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

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Arkansas choir to come

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

The Inspirational Chorale of the University of Arkansas.

UNIVERSITY of Arkansas Inspirational Chorale is set to embark on a one-week tour of Jamaica, commencing March 17, with a number of performances scheduled across the island which will benefit local charities. This concert series marks the chorale’s first-ever tour to the Caribbean. The performances are set for Saturday, March 18, at the St John’s Methodist Church in Montego Bay. On March 19, The University of the West Indies (UWI) Alumni Association Jamaica Chapter hosts the chora ... Read More

Dje to make debut

Sunday, February 26, 2017    


VOCALIST Dje will be making her debut on Jazz ‘n Cabaret in the gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, this evening. “I am excited about performing on the show and will be bringing my unique blend of singing styles of jazz, reggae, pop and R&B with hints of bluesy country, which I hope my audience will enjoy,” she said. Due to her extensive musical upbringing –– being born to musician parents Michael Dyke and Kathryn Bond Hickling-Dyke, educato ... Read More

Smoke Dem, Seasoning drop Bad Mind Dem

Saturday, February 25, 2017    

Smoke Dem (left) and Anthony Seasoning.

Singjay Smoke Dem is carving out a niche in the dance halls of the Caribbean and South America, particularly Suriname. There, he struck a partnership with Next Level Productions, which produced the song Bad Mind Dem, a collaboration with singer Anthony Seasoning. The latter is from Red Hills Road and has also performed in Suriname. Smoke Dem, previously known as Smoki Benz, credits deejay Fanton Mojah for helping him along his journey. It was he who first took him on tour in 2015, performing ... Read More

KGN5 Blazed at Southdale Plaza

Saturday, February 25, 2017    

Lens time.

Two-year-old Smirnoff KGN5 uptown Street Dance is consistently growing from strength to strength. Promoter Chavaughn Oneil attributes the event’s continued success to a winning formula: great music and solid entertainment. “The thing that stands out most about this event is the ability to bring together both uptown and dancehall patrons, and the entertainment and constant vibes provided,” Oneil said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer. Held last Friday, February 10 at ... Read More

Spotlight on Tosh, Andy, Nooks and Lord Creator

Saturday, February 25, 2017    


PETER Tosh, Horace Andy, George Nooks, and Calypsonian Lord Creator will be honoured at the Bob Marley One Love Fun Day Football Matches at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex in St Andrew on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Conceptualiser Clive “Busy” Campbell made the announcement at Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston, on Thursday morning. “These entertainers must be honoured for their contribution to our music reaching a worldwide audience. Every year we honour s ... Read More

Hall of Famer

Saturday, February 25, 2017    


Jay-Z, Babyface and the songwriting and production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are among this year’s inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The artistes will receive the honour at the organisation’s 48th Annual Induction and Awards dinner on June 15 in New York City. Jay-Z will be the first rapper to be inducted. Read More

Terro Melody keeping his eyes on the prize

Saturday, February 25, 2017    


After opening for lovers rock heavyweights Beres Hammond and Maxi Priest in the United Kingdom in 2016, singjay Terro Melody has his sights set on establishing himself this year. “I am taking it one day at a time; I believe everything happens within the time it is supposed to happen,” said the St Ann native. He is currently pushing the song Shorty Wanna Get High, a collaboration with Kingz Of Vocals, a group from the Isle Of Wight. The self-produced single appears on Terro Melody&r ... Read More


Saturday, February 25, 2017    

Nick Cannon.

Nick Cannon has welcomed a new baby boy. The America’s Got Talent host posted a picture of himself Wednesday on Instagram holding son Golden “Sagon” Cannon. He writes in the caption, “No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose!” He adds: “Welcome to Earth, Son!” The 36-year-old Cannon announced in November that he was expecting a baby with his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Bell, a former beauty queen. The baby is Cannon&r ... Read More



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