Music

Toots and The Maytals: Staying power

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Monday, July, 23 2018    

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

Skillis soaking up the island vibe

Monday, July, 23 2018    

Skillis believes that international acts make the pilgrimage to Jamaica because it is a Mecca for music and entertainment. The US-based singjay was one of the several thousands of people attending Reggae Sumfest, which concluded on the... Read More

Sumfest ends on high note

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reprter johnsonr@ jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July, 23 2018    

If Friday night of Reggae Sumfest belonged to the young turks, then on Saturday night the veterans made sure they were not out of the running for top honours. Read More

Sumfest's Dancehall Night was sizzling

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July, 22 2018    

FOR the first time in Reggae Sumfest's history two rising acts were given pride of place alongside an established one to close Dancehall Night of the festival. Read More

Hall of Famers express gratitude

Sunday, July, 22 2018    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Veteran reggae singer Bob Andy, music mogul Chris Blackwell and Copeland Forbes were inducted in the inaugural Reggae Sumfest Music Hall of Fame at the Sumfest Inspire Awards held at the Iberostar Hotel in Rose Hall, St James, on... Read More

Shakka strums on dub, reggae

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Sunday, July, 22 2018    

Growing up in Notting Hill, London, British rhythm and blues singer Shakka was influenced by Caribbean music. His father, a reggae musician, plays guitar and introduced him to music. Read More

Tappin, Hague on UWI's jazz farewell

By Basil Walters Observer writer | Sunday, July, 22 2018    

BAJAN saxophonist Arturo Tappin is expected to bring the curtain down on the wTthe UWI's 70th anniversary dubbed 'Chancellor's Jazz Farewell' on Sunday, July 29 at the UWI, Mona's Oriental Gardens. Read More

Alaine takes leap of faith

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor – Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July, 22 2018    

 ALAINE is walking the straight and narrow. The singer took the leap of faith and was baptised by gospel singjay and ordained Minister Ryan Mark at Hellshire Beach in St Catherine yesterday morning. Read More

Mighty Crown takes sound clash

Saturday, July, 21 2018    

Japan-based Mighty Crown sound system won the Sumfest Irish and Chin World Clash held at Pier One in Montego Bay on Thursday night.The sound system made light work of Ricky Trooper, Tony Matterhorn, and Pink Panther. Read More

Young producer making WAV

Saturday, July, 21 2018    

FOUR men have been indicted on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges in the shooting death of emerging rap star XXXTentacion. Read More

Skimpii, big on vibes

Saturday, July, 21 2018    

Despite not receiving the turnout promoters had anticipated, last weekend's staging of Skimpii short shorts bikini beach party was entertaining. Read More

Hood Celebrityy to spice up jerk fest

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Friday, July, 20 2018    

The past year has been a whirlwind for Hood Celebrityy, who has moved from unknown rapper to having a hit song and signing with a major record label. Read More

Shaytana set to make debut

Friday, July, 20 2018    

LAST December, reggae-artiste Jah Vibes released the various artiste compilation titled The Revival via Zojak World Wide. Now his daughter, singer Shaytana, is about to follow in his footsteps. Read More

Sumfest in high gear

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, July, 20 2018    

DownSound Entertainment, organisers of Reggae Sumfest, is predicting another great year for the annual show which gets into full swing today with the first of two live nights. Read More

AFTER 12: Chin Ravas goes Full Black

Friday, July, 20 2018    

Popular party venue Silver Sky Plaza in downtown Kingston was where Chin Ravas staged her birthday party which she dubbed 'Full Black'. Naturally, patrons observed the theme, as you can see from KARL MCLARTY's photo report. Read More



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