Derrick Harriott: a lifetime of music

By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer | Friday, February, 22 2019    

Many persons have dedicated their lives to the development of Jamaican music, but their invaluable contribution is often forgotten. Singer/producer Derrick Harriott, whose musical career goes back to the 1950s, is one stalwart who remains visible. Read More

Back to the roots with DJ Marshmello

Friday, February, 22 2019    

AN unapologetic vinyl connoisseur, Marshae-Dojn McAnuff, better known as sound system selector DJ Marshmello, never tires of getting behind the turntables. Whether they are classic songs from the 1970s, underground favourites or contemporary jams, she has a diverse appreciation for... Read More

Derrick Pitter debuts with Reggae

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, February, 22 2019    

After almost 40 years recording professionally, singer Derrick Pitter will release his first album. Titled Reggae , it comprises 12 songs and is scheduled to be out by summer. Read More

Return of the outlaw

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Friday, February, 22 2019    

AS an aspiring deejay in Askenish district, Hanover, Terry Ganzie remembers listening to artistes “who mek sense. People like Wailers, Barry Brown, Gregory Isaacs an' Super Cat.” He believes the music he has made since his first song in 1989, follows... Read More

A joyful noise at Reggae Gospel Concert

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Thursday, February, 21 2019    

Despite George Nooks' no-show at last Saturday's Reggae Gospel Concert at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, the large crowd was thoroughly entertained.The free event was part of Reggae Month activities. Read More

Junior ready to Rumble

Thursday, February, 21 2019    

ON-the-rise gospel singer Junior Rumble is upbeat ahead of the launch of his debut set, Royalty, A Child of the King, at the Freedom Evangelical Association in Portmore, St Catherine, next Friday. Read More

Who run things?

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, February, 21 2019    

The US$300-million lawsuit brought by Jamaican deejay Flourgon against American singer Miley Cyrus over alleged copyright infringements, has been given a possible lifeline. The defence had requested that the matter be dismissed. Read More

Grammy bump for 44/876

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Wednesday, February, 20 2019    

Following its Best Reggae Album win at the 61st Grammy Awards, 44/876 by Sting and Shaggy has experienced a sales increase. The album sold 208 copies one week after the February 10 Grammys, a significant number compared to the 78 copies it registered the previous... Read More

Merritone dreams of Cuba

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Wednesday, February, 20 2019    

Though he died three years ago, Winston Blake's spirit will sail with his Merritone sound system on its Fort Lauderdale to Havana Dream Cruise from February 26 to March 1. Read More

More power to DJ Talia

By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer | Wednesday, February, 20 2019    

With over 18 years' experience as a disc jockey and sound system selector, DJ Talia Powers has paid her dues on the Jamaican music circuit. She shows her skills Friday at the Iration Vinyl Series Female Selectors Edition, at 22 Oceanview Avenue in East... Read More

Fred Locks sails again

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Wednesday, February, 20 2019    

When Fred Locks recorded Black Starliner in 1975, Jamaica was caught up in a wave of black consciousness and it seemed only natural that he record a song addressing repatriation to Africa. On his new EP, Rich... Read More

Love in the air at ‘Red Rose’

By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer | Tuesday, February, 19 2019    

Patrons came out in their numbers last Sunday at Liguanea Club in New Kingston for Red Rose For Gregory. They enjoyed a star-studded line-up of performances. Read More

Hottarock looks

Tuesday, February, 19 2019    

AN EP by deejay Hottarock is the first major dancehall project from Lightening Entertainment, an American promotions company owned by sisters Jinev and Natasha Anac. Hottest Rock From Jamaica is the name of the mini set which is expected to be released... Read More

Beat Street festival hails pioneers

By Basil Walters Observer writer | Sunday, February, 17 2019    

Three legends of Jamaican music, who operated businesses on Orange and Charles streets in Kingston, will be honoured February 24 during the Meet Us on Beat Street festival. Read More

OMI salutes the police

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, February, 15 2019    

OMI has released a new song and video titled To Serve and Protect. It pays tribute to the Jamaica Constabulary Force and was written before he started his recording career. Read More


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