesy country, which I hope my audience will enjoy,” she said. Due to her extensive musical upbringing –– being born to musician parents Michael Dyke and Kathryn Bond Hickling-Dyke, educato ... Read More

The Deck comes of age

Saturday, February 25, 2017    

Richard Spence (centre), co-founder of The Deck, cutting the joint’s 21 anniversary cake with (from left) wife Leonie, daughters Lisa and Leanne, and son Richard Jr (aka DJ Richie R A S) on Trafalgar Road in New Kingston last Wednesday. Photo: Garfield Robinson

CORPORATE Area ho tspot The Deck celebrated its 21st anniversary with family and friends at its Trafalgar Road headquarters on Wednesday evening. The occasion was complete with cake cutting and speeches in party-like atmosphere. Co-founder Richard Spence shared the establishment’s genesis with the gathering. “It has been quite a journey. It was September 1995 in a discussion with a group of friend that the idea of having our own spot was born... So with the blessings of my wife, L ... Read More

Bacchanal in full plume

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor – Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, February 25, 2017    

Several of the colourful costumes that will be on show at Bacchanal Jamaica’s road march on Sunday, April 23. Photos: Garfield Robinson

KNUTSFORD Court Hotel in New Kingston was transformed into a kaleidoscope of colourful costumes at Bacchanal Jamaica’s 29th anniversary media launch on Wednesday evening. Michael Ammar Jr, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica, shared some highlights of this year’s staging. “2017 will indeed be a year highlighted by innovation and rejuvenation, as Bacchanal Jamaica embarks on a journey to take our carnival to even higher highs and create a carnival season unmatched in our history. ... Read More

Smoke Dem, Seasoning drop Bad Mind Dem

Saturday, February 25, 2017    

Smoke Dem (left) and Anthony Seasoning.

Singjay Smoke Dem is carving out a niche in the dance halls of the Caribbean and South America, particularly Suriname. There, he struck a partnership with Next Level Productions, which produced the song Bad Mind Dem, a collaboration with singer Anthony Seasoning. The latter is from Red Hills Road and has also performed in Suriname. Smoke Dem, previously known as Smoki Benz, credits deejay Fanton Mojah for helping him along his journey. It was he who first took him on tour in 2015, performing ... Read More

KGN5 Blazed at Southdale Plaza

Saturday, February 25, 2017    

Lens time.

Two-year-old Smirnoff KGN5 uptown Street Dance is consistently growing from strength to strength. Promoter Chavaughn Oneil attributes the event’s continued success to a winning formula: great music and solid entertainment. “The thing that stands out most about this event is the ability to bring together both uptown and dancehall patrons, and the entertainment and constant vibes provided,” Oneil said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer. Held last Friday, February 10 at ... Read More

Spotlight on Tosh, Andy, Nooks and Lord Creator

Saturday, February 25, 2017    


PETER Tosh, Horace Andy, George Nooks, and Calypsonian Lord Creator will be honoured at the Bob Marley One Love Fun Day Football Matches at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex in St Andrew on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Conceptualiser Clive “Busy” Campbell made the announcement at Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston, on Thursday morning. “These entertainers must be honoured for their contribution to our music reaching a worldwide audience. Every year we honour s ... Read More

Hall of Famer

Saturday, February 25, 2017    


Jay-Z, Babyface and the songwriting and production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are among this year’s inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The artistes will receive the honour at the organisation’s 48th Annual Induction and Awards dinner on June 15 in New York City. Jay-Z will be the first rapper to be inducted. Read More

Terro Melody keeping his eyes on the prize

Saturday, February 25, 2017    


After opening for lovers rock heavyweights Beres Hammond and Maxi Priest in the United Kingdom in 2016, singjay Terro Melody has his sights set on establishing himself this year. “I am taking it one day at a time; I believe everything happens within the time it is supposed to happen,” said the St Ann native. He is currently pushing the song Shorty Wanna Get High, a collaboration with Kingz Of Vocals, a group from the Isle Of Wight. The self-produced single appears on Terro Melody&r ... Read More


Saturday, February 25, 2017    

Nick Cannon.

Nick Cannon has welcomed a new baby boy. The America’s Got Talent host posted a picture of himself Wednesday on Instagram holding son Golden “Sagon” Cannon. He writes in the caption, “No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose!” He adds: “Welcome to Earth, Son!” The 36-year-old Cannon announced in November that he was expecting a baby with his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Bell, a former beauty queen. The baby is Cannon&r ... Read More



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