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Sax appeal

By Kediesha Perry Observer writer | Tuesday, May, 12 2020    

Although the novel coronavirus has many feeling disheartened, saxophonist Mickhail Treasure continues to sound a positive note. Like most creatives, he has opted to share his craft via social media. Read More

Rapper Nick Blixky fatally shot in NYC; no suspect arrested

Tuesday, May, 12 2020    

NEW YORK (AP) — Up-and-coming rapper Nick Blixky was shot and killed in New York City, police said yesterday. Read More

Harrell’s Jamaican connection

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Tuesday, May, 12 2020    

UPTOWN Records, the company founded by American impresario Andre Harrell, helped build the careers of several rhythm & blues and rap artistes including Mary J Blige, Guy, Jodeci, Al B Sure, Soul For Real, Christopher Williams, the Notorious BIG and Father MC. Jamaican-born rapper... Read More

Hong Kong-based artiste helps communities

Monday, May, 11 2020    

Hong Kong-based Jamaican dancehall artiste Twee Geddo recently teamed up with a local radio station to provide groceries for needy families under lockdown in Portmore, St Catherine. Read More

Another one... Betty Wright passes

Monday, May, 11 2020    

For a generation of Jamaicans who savoured American soul music during the 1970s and 1980s, Betty Wright's songs kept many a dance floor busy.The singer died from cancer yesterday in her native Miami, Florida, at age 66. Read More

The day Bob Marley died

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver | Monday, May, 11 2020    

On Monday, May 11, 1981 the sitting prime minister in Jamaica was Edward Seaga. His Jamaica Labour Party had swept to power seven months earlier following a landslide victory at the polls. The Leader of the Opposition was Michael Manley. The United States president was... Read More

Bobby Caldwell — Marley connection

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Monday, May, 11 2020    

To diehard, blue-eyed soul fans, songs don't get better than Bobby Caldwell's What You Won't Do For Love. The much covered/sampled track was released in 1978, three years before Bob Marley died. Read More

Man to plead guilty to romance con of black-ish star

Monday, May, 11 2020    

LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — A man accused of romancing black-ish star Jenifer Lewis and three other women to con them out of money for his phony businesses agreed Friday to plead guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud, prosecutors... Read More

Jay-Z's Team Roc calls for fast action in Ahmaud Arbery case

Monday, May, 11 2020    

ATLANTA, USA(AP) — The social justice arm of Jay-Z's Roc Nation entertainment company has called on Georgia officials to take quick action in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say was killed by two white men as he ran through a Georgia... Read More

Isaiah takes Actor Boy Awards

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, May, 11 2020    

Shouts of Isaiah rang out across the live stream of the 2020 Actor Boy Awards which was staged virtually for the first time on Saturday night. The musical, which was produced by Father Richard Ho Lung and Friends as the yearly production to raise funds for the Missionaries of the Poor... Read More

Sharing the culture of Trench Town

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, May, 10 2020    

A long-time resident of Trench Town, Donnette Dowe has seen the trials of urban life up-close and personal. Like many inner-city Jamaican communities, crime, teen pregnancy and poverty are rife. Read More

Remembering a legend

Sunday, May, 10 2020    

REACTION poured in following the death of rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard, who died yesterday at age 87. Read More

Andre Harrell, music exec who discovered Diddy, dies at 59

Sunday, May, 10 2020    

NEW YORK (AP) — Andre Harrell, the Uptown Records founder who shaped the sound of hip hop and R&B in the late 80s and 90s with acts such as Mary J Blige and Heavy D, and who also launched the career of mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, has died. He was... Read More

A mother's tale

BY Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Sunday, May, 10 2020    

THE dancehall has been a source of income for people from some of Jamaica's toughest communities for decades. Many women who rely on weekly dances for their bread and butter have been in limbo since the sector shut down in March due to COVID-19. Read More

Buju Banton calls new single with John Legend 'special'

Saturday, May, 9 2020    

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's been over a decade since reggae king Buju Banton and R&B star John Legend collaborated on a song, and the Grammy winners have reunited for a new track. Read More



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