Caribbean Hall of Fame returns


THE Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture last staged its Caribbean Hall of Fame for Excellence Awards 2012. This year, founder/executive director, Garnett Reid, is reviving the event. "UNESCO has credited us with being one of the best cultural organisations in the region and we ... Read More

The cast of Hamlet from Shakespeare’s Globe in London Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Great production, but...
THE Little Theatre in St Andrew buzzed with excitement and an expectant air hovered inside the perfo ... Read More

Deejay Stitchie (right) chose winners from a raffle at last Big Bronx Bashment event in New York
City last Saturday. With him are (left to right) founder, president and CEO of Morris Heights
Health Centre, Verona Greenland; and prize-winners Riana Welsh and Milton Clay. Healthy performance by Stitchie
STITCHIE turned back the years at last Saturday's Big Bronx Bashment in New York City, treating fans ... Read More

Sundra Oakley as a
contestant in Survivor
Cook Islands. Oakley joins the Legends
SHE has appeared in a number of American television shows and commercials, done Broadway and was in ... Read More

Greenwich Town hails Lee, Morgan

Basil Walters | Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

Derrick Morgan and Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee have
inspired many star performers from Greenwich Town.

THE Greenwich Town community in Kingston will honour two of its outstanding musical sons — producer Bunny Lee and singer Derrick Morgan — on Friday. They will receive the Upliftment Award at the neighbourhood's Resource Centre. The function is part of a week-long celebration, which started Sunday. Friday's event will also recognise persons from Greenwich Town, who have excelled in sports and education. "Both Bunny and Derrick have inspired so many of our star performers. ... Read More

Back with a Mission to entertain

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

Judges for this season of Mission Catwalk (from left) Jamaica Observer’s Novia McDonald-Whyte, Keenea Linton-George and designer Carlton Brown

FASHIONISTAS and reality-TV junkies will be in for a treat as Mission Catwalk returns for its fourth season on September 20 on TVJ at 8:30 pm. The announcement was made at the Dominca Drive office of J Wray and Nephew, which played host to the show's media launch on Monday evening. "This year will be like no other, as the show will bring out the drama behind the designs," Keneea Linton-George, executive producer, told the Jamaica Observer. Viewers can look forward to the formula that has made ... Read More

Uzziah 'Sticky' Thompson dies

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

THOMPSON... played on countless songs

PERCUSSIONIST Uzziah 'Sticky' Thompson, who played on a number of groundbreaking songs in a 50-year career, died Monday in Florida. His son, Audley Shakespeare, says Thompson died from a heart attack. Thompson, who was 78, first made his name as a deejay on songs like the Skatalites' Guns of Navarone. The Techniques' ska number, Little Did You Know, was the first hit song he played. He went on to work for five years with producer Lee 'Scratch' Perry, playing on The Wailers' Soul Rebel and Dup ... Read More

Hamlet comes to town

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

A scene from The Globe’s Hamlet.

THE Arts Foundation at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Peforming Arts (EMCVPA) is excited about tonight's presentation of Shakespeare's Hamlet by the Globe Theatre of the United Kingdom. The mounting of the classic tragedy is part of global celebrations marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The performance at the Little Theatre in St Andrew is another stop in the Globe's tour of Hamlet in all 205 countries. According to Coleen Douglas -— head of public relation ... Read More

Here comes Show Stephens

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Senior Observer writer | Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

STEPHENS... music scene in Toronto is on the up but is a crab-in-a-barrel situation

Growing up in Toronto, Canada singer Show Stephens says he soaked up the different sounds on radio and in the city's clubs. Some of those influences can be heard on So Amazing, his debut song, which was released this month. "It's a blessing to put my first record out there, I put my blood, sweat and tears in it and It makes me feel good to make others feel good while they are listening to my music," he said. Stephens was born in Spanish Town but moved to Toronto as a child. One of his uncl ... Read More

Searching for dancehall talent

By CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

Nikki Z to host upcoming talent show.

Production on Dancehall's Got Talent, a new television show scheduled to air in October, starts Friday in New York City. It will be broadcast on OmniPresent Media and OPM Digital Network. The show's publicist, Malaika Lepine, says its objective is to expose new talent. "It gives opportunities for upcoming talent to really showcase and represent their culture in a way all reggae and dancehall music lovers can enjoy." The 18-episode series will be hosted by Nicole 'Nikki Z' Duhaney. There are ... Read More

'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win Emmy Awards

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:38 AM    

(Photo: AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series such as "Orange Is the New Black". The ceremony's emotional high point came with Billy Crystal's restrained and graceful remembrance of Robin Williams, who was found dead August 11, an apparent suicide. "He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him," Crystal said of Williams at the ... Read More

Game on for local animator

BY CECELIA CAMPBELLLIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 25, 2014    

Stephen ‘Big Bomb’ Williamson

WITH some ingenuity, animator Stephen ‘Big Bomb’ Williamson, 24, of Spanish Town, stepped onto the world stage with his android online game called TapKat Fiesta. The game, which took him three months to develop, was launched in May of this year. He said the app is a fun-filled, arcade-style shooter which the player flies around in a helicopter and tap the screen to fire healing balls to cure mutated birds. “You have to watch out for bomb birds that explode on impact and also ... Read More

Clarendon takes Miss Jamaica Nation 2014

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, August 25, 2014    

Miss Jamaica Nation 2014 Kimberly McLeod (centre) is flanked
by first runner-up Latoya Thompson (left) and Miss Hanover
Geri Graham, who took the second runner-up spot.

POOR production marred the inaugural staging of the Miss Jamaica Nation beauty pageant on Saturday night. The pageant, conceptualised by Ken Williams who has long been associated with the Miss Jamaica US contest, came across as being amatuer and not a national event. The one-hour delay at the start, the lack of a backdrop and decor on stage, as well as the uncoordinated manner in which the proceedings unfolded, made the nearly three-hour-long event a comedy of errors. A prime example occurred ... Read More

Like father, like son

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Monday, August 25, 2014    

Krishane Levy

Krishane Levy, the 20-year-old son of dancehall legend Barrington Levy, is preparing to release his debut single, Drunk & Incapable in the United Kingdom come October. The song was produced by British producer Bless Beats. Levy recently signed with Atlantic Records in the UK. Drunk & Incapable also features British singer Melissa Steel, who is also signed to Atlantic and Beenie Man. its video was shot in Jamaica last weekend. Levy, who is being marketed as the next Sean Kingston, i ... Read More



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