Chronixx ‘Tonight Show’ appearance goes viral on social media

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A photo featuring Chronixx and Jimmy Fallon during his stint on Tuesday’s episode of NBCs ‘Tonight Show’ has gone viral on social media and is drumming up major response regarding the artiste and his contribution to reggae music. With more than 700 shares and ... Read More

A section of the crowd at Reggae Sumfest last week. Good show
GODFREY Dyer, chairman of Summerfest Productions — organisers of Reggae Sumfest — is ple ... Read More

working on debut set Nature working on debut set
AFTER an electrifying performance on Reggae Sumfest's International Night I, it's back to the grind ... Read More

Neville Graham (left) and Suresh Martin enjoy the company
of Ocean Spray promo-model Amui Gayle at A-List.
(PHOTO: RORY DALEY) A-List indeed
SUNDAY'S staging of A-List at Hope Zoo in St Andrew, was a success from all indications. "I got rav ... Read More

Keneisha Smith: The prayer warrior

By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    


This is the eighth in the Jamaica Observer's 10-part series on finalists in this year's Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC's) Festival Gospel Song Competition. KENEISHA Smith says feeling nervous is the last thing she expects come Sunday's final. She is one of the finalists in this year's JCDC Gospel Song Competition scheduled for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew. "Honestly speaking, I must say that I am not anxious about it. But I am really excited to minister ... Read More

Jamaican suite for symphony concert

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Members of
Orchestra of
the Americas
and the
Orchestra of
share a
moment at
the Norman

SOME of Jamaica's best known folk and reggae tunes will form the repertoire of the Orchestra of the Americas and the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica when they perform in Jamaica this week. The orchestras will stage three concerts — a free recital inside Emancipation Park this evening, followed by concerts at Church on the Rock in St Andrew on Thursday, and the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James on Saturday. Among the Jamaican classics that will be on show at these concerts is ... Read More

Mission-ARY on musical mission

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    


UP-AND-COMING Florida-based dancehall artiste Mission-ARY said he is hoping his latest single, Low Pan Cash, will be his breakout hit. "It is somewhat hilarious, but the message is reality. It is about parents that don't want their daughter dating a guy that doesn't have money, even when the guy is madly in love with their daughter," the singjay said. Low Pan Cash was released in March of this year, and produced by Portland-based Nutune Records. Born in Portland, Mission-ARY (given name Bent ... Read More

Selena Gomez celebrates 22nd birthday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:49 PM    

Selena Gomes attending the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival in Italy (Photo: dailymail.co.uk)

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Selena Gomez has been spotted celebrating her 22nd birthday on a yacht Tuesday in Saint Tropez, France. The New York Daily News showed pictures of Justin Bieber’s ex-girlfriend clinging tightly to “a hunky mystery man” as the two rode a jet ski together. Three days ago, the singer was featured on the UK’s Daily Mail dressed in a daring outfit that exposed the singer’s slender frame as she made her way to the Rudderless press conference at the ... Read More

Shemar Moore to return to 'Young and Restless'

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:44 PM    

(Photo: AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shemar Moore is returning to his daytime roots with a two-day guest appearance on "The Young and the Restless." During his return on September 10-11, Moore will reunite with Kristoff St John, who plays his on-screen brother Neil Winters. Moore's character Malcolm Winters returns to Genoa City after leaving two years before without a proper goodbye. He comes back for a family visit to make amends and catch up. Moore says he's excited about returning to the CBS show wher ... Read More

Ex-Destiny's Child member arrested

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Billy Joel

COLUMBIA, US (AP) — A former member of the R&B group Destiny's Child was arrested in Myrtle Beach over the weekend after a night drinking with two football players, according to authorities. Online records show Farrah Franklin, 33, was booked into the Horry County jail just before 5:00 am Sunday on a charge of disorderly conduct. According to police reports, Franklin had been drinking with Daquan Bowers and Ricky Sapp, both former Clemson University football players who are now in th ... Read More


BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

MCGREGOR... feels good to
be honoured by own people

Even after 52 years in the music business, Freddie McGregor can still be overwhelmed by the occasion. It was an emotional moment for the singer Sunday morning when he received a plaque from organisers of Reggae Sumfest for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music. "I really appreciate it and this honour is a blessing to me. I have received numerous awards but it feels good to be honoured by my own people, he said. After the mini ceremony, the singer backed by a 21-piece band, de ... Read More

Big crowd for Rhapsody in Steel

By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

Master pannist Darren Sheppard, headliner of Rhapsody In Steel concert, held at the Karram
Speid Auditorium in St Andrew, on Sunday. (PHOTO: RORY DALEY)

HUNDREDS of patrons turned up at the Karram Speid Auditorium on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew, for Rhapsody In Steel, on Sunday afternoon. The show featured Trinidad-born, Toronto-based master pannist Darren Sheppard, as well as University of the West Indiesâs (UWI) Panoridim Steel Orchestra, and Harold Davis. "This is the third year and so far, the concert has raised on average of around $500,000," Audley Betton, chairman of the fund-raising committee at the Church of St John the Ev ... Read More

Deep Jahi eyes another prize

By Ainsworth Morris | Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

wants to show
Jamaica he is a
versatile artiste

The Jamaica Observer continues its features on the contestants in this year’s Festival Song Competition. MAGNUM Kings and Queens of Dancehall 2012 winner, Rushane ‘Deep Jahi’ Sanderson, is one of the 10 finalists in this year’s Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Festival Song Competition, scheduled for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Saturday. His entry is I Love JA. The 23-year-old said he is delighted to be in the final of ... Read More

Downsound not derailed, music studio to relocate

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:47 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – CEO of Downsound Records, Josef Bogdanovich, remains positive despite the recent court judgement that demanded he shut down his business at 43 St Andrew Park and relocate. Bagdonovich asserts that the company will not be derailed, and the team is ready to relocate soon. He said that the company has grown too big for its current location and that plans were already in place to relocate to a bigger property. On Thursday (July 17), the court handed down the judgement tha ... Read More



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