'Leave our girls'


REGGAE-DUB group The No-Maddz have come out against the rise in sexual attacks against young girls in Jamaica through their Nuh Guh Deh campaign. The musicians partnered with Eve For Life, a non-governmental organisation, which supports women livingwith, or affected, by HIV/AIDS. Eve For Lif ... Read More

Lyons kicked off her shoes and declared the ‘stush’ segment of the show was officially ove Queen Lyons rules bacchanal
"What they did is unheard of in my over two-decades of doing carnival," Michael Ammar Jr, a director ... Read More

Soca VS Dancehall director Kervin Santokie (centre) with deejays
Smoke (left) of Renaissance Disco, and the billed Lantern MD.
(PHOTOS: RORY DALEY Saturday Night at the Fight
Accompanied by a backing band of diverse business interests, namely Digicel, Caribbean Producers Jam ... Read More

(L) Reggae artiste Queen Ifrica at her 40th birthday party held
at Opa! Greek Restaurant and Sky Lounge on Old Hope Road
in St Andrew, last Wednesday. (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY)
(R) American actor
Samuel Jackson Queen Ifrica takes up Jackson's challenge
REGGAE singer Queen Ifrica said she will be taking up a challenge that American A-list actor Samuel ... Read More

‘FULL 100’

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Tajai McPherson

FULL-FIGURE model Tajai McPherson has landed international contracts with New York's Muse Model Management and London's Milk Management. A student of Excelsior High School, the 6-ft tall McPherson placed third from a field of 41 in the Saint International Fashion Face of the Caribbean last weekend. Deiwght Peters, Saint International CEO, said the move is a historic one as McPherson is the first Caribbean plus-size model to earn international modelling contracts. "This is unprecedented, and ... Read More

Jah-Shawn aims to top the 'game'

Monday, March 30, 2015    


AFTER seven years living and working the Cayman Islands' tiny dancehall scene, deejay Jah-Shawn is determined to make a mark in Jamaica. The Seaview-reared artiste returned home four years ago and has been recording steadily for different producers. Top a wi Game with singjay Jahvinci and Mi Money Nuff are his latest crack at the local breakthrough. "Wi jus' a concentrate pon put out some good tune 'cause wi really waan do good a yard," said Jah-Shawn. Though he has been recording since he w ... Read More

Gappy Ranks SALUTES elders in Generation

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Gappy Ranks

BRITISH deejay Gappy Ranks went back to the drawing board for Generation, his latest song. He says it is a salute to music he grew up listening to which made a difference in the lives of he and his peers. "Without previous generations I would not be able to deliver such stories in my music, hence Generation. I wanted to take the listener back to the times when music was full of education and lessons to learn," he told the Jamaica Observer. Generation is produced by Kemar 'Flava' McGregor, know ... Read More


Monday, March 30, 2015    


      Storm Saulter's semester visit to the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies -- as both filmmaker-in-residence, and guest lecturer of the Creative Writing for Screen course in the University's Department of Literatures in English -- cumulinated in a Neville Hall Lecture Theatre-venued public talk, conducted by the auteur and cinematographer, two Friday evenings ago. The lecture titled 'Towards a New Caribbean Cinema' attracted a cadre of industry hotshots, acade ... Read More

Film fest aiming at A-Listers

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

TODAY marks 100 days to the inaugural staging of the Jamaica Film Festival. The event is set for the Corporate Area July 7-11, and the organiser -- investment engine JAMPRO -- is moving full steam ahead. Carole Beckford, JAMPRO's manager for the creative industries and film commissioner, is optimistic about the progress she and her team are making to pull off the first event of its kind organised by the agency. "It is a festival for persons in the local film industry to meet and connect with p ... Read More

DJ Marshmello setting the record STRAIGHT

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Marshae-Dojn ‘DJ Marshmello’ McAnuff

BREAKING the glass ceiling is no longer unique, but in Jamaican music women still find it difficult to compete in certain mediums. Marshae-Dojn McAnuff, better known as DJ Marshmello, she is making her mark as Jamaica's only female vinyl selector. Marshmello appears regularly at vinyl-only events including a slot on Vinyl Thursdays, held at Veggie Meals on Wheels in Cross Roads. These shows, she told the Sunday Observer, have helped introduce the format to younger audiences. "There is actual ... Read More

Spreading HYPE in the UK

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Johann Dawes

A DEAL between local cable channel HYPE TV and London's CaribBe TV, will give Jamaicans in the United Kingdom easier access to programmes from home. According to HYPE TV's managing director, Johann Dawes, the alliance will expand his company's brand. "Despite the high number of first, second and third generation West Indians who call the UK home, there is still a distinct lack of quality TV programming from the Caribbean," Dawes said. "Our strategic alignment with CaribBe TV will expand our di ... Read More

New voyage for Jackie Mittoo in Africa

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Jackie Mittoo

AT his musical peak, Jackie Mittoo recorded outstanding Afrocentric songs like Drum Song. Africa had a lasting impact on the keyboardist/arranger. Mittoo travelled to the west Africa country of Ghana in 1985 with British reggae group Musical Youth, who were riding high at the time with the hit song, Pass the Dutchie. While there, he led recording sessions at Black Note studio in the capital Accra which yielded the album, Jackie Mittoo in Africa. The album was released in 1997, seven years aft ... Read More

Major Mission

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Friday, March 27, 2015    

(From left) Members of Major Lazer: Diplo (Thomas Wesley Pentz), Walsh Fire (Leighton Walsh) and Jillionaire (Christopher Leacock). (Observer: File)

Electronic music maestro Major Lazer releases its third album, Peace is Mission, on June 1. It will be released by the Mad Decent label. Similar to 2009's Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do and 2013's Free the Universe, Peace is Mission has collaborations with several Jamaican acts. Among them are Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Mad Cobra, Elephant Man, Jovi Rockwell and former Brick and Lace member Nyla. Trinidadian soca star Machel Montano, British soul singer Ellie Goulding -- who recently topped ... Read More

Vegas shares ‘Euphoria’ with Pitbull

Friday, March 27, 2015    


DANCEHALL artiste Mr Vegas has teamed up with hip- hop star Pitbull for a remix of his single My Jam. The single is from Vegas' Euphoria album which was released last year. "We wanted it to be a happy song and we needed an artiste to take us to another level, so we sent a copy of the track to Pitbull's team and they instantly jumped on the remix. He recorded his part and sent back to us in Jamaica and we did the rest," Vegas told Splash. He has worked with the Miami-born Pitbull before. Culo, ... Read More



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