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TONY REBEL REMEMBERS HIS FRIEND GARNET SILK!

November 21, 2014
TONY REBEL REMEMBERS HIS FRIEND GARNET SILK!

By Howard Campbell—   Tony Rebel and Garnet Silk— THE Jamaican dancehall was mired in lewd and violent lyrics throughout the 1980s. That carried over into the 1990s until a group of Rastafarian artists from south-central parishes brought their message of consciousness to a music that had lost its way. Heading the group was dub...
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ROOTS-PLAY ACTOR CLEVE “CHU CHU” WARREN, DIES AT 46!

November 21, 2014
ROOTS-PLAY ACTOR CLEVE “CHU CHU” WARREN, DIES AT 46!

Cleve ‘Chu Chu’ Warren (centre) during a performance with fellow actors Juliet Shank and Maxwell Grant—   By Diandra Grandison— Veteran roots play actor Cleve ‘Chu Chu’ Warren is dead. The 46-year-old actor died late evening while undergoing treatment for an undetermined illness at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital. Warren’s colleague and co-worker of 19 years...
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OMARI BANKS RELEASES NEW SINGLE FEATURING PETER “PEETAH” MORGAN!

November 20, 2014
OMARI BANKS RELEASES NEW SINGLE FEATURING PETER “PEETAH” MORGAN!

Omari Banks— By many accounts, both music lovers and insiders have deemed this past year as the resurgence and revitalisation of reggae music. Thus it only seems appropriate that reggae star Omari Banks ends the year by delivering a timeless classic sound featuring Peetah Morgan of Morgan Heritage. Produced by Banks himself, No Point To Prove features Peetah Morgan and is...
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TONY REBEL IS PROMISING “A WONDERFUL SHOW” FOR REBEL SALUTE 2015, JANUARY 16-17!

November 20, 2014
TONY REBEL IS PROMISING “A WONDERFUL SHOW” FOR REBEL SALUTE 2015, JANUARY 16-17!

Tony Rebel— With plans for the 2015 staging of Rebel Salute in high gear, promoter Tony Rebel says he has a wonderful show in store for his loyal patrons. When the show is held on January 16 and 17 at Plantation Cove, St Ann, Tony Rebel says patrons will be in for a treat. “They can expect a...
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JAMES “BIM BIM” McKENZIE, 74, CLOSE ALLY TO CLEMENT DODD OF STUDIO ONE FAME, IS LAID TO REST!

November 20, 2014
JAMES “BIM BIM” McKENZIE, 74, CLOSE ALLY TO CLEMENT DODD OF STUDIO ONE FAME, IS LAID TO REST!

 James ‘Bim Bim’ McKenzie— JAMES ‘Bim Bim’ McKenzie, a close associate of producer Clement Dodd during the 1960s and early 1970s, died on October 20 at the Kingston Public Hospital at age 74. The St Mary-born McKenzie was also known as Alan Scott. The thanksgiving service for his life took place last Saturday at...
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LADY SAW RELEASES NEW ALBUM “ALTER EGO!”

November 20, 2014
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   Lady Saw— NEVER one for the conventional, Lady Saw enters new territory with her latest album, Alter Ego, which was released Tuesday by her Hall’s Productions through a distribution deal with VP Records subsidiary VPAL Music. Though Hall’s Productions has released songs by Spragga Benz, Beenie Man, Assassin, Sizzla and Ce’Cile, Alter Ego...
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NEW KINGSTON BAND SIGNS TO EASY STAR RECORDS AND TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “KINGSTON CITY” JANUARY 27!

November 20, 2014
NEW KINGSTON BAND SIGNS TO EASY STAR RECORDS AND TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “KINGSTON CITY” JANUARY 27!

    New Kingston, a fast-rising, New York City-based reggae band, is preparing to release its third full-length album, KINGSTON CITY, on indie reggae powerhouse label Easy Star Records. The record, which will come out January 27, 2015, includes 12 songs and guest appearances by members of Tribal Seeds, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kimie Miner,Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls,...
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MOTOWN SINGER JIMMY RUFFIN DIES AT 78!

November 19, 2014
MOTOWN SINGER JIMMY RUFFIN DIES AT 78!

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Hold on to My Love,” died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer’s children, confirmed Wednesday that Ruffin had died. There were no details...
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CHRISTIAN ARTIST CHARDAVID (FORMERLY ILLEY DREAD) JOINS JUDY MOWATT AND LT. STITCHIE ON CANADIAN TOUR!

November 19, 2014
CHRISTIAN ARTIST CHARDAVID (FORMERLY ILLEY DREAD) JOINS JUDY MOWATT AND LT. STITCHIE ON CANADIAN TOUR!

Colin Levy, aka ‘Iley Dread’.— Conscious Rastafarian singer Chardavid, aka ‘Iley Dread’, is eagerly anticipating his upcoming tour of Canada which will see him breaking new and exciting ground, as the baptised singer teams up with internationally acclaimed gospel favourites Stitchie and Judy Mowatt. The tour, which kicks off on New Year’s Eve in Toronto, Canada,...
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GARNET SILK’S LAST PERFORMANCE!

November 19, 2014
GARNET SILK’S LAST PERFORMANCE!

 By Howard Campbell— Garnet Silk (right) and Richie Stephens performing at the Mirage nightclub in St Andrew in December 1994. Silk died three days later. (Photo: Observer file) Today, the Jamaica Observer begins its daily 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. Next month marks...
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