Ronnie Davis gets unplugged

Ronnie Davis

Veteran roots reggae singer Ronnie Davis, known to many as a member of The Itals, flies solo for Iyahcoustic, his latest album. The unplugged set was released August 19 by Skinny Bwoy Records, an independent label based in Chicago. Iyahcoustic was recorded in Jamaica at Grafton Studios and Anchor ... Read More

Deer, (seated, centre) on the set of Dope Fiend on location in New York. Deer makes debut
WHEN Dope Fiend premieres at Newark International Film Festival in the United States on September 9 ... Read More

Beyond the Tape dedicated to athlete Herb McKinley at the National Stadium. Basil Watson honoured by National Award
COME Heroes Day, October 17, sculptor Basil Watson will be among several Jamaicans receiving Nationa ... Read More

Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett Wailers war on
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Former members of Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, which played al ... Read More

Phillye’s hoping to Get It

Sunday, August 28, 2016    


PHILADELPHIA-born singer Phillye is hoping her latest single Get It will give her the big break on the international music scene. Recorded on the Pull Up rhythm for Head Concussion Records producer Rvssian, Phillye said the dancehall song came as a surprise to many, as she is known for her sultry reggae and R and B crossover singles. “I have fans all over the world. They communicate with me well online, but I want to really start reaching out to my fans more and giving them the opportun ... Read More

On set with Johnny Mathis

with Sheryl Lee Ralph | Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Johnny Mathis

Greetings from Santa Fe in New Mexico, where the dirt is a warm pink, the sky is a turquoise blue and the phone reception is just a little bit better than Jamaican land lines after Hurricane Gilbert. Yes, I am still here making a movie (which shall remain nameless), but forgive me I’m a little on the groggy side because my pickup this morning was 5:25 am. No matter how glamorous you think movie making is, we all usually get up with the sun and work a minimum of 12 hours a day. By 7:35 a ... Read More

Fade to black

Tony Robinson | Sunday, August 28, 2016    

My grief’s so great That no supporter but the huge firm earth Can hold it up: Here I and sorrow sit. – Shakespeare, King John, III, 1 A few weeks ago, I was speaking with a young lady who I’ve known from birth, as her parents and I were very good friends. We lost contact due to migration so naturally, I enquired about them, not knowing that her mom had passed away. “So how are your mom and dad, still holding those parties?” I asked. “Well, mommy passed a ... Read More

Popcaan’s Love Yuh Bad takes flight

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Saturday, August 27, 2016    


Popcaan’s Love Yuh Bad is enjoying much attention on the international scene. The song is sampled in Drake’s Too Bad, which features Rihanna. Love Yuh Bad is featured on Popcaan’s 2014 debut album Where We Come From, released by Mixpak Records and produced by Dre Skull. The album reached number two on the Billboard Reggae album chart and has to date sold over 7,000 copies. This is not Popcaan’s first international run. He has charted in the United States with Only Man S ... Read More

Beenie’s Unstoppable hits snag

Saturday, August 27, 2016    

Deejay Beenie Man addressing the audience at the listening party for his album Unstoppable held at 100 on Hope Road in St Andrew, on Tuesday. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Unstoppable, Beenie Man’s first studio album in 10 years, has been delayed until September 16. “The album was due for release on Friday (yesterday) but we didn’t get clearance for some of the songs in time,” said Rohan ‘Blue’ Smith, Beenie Man’s manager in a statement. ‘’We had to pull it because we had two must-have tracks that needed to go on the album,’ it continued.’ The album will be available worldwide on all digital and ... Read More

Busy treats students

Saturday, August 27, 2016    

Busy Signal handing a knapsack to a student at Buxton All-Age in St Ann. (Photos: Dream Scope)

DANCEHALL deejay Busy Signal is pleased with the inaugural staging of his back-to-school community fun day at the Buxton All-Age School in St Ann recently. “Many lives were touched and this event has set a platform for greater things in the future. We made over 200 presentations during the course of the day,” he told the Jamaica Observer. The event, staged through his Busy 2020 Helping Hands Foundation, saw children being presented with much-needed school supplies. “My expec ... Read More

Aug 31 funeral for D’Angel’s dad

Saturday, August 27, 2016    

Dancehall artiste Michelle ‘D’Angel’ Downer chose a fierce blonde bob for red-carpet duties at the recent screening of the Jamaican film Mafia.Kenyon Hemans

The thanksgiving service to celebrate the life of Noel ‘Clive’ Downer, father of recording artiste Michelle ‘D’Angel’ Downer, will be held on Wednesday, August 31, at the Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega in Spanish Town, St Catherine. The occasion is slated for a 12 noon start. Interment follows in the Dovecot Memorial Park. Downer, an entrepreneur, died in hospital on August 9 from injuries sustained after being hit by a motor vehicle on the Old Harbour main ro ... Read More

Deejay Triga Finga bashes badmind

Saturday, August 27, 2016    

Triga Finga

Emerging Japanese deejay Triga Finga has released his latest single entitled Badmind People. Released in August, the track is produced by Valentine Lawrence on the Reality Rhythm. “It’s a conscious song. All over the world you have badmind people, and dat cause a lot of problems,” the 28-year-old said. “We haffi fight against badmind, and show dem seh wi still a make progress and still have success even when dem fight we. We can’t mek badmind win,” he cont ... Read More

Phantom IMC making a name

Saturday, August 27, 2016    

Phantom IMC

Switzerland-based Phantom IMC is enjoying good vibes after only 18 months as an artiste. His single, Nuh Give Up, is getting its share of attention thanks to exposure on the Reggaeville.com website. Nuh Give Up has racked up over 50,000 views on the popular German site. That’s not bad going for the deejay who previously managed Cali P, another artiste who lives in Switzerland. “Artiste management was never my thing, I had just wanted to help a friend (Cali P), so I brought him to J ... Read More

PAN 2016 heads to St Elizabeth

Saturday, August 27, 2016    

Busy Signal

Popular dancer/deejay Ding Dong, gospel singer Kevin Downswell and dancehall artiste Busy Signal comprise the entertainment line-up for Regional 1 of PAN 2016 slated for Independence Park, St Elizabeth, today. The family event is scheduled for a 12 noon start and the admission is free. “There’s amazing pan chicken, of course, as well as bar deals courtesy of Pepsi and Red Stripe. And the entertainment is an important part of all our events. In fact, starting 2013, we began to incor ... Read More



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