Charly Black gets Latin love

Charly Black with his award for Gyal You A Party Animal.

High-riding deejay Charly Black was recognised at the ASCAP Latin Awards on March 15 for his song, Gyal You A Party Animal, which was a massive hit in Latin America last year. The ceremony took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico at Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. Produced by Kurt Riley, Gyal You A Party Ani ... Read More

Twiggi. Sadiki, Twiggi top Florida chart
With You I’m Born Again, a ballad by singers Sadiki and Twiggi, is number one for the secondst ... Read More

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) Cruz launches Project Shanice
THE loss of relatives or close friends have influenced artistes to become advocates for diverse caus ... Read More

Tenelle. Tenelle finds love on Billboard
California native Tenelle tops the Billboard Reggae Album chart with her debut, For The Lovers. Th ... 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

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

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

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

‘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

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



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