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‘ONE LOVE’ ICE CREAM CONTRIBUTES TO BOB MARLEY FOUNDATION!

‘ONE LOVE’ ICE CREAM CONTRIBUTES TO BOB MARLEY FOUNDATION!

A South Whidbey-based nonprofit’s far reaching influence can be found on grocery store shelves this summer in a popular summer snack sold by international ice cream maker Ben &Jerry’s. Partners for Youth Empowerment, founded by Langley resident Peggy Taylor, has collaborated with Ben &Jerry’s to release a limited edition ice cream flavor in the United States as a way to raise funds for a program founded by the organization. A portion of the proceeds from the … Read entire article »

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SIZZLA RELEASES FOUGHT FOR DIS!

SIZZLA RELEASES FOUGHT FOR DIS!

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com   AHEAD of next month’s release of Life Of A Ghetto Youth comes another new album from Sizzla Kalonji. Fought For Dis, a 10-track set, was released last Friday. Produced by Anthony Senior of Balaclava-based Altafaan Records, the album is distributed by French company Baco Records. The St Elizabeth-based producer said he is not concerned about other projects. “That nuh bother me. A di best album count, so mi jus’ a do my … Read entire article »

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RISING STAR AMEERA, RELEASES DEBUT EP “TERIYAKI!”

RISING STAR AMEERA, RELEASES DEBUT EP “TERIYAKI!”

After making a strong impression in 2016 with a riveting reggae cover of Adele’s Hello which features Mr Vegas, Ameera has delivered her debut EP, Teriyaki. The Cincinnati, born songbird whose father is from Montego Bay shows off her powerhouse vocals and island flair on all seven tracks of the EP. Teriyaki features an eclectic offering with sultry lovers rock songs like Forever and Configuration.  The EP’s two red-hot dancehall tracks Day X Night on the sick rhythm … Read entire article »

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MORGAN HERITAGE LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP WITH PROPER RX IN MARIJUANA DELIVERY SERVICE!

MORGAN HERITAGE LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP WITH PROPER RX IN MARIJUANA DELIVERY SERVICE!

Proper Rx owner Elliott Marshall and Mojo Morgan of Grammy award-winning Morgan Heritage The name Morgan is historically synonymous with generational reggae music, and prestigious accolades such as the coveted Grammy for Best Reggae Album. However, it was also much publicized when in 2011 the patriarch of the family made international news stemming from a marijuana arrest.The case against the reggae star was eventually dismissed, but to the close knit Royal Family of Reggae, the event … Read entire article »

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CHAM’S NEW ALBUM LAWLESS MAKES BILLBOARD DEBUT!

CHAM’S NEW ALBUM LAWLESS MAKES BILLBOARD DEBUT!

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer   Lawless, the new album from Cham, debuts at number seven on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. It is the deejay’s first set in 11 years. Released on June 9 by Madhouse Records, Lawless contains 15 tracks including the collaborations Fighter (with Damian Marley), Stronger (with Mykal Rose and Bounty Killer), Love Song (with Mavado), and Get Drunk (featuring O). This is Cham’s third entry on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. He fared better in 2006 with Ghetto Story, which went to number one in September that year. His first entry, WOW…The Story, … Read entire article »

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EDNA MANLEY: ‘ART WAS IN HER BLOOD’!

EDNA MANLEY: ‘ART WAS IN HER BLOOD’!

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter   THE heights reached by the local fine art movement is due in great part to renowned sculptor and artist Edna Manley. Art always seemed to be in the blood of young Edna Swithenbank, who was born in England to a British father and Jamaican mother. From her early years, she took art classes with various tutors and formal classes at Regent Street Polytechnic as well as Saint Martin’s School of Art in London. From … Read entire article »

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NIGERIAN ARTIST TO GRACE REGGAE SUMFEST STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME!

NIGERIAN ARTIST TO GRACE REGGAE SUMFEST STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME!

BY SIMONE MORGAN-LINDO Observer reporter   PREPARATIONS are ahead of schedule for this year’s Reggae Sumfest, slated for July 16-22 at Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay. According to festival chairman Joe Bogdanovich, “Everything is going well and we are way ahead as it relates to preparations. It is looking good from where we stand and our security features are well implemented, among other features.” Bogdanovich — who axed the festival’s popular International Night to accommodate local acts only … Read entire article »

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THE LEGENDARY DERRICK MORGAN IS STILL HIGH ON SKA!

THE LEGENDARY DERRICK MORGAN IS STILL HIGH ON SKA!

IN the year of Jamaica’s Independence from Britain, Derrick Morgan rode a new rhythm called ska that had the country’s young people rocking. Fifty-five years later, he is still playing to youthful audiences in Europe and North America. “A pure pickney!” Morgan exclaimed in a recent interview with the Jamaica Observer. “My audience is largely white and young; yuh have some elders but is mainly young people.” Morgan, 77, was the elder statesman on the May 27-28 Supernova International … Read entire article »

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CARLYLE DUNKLEY FORMER JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT MINISTER DEAD AT 78!

CARLYLE DUNKLEY FORMER JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT MINISTER DEAD AT 78!

Carlyle Anthony Cosmo Dunkley, who served as Minister of Public Utilities and Transport between 1979 and 1980, Minister of National Security 1980, Opposition Senator 1980-1983, Shadow Minister of Education 1984-1989, died Tuesday night in hospital after a brief illness.  He was 78. In acknowledging the death of Dunkley today Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips said he along with the entire family of the People’s National Party (PNP) is saddened by news of the death of Comrade. “For over four decades, … Read entire article »

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THE DISCOVERY OF A BROKEN WATER MAIN “DIPOUT WELL” SAVES KINGSTON COMMUNITY!

THE DISCOVERY OF A BROKEN WATER MAIN “DIPOUT WELL” SAVES KINGSTON COMMUNITY!

A boy dips into the ‘well’ for water.— With the absence of water in their pipes for over 10 years, some residents on a section of Collie Smith Drive say the day a community member discovered a broken main with flowing water was a blessing for them. Located below ground on the sidewalk, the residents use a small container to fetch the precious commodity from the hole which they call Dipout Well. They then pour water into … Read entire article »

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