Music

Marcia scores on Billboard

Marcia Griffiths earns the highest charting album of her career with Timeless. The 15-song album, released June 14 by Tad's International Record, debuts at number two on this week's Billboard Reggae Albums Chart. Read More

New Third World album in August
The long-awaited album from Third World will drop in August, says Stephen “Cat” Coore, the band's guitarist. The set is produced by Damian “Junior Gong” Marley.... Read More

Chaka Demus hunts more Success
Success, the latest album by Chaka Demus, was released in May by Jet Star Records. It is the veteran toaster's eighth album and first since 2013's Second Coming.... Read More

Merritone honours radio pioneers
Several disc jockeys who made their mark on radio in the tri-state area during the 1970s and 1980s will be honoured at this year's Merritone (Memorial) Family Fun Day. The 21st renewal of this event takes place August 11 at Heckscher State Park in Long Island, New...... Read More

The hard-hitting Mr Isaacs

By Howard Campbell Observer writer | Wednesday, June, 26 2019    

MR Isaacs, a classic 1977 album by Gregory Isaacs, will be re-released on July 12 by 17 North Parade, a subsidiary of VP Records. Read More

Keeping the Dub alive

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Wednesday, June, 26 2019    

Not much has been heard in Jamaica about the Dubtonic Kru in recent years, but drummer/co-founder DeLeon “Jubba” White told the Jamaica Observer recently that the band is alive, and kicking and working on new material. Read More

Tyrifik has reasons to live

Wednesday, June, 26 2019    

Tyrifik is pleased with the positive response to his eight-track debut EP, Reason Fi Live. Read More

Family ties: The Lees remember Seaga

BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer | Tuesday, June, 25 2019    

DESPITE being unable to attend the thanksgiving service for former Prime Minister Edward Seaga on Sunday, Julianne Lee was glued to her television set for live coverage of the event.She said a dark cloud hung over her household. Read More

Roberts' got it made

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Tuesday, June, 25 2019    

In Jamaica's competitive band scene of the 1970s OC Roberts was among a rush of singers trying to make that transition from club act to recording artiste. He cut several singles, but never got the big break. Read More

Sister Power in Sweden

Tuesday, June, 25 2019    

THE Oland Roots Festival, an all-female reggae event, is scheduled for July 10-13 on the Swedish island of Oland. It is the brainchild of Adil Nadri and Alexander Sjoback, the Scandinavia - based promoters. Read More

A wonderful evening of classics

BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer | Sunday, June, 23 2019    

Organiser of the Classics in June concert season, Laurice Barnaby, says guests were delighted with the acts at its 15th staging. Read More

Samory I heads to Europe

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June, 23 2019    

In 2017, reggae chanter Samory I dropped his début album Black Gold , and since then it has been a non-stop ride for the young artiste as he takes his sound to the market, both locally and internationally. Read More

Black Star Liner

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Sunday, June, 23 2019    

This week, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) celebrates 100 years since Marcus Garvey incorporated his ambitious Black Star Line Enterprise, a fleet of ships that would transport thousands of blacks to Africa. Read More

Sumfest goes eco-friendly

By Balford Henry Observer senior reporter | Friday, June, 21 2019    

Chairman of Recycling Partners of Jamaica Ltd (RPJ), Dr Damien King, is hailing its new venture with Reggae Sumfest as a “new beginning”. RPJ is Jamaica's designated national recycling entity. Read More

Tafina steps up to the mic

Friday, June, 21 2019    

Though only in her 20s, singer Tafina is not short on music industry experience. She was a music teacher and worked as backing vocalist for a number of dancehall/reggae acts. Read More



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