Jamaican music take spotlight

The Kingston College Chapel Choir in performance. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

From the opening notes of the national anthems of Jamaica and the United States of America it was clear that the concert featuring the Inspirational Chorale of the University of Arkansas would have been a great evening of music. Along with the Kingston College Chapel Choir, the visiting choir pe ... Read More

Jacob Miller Veteran band celebrates 50th anniversary in 2018
A play based on the life and music of Jacob Miller is among the events that will mark Inner Circle&r ... Read More

Notorious B.I.G (aka Biggie Smalls). Biggie’s buzz at Sting
ON Boxing Day, 1996, superstar rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) made his way on stage for ... Read More

Michelle Serieux and lead actress Shantol Jackson watch playback for a scene. (Photo: Jeff crossley) One to watch: Shantol Jackson
“When you go on a stage never act, become.” This advice from local stage and screen le ... Read More

Lyttle signs with Sony

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Kevin Lyttle

St Vincent soca star Kevin Lyttle, who last year scored a chart-topper on Billboard’s Tropical Songs table with Midnight, featuring Latin artiste Nengo Flow, has signed a deal with Sony Music subsidiary Ultra Records. This is the second major label deal for Lyttle, who signed with Atlantic Records in 2004 following the success of his platinum single, Turn Me On, featuring Spragga Benz. The partnership will see Sony/Ultra and Lyttle’s Tarakon Records releasing four projects, inclu ... Read More

Silent Cruise to set sail in MoBay

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

DJ 47.

MoBay-based promoters Ecliptik Events – known for their themed parties – are promising an experience never undertaken in Jamaica: a combination of a cruise party and a silent party. The event, Silent Cruise, is scheduled for tonight. Boarding is at Pier One in Montego Bay. DJ Blu, DJ Tippy and DJ 47 will be responsible for the evening’s music and each is expected to deliver the goods in hisrespective genre. The silent party concept allows patrons to select from the three ch ... Read More

All-star cast for Magnum New Rules

Saturday, March 25, 2017    


AN all-star cast is expected for Magnum New Rules scheduled for National Stadium Car Park in St Andrew, tonight. The event, headlined by Alkaline, will also see Mavado, Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, I-Octane, and Jahmiel. Up-and-coming dancehall acts Frassman and Deizzle are also billed for the jaunt. Sound systems Swatch International, DJ Wessy, Flabba Dabba, DJ Cash Price, Coppershot Sound, Rebel T and DJ Banka are slated to provide the musical selections. “We are set to deliver an exhilaratin ... Read More

Saint's to go marching

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

File photo shows (from left) Brandon Bailey, 2015 Fashion Face of the Caribbean male; Deiwght Peters, Saint International CEO; Alexion McDonald 2015 Fashion Face of the Caribbean female; Kurt Campbell, 2015 Avant Garde Designer of the Year; and Leneka Rhoden modeling Campbell’s winning piece, Campari flight to fantasy.

IT'S all systems go for this evening's staging of Saint International's double-bill glam-fest: the Jamaica Avant Garde Designer of the Year and the Fashion Face of the Caribbean. The occasion is scheduled for the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston and slated to start at 9:00 pm. "As the oldest and most prestigious design competition in Jamaica, we are confident that patrons will be dazzled by another night of spectacle as designers step up their A-game. Lasco Money has joined Campari as a ... Read More

MoBay Blow-Out tonight

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Iwer George.

Soca sensation Iwer George is scheduled to headline Montego Bay Blow Out Fete at Pier 1 tonight. The event is part of Wray & Nephew Jamaica Carnival’s thrust to spread the carnival love islandwide. The Trinidad and Tobago- born artiste said he was happy to be part of Jamaica Carnival. “I am happy to be a part of the return of the real Jamaica Carnival, since I was part of the beginning with the great Bryon Lee and the Dragonaires together with the crazy Super Blue, Admiral Bail ... Read More

Killer sounds from Michael Buckley

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Michael Buckley.

THE hardcore dancehall fan has been familiar with Michael Buckley’s distinctive baritone for over 35 years. Though he has influenced artistes such as Bushman, mainstream recognition has been elusive. Underground songs like Send Another Sound Home have earned him a following on the sound system circuit, but Buckley aims to expand his base with his first album. He admits the tag of dance artiste has limited his career. With a vast repertoire of singles at his fingertips, releasing an a ... Read More

Ova Suh returns April 1

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Flame on!.

Magnum Ova Suh is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 at the Triple Century Car Park in New Kingston. The promoters are promising patrons an entertaining experience. “It will be non-stop high- energy entertainment from our line-up of DJs, free- flowing easy-access bars, Magnum deals all night long, and a safe atmosphere for our patrons,” said co-promoter Jermane Davis. Billed to spin the hottest jams are Rebel Sound, Di Unit, Code Red and Chromatic. Davis spoke about the growing popul ... Read More

In the mix

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 24, 2017    

Beenie Man

Over the years Jamaican artistes have benefited from increased exposure from the remix of an existing tune which received new life thanks to collaboration with an international act. Among the popular tracks is the Chant Down Babylon album released by the Marley family in 1999. The project featured the music of the late reggae king, Bob Marley reworked and featuring contemporary American hip hop artistes. The lead single, Turn Your Lights Down Low features Lauryn Hill. The Marleys explained that ... Read More

Range releases video for Inward Rasta

Friday, March 24, 2017    


This week singer Range released the video for her song Inward Rasta which is co-produced by KheilStone and Elroy McCormack of Full Rev Entertainment. Range explained the video’s theme. “The concept has a rootsy island theme with heavy drums that play the foundation of our African culture. It tells a story that holds value that no matter race, class, creed or religion, Rastafarianism forms the base of universal love and has a reputation that speaks spirituality to all.” The v ... Read More

De’BRANDISH does the Zuloo Whine

Friday, March 24, 2017    


Encouraged by friends, deejay De’BRANDISH wrote and recorded a dance song strictly for the ladies. The result is Zuloo Whine, co-produced by Chevmar Entertainment and OgE Beats. “I am a lover of all forms of music and versatility is my policy. However, dancehall is where my energy lies as I set to bring out a fusion of dancehall, soca and African trap music,” De’BRANDISH told this Splash. He said friends, Black Dice Dancers, “bugged” him about writing a danc ... Read More



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