Tory Lanez samples Tanto Metro, Devonte

Tory Lanez (Loren Wohl)

Canadian singer/songwriter Tory Lanez has sampled Tanto Metro and Devonte’s hit Everyone Falls in Love for his latest song Luv. Co-produced by Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco, Luv is the second single from Lanez’s album for Interscope Records, which is due for release later this year. La ... Read More

Hopeton Lewis VP marks genre’s 50th anniversary
ROCKSTEADY, the genre that produced countless hit songs in a two-year span, celebrates its 50th birt ... Read More

Jesse Jendah Jendah toasts the ‘kweens’
Jesse Jendah has developed a reputation as one of the most controversial artistes in contemporary re ... Read More

Some of the promoters for the events at Dream Weekend 2016(Photo: Karl McLarty) A ‘Dream’ start to the weekend
The popular Dream Weekend series came to Kingston on Friday night as the promoters gave a taste of w ... Read More

Laden does Delus tribute

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Monday, June 27, 2016    


DEEJAY Laden has recorded a song in tribute to late singjay, Delus. The single, titled See You Again (Delus), is produced by Konsequence Muzik and was released last Friday. Laden explained his reason for doing the track. “I did the song because of our friendship. We were close over the past few weeks. Every Sunday, we went to play football. He also lived across from Big Ship studios, which is my musical home and base. I feel really messed up about his death and I am still in shock,&rdquo ... Read More

Charles Simms: the silent partner

Monday, June 27, 2016    

File photo shows reggae singer Frankie Paul (left) and Tabby Diamond (second right) of the Mighty Diamonds serenading singer
Marcia Griffiths at a launch of the Startime series held at Spades Lounge in Kingston, November last year. Looking on is Charles
Simms (second left) and Michael Barnett, the series’ conceptualiser.

Startime, the popular vintage music show, makes it debut at The Verandah in Clarendon Park, on July 2. It ispresented by Juici Patties. Today, associate sponsors Jamaica Observer publishes the second in a series of articles on the event. For over 30 years, Charles Simms has been a silent partner in a number of music ventures. He likes it that way. Simms is co-promoter of Startime, which returned with a well-received show at Kingston’s Mas Camp in January. An accountant by profession, he ... Read More

Maytals’ manager Mike Cacia is dead

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Toots Hibbert of Toots and The Maytals (left) and his long time manager Michael ‘Mike’ Cacia (right) pose with Austin McBean, at a launch of Groovin In The Park in New York in 2013.

Michael ‘Mike’ Cacia, long-time manager of Toots and The Maytals, died on Monday at age 62. His former wife, Samantha ‘Denise’ Binkley, said he died in Negril from diabetic complications. Born in Rochester, New York, Cacia was a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, where he majored in mass communications. He first got involved in reggae during the late 1970s when he worked with Heartbeat Records, a fledgling, independent label in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He worked w ... Read More

X2 in Ocho Rios this Saturday

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Gareth Emery

APPLETON Estate EDX presents X2, the one-day, dual party festival, takes place Saturday at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Ocho Rios. The drink-inclusive event has two segments: from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm will be a beach/soca party with a live performance by Allison Hinds, followed by the highly anticipated EDM concert from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. According to event organiser Mark Tracey, the fourth staging is a diverse package. "This year we are offering patrons a more rounded experience with ... Read More

Jenda toasts the 'kweens'

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Jesse Jenda

JESSE Jenda has developed a reputation as one of the most controversial artistes in contemporary reggae. His unapologetic stance on social issues has ruffled many feathers. In 1999, he even offered then Prime Minister PJ Patterson two pounds of ganja during a meeting at Jamaica House. Now living in California and managed by Mightyful13 Records, Jenda (aka King Furnace) tones it down on his latest song, Kween of the Morning Star. The lovers rock number is produced by California-based Infinity Re ... Read More

Little-White calling for scripts

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Actors Dahlia Harris and Ian “Ity” Ellis in a scene from Family Affair.

Film-maker Lennie Little-White is issuing a call for scripts in keeping with his latest thrust to drive the local industry with the production of low-budget films. His call comes on the heels of the completion of filming his latest project, Family Affair, which wrapped up shooting in Kingston and at the Melia hotel in Braco, Trelawny. “We really want to deliver three of these films every year and we have drawn on a collective of industry players, including actors, writers, directors and ... Read More

Reggae Day’s reach growing

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Andrea Davis

On Friday, July 1, reggae music takes centre stage in 35 cities across the globe in commemoration of International Reggae Day (IRD). Conceptualister of IRD, Andrea Davis, said this represents a growth in the reach of the media event designed to bring attention to the music, with several new cities coming on board with events and celebrations. “This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Rocksteady. We have managed to bring media on board in 35 cities for a 24-hour reggae party. ... Read More

Cadia experiments with Desert of Love

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Cadian Gritton

With an appreciation for all genres of music, Cadia Gritton has never shied from experimenting with different sounds. She needed no urging when approached to record the house-flavoured Desert Of Love, her latest song. Co-produced by Donovan James and Diavallan Fearon, Desert Of Love is scheduled for a July 4 release. “When Donovan played me the track, it resonated with me instantly,” said the singer, whose stage name is Cadia. Showing versatility has been the norm for Cadia since ... Read More

Military band takes over

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Jamaica Military Band in concert at Hope Gardens in St Andrew, last Sunday.

Every third Sunday the Jamaica Military Band stages a special concert, and fathers were toast at Hope Gardens in St Andrew on June 19. Conducted by bandmaster Albert Shaun Hird, the band, dressed in their Zouave uniform, packed the lawns of the venue as they performed varying genre of music, including pop, gospel, mento, reggae and soca. “We arranged a nice line-up of music for special days, for example this Father’s Day. The energy was good and the players really showed their tale ... Read More

Remembering Totlyn Jackson

Simone Morgan-Lindo | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Totlyn Jackson

Arguably one of Jamaica’s finest singers, Totlyn Jackson had a career that spanned more than four decades. The 84-year-old passed away in London on June 15 after a short illness. Dr Myra Hague-Bradshaw, principal of Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, described the late singer as a remarkable woman. “She was a brilliant lady. She was classically trained, so she brought a level of technical skills to the jazz festival and to the music scene on a whole. She was very gifted and musicians liked ... Read More



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