Rvssian displays his RIAA platinum
certification for Passion Whine.

PRODUCER Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston has earned a platinum plaque for his work on the reggaeton track Passion Whine. Released as a single in March, Passion Whine was recorded by Puerto Rican artiste Farruko and features Sean Paul. The track is featured on the 15-track album Farruko Presenta: Los Menor ... Read More

Shaggy Shaggy to help Food For The Poor build houses in Haiti
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s Grammy award-winning reggae star, Shaggy, will perform at Food ... Read More

Elizabeth Norment House of Cards actress is dead
NEW YORK, USA (AP) -- Actress Elizabeth Norment, who portrayed the secretary to Kevin Spacey's hard- ... Read More

John Holt John Holt gets defiant
In tribute to singer John Holt who died on October 20 in London, England, the Jamaica Observer prese ... Read More

Elton calls Pope hero

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Elton John

Elton calls Pope hero NEW YORK, USA (AP) -- Elton John called Pope Francis my hero for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit. John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in New York City, which raised US$3.7 million. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?" Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against ... Read More

Paul Simon exhibition

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Paul Simon

CLEVELAND, USA (AP) -- An exhibit chronicling Paul Simon's career will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Rock Hall announced yesterday that Paul Simon: Words & Music will feature a first-person narrative from Simon. It is a first for the museum. The exhibit in Cleveland will showcase more than 80 artefacts, including Simon's first acoustic guitar, Simon & Garfunkel's original recording contract, hand-written lyrics for The Boxer and a letter Simon wrote as a teen ... Read More

Peter Tosh remembered

BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer | Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Peter Tosh

LATE reggae musician Peter Tosh's advocacy for the legalisation of ganja and activism were highlighted at a symposium held at the University of the West Indies, Mona, on Monday. The event was titled Peter Tosh -- Activist and Pan-Africanist: A Focus on the Man, The Music, The Message and The Herb. "Peter Tosh's body of work centred on freedom and justice. His campaign for the legalisation of ganja was central to his views about justice and his personal experiences with the law enforcement forc ... Read More

Inna de Yard film makes Swiss debut

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith (centre) performing with his daughter Jhamiela (left) and Italian singer Sabrina Pallini

SWISS film-maker Markus Elgoff launched his film, The Art of Making Music a Way of Life -- The Inna de Yard Project -- in Switzerland in late September with a series of performances featuring respected Jamaican session guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith. Smith, his daughter Jhamiela and Italian singer Sabrina Pallini did five shows to help promote the film, which is based on the musician's Inna de Yard acoustic concept that was launched at his St Andrew home eight years ago. Elgoff's film premiere ... Read More

Entertainment diary

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

THURSDAY, October 30 Heineken All Star Thursdays @ Margaritaville Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay Adm: Free Heineken Urban Thursdays @ D'Rehab Lounge, Sports Bar & Pool Hall Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay Adm: Free Karaoke Thursdays @ Mobay Proper Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay Adm: Free Crab Night Thursdays @ Drunken Squid Bar and Grill Greenwood St James Adm: Free FRIDAY, October 31 Free Zone Halloween Party @ D'Rehab Sports Bar & Pool Hall Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay VODOU ... Read More

Kameica Reid saving dreams

Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

Kameica Reid in action.

THREE years ago, dancer and choreographer Kameica Reid ago had a vision. Since then, she has made it her mission to actively do more to help and develop the performing arts community in Jamaica. Out of that 'aha! moment' the Save the Dream initiative was born. N"I didn't realise how by just doing what I was passionate about uplifted and inspired so many others to do the same. I saw the struggles of my fellow performing artistes (singers and dancers) who more often than not were starving artist ... Read More

Kalado detained in US

Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

Dancehall artiste Kalado in US
detained in the United
States on suspicion of
immigration fraud.

DANCEHALL artiste Kalado has been detained in Miami, Florida for the past 10 days. Kalado, whose given name is Eton Gordon, is reportedly being held on suspicion of immigration fraud, his publicist Ray Alexander told the Jamaica Observer. “I really don't know much, but I can confirm that he has been detained. I have made contact with his management team and they told me that an attorney was appointed,” said Alexander, who insists that the singjay's travel documents are authentic. ... Read More

In his father's footsteps

Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

ISAACS... strives for
an identifiable sound

SINGER Kevin Isaacs is promoting his latest project, a five-track EP titled If You Leave. Isaacs produced all the songs (If You Leave, A Message, Come On Home, Revolutionist and Dad) for his Kevin Isaacs Music Production label. Released digitally on October 25, he says the mini-set has "uplifting messages and love songs with one specially dedicated to my dad", 'Dad' is the late lovers rock singer Gregory Isaacs. Kevin Isaacs told the Jamaica Observer that his father was a big influence on his c ... Read More

Reggae on the River's date set

Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

Jimmy Cliff is among the acts that have graced the Reggae on the River stage

PLANS are already afoot for the 2015 staging of Reggae on the River (ROTR) -- the longest-running reggae festival in the United States. Following a successful 30th anniversary staging in August of this year, the organisers of the festival which is staged in Humboldt County, California, have already named July 30-August 2, 2015 for the 31st edition. Justin Crellin, general manager for ROTR, told the Jamaica Observer that his organisation is looking to heighten its global connectivity in the com ... Read More

A big-timer with small producers

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Obsever senior writer | Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

Holt a day

As a solo act, Holt recorded for both men, but had greater success with Dodd. But he also cut some of his best songs in the late 1960s and early 1970s for smaller producers such as the emerging Bunny Lee (Tonight), Harry Mudie (It May Sound Silly, Time is the Master), Ok Fred (Alvin Ranglin) and My Heart is Gone, which he did for Phil Pratt. Time is The Master is also the title of the album Holt did for Mudie, who hailed from Spanish Town. The set was unique in that it featured string arrangem ... Read More



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