Ancient Priest is Festival song winner

Jamaica Festival Song winner Ancient Priest (right) collecting his prize
from Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s board chairman
Aston Cooke at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in
St Andrew, on Saturday. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON)

IT was celebration time for Lee-Roy 'Ancient Priest' Johnson as he won the top spot at Saturday's staging of Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Jamaica Festival Song Competition. Based on the applause inside the tightly packed Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, it was c ... Read More

Entertainer Nadine Sutherland (right) shares stage with Paul
Elliott at his album launch at Reggae City Bar on Camp Road in
Kingston, recently. Things 'tun up' for Paul Elliott
PAUL Elliott launched his album, Reggae Music TUN Up, recently at Reggae City Bar, Camp Road, in Kin ... Read More

Signal Busy Signal arrested, released in T&T
DANCEHALL artiste Busy Signal was released after being arrested in Trinidad Saturday night after fai ... Read More

(L) Konshens
(R) Eva Simmons Policeman finds gold in The Netherlands
POLICEMAN, the song by Dutch singer Eva Simons featuring Konshens, has been certified gold in The Ne ... Read More


By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Junior Reid

SINCE leaving Black Uhuru in 1985, Junior Reid had spent considerable time out of Jamaica and had not had a massive hit song in his homeland during that period. He broke that drought with One Blood. The 1990 cry for unity among warring factions throughout the world has become his signature, winning him fans among a new generation of dancehall and hip hop diehards. One Blood has been sampled by hip hop acts like Wu Tang Clan and The Game, and is a rallying cry for ghetto youth in Jamaica. "One ... Read More

Panama canal connections

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Alexis Sandoval, Panamanian ambassador to Jamaica, points to a picture of the current expansion
of the Panama Canal, which is scheduled for completion in 2016. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

HUNDREDS of Jamaicans made the arduous trek to central America in early 1900s to assist in the construction of the Panama Canal. These tales are brought back to life in Panama Canal Stories, which makes its debut at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) Film Festival at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Tuesday at 8:30 pm. The film fest begins Tuesday and continues until Saturday. "Panama Canal Stories relates the survival experience of Jamaicans and other Caribbean national ... Read More

HBO Channels Jampro?

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Javier Figueras (right), HBO Latin America corporate vice-president of affiliate sales, peruses a copy of the
Jamaica Observer newspaper while his colleagues Jonathan Baker, vice-president of corporate affairs, and
Melody Regalado, communications coordinator, look on. The occasion was a season three premiere of its hit
series, Ray Donovan, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on Thursday. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON)

AMERICAN cable television network, Home Box Office (HBO) Latin America said it is willing to work with Jamaican stakeholders in getting their content aired, once certain requirements are met. "We'd be more than happy," Javier Figueras, corporate vice-president of affiliate sales, told the Sunday Observer. The HBO executive hosted local media Thursday for the season three premiere of its hit series Ray Donovan at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. The new season starts July 13. Figueras w ... Read More

Artists in transition

BY LESLIE-ANN JOHNSON Contributor | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Sashawana Buckland’s Perception Series.

RE-VOLVE, a contemporary art exhibition hosted by the Olympia Gallery, features the works of emerging Jamaican artists. It was one of the events on the Kingston On The Edge (KOTE) Urban Art Festival. This is the second year of participation Olympia Gallery's. All artists -- Taj Francis, Kyle Kegan Wright, Sashawana Buckland and Naceacia Dixon -- are fresh faces to the space and were chosen by event manager Abigail Smith. Her choices were based on the youthfulness of the artist, the want for ... Read More

Reggae meets jazz at Kings Theatre

Sunday, July 05, 2015    

(L) Monty Alexander
in performance.
(R) Beres Hammond.

REGGAE Jazz Fest, a show with Monty Alexander and Beres Hammond, is part of the comeback season for the storied Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The show is scheduled for August 1 when Jamaicans celebrate Emancipation Day. Built in 1929 as the Loew's Kings Theatre, it was a popular spot for vaudeville and movie-goers before closing in 1977. It re-opened in February after renovation of almost US$100 million with a concert by Diana Ross. The theatre is located at Flatbush ... Read More

Chris Brown or TI may replace Rick Ross at Sumfest

Sunday, July 05, 2015 11:58 AM    

Chris Brown

ST JAMES, Jamaica — Organisers of Reggae Sumfest have renewed their efforts to get American R&B singer Chris Brown to perform at this year’s staging of the festival, as a replacement for hip hop artiste, Rick Ross, who is also an American. Late last week, Summerfest Promotions, organisers of the annual event, reported that Ross, who is currently facing kidnapping and assault charges in the United States, has been dropped from the festival's line-up due to "circumstances beyond t ... Read More

Hard religious talk

with tony Robinson | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Hard religious talk

Are not words duly hallowed, nor my wishes More worth than empty vanities, Yet prayers and wishes Are all I can return. -- Shakespeare, Henry VIII, 11,3 WHY do we pray, and who do we pray to? Do prayers really work, and if two people pray for the same thing, why does one get it and the other doesn't? Mankind, throughout the ages, has been very religious, from the ancient civilisations such as the Druids and others who worshipped nature itself, as they prayed to the Sun, Moon and the stars. ... Read More

Merital’s Corey to be buried today

Saturday, July 04, 2015    


THE thanksgiving service of the life of late entertainer Derrick 'Corey' Edwards will be held at the Mount Salem Emmanuel Chapel in St James, today. The ceremony is slated to begin at noon. Edwards, part of the dancehall group Merital Family, was shot and killed in Montego Bay, St James on May 7. The long-awaited autopsy was conducted at the Cornwall Regional Hospital last Friday. "After almost two months, me a get fi put my son to rest. My life will never be the same again but, I leave ever ... Read More

Nikki Z heading to Fame FM

Saturday, July 04, 2015    

Nikki Z

RADIO personality Nikki Z is heading to Fame FM. According to a Jamaica Observer source, who requested anonymity, the radio disc jock will make the move later this month. Fame FM is a radio brand under the RJR Communications Group. "She'll work the 5:00 am to 9:00 am shift," the source said. Nikki Z (given name Nicole Duhaney) would neither confirm nor deny the move. Up to a few weeks ago, however, she hosted the weekday morning programme called The Mawning Show at Hot 102 FM. A former mem ... Read More

Rick Ross dropped from Reggae Sumfest

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, July 04, 2015    

Rick Ross

AMERICAN hip hop artiste Rick Ross will not be appearing at Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, this year. The rapper, who is currently facing kidnapping and assault charges in the United States, has been dropped from the festival's line-up due to what is referred to as "circumstances beyond the control of [the] organisers". "Rick Ross is unable to travel at this time and his management has said that Ross is saddened that he cannot be in Jamaica to perform for his fans on July 17 but he ... Read More



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