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

Iamstylezmusic’s Ultra test

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, March 17, 2017    


Deejay Iamstylezmusic is scheduled to perform at the three-day Ultra Music Festival which takes place March 24-26 in Miami. It is one of the biggest EDM events in the United States. Iamstylezmusic will share the stage with Bad Royale — an EDM group signed to Major Lazer member Diplo’s Mad Decent label — and Trinidadian Markus “Braveboy” Hardy. “Ultra is major and definitely a major look for me again. A lot of people may not know that I have been working wit ... Read More

D-Medz kicks off school tour

Friday, March 17, 2017    


Singjay D-Medz kicked off his Don’t Follow Bad Company school tour recently with stops in his native Clarendon and neighbouring Manchester. The artiste, who has been doing motivational performances in schools across Jamaica for the last three years, says he is “trying to be a role model an’ play my part” in bringing positive messages to the country’s youth. The opening show was at Porus High School, his alma mater, on February 24. On March 7 he was at Mineral Hei ... Read More

Jomo’s mission

Friday, March 17, 2017    

Jomo. (Garfield Robinson)

New act Jomo is a man on a mission. Armed with what he calls heart, talent and determination, Jomo is committed to bring a level of creativity and professionalism to the local music industry. “I am a believer in creating a sound that has international appeal... that international sound. I am not a Vybz Kartel, who can have one million songs out there, but my aim is to have one good song that can be remembered for decades. I look at man like Shaggy and Junior Gong, who don’t have d ... Read More

Nuphoric, DJ Smoke for Bacchanal

Friday, March 17, 2017    

A section of crowd at a previous staging of Bacchanal Fridays at Mas Camp in St Andrew..

Nuphoric and DJ Smoke will be this week’s entertainment package at Bacchanal Friday’s held at the Mas Camp in St Andrew on Friday. “DJ Smoke is a respected vibes master who is equally at home with a cross section of genres, including dancehall, reggae, hip hop, EDM, rap and soca. He is always up to date with the recent soca hits and is adept at mixing in some dancehall and EDM to provide the excitement our younger Bacchanal fans crave,” said Nicholas Franklin, a director ... Read More

AFTER 12: Payless Tuesday... TOUGH!

Friday, March 17, 2017    

Above: Giving ample support is Team Stress Free Friday. (Photo Karl McLarty)

It was dubbed Payless Tuesday, and patrons turned out in fair numbers at Seven Miles, Bull Bay on March 7, making promoter Kimmy a happy woman. KARL MCLARTY, the roving nocturnal OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER had a field day. Read More

SOCIAL: Sweet Caroline!

Friday, March 17, 2017    

Caroline St George blows out the candles on her birthday cake. (Aceion Cunningham)

Music producer Caroline St George celebrated her ‘she didn’t say, we didn’t ask’ birthday (yes, they say it’s not polite to ask a lady her age) at her exquisite Cottage 9 residence at Round Hill in Hanover on Tuesday. The musically charged soirée saw St George sharing the momentous occasion with family, friends and well-wishers, as several notable players on the western side of The Rock came out to wish the always-effervescent St George a happy birthday. ... Read More

Wet Wet Pool Party to make a splash

Friday, March 17, 2017    

Dwight Forbes.

AS its name implies, the rural district of Farm in south Manchester is an agricultural community. When not tilling the soil, residents love to party. They will do just that on Saturday at Wet Wet Pool Party and Fun Day at Farm Community Centre. Now in its seventh year the event is the brainchild of Dwight Forbes who operates the Nite Life sound system. Forbes, who lives in New York, is from Farm. During an interview with the Jamaica Observer, he spoke about the importance of sharing with his c ... Read More

Cliff gives ‘Life’ line

Thursday, March 16, 2017    

Jimmy Cliff.

Singer Jimmy Cliff has released his new single, Life, which he’s hoping will uplift the spirits of its listeners. Written by Jimmy Cliff and produced by Steven “Lenky” Marsden, Life is the lead single from the upcoming album tentatively called Somerton. It was released on March 10. “I wrote and sang Life. I know that Jamaicans will love it as that is the mood they want to be in. They are waiting on this song to uplift the spirit. I hope that this song will motivate the ... Read More

Kartel gets appeal nod

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor – Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, March 16, 2017    

Entertainers Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm

Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused were granted leave to appeal their conviction and sentence in the Court of Appeal yesterday. Kartel, given name Adidja Palmer; Kahira Jones; Andre St John; and entertainer Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell hope to have their sentences for murder overturned. Thomas Tavares-Finson, attorney for Vybz Kartel, described the development as an “important step in the appeal process”. In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, he added, “It ... Read More

Sean Paul is a perfect 10

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Thursday, March 16, 2017    

Sean Paul

Sean Paul, arguably dancehall’s biggest star ever, scored his 10th Top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with Rockabye, his collaboration with British outfit Clean Bandit. Rockabye, which also features singer Anne Marie, is at number nine. Released in October, Rockabyespent nine weeks atop the UK Singles chart. It also topped tables in 20 other countries for gold, platinum and diamond certification. The song’s biggest sales to date is in the United Kingdom with over 600 ... Read More



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