Plug pulled on Int’l Jazz Day concert

The historic Devon House in St Andrew was slated to be the venue of this year’s staging of the International Jazz Day concert on April 30. The concert has, however, been cancelled.

PLANS for this year’s International Jazz Day concert has been cancelled. The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, which had set the concert for Devon House in St Andrew on April 30, said the event has been scratched due to a lack of corporate sponsorship. Coleen Douglas, di ... Read More

Javal Lewis in Walk With Me (Photo: Michael Gordon) NDTC continues renewal
For the past 36 years, the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) has worked to make their Easter Sun ... Read More

Omar “Yellow” Johnson playing his Bob Marley version Epiphone guitar.. Marching to his beat
The Jamaica Observer continues its 10-part series looking at musicians who have made an impact on re ... Read More

5Star Akil. 5Star Akil marks milestone
Trinidadian soca artiste 5Star Akil is celebrating his fifth anniversary in the music business with ... Read More

Feluke heads to Mexico for treatment

Sunday, April 23, 2017    


Reggae singer/percussionist Denver “Feluke” Smith will journey to Mexico today to begin his 21-day cancer treatment. In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, musician Mikey Bennett said that they had met the required amount needed to pay for the trip and treatment in the South American country. Earlier this month, family and friends of Feluke created a GoFundMe account for the entertainer, who is suffering from stage 4 colon cancer that has metastasised to his lungs. Funds were ... Read More

Penchant for pension

Tony Robinson | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Fortune shows herself most kind Than is her custom: It is still her use To let the wretched man outlive his wealth; To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow An age of poverty. — Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, IV, 1 What an absolutely frightening prospect that is for many people, to outlive their wealth and end up in an age of poverty. Wealth is used very loosely here, for most people only earn a pittance anyway, outlive it, and still end up in an age of poverty. There used ... Read More

Xodus gets ‘Routes’

Saturday, April 22, 2017    

Island Routes Caribbean Adventures is thrilled to announce that it has teamed up with Xodus Carnival, giving visitors to the Montego Bay and Ocho Rios regions the chance to “play mas” in Jamaica’s annual street carnival on Sunday. Island Routes is taking visitors into Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, to join in the fun, share in the madness, and party their way through the city’s streets with their “mas”querade band. “Carnival is a true celebration o ... Read More

Bacchanal's ready!

Saturday, April 22, 2017    

A reveller at last year's Bacchanal Jamaica road march throughout the Corporate Area. (Photos: Ryan Mattis)

On Sunday, the streets of the Corporate Area will be ablaze with colour and glitz as carnival revellers are scheduled to chip, dance and wine their way from Liguanea down Hope Road on to Lady Musgrave Avenue, to Trafalgar Road. From there the party will move to Waterloo Road, West King's House Road, down Constant Spring Road eventually culminating in New Kingston at the Golf Academy. The change in route from previous years is part and parcel of improving the experience of the partiers. Ed Kh ... Read More

Singing Sweet on comeback

Saturday, April 22, 2017    

Singing Sweet

Reggae artiste Singing Sweet said he has been approached by overseas rappers to remix his voice from his breakout cover hit When I See You Smile , in 1992. “A rapper out of 50 Cent’s camp did a remake of the song for a mixtape late last year, plus I have been approached by local dancehall artistes who want to do a remake of the song. Overseas, you have huge artistes like Chris Brown doing over a Red Rat song,” he said. The singer is generating a lot of buzz with a pair of n ... Read More

Cadbury Funfest,a family affair

Saturday, April 22, 2017    

Parents engaging in a game of tug-of-war.

The early afternoon showers failed to put a damper on the Easter Monday staging of Cadbury Funfest. As a matter of fact, patrons continued streaming through the gates at Hope Gardens in St Andrew as the rains threatened. “We’re happy about the turnout and we’re even more excited that we’re giving families an opportunity to really enjoy themselves and have fun,” Tshani Jaja of Fam Fun Entertainment told the Jamaica Observer. This year marks the fifth anniversary o ... Read More

Mai Tai excites at Devon House

Saturday, April 22, 2017    

Bunji Garlin asking fans to put their hands up in the air at Mai Tai held at Devon House in St Andrew on Easter Monday.

Caesar’s Army and Heineken once again demonstrated their ability to bring the raw, unadulterated energy of soca music to an event, while maintaining premium execution. The result was ultimate satisfaction for the patrons of Mai Tai at Devon House, St Andrew, on Easter Monday. The audience enjoyed pure vibes and good, clean fun. A sea of stylish belles and beaus filed into the sunset soiree to embrace the pre-road march soca vibe. Jumping in unison to songs such as Famous, Dip, and Big Bad ... Read More

Pleasant Valley Cook Out & After Party today

Saturday, April 22, 2017    

Junior Dennis (left) speaking with Shawn Townsend, secretary of the Pleasant Valley Citizens’ Association, during the Pleasant Valley road repair project in St Andrew last month. (Photo: Rory Daley)

Citizens of Pleasant Valley in Red Hills will be hosting a Cook Out & After Party at Forrest Drive today starting at noon. Proceeds from the family event will be used to continue the road repair work which began on Thursday, March 30. “It’s a fund-raiser with a difference. We’re trying to raise some funds to complete the roadwork we started in the community... the roads were extremely bad and we the residents, in conjunction with the Dennis family, decided to do something ... Read More

Smirnoff boosts festivities

Saturday, April 22, 2017    

Jason Williams (right) welcomes deejay Shensea to Smirnoff’s Soca vs Dancehall themed night at Bacchanal Fridays at Mas Camp in St Andrew recently.

Smirnoff vodka, which has been a long-time partner of Bacchanal Jamaica, has thrown its support behind two new carnival events. Ocho Rios Carnival and Xodus. “Carnival and Smirnoff go hand in hand. Carnival is known to deliver high- energy experiences and so is Smirnoff, the brand that is “born for fun”. We are on a mission to own the carnival space — when you think of carnival and soca, you think of Smirnoff. We want revellers to have a wonderful time and make lasting ... Read More

Singer J making waves

Saturday, April 22, 2017    

Singer J.

If you are a regular at street dances or parties, it’s hard not to hear one of Singer J’s songs blaring from a sound system. The singer, who saw a career revival last year thanks to the hit single Can’t Stop Me Now, is currently one of the most talked about singers. His latest track, I Am Chosen , courtesy of Pay Day Music, has been making the rounds and is arguably one of the most played songs on radio. “This is a song that everyone can relate to. When I sing, I sing ... Read More



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