Ub40, others, pay tribute to ‘1000 volts of Holt’ on social media

John Holt

KINGSTON, Jamaica—As news of the death of ‘Stick by Me’ singer John Holt went viral members of the entertainment fraternity both locally and internationally took to social media to express condolences and to pay tribute to the ‘legendary’ Jamaican singer. Some of the m ... Read More

Peter Tosh would have celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday. At right Dr Clinton Hutton Tuning into Tosh
A SYMPOSIUM for firebrand reggae singer Peter Tosh is scheduled for the Multifunctional Room at the ... Read More

T.O.K T.O.K celebrates 15 years
A HANDFUL of fans and supporters turned out at the Famous Club in Portmore, Saturday to celebrate vo ... Read More

The principal characters in Le Nozze di Figaro.
From left: Marlis Petersen, Ildar Abdrazakov,
Amanda Majeski, and Peter Mattei. A marriage made by Mozart
THE extent to which people go to exact revenge when they feel duped can be many and varied. When sub ... Read More

Crawford sees JA as entertainment mecca

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Damion Crawford

DAMION Crawford, minister of state in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, says with 20,000 entertainment event held last year, Jamaica has both comparative and competitive advantage as an entertainment mecca. The minister's assertions came at the launch of Carlene Davis's album launch -- Dripping Blood -- at the Redbones Blues Café, on Thursday. He says the entertainment industry should be considered among those that can contribute to the economic advancement of Jamaica. But, li ... Read More

Red Stripe calls film-makers

Monday, October 20, 2014    


UP-AND-COMING directors and producers will get their chance to showcase their talents in Red Stripe's Make The Cutâ promotion. Backed by its Drink Right campaign -- an initiative to raise awareness about responsible drinking while promoting more care taken while enjoying alcoholic beverages -- the competition is aimed at local talent. Entrants will get the chance to showcase videography, directing, post-productions, and editing skills as they make a 30-second TV advert bringing to life t ... Read More

Bringing the family back

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Winston 'Merritone' Blake (second left) speaks with Marva Bernard (left), Jamaica Netball Association president, while Professor Evan Duggan, dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI, and Christine Wood, events manager at J Wray and Nephew, look on. The occasion was the launch of the 24th Merritone Family Reunion and Homecoming Weekend at The Waterfalls in Liguanea, St Andrew, recently. Merritone's Family Reunion and Homecoming comes to a close at Las Lik scheduled for The Deck on Trafalgar Road in ... Read More

Without honour

Sunday, October 19, 2014    

Vere Johns ... His Opportunity Hour and Opportunity Knocks shows were the Rising Star contests of the 1950s and 1960s. They helped launch the careers of Alton Ellis, Lloyd Charmers, John Holt, Bob Andy, Desmond Dekker, The Wailers, Jackie Edwards, Dobby Dobson, Boris Gardiner, Millie Small, Jimmy Cliff, the Blues Busters, Derrick Morgan, Lascelles Perkins, Higgs and Wilson, Bunny and Skully, Laurel Aitken, Jimmy Tucker and Rico Rodriguez. Johns, who worked at the Gleaner for many years, died i ... Read More

Saluting the songbirds

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

WHEN it comes to the history of early reggae, Heather Augustyn's interest has no bounds. For the past decade, the American journalist/teacher has written extensively on the music's roots. Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music is her latest literary effort. Released in September, it is Augustyn's look at the role women played in the formative years of Jamaican music. The Indiana native interviewed several of these trailblazers including My Boy Lollipop singer Millie Small and Enid Cumbe ... Read More

DOUG BENNETT takes centre stage

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

Doug Bennett

COME tomorrow, National Heroes' Day, local musical theatre veteran Douglas James Alister Bennett will accept the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander at King's House in St Andrew. "I am absolutely delighted. What is so great is that it was so unexpected and I am looking forward to the investiture," he told the Sunday Observer. Bennett is being recognised for his seminal contribution to the development of theatre in Jamaica. He has been the chairman of the Jamaica Musical Theatre Compa ... Read More

Miss Trace rocks steady with BB

Sunday, October 19, 2014    

Miss Trace rocks
steady with BB

AUSTRALIAN singer Miss Trace has found a new hero in rocksteady great BB Seaton. Last month, while in London for Seaton's 70th birthday party, she recorded three songs — Image of Love, Something For You and Stand By Me — with him. The two first collaborated last November on the songs, World Needs Now and Born To Believe. Miss Trace spoke of how she met Seaton, a prolific singer/songwriter who led harmony group, The Gaylads, during the 1960s. "I met a gentleman online in 2009, Ras ... Read More

Peter Tosh 70th birthday today

By Howard Campbell, Observer senior writer | Sunday, October 19, 2014 10:32 AM    


KINGSTON, Jamaica -- With powerful songs such as ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ and ‘400 Years,’ Peter Tosh ranks among pop music's most militant artistes. Tosh, who was killed in September 1987, would have turned 70 today. It is unlikely his hard-hitting songs would impress today's record company executives, who are into bouncy beats and acts who grab tabloid headlines. Copeland Forbes, Tosh's former manager, says the artiste never conformed to music industry trends. "Peter was n ... Read More

Leftside seeks a Rebirth

Saturday, October 18, 2014    


DANCEHALL artiste Leftside is currently in Germany promoting his mixtape, The Rebirth Volume 1. The 19-track project was produced by the entertainer's Keep Left Records and released in Europe two weeks ago. Among its tracks are What You Need, Indian Wine, Get Ready to Party, Danger and Monkey Business, a collaboration with hip-hop artiste Redman. "I have been touring Europe for several years so I chose to release it there first. Also, I knew I was going to be on tour there so it was the perfe ... Read More

‘Dem a go tired fi see mi face’

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, October 18, 2014    


FABIAN Marley, the 44-year-old Jamaican who claims to be the eldest child of reggae legend Bob Marley, is moving ahead with his musical career. This, despite a written request from the family of the late reggae king in August last year, that he "cease and desist" proporting to be a Marley and using the name, or prove through DNA testing that he is who he claims to be. "Dem ask me for my DNA and me do that long time and give dem, and up to now, I can't hear nothing from dem. So me just a go thr ... Read More



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