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

‘Join music unions’

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Noel “Skully” Simms.

Junior Lincoln, financial director of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA), is urging artistes to join local music unions and prevent embarrassment should they fall on hard times. A fuming Lincoln was responding to singer Mikey General’s claim that not enough is being done by the music industry for veteran acts, like percussionist Noel ‘Skully’ Simms, who died February 4 at age 82. But Lincoln, who knew Simms for over 60 years, countered. He said artistes show litt ... Read More

Bringing comfort to Manchester

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:41 AM    

Wayne Gordon (left) and sound system selector Jamie Hype of New York at the 2007 edition of Unity Is Strength show in Comfort, Manchester.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — For the last 14 years events promoter Wayne Gordon has returned to his native Manchester to stage shows that benefit the community. The Aries All White (Club Edition) is the latest of these gigs. It takes place on April 8 at Parisville Night Club in Mandeville. Gordon, who lives in North Carolina, is from the district of Comfort. He stressed the importance of making an impact there. "I was born in Manchester and on returning to visit my parents I decided to create an ... Read More

Ryme Minista drops Walla Walla

Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Ryme Minista.

Ryme Minista is on the promotional trail with his latest musical offering, Walla Walla. The single is about a new dance crave that has taken the dance by storm. The new track features two acts, namely Black Fox and Straight E who are up-and-coming artistes from out of Westmoreland. “The song is fun and energetic! Once you hear it, you cannot keep still, you have to move and have a good time. The inspiration is all about the ladies, they are the ones that requested this song for the summ ... Read More

Wet and wild at Bacchanal

Monday, March 20, 2017    

(From left) DJ Smoke, Patrick Alexis of Nuphoric, and DJ Taj all delivered for the soca faithful. (Photo: Rory Daley)

HUNDREDS of soca faithful, some toting umbrellas while others in rain coats, braved the inclement weather for last week’s staging of Bacchanal Fridays held at Mas Camp in St Andrew. “Rain or shine, I’m a Bacchanalist... I’m a soca junkie, rain won’t bother anybody,” said Keisha Kong, while dancing under her umbrella. Her gal pal Melissa Murray shared the same sentiments. “The rain made it more fun, actually. It’s soca, you’re having fun, y ... Read More

A Berry good cover

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Monday, March 20, 2017    

Chuck Berry (Photo: AP)

Musically, Peter Tosh and Chuck Berry were worlds apart. One was a reggae revolutionary, the other a rock and roll original. They were both rebels. In 1983, Tosh paid tribute to Berry who died last Saturday in his native Missouri at age 90. He covered the singer/guitarist’s 1958 rocker Johnny B Goode for his Mama Africa album. Guitarist Donald Kinsey was a member of Tosh’s Word, Sound and Power band. He recalled the genesis of Tosh’s version in a post on his website. &ldqu ... Read More

‘Legends’ hit the road

Monday, March 20, 2017    

Lady G (Kenyon Hemans)

Three deejays who helped take dancehall to the mainstream during the 1980s, are on a retro tour of the United States. Tiger, Johnny P and Lady G comprise ‘The Legends Tour’ which started February 25 at Mingles in The Bronx, New York. The tour also played clubs in Baltimore and Washington DC this month. This weekend, it moves to Massachusetts with dates in Worcester and Springfield. Harold ‘Bigga’ McLarty put together the trek which is scheduled to end in July with outd ... Read More

Elephant roams Billboard again

Monday, March 20, 2017    

Elephant Man

Hips Sing, Elephant Man’s collaboration with American house music DJ/producer DJ Sultan, debuted at number 47 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart last week. It is the third entry on this chart for the dancehall artiste. He was on Janet Jackson’s 2004 number one dance hit All Nite (Don’t Stop); in 2007, he again topped the chart with Kat Deluna on Whine Up. Between 2003 and 2009, Elephant Man racked a string of hits on Billboard charts. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart ... Read More

Martin’s Big Deal hits the road

Monday, March 20, 2017    

Christopher Martin

Reggae singer Chris Martin will be riding the chart success of his debut album Big Deal, as he heads out on his first major North American tour to deliver what he calls “real-life music, earnest, honest songs about everyday realities”. The 30-stop tour, which began in Boston on Friday, will take the singer, known for tracks such as Paper Lovin, Take My Love, Cheater’s Prayer, Chill Spot and Big Deal, across the length and breadth of continental United States of America before ... Read More

D-Lexx speaks to Senseless Youths

Monday, March 20, 2017    


Having lost a sister to domestic violence four years ago, deejay D-Lexx pours his heart into his latest single Senseless Youths. “I hope the message can be heard around the world. It’s like the men are senseless... Dem just a kill of the women dem. It make a lot of people ‘fraid fi even go street. It’s like Jamaica nuh nice again,” he told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. “What is happening in Jamaica right now is just bring back sad memories for me personall ... Read More

Country Wedding serves a dose of culture

By Richard Johnson Observer senior writer johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Shantol Jackson (left) as Annabelle shares a moment on stage with Deon Silvera, who plays Mable, in Country Wedding. (Photo: Aston Cooke)

Jamaica’s rich cultural history has long been fodder for creative forms of expression. However, in recent times the practices of old have made way for the modern. It is therefore refreshing when something from the past turns up on local stages. Such is Dahlia Harris’s latest theatrical production Country Wedding. The piece is set in 1954, in the rural district of Grateful Valley. Like all such communities, Grateful Valley has its fair share of characters, and Harris is able to cap ... Read More



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