US Reggae promoter Doctor Dread turns to Jamaican jerk seasoning

Doctor Dread's jerked peanuts

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- When major record labels shunned reggae music, small, independent companies were always around to pick up the slack. Among the best known of these 'indies' was RAS Records. It had offices in Washington DC and was run by Gary 'Doctor Dread' Himelfarb. The 60-year-old Himelfarb ... Read More

Patsy Ricketts performing with the National Dance
Theatre Company. (INSERTED) Patsy Ricketts (Photo: Courtesy of NDTC) A lifetime of dance
THE name Patricia Judith Maryla Ricketts may not immediately ring a bell, but say Patsy Ricketts, an ... Read More

Diztortion Sweet sound of Diztortion
THANKS to his work on deejay Stylo G's Badd (featuring Sister Nancy) and the British Top 20 hit Soun ... Read More

Alborosie & Gentleman Journey To Jah premieres
TWO European reggae singers who have made a mark in Jamaica are the subject of a documentary entitle ... Read More

What women should know

With Tony Robinson | Sunday, September 14, 2014    

What women should know

The full sum of me... Is an unlesson'd girl, unschool'd, unpracticed; Happy in this, she is not yet so old, But she may learn. Shakespeare,The Merchant of Venice III, 2 THAT unlessoned, unschooled, unpracticed girl had better learn the ways of men, or she'll be left out in the cold. That last line is so critical: "but she may learn". And yet, it's often ignored by so many women. They purport to know a lot, and truth be told, they may know a thing or two. But when it ... Read More

Vegas’ mom to be buried today

Saturday, September 13, 2014    

Dancehall singjay Mr Vegas
and his mother, Lucille Ellis
Maitland, in happier times.

THE funeral service for Lucille Ellis Maitland, mother of dancehall singjay Mr Vegas and singer Carlton Smith from the reggae vocal group The Tamlins, is scheduled for the Pembroke Hall Methodist Church in St Andrew, today, at 10:00 am. Ellis Maitland died on Monday, September 1, after after suffering a stroke and being hospitalised in critical condition at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew. She was 82. "We have lost a mother and a best friend. No words can explain how t ... Read More

Wailer urges Jamaicans to remember Mario Deane

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, September 13, 2014    

(L-R) Bunny Wailer and Mario Deane

VETERAN reggae artiste Bunny Wailer is encouraging Jamaicans to plant a ganja seed in memory of Mario Deane. "On October 11, the Rastafari community, through the Rastafari Millennium Council, will lead the nation in planting an organic sensimilla seed in our sacramental spaces in memory of Mario Deane, and let the brutality of his sacrifice bloom organically into the Mario Deane Sensi, that in six months will be harvested and brought to Jamaica House, King's House and Gordon House in April 2015 ... Read More

Alaine gets 'presidential' patron

Saturday, September 13, 2014    

(L-R) Alaine and Ngina Kenyatta

NGINA Kenyatta, daughter of Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta, was a surprise guest at a concert headlined by Jamaican singer Alaine at Nairobi's City Cabanas Club last Saturday night. According to The Nairobian, Kenyatta, along with heavy security detail, showed up at the venue with friends. "She enjoyed the thrills of the night ... She danced to reggae tunes and bonded with the visiting Jamaican singer," the article read. Also peforming on the show were Kenyan artistes Wyre, Redsan, Kenzo, S ... Read More

$INI$TA finds the formula

Saturday, September 13, 2014    


UWI final-year chemistry major, $INI$TA is gradually testing his formula in the dancehall. His latest creation, the Chancellor Cypher rhythm, was made in his dorm and named after the hall which he resides at the Mona Campus in St Andrew. $INI$TA, whose given name is Dwayne Austin Reynolds, explained how he made the rhythm. "The first part has a nice sounding piano. I used a programme called FL Studio. I then used one of the plug-ins, cut out piano and reversed it... played around with it and ... Read More

Kirk Diamond yearns for big break

Saturday, September 13, 2014    

Kirk Campbell

JAMAICAN-BORN, Canada-based reggae singer Kirk Diamond is pushing his latest single Dem Nuh Real. Produced by Armzhouse Records, the track also features Jamaican deejay TG. The up-and-coming singer was recently in the island shooting footage for the video. "I wanted an authentic feel to the video... There is no other place in the world that holds the vibes like Jamaica," he said. The video is slated to be premiered on MTV.com on Monday. Diamond said it is challenging as a reggae artiste in ... Read More

Nicole Kidman’s dad is dead

Saturday, September 13, 2014    

Psychologist Tony Kidman and daughter, actress
Nicole Kidman.

SINGAPORE, USA (AP) — Actress Nicole Kidman's father, psychologist Tony Kidman, has died in Singapore, authorities said. Tan Tock Seng Hospital said Kidman was brought there yesterday, but would not release any further details. The University of Technology in Sydney, where Kidman worked as a researcher and practitioner for 43 years, confirmed his death. He reportedly was in Singapore to visit his other daughter, Antonia, and her family. Singapore police did not identify him by name, but ... Read More

Director booted after Joan Rivers’ death

Saturday, September 13, 2014    

Joan Rivers

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — The medical director of the facility where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure is no longer at the clinic. A Yorkville Endoscopy spokeswoman said yesterday that Dr Lawrence Cohen is no longer the facility's medical director, nor is he performing procedures there. The spokeswoman didn't elaborate on the circumstances of the respected gastroenterologist's departure. Cohen is listed as a co-owner of the facility in New York state records. T ... Read More

Robert Downey’s son pleads guilty

Saturday, September 13, 2014    

Robert Downey Jr (left) and son, Indio.

LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — The son of Robert Downey Jr pleaded guilty yesterday to cocaine possession and was sentenced to a drug diversion programme that could result in his conviction being dismissed. As the actor watched in the courtroom, Indio Downey, 21, thanked Superior Court Judge Keith L Schwartz for allowing him to enter the programme, and pledged to take the advice of the judge to heed the lessons of treatment and get advice from his father if necessary. "I appreciate this opportu ... Read More

Where are the groups?

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, September 12, 2014    

Scare Dem Crew

THE 1990s are considered by many to be the finest era for dancehall music. It not only had high-riding acts like Shabba Ranks and Mad Cobra, it saw the rise of groups. But despite promise the majority of these groups have not survived. Innocent Kru which featured Benzly Hype, Dapsie Daps, Copper Kid and Macka Head was one of these popular quartets best known for their 1999 hit Impossible Train. There was also the vocal group ARP of which singer D'Aville was lead. That aggregation too did not s ... Read More



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