Euphoria for Mustard Seed

Vegas performing at the
launch of Euphoria on Tuesday
at Tracks & Records.

A 2006 visit to the Mustard Seed Communities organisation in downtown Kingston prompted dancehall artiste Mr Vegas to reach out to the needy. Eight years later, he has launched Euphoria, a charity event scheduled to take place December 14 at LIME Golf Academy in Kingston. The singjay, best known fo ... Read More

Anthony Rochester The man behind Silk's songs
The Jamaica Observer continues its 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots ... Read More

Anita Antoinette’s journey
ends on The Voice The Voice lets go Anita Antoinette
Jamaican singer Anita Antoinette Fearon's journey on The Voice came to an end Tuesday. She was elimi ... Read More

Tony Rebel
Jacob Miller Tribute to Killer Miller
PATRICK Barrett remembers being glued to the radio as a 14-year-old in 1976, listening to what was o ... Read More

Sizzla sizzles in the rain

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

Sizzla Kalonji in performance at the CB Pan Chicken Grand
Finals in downtown Kingston on Sunday evening.

THE anticipation of seeing Sizzla Kalonji in performance was more than enough to keep the massive crowd from leaving during the random squalls at the 2014 CB Pan Chicken Grand Finals in downtown Kingston on Sunday evening. The Rastafari artiste entered the stage to a prophetic mix of pyrotechnics and driving rain much to the eagerly awaiting audience. Their wait was fully justified as Sizzla came out swinging, reaching into the depths of his musical catalogue to which patrons sang along. Hi ... Read More

Silk’s Atlantic journey

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

Lloyd Stanbury

THE two-year span of 1992-1994 saw a meteoric rise in the career of conscious reggae singer Garnet Silk. This artiste rose from being a singjay on Destiny Outernational sound system to a bonafide reggae act, championing the cause of morally sound and uplifting roots reggae music. Tracks such as Hello Mama Africa and Zion in a Vision served to solidify the status of the shy, young act from central Jamaica. His growing fame would catch the attention of attorney and music industry insider Lloyd S ... Read More

Max Romeo is 70 not out

Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

Max Romeo cutting cake with wife, Sandra Smith.

VETERAN singer Max Romeo celebrated his 70th birthday in style Saturday at his home in Treadways, St Catherine. He also observed his 50th year in the music business, and paid homage to his contemporary John Holt who rescued his career when he (Romeo) was going through personal challenges. “This occasion is very special to me to be celebrating two of the high points in my life. It feels good because life is like a game of cricket and during my life I have faced a lot of balls and they don ... Read More

Hunger for Youth View Awards

Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

Cornelia Nathan, brand manager Pepsi Cola Jamaica; Trina Lowe, marketing manager KFC/Pizza Hut; Karen Clarke, CEO of An Elegant Affair Events — creators of
the Youth View Awards; KFC On The Verge 2014 winner Fabian ‘DeJour’ Garden; Melanie Levy of Candy Craze; Carla Hollingsworth Export Marketing Manager
Pepsi Cola Jamaica, and Kent Levy of Candy Craze at last Saturday’s private viewing of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 at Carib 5 Cinema, St Andrew, for
the YVA season opener. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

LUCKY fans and special guests were treated to an advance screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 at the Carib 5 cinema in Cross Roads, St Andrew, on Saturday. The occasion was the start of the promotional push for the upcoming eighth season of the Youth View Awards (YVAs) . “This is the third time we’ve done using the popular Hunger Games franchise to lead into the YVAs,” Karen Clarke, CEO of An Elegant Affair Events — creators of the YVAs, told the J ... Read More

Drenz ‘stitching up’ new novel

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

Richard ‘Richie Drenz’ Campbell

FASHION designer-turned-author Richard 'Richie Drenz' Campbell is preparing to release the final in his trilogy, Heart of Revenge 3, on December 5. "My books are high-drama, on-the-edge, raunchy, and a steamy kind of read that deals with life as it is. It takes a close look at some of life's moral unbalance dilemma, life's choices, and the social landscape of society," he told the Jamaica Observer. Last month, Richie Drenz released Heart of Revenge 2 in the series, while the debut was in 2012. ... Read More

Omarion rewrites ‘Murder’

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Monday, November 24, 2014    


AMERICAN R&B singer Omarion has sampled Chaka Demus and Pliers' 1993 hit Murder She Wrote in his latest single Post to Be. Produced by Dijon 'DJ Mustard' McFarlane, Post to Be also features American acts Chris Brown and Jhene' Aiko. The single is the second from the singer's upcoming album Sex Playlist slated for a December 2 release. Signed to Mayback Music Group and managed by Jay-Z's Roc Nation label, the 30-year-old is the former lead singer of defunct boy-group B2K. He was nine when M ... Read More

Bridgett Anderson, Garnet Silk’s spiritual sister

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, November 24, 2014    

Bridgett Anderson

The Jamaica Observer continues its 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. Next month marks 20 years since his death. THE relationship between an artiste and manager is an intense bond. During his short but fruitful career, conscious reggae singer Garnet Silk built a strong relationship with manager Bridgett Anderson. So strong was this bond that, even today, 20 years since his transition, she speaks with the utmost respect and admiration for her ... Read More

Great support for Heineken party

Monday, November 24, 2014    

Spragga Benz (left) shares his set with dancehall deejay
Beenie Man at Heineken World Premiere held at Fort Rocky,
Palisadoes, on Saturday. (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY)

THERE was barely any space for movement at the Heineken World Premiere held at Fort Rocky, Palisadoes on Saturday. The event featured live performances from Spragga Benz, DJ Chuckie and soca couple Bunji Garlin and Fayon Lyons. Close to midnight, dancehall artiste Spragga Benz began his invigorating set. When the entertainer entered the stage, almost every cellphone was taken out to take a picture of the artiste who rarely performs on local shores. After greeting the crowd, he began churni ... Read More

Barack Obama honours Meryl Streep with 'love'

Monday, November 24, 2014 8:30 PM    

US President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to actress Meryl Streep during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC (Photo: AFP).

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama said he is in love, though he was not speaking about Michelle -- but he swears she understands. "I've said it publicly: I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing either of them can do about it," he said at the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards Monday. Obama endowed 18 people, including Streep, musician Stevie Wonder, Chilean-American author Isabel Allende, journalist Tom Brokaw ... Read More


BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Tommy Ricketts

TWENTY-five years ago, five Jamaicans — Tommy Ricketts, Malachi Smith, Tomlin Ellis, Shaka Bantuta and Calvin Mitchell — wanted to create a space where lovers of poetry could fellowship and share their works. The Poetry Society of Jamaica was born. Today, as the society wraps up its silver anniversary year, Ricketts, the only founding member who is still active in the day-to-day happenings of the group, is overjoyed about the fruits which the seed planted 25 years ago has brought fo ... Read More



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