Big bucks for 'Festival'

Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

Contestants in this year's Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Song Competition, will compete for $10 million in cash prizes and awards. This was disclosed to the Jamaica Observer by Olivia “Babsy” Grange, minister of culture, gender,... Read More

Life's a joy in The Rabbit Hole

BY SADE GARDNER Observer writer | Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

Phylea Carley is living her dream as a singer at Sandals Ochi's The Rabbit Hole in St Ann. She has been main attraction at the venue since its launch in April 2015 and credits the gig for broadening her career. Read More

Etana goes vinyl route

Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

Etana will have the Florida launch of her Reggae Forever album on Sunday, four months after the 14-song set was officially released by Tad's International Records. Read More

The Real Geel

BY SADE GARDNER Observer writer gardners@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

WITH no major record label behind him, singer Indie Allen continues to attract the attention of overseas promoters and producers. He is one of the acts slated to perform at the two-day Reggae Geel Festival in Belgium next month. Read More

After 12: Mystic Mondays

Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

And so it was that Slippaz Boss called the party faithful to 80 Constant Spring Road on July 2 for the staging of Mystic Mondays where Cut Eye Movements had jugglin' duties, giving OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY lots of opportunities. Read More

Hair today, gone tomorrow

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, July, 3 2018    

 Wayne's transformationSINGER Wayne Marshall is the latest artiste to cut his dreadlocks. Marshall, 38, took to Instagram last Friday to announce his transformation. Read More

Junior Byles makes Billboard debut

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Tuesday, July, 3 2018    

For the first time in his more than 50-year career, singer Junior Byles has entered a Billboard chart. The reissue of his 1986 album, Rasta No Pickpocket , debuts at number 17 with first-week sales... Read More

A night with the masters

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, July, 3 2018    

 With over 160 years of combined life experiences, it was no surprise that Sunday's performance by renowned pianist Monty Alexander and guitarist Ernie Ranglin was a lesson in mastery. Read More

Wayne Marshall shears locks

Monday, July, 2 2018    

Over the past eight weeks entertainer Wayne Marshall has been hitting the headlines. Read More

Ashly Thomas is Miss Universe Ja NE

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Monday, July, 2 2018    

Ashly Thomas, entertainment coordinator at Beaches Boscobel, is the new Miss Universe Jamaica North East.The 23-year-old, who wore the sash Miss Exquisite Wicker, won from a field of 12 finalists. Read More

Ja Youth Chorale hosts concert on Thursday

By Sade Gardner Observer writer gardners@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July, 2 2018    

As part of its mission to raise funds for the World Choir Games in Tshwane, South Africa, the Jamaica Youth Chorale will on Thursday stage 'Journey: The Encore Edition', at The University of the West Indies' Mona Chapel. Read More

Bob Marley joins rights line-up

Monday, July, 2 2018    

BOB Marley is among the latest acts added to Sony/ATV's neighbouring rights (NR) division, according to Billboard magazine. Read More

Bottles greet Game Changaz's win

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July, 2 2018    

BOTTLES were hurled at the stage after Bounty Killer's announcement that Game Changaz had won the 2018 Guinness Sounds of Greatness sound clash at Red Stripe Oval on Spanish Town Road last Friday. Read More

Value your culture

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July, 1 2018    

For Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus, the Caribbean region is a rich, diverse cultural space replete with traditions and experiences which rival the rest of the world and provide the ultimate fodder for creative expression. Read More

Big abroad, small a yard

BY SADE GARDNER Observer writer gardners@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July, 1 2018    

This month, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission will crown the 51st Jamaica Festival Song Competition winner. The Jamaica Observer kicks off a 10-part series on the long-running contest with a story on many-time winner Eric... Read More


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