Music

Nicki pulls on J'can talent

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Monday, August, 13 2018    

Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj has some Jamaican influence on her latest album Queen, which was released on Friday by Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records. Read More

Manhattans for Love and Harmony Cruise 2019

Sunday, August, 12 2018    

Changes are coming for the third annual voyage of the Love and Harmony Cruise which is set for April 13-18 next year. Read More

Yvad to begin tour of duty

Thursday, August, 9 2018    

Roots singer Yvad is scheduled to start his 13-date Herbs and Music Tour of the United States West Coast on August 16 to promote Riverton , his EP that was released in December. Read More

'Carrot' Jarrett gets musical send-off

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, August, 9 2018    

Singers and players of instruments turned out in their numbers at the Webster Memorial United Church in St Andrew on Wednesday to pay tribute to the life of Irvin “Carrot” Jarrett, former percussionist with reggae band Third World. Read More

Vijahn on a musical high

Wednesday, August, 8 2018    

After a captivating performance at Reggae Sumfest in July, reggae singer Vijahn said he has been receiving a lot of buzz in overseas market. Read More

Deacon-Jones wins gospel song contest

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainement bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, August, 7 2018    

PUTTING her story to music paid dividends for Daynea Deacon-Jones, who was crowned 2018 Jamaica Gospel Song winner at the National Arena in St Andrew on Sunday night.Her entry was titled Worshipper's Heart. Read More

Santigold shines on Billboard chart

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Tuesday, August, 7 2018    

Since the late 2000s, Santigold has been experimenting with dancehall and reggae. She has done tracks with Dre Skull (known for his work with Popcaan and Vybz Kartel) as well as Diplo of Major Lazer. Read More

Harry's Day O

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, August, 7 2018    

HARRY Belafonte heads the list of persons who are set to receive national honours and awards on Heroes' Day October 15. The actor, singer human rights activist, and philanthropist will be inducted into the Order of Merit, Jamaica's third highest award for his outstanding contribution in... Read More

Nazzle Man aims to be among classics

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August, 6 2018    

This is the final of a 10-part series on the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Jamaica Festival Song Competition which started in 1966.  Read More

Richie, Cole get Gala honour

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August, 6 2018    

PIONEER ska singer Stranger Cole and Richie Stephens will be recognised at the Jamaica 56 Grand Gala scheduled for the National Stadium in St Andrew this evening. Read More

Romain on the road

Sunday, August, 5 2018    

Reggae Geel is one of the oldest reggae festivals in Europe. Held in Belgium, the festival has over the years brought some of reggae's biggest names to the stage in the Belgian province of Antwerp. Among the acts who were set to take to the stage on August 3 and 4 was... Read More

Carrot Jarret's funeral set for Wednesday

Sunday, August, 5 2018    

The funeral service for former Third World percussionist Irvin “Carrot” Jarrett will be held this Wednesday, August 8, at the Webster Memorial Church, 53 Half-Way-Tree Road in St Andrew, starting at 2:00 pm. Read More

Chancellor's Week ends on high note

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserer.com | Thursday, August, 2 2018    

IT was a fitting end to Chancellor's Week at the University of the West Indies, Mona. After a week of events and activities, on Sunday Barbadian saxman Arturo Tappin not only closed the curtains, but blew the house down. Read More

Neville Lee is dead

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserer.com | Thursday, August, 2 2018    

Yet another stalwart in the local music industry has transitioned. This time it's renowned producer, manufacturer and distributor Neville Lee, who died at the Medical Associates Hospital in St Andrew on Tuesday after a battle with leukaemia and diabetes. He was 80 years... Read More

Montano goes back to roots

By Rory Daley Observer reporter | Thursday, August, 2 2018    

SOCA star Machel Montano gave an energetic performance much to the delight of patrons who came out in their numbers to Pelican All White Breakfast Party at the Oriental Gardens on the grounds of The University of the West Indies' (UWI) Mona campus, St Andrew, last... Read More



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