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THE JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH AN “ENTERTAINMENT INSURANCE PLAN” TO ASSIST ARTISTS!

THE JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH AN “ENTERTAINMENT INSURANCE PLAN”  TO ASSIST ARTISTS!

  The Government of Jamaica is looking to establish an Entertainment Insurance Plan to assist the music industry and artists. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, said the plan will be supported from the sales of the ‘Jamaica 55’ commemorative album. According to Minister Grange, “It is very heart-rending at times when our well-known, iconic artistes pass away and there are difficulties in ensuring that they have a decent funeral. There are situations where some … Read entire article »

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DANCEHALL RECORDING ARTIST KHAGO, REVEALS HE IS STUDYING THE MUSLIM FAITH!

DANCEHALL RECORDING ARTIST KHAGO, REVEALS HE IS STUDYING THE MUSLIM FAITH!

By Curtis Campbell— Contributed Khago, in a scene from ‘Sidung Inna Mi Place’.— Dancehall artist Khago, who recently cut his locks, is now sporting a beard and revealed to THE WEEKEND STAR yesterday that he has been studying the Muslim faith. He said that he used his time away from the mainstream to do some self-searching. “There is no need to be afraid of Muslims because at the end of the day, we are all worshipping the same God, … Read entire article »

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DANCEHALL ARTIST KONSHENS, SIGNS DEAL WITH MAJOR U.S. LABEL!

DANCEHALL ARTIST KONSHENS, SIGNS DEAL WITH MAJOR U.S. LABEL!

By Curtis Campbell— Konshens— Dancehall artist Konshens recently signed a record deal with major US label Empire Records, a deal which is already bearing fruit. Known for songs like Winner and Bruck Off Yu Back, Konshens told THE STAR yesterday that his management team and Empire have been working assiduously to cement his brand in the international market. “They have been making the right contacts and they were behind the collaboration between myself and Chris Brown. Solid Agency along … Read entire article »

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THE DIASPORA IS INVITED TO BE A PART OF JAMAICA 55!

THE DIASPORA IS INVITED TO BE A PART OF JAMAICA 55!

With this year’s theme being ‘Celebrating Jamaicans at home and abroad’, Jamaicans across the Diaspora were on Wednesday night invited to join in the festivities as the Jamaica 55 Independence celebrations were officially launched. Scores of guests including government ministers, turned up at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, for a preview of the activities. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and participants in the annual competitions wasted no time in giving patrons a taste of the … Read entire article »

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TENOR SAW: DANCEHALL’S UNIQUE VOICE!

TENOR SAW: DANCEHALL’S UNIQUE VOICE!

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer   Dancehall music has produced its share of unique artists. One of them was singer Clive Bright, otherwise known as Tenor Saw. Like many of those standout acts, Tenor Saw died early, in 1988 at age 22. But he made a mark through prolific recordings, leaving a catalogue of songs that still rock dancehalls and radio stations from Kingston to Quebec, New York, London, and Tokyo. Despite a troubled childhood, Tenor Saw rose to prominence … Read entire article »

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MAJOR LAZER EARNS FIRST NUMBER ON TITLE ON BILLBOARD CHART!

MAJOR LAZER EARNS FIRST NUMBER ON TITLE ON BILLBOARD CHART!

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer   Electronic Dance Music band Major Lazer earns its first number one title on the Billboard Reggae album chart with the EP Know No Better . The set moved up from three to poll position. The six-track project features collaborations with Sean Paul, Busy Signal, Machel Montano, and Konshens, among others. It opened at number 91 on the Billboard 200 and number three on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. There are two new entries to the top 15 portion of this week’s chart. … Read entire article »

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POLICE RESTRICT DANCES IN HOT SPOTS IN JAMAICA!

POLICE RESTRICT DANCES IN HOT SPOTS IN JAMAICA!

With the some sections of the country grappling with an upsurge in violence, the police have taken the decision to deny or restrict permits that are granted for events held in some troublesome areas. Commanding officer for St Andrew South, superintendent Arthur Brown said there was a clampdown on events in that police division for the past two weeks. “Recently, just over the weekend we have lifted it and we have allowed events to be held again,” … Read entire article »

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BROOKLYN EX-NURSE CONVICTED OF MURDER FOR HIRE, OF HER JAMAICAN-BORN HUSBAND!

BROOKLYN EX-NURSE CONVICTED OF MURDER FOR HIRE, OF HER JAMAICAN-BORN HUSBAND!

 Alishia Noel-Murray —  A Caribbean American ex-registered nurse in Brooklyn, New York has been convicted of hiring a hitman to murder her Jamaican-born husband in 2013 after two failed attempts at the victim’s life. The gunman was also convicted of murder. On Wednesday, it took a jury less than three hours to convict Alishia Noel-Murray, 29 — whose father, Andrew Noel, was born in Grenada, and mother, Pauline Noel, also a registered nurse, was born in Guyana — … Read entire article »

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THE MAROON CULTURE ON DISPLAY IN PORTLAND, JUNE 22 – 25!

THE MAROON CULTURE ON DISPLAY IN PORTLAND, JUNE 22 – 25!

By Basil Walters— Marcia Douglas, acting Ketnal of the Charles Town Maroons, addressing guests at the launch of the ninth annual Charles Town Maroon Conference at Redbones Blues Cafe in St Andrew last Thursday. (Photo: Enola Williams) PAM Hall, Cari-Folk Singers, Savvie, Ananse story-telling by Amina Blackwood Meeks, Charles Town Maroons drummers and dancers, and Mutabaruka providing musical selections are part of the entertainment package scheduled for the ninth annual international Charles Town Maroon Conference (CTMC) at … Read entire article »

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DEEJAY SISTER NANCY ON A ROLL!

DEEJAY SISTER NANCY ON A ROLL!

By Nazuk Kochhar   “You hear it? Classic,” Sister Nancy said to me from across the table, a wide smile spreading across her face as the sound of her ringtone filled the small, sunlit conference room. The colorful tones were that of her international, time-tested reggae hit “Bam Bam,” and there’s perhaps no better word than “classic” to describe it. Originally recorded as a last-minute addition to complete the artist’s debut One Two, the song became immensely popular … Read entire article »

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