J'can in New York

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April, 14 2019    

When Russian-born, American ballet choreographer George Balanchine co-founded the New York City Ballet over 70 years ago, little did he know that a dancer with strong Jamaican roots would rise among its ranks. Today, Christopher Grant is one of the up-and-coming male dancers with the... Read More

Blu Lyon

Saturday, April, 13 2019    

Super Blue's Bastard Son is title of the debut album by American-Trinidadian dancehall rapper Blu Lyon. The 12-track project is slated for release on his Titan Music imprint in June. Read More

Brissett's long walk to Buju

Saturday, April, 13 2019    

CAROL Brissett met Buju Banton at his Carlyle Avenue studio in Kingston recently. She was one of six Digicel customers who won a VIP experience to the deejay's Long Walk to Freedom concert held at National Stadium in St Andrew last month. Read More

Jada to lead Sweet Escape

Saturday, April, 13 2019    

Jada Kingdom is expected to add flavour to the third staging of Sweet Escape Breakfast Party. The event is set to unfold on Easter Sunday, April 21 at the Chill Spot in Golden Grove, St Ann. Read More

Normal Day

Saturday, April, 13 2019    

Coming off an encouraging 2018 with songs like Miss Rich, singjay Kahsion continues his hunt for the breakthrough song with Normal Day , which celebrates the dancehall lifestyle. Read More

Females catered to at Nude

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Saturday, April, 13 2019    

From Cyndi Lauper's 1984 smash hit Girls Just Wanna Have Fun to Captain Barkey's Go Go Wine (1996), songs dedicated to female patrons dominated the playlists of selectors rostered at last Sunday's staging of Nude. Read More

Think global, says Popcaan

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, April, 13 2019    

Popcaan is urging players in the entertainment fraternity to make more globally appealing music. His call came via social media yesterday. Read More

No exemption request received from promoter of Buju show in Grenada

Saturday, April, 13 2019    

ST GEORGE 'S, Grenada (CMC) — Immigration and labour officials in Grenada say the promoters of a show featuring the Jamaican singer, Buju Banton, have not yet made any request for an exemption allowing him to enter the island for a May 11 show there. Read More

The king in Wayne Wonder

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Friday, April, 12 2019    

In 1992, Wayne Wonder was a dancehall star on the rise and searching for another hit song. He wanted to cover I Don't Know Why , a classic rocksteady track by Delroy Wilson, one of his heroes. Read More

Sabrina watches patiently

By Kediesha Perry Observer writer | Friday, April, 12 2019    

 Sabrina Thomas, one of the lead actors in As He Watches, said her Actor Boy Awards nomination serves as a major motivation for her. Read More

Bunny Wailer marks milestone

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Friday, April, 12 2019    

Reggae legend Bunny Wailer celebrated his 72nd birthday on April 10 at his Kingston home, with family and close friends. Read More

Bacchanal goes dancehall

By Kediesha Perry Observer writer | Friday, April, 12 2019    

The indigenous sounds of Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica will share the spotlight at tonight's Bacchanal and Dancehall scheduled for Mas Camp in St Andrew.Now in its third staging, the event is host by veteran soca camp Bacchanal Jamaica. Read More

Buju unable to enter TT legally

Friday, April, 12 2019    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr. 11, CMC – National Security Minister Stuart Young says he is prepared to give Buju Banton an exemption to enter the twin island republic as the entertainer's criminal record does not give him legal access to the country. Read More

Spin check — Ricky Fresh

WITH KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, April, 12 2019    

This is the fourth in a 10-part series highlighting emerging and established sound system selectors. Today, the spotlight is on Manchester-based Jemmell “Ricky Fresh” Boswell, who has been playing music professionally for the past 10 years. He has done stints on sound systems... Read More

Fyah 1Bad keeps it real

Friday, April, 12 2019    

With songs like USD and Wicked and Ting making noise in the underground, deejay Fyah 1Bad hopes to save the integrity of dancehall music. The Angels, Spanish Town-based artiste is concerned that most... Read More


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