IRAWMA boost

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, April, 25 2019    

INTERNATIONAL Reggae and World Music Awards' (IRAWMA) return to Jamaica has resulted in a renewed excitement in the annual event, set to unfold at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew on May 11. Read More

Santigold shines on Billboard

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Wednesday, April, 24 2019    

A record seven new entries storm the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart this week, thanks to a sales rush from World Record Store Day on April 13. Read More

Birth of an anthem

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Wednesday, April, 24 2019    

 The Jamaica Observer continues its 'Reggae 50' feature on people, organisations, and events that have made an impact on reggae over the past 50 years.  Read More

Wonderful Sounds from Tony Anthony

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Tuesday, April, 23 2019    

Originally recorded by Tom Jones in 1969, That Wonderful Sound has always been popular in Jamaica. The oft-covered song's latest reggae remake comes courtesy of singer Tony Anthony. Read More

Buju mends fences

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, April, 23 2019    

REGGAE singer Buju Banton is back in Jamaica following the third leg of his Long Walk to Freedom tour in Trinidad's capital, Port of Spain, on Sunday. Read More

Oshane Mais reigns on new track

By Kediesha Perry Observer writer | Sunday, April, 21 2019    

IN a country where dancehall and reggae are embraced, up-and-coming gospel singer Oshane Mais is hopeful that his sound will have the same impact. Read More

Score to settle

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Thursday, April, 18 2019    

A New York promoter will crown Beenie Man or Vybz Kartel King of The Dancehall following The Settlement, a two-part dance scheduled for New York in May and June. Both will feature sound system selectors playing songs of both deejays throughout the events. Read More

Chimney Records drops Fresh Paint

Thursday, April, 18 2019    

Last month, Chimney Records scored a rare feat on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with two compilations. Read More

Shabba Ranks…the Emperor

By Fitzroy Francis Observer writer | Thursday, April, 18 2019    

Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon (aka Shabba Ranks) deserves his title, The Emperor, due to his groundbreaking achievements. In 1991, he signed a recording deal with Epic Records which helped him attain international stardom and become the first dancehall artiste to win... Read More

Prince Pin holds class

Thursday, April, 18 2019    

New York-based dancehall deejay Prince Pin is enthusiastic about the favourable response to his singles, Time a Di Masta and Whining Class . Read More

Jah Lex gears up for Stronger

Thursday, April, 18 2019    

Canada-based dancehall artiste Jah Lex is gearing up for the release of his sophomore album Stronger, scheduled for release later this year. It has collaborations with Lutan Fyah, Mikey General, Sugar Roy and Conrad Crystal. Read More

Hot Frass blazes with Polo

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Thursday, April, 18 2019    

 St Thomas has produced entertainers including Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Bush Man, and hot newcomer Chronic Law. Next out of the blocks is Hot Frass from the district of Hampton Court. Read More

Amèlle takes off with with Runaway remix

Thursday, April, 18 2019    

Canadian-Lebanese singer Amèlle is currently in the island ramping up promotions behind her latest single Runaway (the remix), featuring Beenie Man. Read More

Uncajed Melodies hit right notes

BY AALIYAH CUNNINGHAM Observer writer | Wednesday, April, 17 2019    

 SOOTHING sounds filled the air at the fifth staging of Uncajed Melodies held at the Philip Sherlock Centre on The University of the West Indies' (UWI) Mona campus in St Andrew on Sunday evening. Read More

Spin Check — Russ Buss of Coppershot

WITH KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Wednesday, April, 17 2019    

This is the fifth in a 10-part series highlighting sound system selectors. Today, the spotlight is on Russell “Russ Buss” Gordon, a member of Coppershot Disco. He finished second in the 2017 SunCity High School DJ Competition.  Read More


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