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

Cruz launches Project Shanice

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

From left: Arrayma Smith (Garnet Silk’s daughter); Anthony Cruz; Rosalee Gage-Grey, CEO of the Child Development Agency (CDA); Rochelle Dixon, CDA communication officer; and Wayzero Smith (another daughter of Garnet Silk) at the launch of Cruz’ Project Shanice, Sowan’s Restaurant and Club, last Sunday. (Photos: Karl McLarty)

THE loss of relatives or close friends have influenced artistes to become advocates for diverse causes. Singer Anthony Cruz, whose daughter Shanice was murdered in February, intends to take a stand against domestic abuse. Last Sunday at Sowan’s Restaurant and Club in Kingston, Cruz launched Project Shanice, an outreach organisation, to help victims of domestic violence. “It’s an awareness campaign. We want to create a platform where women and children can reach out to differe ... Read More

Samuels makes his case

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

Lucy Gordon (played by Hilary Nicholson), wife of George William Gordon, being cross-examined by Prosecutor Gorrie (Brian Johnson) in a scene from the play Trial of Governor Eyre. Behind them is the judge (Mackeda Salmon). (Photo: Michael Gordon)

COURTROOM drama is nothing new for veteran attorney Bert Samuels. But, bringing that intensity to the stage with a twist of Jamaican history was a whole different arena. Samuels appears poised to reap dividends as his debut work, Trial of Governor Eyre, is nominated for Best Drama at Monday’s Actor Boy Awards. Three actors in the play, Brian Johnson (who portrays Prosecutor Gorrie); Shawna-Kae Burns (Paul Bogle’s mother, Cecilia); and Hilary Nicholson (George William Gordon’s ... Read More

Tenelle finds love on Billboard

Wednesday, March 22, 2017    


California native Tenelle tops the Billboard Reggae Album chart with her debut, For The Lovers. This is the third time in three years that a female artiste has topped the chart. Last week, Queen Ifrica went number one with Climb, which drops to number seven this week. Released on March 10 by Island Empire Records, For The Lovers contains 11 tracks including collaborations with Fiji and Chazrox. Elsewhere, Lost in Paradise by Common Kings is at number two, while Set In Stone by Stick Figu ... Read More

Etana lauds decent men

Wednesday, March 22, 2017    


Etana is acknowledging the role of decent and law-abiding men of society in her latest single My Man . “I wanted to shed some light on the men doing good for their women and family, men who are loving and caring and not abusive. People often focus on the bad, but we need to elevate, uplift, and encourage the good men out there, because the good men outnumber the men who do wrong... they need to know that we appreciate them,” she said. My Man is the reggae singer’s first sing ... Read More

'With You I'm Born Again' tops South Florida Reggae Chart a second week

Wednesday, March 22, 2017    


KINGSTON, Jamaica — With You I'm Born Again, a ballad by singers Sadiki and Twiggi, is number one for the second straight week on the South Florida Reggae Chart. The song was released late last year, and is from Sadiki's Covered In Love album. Sadiki (real name Henry Buckley Jr), who produced the song and album for his Skinny Bwoy Records, expected it to do well. "It's not surprising to me at all. Everyone involved in the recording gave 150 per cent effort. I'm appreciative of the fact ... Read More

Deejay Eleigh aims for his big break

Wednesday, March 22, 2017    


NEW Jersey-based deejay Eleigh is hoping that summer 2017 will be the high point in his career. The emerging act is banking on his latest single Need Your Loving. “ Need Your Loving is about knowing what you have and appreciating something while you have it, because you know there’s nothing out there like it. It’s like knowing you have a woman who will stick with you through the good and bad times, so you have to let her know that it’s her loving you need, because if yo ... Read More

After 12: Pink & Black level

Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

Larry and Kimmy, alongside the Image Girls took their Round Robin to a New Level on March 11 at Steve Madden Plaza on Orange Street, downtown Kingston labelling it the Pink and Black Edition. OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY had his hands full. Read More

Pitbull adds Jamaican flavour to album

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    


Miami rapper Pitbull adds some Jamaican flavour to his 10th studio album Climate Change, which was released last Friday by RCA Records. The 12-track set features Stephen Marley on Options. A video for that song was shot at several locations in Kingston including the Bob Marley Museum and Tuff Gong recording studio. Sexy Body, another song from Climate Change, is a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez. It samples singer Sasha’s Dat Sexy Body, originally produced by Tony Kelly. Miami-base ... Read More

Goodison is poet laureate

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Lorna Goodison.

Lorna Goodison is Poet Laureate of Jamaica. She succeeds Professor Mervyn Morris who was invested in 2014 as Jamaica’s first Poet Laureate in 61 years. Goodison will be installed during a ceremony at King’s House in St Andrew on May 17. Her tenure as Poet Laureate is for three years and ends in May 2020. Goodison, who now spends her time between Jamaica and Canada, told the Jamaica Observer she is profoundly grateful to be bestowed with the honour and title. “I really don&rs ... Read More

D’Element was in his element

Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

D’Element during his performance last Saturday inside D’Entrance for the sixth live show of Season 10 of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall..

Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall Season 10’s Castle Blue contestant D’Element thrilled the massive crowd inside D’Entrance on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew, last Saturday. He closed the sixth live show of season 10 in style and is looking forward to the rest of the season with hopes of achieving his big break as a mainstream artiste. “People know good music and will recognise good artistes, so at the end of the day it is up to me to come out and show the people ... Read More



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