Music

The many layers of Laurell

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, December, 14 2018    

Clifton “Specialist” Dillon is known for nurturing breakout artistes. He helped put Shabba Ranks, Patra and Cobra on the Billboard charts in the 1990s and has also made Alborosie and OMI international figures. Read More

Ras Akkurate blasting airwaves

Friday, December, 14 2018    

US-based reggae artiste Ras Akkurate is hoping to increase his presence locally. Read More

XKhraig sings about Suzie

Friday, December, 14 2018    

Fusing his old-school style with his modern lyrics, Philadelphia-based recording artiste XKhraig tells it all in his new single Suzie. Read More

Tarrus to close Signature series

Thursday, December, 13 2018    

Tarrus Riley will bring the curtains down on the Appleton Estate Signature Nights 2018 at the newly opened Chillin' Serengeti at Hope Zoo in Kingston this evening. Read More

Rootz Fest this weekend

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, December, 13 2018    

LOVERS of roots-rock reggae music will be in for a great treat over the weekend as several of the gener's established acts are slated for the 2018 staging of the annual Rastafari Rootz Fest at Long Bay Park in Negril from Friday, December 14 to Sunday, December 16. Read More

Return of the chart-toppers

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Wednesday, December, 12 2018    

SIX of the 10 positions on this week's Billboard Reggae Albums Chart are former number ones. Five have improved their standing while the other has fallen down the table. Read More

Trojan soldiers on

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Wednesday, December, 12 2018    

The Jamaica Observer continues its reflection on the year in entertainment. This daily column looks on the achievers, trendsetters, those who died, and the controversies.  Read More

Jamming with Desmond Foster

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Wednesday, December, 12 2018    

Desmond Foster is old enough to remember when Jamaican parties were the rage in his native Harlesden. The uptempo songs that were played recalled the vibe of good times 'back a yaad'. Read More

It's Protoje's time

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, December, 12 2018    

PROTOJE says a Grammy nomination was the furthest thing from his mind for his album, A Matter of Time. In fact, the roots-revival artiste had lost faith in the annual awards show when his previous set, Ancient Future, was snubbed. Read More

Finger-licking Xmas songs

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Tuesday, December, 11 2018    

FOR the second consecutive year, KFC Jamaica has collaborated with King Yard Productions on a Yuletide music project. The KFC Christmas Album features nine songs from several top acts including Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo. Read More

Rest like a Champion

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor --- Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, December, 11 2018    

DESPITE numerous calls for live shows, impresario Tommy Cowan believes Buju Banton should not rush to start doing the rounds. Read More

A creole Christmas

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, December, 9 2018    

There is absolutely no shortage of creative talent in Jamaica. Read More

Ja takes fourth place at Miss World

Sunday, December, 9 2018    

For the second consecutive year Jamaica's representative to the Miss w orld pageant finished in the top five of the competition Read More

Family time for Buju

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, December, 9 2018    

One of Buju Banton's first wish on his return to the island Friday night was to spend quality time with his family, according to the Grammy award-winning deejay's producer, manager, mentor, and friend Donovan Germain. Read More

Etana leads the way for Tad's

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Saturday, December, 8 2018    

When Etana and music producer Tad Dawkins met in the summer of 2017, it was to discuss her recording a song for Old King Cole Riddim, a compilation album from his company, Tad's International Record. Their talks soon expanded. Read More



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