Supa Dups story

Supa Dups

DWAYNE 'Supa Dups' Chin-Quee has had a decorated career as a producer. He has worked with a long list of heavyweights in dancehall, rhythm and Blues and hip hop. With three Grammy Awards to his credit and hits on the Billboard pop charts, he says there is still more to be accomplished. "Just like ... Read More

Kafinal Kafinal salutes Dekker
SINGER Kafinal pays tribute to reggae pioneer Desmond Dekker with his latest song, Road Tonight. It ... Read More

Patrons enjoying the vibe at a previous staging of
Beach J’Ouvert in St Mary. (PHOTO: OBSERVER FILE) More fun for Beach J'ouvert
SOCA fans making the annual trek to Bacchanal Beach J'ouvert at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St M ... Read More

The cast and crew of Jonkanoo Jamboree accept the
trophy for Best Ensemble from Tanya Batson-Savage (left)
at the Actor Boy Awards on Monday night. High praises for local theatre
DESPITE the challenges, 2013 was a good year for the local theatre industry. That's the view of Tan ... Read More

D'Midas touch

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Stephen Derek (right) adding the finishing touches to one of his designs.

TRINIDADIAN costume designer and band leader Stephen Derek is excited about his appearance at this month's Bacchanal road march. The march, which concludes the season, will be held April 29 in the Corporate Area. Derek was part of the Jamaican carnival scene in the mid-1980s. He was invited by band leader Byron Lee to assist with the launch of his Jamaica Carnival. "It's been a while since I have been to Jamaica carnival so I am anxious to see what improvement it has made and where it is now, ... Read More

DJ Jigsy King bats for the girls

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Jigsy King

VETERAN dancehall artiste Jigsy King is appealing to women to set higher standards for themselves. He stated that low self-esteem on their part is a contributing factor to the breakdown of dancehall music. "Back in the days, we couldn't deejay anything derogatory about females as they would not support it; now some of them are dancing to anything. How can an artiste even think about writing a line like 'Upgrade you from germs tun yuh inna wifey'? This is unacceptable," he said. The entertaine ... Read More

Hapilos awards off

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Johnny Wonder, 21st Hapilos’s executive vice-president (Photo: Pawty Central)

SATURDAY'S 21st Hapilos Anniversary and Digital Awards has been postponed. The event was scheduled for the Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica Centre in St Andrew. No reason was given for the postponement. Neither was a new date announced. In a statement yesterday, Johnny Wonder, 21st Hapilos's executive vice-president, apologised "for any inconvenience the postponement may have caused". "We at 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone assoc ... Read More

Predictions spot on

BY RICHARD JOHNSON | Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

(From left) Actor Boy awardees Nadean Rawlins, Glen Campbell, Sakina Deer and Christopher McFarlane. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

THEY did it. The actors got it right. In a poll conducted by the Jamaica Observer which asked other actors to predict who would go home with the Actor Boy Awards in the various categories ahead of Monday's ceremony, was spot on. The poll r esults showed veteran actor Glen Campbell would take the trophy for Best Actor in a Lead Role for his work in If There's A Will There's a Wife; Nadean Rawlins would win best lead actress for Departure in the Dark; Christopher McFarlane would be the winner fo ... Read More

Dread and Terrible lie

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 16, 2014    


ANTONIE Missir — producer of Chronixx's Dread and Terrible Tour French leg -- is dismissing rumours that the artiste was assaulted by security guards at La Cigale in Paris on Sunday, April 6. "I guarantee that there is no truth to the story," said Missir, in an email response to the Jamaica Observer yesterday. According to the producer, Chronixx and his team were on stage when a minor incident happened backstage between a security guard and an unauthorised person. "Chronixx and crew beh ... Read More

Jah Reefa set to make mark

Balford Henry | Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Jah Reefa

SINGJAY Jah Reefa is among a new generation of entertainers emerging from St Thomas. The up-and-coming artiste hopes to make his mark with the track Loyalty Over Royalty. Released last week, the single is produced on the Rapid Burst Record label. “It’s an anthem pointing out that I understand that nothing in life comes easy... Money can’t change we, because we are loyal to those who are loyal to us,” the 23-year-old singjay told the Jamaica Observer. St Thomas has had ... Read More

Anancy Chaptaz comes up big

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

The cast of Anancy Chaptaz Winner’s Circle celebrate their win at the Actor Boy Award. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

IT was the children's production Anancy Chaptaz Winner's Circle which walked away with the most trophies at Monday's staging of the Actor Boy Awards held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The production by the Independent Actors Movement (IAM) won a total of five trophies in the categories: Best Costume, Best Original Song, Best Choreography, Best Musical, and Best Children's Theatre. Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, Sabrena McDonald of IAM said the Actor Boy wins have served to b ... Read More

Fun Day & Kite Fest

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

THE 17th annual Melrose Farm Family Fun Day and Kite Festival will be held at the Melrose Farm, Claremont, St Ann, on Friday. Denzil ‘Whizzie’ McDonald, Melrose Farm CEO and the event organiser, said St Ann is usually the place of choice for ‘out of towners’ over the Easter holidays and this is a ‘can’t-miss’ event. “We are expecting another massive turnout,” McDonald said. The Melrose Farm Family Funday and Kite Festival was first held in ... Read More

Max Romeo relaunches label

Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

SINGER/producer Max Romeo will relaunch his Charmax music label at his home in Treadways, St Catherine, on Friday. A new album, Father and Son, by the veteran roots artiste and his son Rominal, will also be released. The set is Charmax's first release since the upgrade of Romeo's Red Ark studio. "I feel delighted and proud to be sharing this project with my son who is a part of the young generation working hard to keep the music alive," Romeo told the Jamaica Observer. Max Romeo emerged in t ... Read More

Rootz Underground goes ‘ public’

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

Rootz Underground goes ‘

REGGAE band Rootz Underground is adopting a novel approach to fund the production of their third and upcoming studio album. The band is taking the sourcing of capital for the project to the people through crowdfunding — a web-based platform in which projects are financed through contributions from the public. According to the band's bass player Colin Young, the group has decided to go this route based on the changes in how record labels operate these days. "Artistes now have to find new ... Read More



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