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EDUCATORS AND ENTERTAINERS USED CONCERT TO TEACH STUDENTS THE CULTURE OF JAMAICA!

EDUCATORS AND ENTERTAINERS USED CONCERT TO TEACH STUDENTS THE CULTURE OF JAMAICA!

By Stephanie Lyew— Stephanie Lyew Students of Sts Peter and Paul Preparatory do a skit to show unity of between Norman Manley and Alexander Bustamante and their political parties.— Saints Peter and Paul Preparatory School recently hosted a compelling Heritage Day celebration. The event, under the theme ‘Embracing Our National Heroes and Heroine in Concert’, featured performances from the student body, the teaching and administrative staff, as well as guest performances by local entertainers. Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis, in spite of his … Read entire article »

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TAD’S RECORDS RELEASES THE 4th INSTALLMENT OF ITS SUCCESSFUL COMPILATION “REGGAE JAMMIN”!

TAD’S RECORDS RELEASES THE 4th INSTALLMENT OF ITS SUCCESSFUL COMPILATION “REGGAE JAMMIN”!

 Top: Etana Bottom: Mavado— The fourth edition of Tad’s International Record’s Reggae Jammin ‘ compilation album was released on October 13. It contains songs by a number of dancehall heavyweights including Mavado, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure and Aidonia. Mavado’s song is Fresh Cash, while Riley’s contribution is Just The Way You Are. Pressure We Hard is the name of Jah Cure’s song, with the catchy Yeah Yeahcoming from Aidonia. Also represented on … Read entire article »

SISTER NANCY HEADS TO AUSTRALIA IN NOVEMBER FOR TWO SHOWS!

SISTER NANCY HEADS TO AUSTRALIA IN NOVEMBER FOR TWO SHOWS!

Sister Nancy is one of dancehall’s success stories of the last five years. The trailblazing deejay has enjoyed a renaissance due to renewed interest in her song Bam Bam, done over 30 years ago for producer Winston Riley. Nancy has been busy doing shows in the United States, Europe and Israel. In November, she heads to Australia for two shows. The first … Read entire article »

SINGER RICHIE STEPHENS ENCOURAGES FELLOW ARTISTS TO PROTECT THEIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY!

SINGER RICHIE STEPHENS ENCOURAGES FELLOW ARTISTS TO PROTECT THEIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY!

By Simone Morgan-Lindo Observer staff reporter—   Reggae singer Richie Stephens, who recently picked up two honors for Song of the Year and Top Digital Song at the ASCAP music awards in London, England, is calling on his fellow artists to protect their intellectual property. Speaking with the Jamaica Observer from Europe, where he is currently on tour with his Ska Nation Band, Stephens said it is … Read entire article »

VETERAN SINGER/SONGWRITER ANNETTE BRISSETT IS STILL IN CONTROL!

VETERAN SINGER/SONGWRITER ANNETTE BRISSETT IS STILL IN CONTROL!

By Howard Campbell—  Annette Brissett — ONE of reggae’s best-kept secrets, Annette Brissett has paid her dues in a music business that has evolved considerably since she started as a drummer over 35 years ago. In that time she has recorded six albums and a number of singles. She has never been afraid to try different things. Brissette’s latest song, Lose Control, is part of … Read entire article »

EDUCATION ABOUT THE EFFECT OF POWERFUL MUSIC LYRICS, IS LACKING IN JAMAICA SAYS YOUTH EMPOWERMENT CO-FOUNDER!

EDUCATION ABOUT THE EFFECT OF POWERFUL MUSIC LYRICS, IS LACKING IN JAMAICA SAYS YOUTH EMPOWERMENT CO-FOUNDER!

Ahead of the Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) week and the Intercultural Dialogue Conference, co-founder of Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture, Arts and Nationalism, Abrahim Simmonds, spoke about a gap in perceiving Jamaica’s popular music at the recent Gleaner Editor’s Forum, “Education about powerful lyrics as an instrument of documenting what occurs in society, is where we are lacking” … Read entire article »

CHUCK FENDA CRIES AFTER RECONNECTING WITH HIS BIOLOGICAL MOM HE YET TO MEET!

CHUCK FENDA CRIES AFTER RECONNECTING WITH HIS BIOLOGICAL MOM HE YET TO MEET!

By Stephanie Lyew—   Forty-five years after his birth, reggae artist Chuck Fenda is finally getting the chance to meet his mother. Chuck Fenda, born Leshorn Whitehead, was flown to Jamaica from New York at six weeks old by someone unknown to him, and never had any real connection with the woman who gave birth to him. The entertainer said that about one month … Read entire article »

REGGAE SINGER GINJAH, SUFFERS SPINAL INJURY IN LAS VEGAS CRASH!

REGGAE SINGER GINJAH, SUFFERS SPINAL INJURY IN LAS VEGAS CRASH!

By K’Shema Francis—- Roots reggae singer Ginjah, is revealing he suffered a spinal injury following a motor accident in Las Vegas on Thursday. In a Music News exclusive, the “Never Lost My Way” singer explains that following a number of tests, doctors say he suffered a cervical strain in his neck and a slight shift of his spine. Ginjah relives the horrific … Read entire article »

WHY THE GRAMMYS RETURNED TO NEW YORK CITY AFTER 15 YEARS!

WHY THE GRAMMYS RETURNED TO NEW YORK CITY AFTER 15 YEARS!

By Melinda Newman , Dan Rys— Ben Hider/Getty Images Madison Square Garden— “It really shows New York’s primacy as music capital of the world,” says Julie Menin of the Grammys’ move from Los Angeles’ Staples Center to Madison Square Garden for the first time since 2003. Menin, the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, worked with labor groups, local organizations and MSG for … Read entire article »

“THE JAMAICA AIDS SUPPORT FOR LIFE” WANTS SWIFT PROVISIONS TO ALLOW TREATMENT OF MINORS WITH SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES!

“THE JAMAICA AIDS SUPPORT FOR LIFE” WANTS SWIFT PROVISIONS TO ALLOW TREATMENT OF MINORS WITH SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES!

By Syranno Baines—   With children as young as 11 years old presenting symptoms of sexually transmitted infections at their clinics every month, Jamaica Aids Support for Life (JASL) is cautioning that the HIV/STI epidemic will become more widespread if the law continues to prohibit the treatment of minors under 16 without parental permission. Section 6 of the Child Care and Protection Act (CCPA) … Read entire article »