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 sil ... Read More

Michael Skolnik SKOLNIK to address music confab
MICHAEL Skolnik, editor-in-chief and co-president of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons' GlobalGrind.com, ... Read More

Devon Bradshaw Silk, Jahpostle: band of brothers
The Jamaica Observer continues its daily 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of ... Read More

Max Romeo Respect to the Max!
YESTERDAY was special for Max Romeo. The singer celebrated his 70th birthday and his 50th year in th ... Read More

New singles from Uprising Roots Band

Sunday, November 23, 2014    


MIGHT Can't Beat Right and Trench Town are the latest singles from the Uprising Roots Band which is gearing up to release its second album in early 2015. The songs were recently distributed and are the follow-up to Time and Black To I Roots. All are from the impending album, also titled Black To I Roots. The self-produced set will be the band's second. Their first, Skifiya, was released in early 2011 and earned Uprising Roots live stints in Europe and on the United States east and west coasts. ... Read More

AUNDRE CHIN, Ft Lauderdale’s party animal

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Aundre Chin

This is the fifth in a 10-part series looking at Jamaicans excelling on the South Florida entertainment/lifestyle scene. SOUTH Florida has always been a hotbed for parties and major live events, especially the fashionable South Beach area. Fort Lauderdale-based Jamaican Aundre Chin is responsible for a number of these gigs. Born in St Andrew, Chin grew up in the Barbican area and attended Jamaica College. He migrated to South Florida 11 years ago. Officially employed as a chef and dietician a ... Read More

New ‘riddim’ to coincide with Sting

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Spit Fyah

FLORlDA-BASED producer Kevin Richards will be releasing his Team Strike Riddim on December 16. Recorded on his Spit Fiyah Recording label, the set comprises seven tracks. The 'riddim' also features emerging dancehall/reggae acts such as Navino, Ryme Minista, I Sane and Black Pearl. "A lot of thought was given to the making of this riddim. We wanted it to be released in the month of Magnum Sting, so we ensured that it had the components of a dancehall clash melody. Even if a listener is oversea ... Read More

Tony Roy gets lift from wine festival

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Tony Roy

HAVING performed at the recent International Reggae Wine Festival in Montego Bay, singer Tony Roy is hoping his latest songs will find an audience in Jamaica. The St Thomas-born Roy has been a fixture on the Washington DC/Maryland reggae scene for over 10 years. Prior to his performance at the 'Wine Fest' in October, he released two singles, Live Without Your Love and a cover of Gregory Isaacs' Love Overdue. He says he got a lift performing in Jamaica for the first time since 2011. "It was gr ... Read More

Silk wraps the Penthouse

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, November 22, 2014    

Garnet Silk and Donovan Germain

This is the fourth in the Jamaica Observer's daily 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. MUSIC producer Donovan Germain believes every generation has a unique artiste. For him, roots singer Garnet Silk was the standout of his contemporaries. "For the short time he was here, he created a tremendous impact on the music. His songs are still current today," said Germain. Silk (given name Garnet Smith) was p ... Read More

Anita rules iTunes chart

Saturday, November 22, 2014    


Jamaican-born reggae singer Anita Antoinette's performance on the NBC talent competion, The Voice, moved her back to the number one slot on iTunes Reggae Top 100 Chart this weekend. Her rendition of Bob Marley's Redemption Song (The Voice Performance) ensured that she retook the top spot from another Jamaican-born deejay Kranium with Lifestyle remix, featuring Troy Ave. Marley occupies two, three and five on the chart with Three Little Birds, Redemption Song and Is This Love, respectively. Ma ... Read More


Saturday, November 22, 2014    


FAST-RISING dancehall deejay Gage said while he has never encountered any objections to his performances in other Caribbean countries, protesters should know it's 'role play'. "At the end of the day, an artiste is just taking on a character. It's just music. The characters we play are sometimes different from who we really are. I don't like the ban and the protest because we don't see them banning movies. However, there are rules everywhere and it is their country," he said. Earlier this year, ... Read More

Actors mourn Chu Chu

Saturday, November 22, 2014    

Roots play actor Cleve ‘Chu Chu’ Warren.

THE theatre community is mourning the death of roots play actor Cleve 'Chu Chu' Warren. Warren, 46, was pronounced dead at the St Ann's Bay Hospital on Thursday after complaining of feeling dizzy while en route to the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Actor Maxwell Grant, known for his roles in Maama Man and Bashment Granny, said it will take a while for anyone to fill Warren's shoes. "Roots theatre is going to miss Chu Chu. He was the kind of actor and person who can always li ... Read More

Kurt takes the Catwalk

Saturday, November 22, 2014    

Kurt Campbell

JAMAICA'S Kurt Campbell stitched his way to the top of the fourth season of Mission Catwalk on the lawns of Devon House last Saturday. As part of his prize, Campbell won an opportunity to show a collection at the Milan Fashion Week courtesy of Campari. "I am lost for words. I am overly excited. It is unbelievable that I will be showing my collections in Milan which is the fashion capital of the world," he said. The 25-year-old said that his success in the Mission Catwalk series has propelled ... Read More

Florida woman accuses Cosby

Saturday, November 22, 2014    

Bill Cosby

BOCA RATON, Flra. (AP) -- A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually. Therese Serignese, now 57 and a nurse in Boca Raton, said the television icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas. She said she went backstage and when the two were alone, Cosby gave her two pills and a glass of water, saying, "Take these." "My next memory is cl ... Read More



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