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Morgan Heritage album for April 20

Morgan Heritage
album for April 20

MORGAN Heritage will be releasing their latest album Strictly Roots on all major digital platforms April 20, 2015. The physical copy will be released the following day. The project is the first under the siblings imprint label CTBC Music (Cool To Be Conscious). "This album is our most progressive ... Read More

Finalists in this year’s Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song
Competition held at the New Testament Church of God on Eastwood Park Road in St Andrew,
recently Ten gospel finalists chosen
Ten gospel finalists chosen THE top 10 finalists were selected at Jamaica Cultural Development Comm ... Read More

Chef Steffen
Prase (left) and
reggae singer
Israel Voice SECOND SERVING OF MOA FIRE
AFTER highlighting the formula for Ital cuisine in his first book, Moa Fire: Nutrition For The Soul, ... Read More

Nyashane Nyashane has an irie feeling
ON his latest song, I am Feeling Irie, singer Nyashane exudes a positive vibe he says reflects his o ... Read More

After 12 - Bikini & Bunnies

Wednesday, March 04, 2015    

These ladies are dressed as Playboy bunnies.

The Playboy Edition of Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Bikini Sundayz on March 1 pulled a huge crowd to Ultra Beach Club in Portmore, St Catherine. JAMAICA OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY was naturally there to file this photo essay. Bikini Sundays After 12 --> Read More

Good food, vibes at cookout

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Wednesday, March 04, 2015    

A section of the crowd at Bachelor Chef Cookout in Half-Way-Tree on Sunday.

SUNDAY'S 10th staging of the Bachelor Chef Cookout event was a huge success. Held at the Tiki Hut (formerly Kabana) on Hope Road, Half-Way-Tree, the event attracted a large turnout of patrons. Promoter/chef Shea Stewart was pleased with the turnout. "This event is a dream that manifested as we went along. I rolled with the punches and moved with the growth and development. We are very happy with the support from the patrons," said Stewart. Sound system Zinc Fence Disco provided musical deli ... Read More

Ol’ Fyah Stick is entertaining

Wednesday, March 04, 2015    

Margaret
(Dahlia
Harris, Centre)
latches on to a plan
to protect her father
which includes his
helper Betty (Deon
Silvera) and the
security guard
Delroy, played
by
Christopher
‘Johnny’
Daley

THE upheavals in other spheres of her professional life do not seem to have deterred the creative spirit of Jamaica theatre practitioner Dahlia Harris. Her latest effort, Ol' Fyah Stick, which closes this weekend at The Theatre Place in New Kingston, but re-opens in April, is testament to the creative fortitude she possesses. Over the years, Harris' subject matter have been many and varied and range from drugs and sports in To The Finish; the South African rebel cricket tour in Across the Line ... Read More

Singer Charmayne Maxwell dies

Tuesday, March 03, 2015    

Charmayne
‘Maxee’
Maxwell

GUYANA-BORN singer Charmayne 'Maxee' Maxwell, formerly of 1990s Rhythm and Blues group Brownstone, has died. She was 46. Maxwell was at a football match in Los Angeles Saturday when she fell. Her death has been ruled an accident. Maxwell was married to Danish music producer Carsten Soulshock. She is also survived by a son, Nicolaj. She moved to Los Angeles from Guyana while still a teenager, and was an original member of Brownstone which was formed in the early 1990s. The other original membe ... Read More

JaRIA pleased

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, March 03, 2015    

Charles Campbell

WITH the curtains down on Reggae Month, Charles Campbell -- executive director of Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) -- is satisfied with this year's staging. "Well, there's always room for improvement. But for this year, our signature events came good... Reggae Wednesdays, Reggae Praise, and certainly, the awards show. The important thing is the feedback from our audiences has been good and so, it gives us the strength to go forward into next year," he said. Campbell was speaking wi ... Read More

Shepherd soothes the flock

Tuesday, March 03, 2015    

Andre Shepherd

AT the Redbones Blues Cafe's recent Pre-Valentine show, Mickey Hanson and Friends, singer Andre Shepherd stole the spotlight. The 28-year-old Shepherd mesmerised the audience with his incredible renditions of John Legend's All of Me, the Smokey Robinson original Cruising, the Sam Cooke standard A Change Gonna Come and Sam Smith's Stay. With the release of a new single, Head Cornerstone, the 2001 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission contestant, is eyeing a commercial breakthrough. "I seek t ... Read More

New tracks from Macka

Tuesday, March 03, 2015    

New tracks from Macka

MACKA Diamond has been busy in the recording studios.This week she will be releasing No Money No Love (produced by Chase Mills) and Mi Want Yu, a collab with Master Bling. The latter is produced on the Master Bling imprint. "There are already plans to shoot a video for Mi Want Yu with Masterbling who is a talented young artiste," she said. Read More

JaRIA salutes chosen ones

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 02, 2015    

Gramps Morgan and Cherine Anderson
perform a medley of late reggae singer
John Holt’s songs at Jamaica Reggae
Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour
Awards at the Courtleigh Auditorium in
New Kingston, on Saturday night. (Photo:
Steve James)

MEMBERS of the entertainment fraternity had their night out at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Saturday night. Twenty-one of their peers were honoured for significant contribution to reggae. Pat Chin, who along with her late husband Vincent, were given the Lifetime Achievement Award, said she felt proud to be among this year’s recipients. “I feel very honoured and very happy. I’m only sorry my hus ... Read More

Barrie Hypes up Bacchanal Fridays

By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 02, 2015    

Farmer Nappy left the
crowd wanting more
after a performance
that went from a slow
boil to a highenergy
exit.
(Photo: Karl
McLarty)

FARMER Nappy may have been the headliner for  Bacchanal Fridays, at the New Mas Camp, in St Andrew, but it was Barrie Hype who stole the limelight. “I love you Jamaica,” he shouted to the adoring mass who wanted more of his music. With Richie D doing the opening stint, Farmer Nappy made his appearance after midnight. He started slow, first teasing with his mega-hit Big People Party, then running through his substantial stable of soca songs including Chippin, and Surrender. E ... Read More

Sweet Honey in the Park

Monday, March 02, 2015    

American a cappella quartet Sweet Honey in the Rock in
performance at Emancipation Park in St Andrew, on Friday.
(Photos: Joseph Wellington)

THE sweet sounds of reggae, gospel, Negro spirituals and world beat music flowed through Emancipation Park last Friday, as the American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock  brought their brand of music to the popular Corporate Area green space. The event was Blues on the Green, the annual concert presented by the United States Embassy in Jamaica to commemorate Black History Month. The quartet of women, who are renowned for their engaging music rooted deeply in the African-American ... Read More



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