New energy for mento

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Tuesday, February, 12 2019    

IN the 1960s when most Jamaican teenagers were into ska and rocksteady, Ralph Lindsay tuned into mento, a sound many of his peers deemed “old people music”. As leader of the Energy Plus Mento Band, he remains a standard bearer for a fading piece of the country's... Read More

Prince Levy lauds single mothers

Tuesday, February, 12 2019    

Prince Levy is hoping that his latest project, praising single moms, can inspire men not to abscond from their jobs as fathers, role models, and caregivers.Released on January 25, Love You Mama is on the DJ Frass Records label. Read More

Gospel according to Nooks

BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer | Monday, February, 11 2019    

Although he has been doing music for more than four decades, George Nooks said the announcement that he will receive a Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Award came as a surprise. Read More

JaRIA wants MOU from Grange

Friday, February, 8 2019    

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) is calling for a Memorandum of Understanding with the Olivia “Babsy” Grange-led entertainment and culture ministry, as it relates to Reggae Month activities. Read More

Ambush in the night

By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer | Friday, February, 8 2019    

DESPITE constant announcements of missing items and theft, the jam session of Catch A Fire — Bob Marley's 74th birthday celebration, ignited the Bob Marley Museum at Hope Road Wednesday night. Read More

Protoje awaits his time

BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer | Friday, February, 8 2019    

ROOTS-REVIVAL singjay Protoje is among the contenders for the Grammy's Best Reggae Album. The event is scheduled for Sunday at the Staples Center in California. Read More

Shemana chants down Babylon

By Howard Campbell Observer writer | Friday, February, 8 2019    

Weaned on organic music, singer Shemana Dixon learned early to respect reggae's foundation. When she began making music 13 years ago as Shemana, she called on the teachings of trailblazing artistes and musicians. Read More

Khalia goes Latin

Friday, February, 8 2019    

Singer Khalia is currently in Latin America as an opening act for Italian singer Alborosie.The tour, which ends February 16, has dates in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Chile and Colombia.She explained how her slot on the tour came about. Read More

Black Uhuru's Grammy bound

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Friday, February, 8 2019    

Duckie Simpson will head to the Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, knowing that Black Uhuru are dark horses in a five-strong field. But the self-described four star general rates his chances of pulling off an upset with As The World Turns, which was released in... Read More

The Tennors aim for the Stars

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Friday, February, 8 2019    

A LOT has changed in Jamaica's music since The Tennors last performed here in October 1998. A new wave of outrageous dancehall acts have emerged, as well as a neo-roots-reggae movement. Read More

Forever Ready!

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, February, 8 2019    

When the nominations for Best Reggae Album in the 61st Grammy Awards were revealed last December, singer Etana slept through the announcement. It was a wake-up call that broke the news that she was among five nominees in that category. Read More

44/876 is Shaggy's number

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Friday, February, 8 2019    

Shaggy has been to the Grammy Awards before, but on Sunday he will attend in two capacities. In addition to a nomination for Best Reggae Album for 44/876 with Sting, he hosts the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony which also takes place Sunday at the Microsoft Theatre in Los... Read More

Price is right for Shellinz

Friday, February, 8 2019    

Dancehall artiste Shellinz has released the song Price Right , a track he hopes will give him well-needed exposure. It is the first release from his EP of the same name, scheduled for release in... Read More

RP N'trapraneur plots musical breakthrough

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, February, 8 2019    

In the mid-2000s, Rockcliffe Pinnock got involved in artiste management, a role which saw him bringing dancehall duo Monster Twins to the fore. He later moved into music production with Orizen Entertainment which released the Monster Rock and Wassy rhythms. Read More

Marley's message moves masses

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment | Thursday, February, 7 2019    

BOB Marley's global reach was on full display yesterday during his birthday celebration at the Kingston museum named in his honour.Locals and foreigners made the annual pilgrimage and rocked and revelled in the music and message of the late reggae king. Read More


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