Powerful performances!

Broadcaster Carol Francis (centre) delights the audience with
her dance routine.

THE Broadcasting Commission may not get public support all the time but when its executive director, Cordel Green, took the stage at the Powerful Women and Men Perform for Charity show on Sunday, he had the audience's full attention. A regular on the 15-year-old event which raises funds for the Mus ... Read More

Hailing reggae's godfather
The Godfather of Reggae, an album containing the last recordings by reggae pioneer Joe Higgs, will b ... Read More

Deva Bratt Warrant out for DEVA BRATT in US
A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of embattled Jamaican dancehall deejay Deva Bratt in the Pa ... Read More

(From left) Kardinal Official, Bunji Garlin and
Agent Sasco at Jam Zone International Music
Festival held at the Antigua Recreational
Ground in St John, Antigua, on Saturday night. Sasco gets new passport
DANCEHALL artiste Agent Sasco (aka Assassin) was able to receive a new passport in time to honour hi ... Read More

A Foggy night of jazz

Tuesday, June 02, 2015    

South African singer Lorraine Klaasen.

IT was a 'Foggy Night' in more ways than one on opening day of the 25th Jamaica Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival at Ashe Performing Centre in St Andrew, Saturday. With grey clouds hovering, the handful of jazz lovers, headed by former Prime Minister PJ Patterson, enjoyed an evening dedicated to late politician/pianist Seymour 'Foggy' Mullings. A former deputy prime minister of Jamaica, Mullings performed regularly at 'Jazz'. He died in 2013 at age 82. Hosted by Festival Director M ... Read More


Tuesday, June 02, 2015    

Cherine Anderson performing at Keesing Live on Saturday.

ACTRESS/SINGER-TURNED-PHILANTHROPIST Cherine Anderson, returned to the stage on Saturday night after a brief hiatus. Popular live music series, Keesing Live, top-billed the songbird. Anderson, who is putting finishing touches on her first album, told fans she wrote several songs during the break, which she identified as introspective. She said the self-searching period was impetus for a musical resurgence. She also lauded the mentorship of Grammy-winning musicians Sly ... Read More

Epic start by ‘Bulby’

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Tuesday, June 02, 2015    

Collin ‘Bulby’ York

ENGINEER/PRODUCER Collin 'Bulby' York's latest project called Bulby York... Epic and Ting will be out in August on Greensleeves Records and his Bulby York Music label. It hears York working with established and emerging acts. "The concept is me being the artiste/producer who makes the beats and get the best songs with talented artistes from the Caribbean. It is similar to a David Guetta or a Calvin Harris project," said York in an interview with the Jamaica Observer. Guetta and Harris are pop ... Read More

Kehv stays Addicted to music

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, June 01, 2015    

Simply Kehv

IT has been five years since singer Kehv released Simply Kehv, his first album. He is wrapping production on his second set, Addicted. That album is being produced by TALS Records, a company led by guitarist Leroy 'Badness' Pennicott who like Kehv, lives in South Florida. "I haven't put out anything in a while because the focus is on this project. I'd like it to give me a presence here," said Kehv. Addicted is scheduled or release in early 2016. The title track, Rastafari and All of You have ... Read More

RD banks on reggae

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, June 01, 2015    

DAVIS... there is an under-appreciation of the value of reggae.

REGGAE insider Andrea Davis, conceptualiser of the 21-year-old International Reggae Day (IRD), is looking for opportunities to create bridges between capital and culture in Jamaica. This is one of the areas being looked at this year for IRD, which will be observed on July 1. According to Davis, despite the strides made in the music over the years, "reggae is still not being given a priority in terms of investment and promotion here". She further noted that far more enthusiasm exists outside o ... Read More

Let's Go Dancin' turns 25

Monday, June 01, 2015    

(L) Selectors Michael Barnett and Welton Irie spin the
vintage hits at Let's Go Dancin' at The Deck on May 24.
Winner of the gate prize for a weekend for two to
Columbus Heights Condominiums In Ocho Rios,
Paul Stewart, accepts his gift from Harry Pottinger.

ON May 24, the Let's Go Dancin' vintage party celebrated its 25th show at The Deck in St Andrew. Promoter Michael Barnett, who started Let's Go Dancin' in April 2010, said the series grows in stature with each staging. "It has been a brand for a while, so much so that the Kiwanis Club of Kingston and Hopewell (Hanover) have used it as fund-raisers," Barnett told the Jamaica Observer. Barnett, host of Vintage Memories on Kool FM, reckons over 600 patrons showed up at The Deck for the latest Le ... Read More


By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May 31, 2015    

Barbara Blake Hannah

FOR filmmaker and author Barbara Blake-Hannah, the recently launched Rasta Radio provides a much-needed space where the issues, ideas and opinions relating to Rastafari can be discussed. Located on www.ustream.tv/channel/rasta-radio-ja, Blake-Hannah is the conceptualiser of the Internet radio station. Launched one week ago, she contends it is a long time coming. "I have always observed that there is no radio, television or newspaper and generally no space geared towards Rasta. With the renewed ... Read More

Black Uhuru makes history

Sunday, May 31, 2015    

Black Uhuru’s Grammy-winning trio of (from left) Duckie Simpson, Puma Jones and Michael Rose.

THIS year marks 30 years since reggae music has a presence at the Grammy Awards, the music industry's greatest showpiece. Anthem by Black Uhuru won the inaugural award for Best Reggae Recording, as it was known in 1985. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), promoters of the Grammys, gave the go-ahead for establishing a reggae category in 1984. That is a decade after the music exploded internationally through acts like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Burning Spear. Roger Ste ... Read More

Alaine puts Heart into new album

Sunday, May 31, 2015    


SINGER Alaine is boldly declaring Ten of Hearts is her best work yet. Released last Tuesday, the set boasts 14 tracks. The singer shared the inspiration behind Ten of Hearts. "I started writing music for this album 10 years ago. When I thought about it, I realised that I had been singing for 10 years, professionally, and primarily about love. But further investigation made me realise that 10 signifies completion of new beginnings and that kinda where I am in my life in terms of singing, songw ... Read More

Oracabessa music Fest a hit

Sunday, May 31, 2015    

Freddie McGregor performing for the patrons.

ORGANISERS of the Oracabessa Music Festival held at the Roy Wilkins Park in New York, on Memorial Day, are declaring it a success. Now in its second year, the event outdid its inaugural staging boasting more than 10,000 patrons. Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam Radio in New York and event co-organiser, was pleased with the event. "We produced this event as a celebration of Caribbean culture, tradition and heritage. We are passionate about maintaining the Diaspora being connected to their Jamaica ... Read More



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