Kevin Downswell grateful for YVA nod

Gospel singer Kevin Downswell in performance at the Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town, St Andrew, in December. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

GOSPEL singer Kevin Downswell is pleased to be among this year’s Youth View Awards (YVA) nominations for Best Gospel Artiste. “This is my fourth nomination, but each one feels like the first. I am very grateful, and I thank the supporters and the YVA’s team for considering me as ... Read More

These patrons pose for the camera at Church Pen All-White Affair held in Old Harbour, St Catherine, recently. All-White was alright
SNEAKERZ & Jeanz Promotions is pleased with the crowd support at the inaugural staging of Church ... Read More

Tribann. Tribann set to Fly Away
Emerging singjay Tribann is gearing up to release his single called Fly Away on Monday. Produced by ... Read More

Soaking up the Mello Vibes Mello Vibes next Saturday
Mello Vibes – Best of the 70s, 80s and 90s is set to take place at the Mas Camp in St Andrew, ... Read More

Mutabaruka for Bobfest

Saturday, January 21, 2017    


DUB poet and social commentator Mutabaruka will take centrestage at An Evening with Mutabaruka scheduled for the Southwest Community Arts Center on New Hope Road in Atlanta on February 2. The event is part of the annual reggae legends tribute dubbed Bobfest, which runs from February 2-10. “An Evening with Mutabaruka is really a performance of poetry reading, but as you know, I would reason with the audience during my performance,” he told the Jamaica Observer. Sharing the ... Read More

D-Lexx going for gold

Saturday, January 21, 2017    


FAST-RISING deejay D-Lexx feels he will get the attention he deserves with his single The Gold. “The song is getting good feedback, especially in the Cayman Islands... I have other songs out right now, but I'm pushing The Gold because mi feel seh it can work,” he told the Jamaica Observer. Released in August 2016, The Gold is produced by Money Maker/Emudio Records. According to D-Lexx, the song speaks to a determined spirit to do well and be successful. He contends anyone can ... Read More

ORieL releases People Say

Saturday, January 21, 2017    


People Say, the latest song from Dominican singer ORieL, has been released by Afar Music Group. It is the lead single from his first album, scheduled to be out in April. He hopes the sultry ballad will take off, especially in Jamaica, as Valentine’s Day approaches. “Love is the eternal theme and it is so misunderstood, but ironically, so easy to understand. There are so many different types of love that we could spend a lifetime talking about them, and we all know that when it com ... Read More

Tek Set eyes success with All About The Money

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Tek Set.

UNITED States-based up-and-coming deejay Tek Set is encouraged by the airplay of All About The Money. The single, produced by Jermaine Reid on the Gold Dynasty label, was released on October 20, 2016. “I can feel the big break coming with this single and this year is a very serious year in my musical career. I am putting in the work, and I have some new songs to be released later this year. The fans have been very supportive and my goal is to keep the momentum going,” he said. Read More

Owen Knibbs knocks violence

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Owen Knibbs

Last year was a bloody one in St James. Over 200 homicides were recorded in the parish as gangs around Montego Bay ran rampant. Singer Owen Knibbs, who is from St James, followed the gruesome stories on his home parish from his base in New York. One was close to home. “Mi lose lots a friends, an’ early last year they murdered my nephew while I was on tour in Europe. So the producer, Ben Dubstation gave I the best while I was in Paris .. so mi jus’ write a song fi di youth de ... Read More

Strength Up Records promoting unity

Saturday, January 21, 2017    


PRODUCERS Calvin Simmonds and Garth Brown of Strength Up Records are hoping to spread the message of unity in dancehall with their debut set entitled Starlife Riddim. “We are bringing culture to the dancehall. Too much loose music and gun lyrics in dancehall. We need back the days where you have artistes like Garnett Silk weh mash up the dancehall. Strength Up Records a try fi erase the kind of gun culture and maintain the love in the music,” Simmonds told the Jamaica Observer. Re ... Read More

POPCAAN’S Naughty Boy, Kyla collab hits Europe

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, January 20, 2017    


POPCAAN is gaining some international attention as a featured act on British DJ/producer Naughty Boy’s Should’ve Been Me, which also features singer Kyla. Should’ve Been Me was released in November via Virgin Records UK. It has so far reached number 73 in the UK (up from last week’s number 99 position); 47 in Scotland, 78 in Ireland, 27 in Hungary, and 35 in Belgium. This is the fourth UK charting single featuring Popcaan. He was previously featured on Jamie XX’s ... Read More

Ding Dong gets ‘Lethal’ forward

BY SIMONE MORGAN-LINDO Observer reporter | Friday, January 20, 2017    

Ding Dong

SIXTEEN years after releasing his debut single Badman Forward Badman Pull Up, dancer-cum-deejay Ding Dong is pleased with its longevity. The single was, earlier this month, featured in the 10th episode of Lethal Weapon television series, which stars Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford. In an interview with Splash yesterday, Ding Dong said that although he nor producer Ricky Blaze was contacted about the use of the song, he is happy to know the track is still relevant after more than a decade and ... Read More

Paradise for Joseph Israel

Friday, January 20, 2017    

Joseph Israel.

Paradise, the third studio album from California-based reggae artiste Joseph Israel, released last July via Lions of Israel Inc and it debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Reggae album chart. It re-enters the chart at number 43. Paradise features 14 tracks, including People Need Love featuring Tarrus Riley, Gentleman and Josey Wales. Other tracks include The Son, Give Love, Feel at Home, Journey, Success, and Just You Wait. Israel’s debut album Gone are the Days peaked at number 11 in ... Read More

Praj-X building on momentum

Friday, January 20, 2017    


EMERGING singjay Praj-X is hoping to get his big break this year following the buzz he created with Dem A Seh Wah Do Mi. “After I came out with Dem A Seh Wah Do Mi last year, the response has been so good. Inna the streets nuh normal and it got good feedback in Jamaica but also internationally,” he told Splash. Produced by Problem Records, the single was released in July. Praj-X said he plans to build on the gains made last year with some new releases. “I have a single com ... Read More



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