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RJR STATES ITS POLICY ON DANCEHALL MUSIC ON ONE OF ITS STATIONS!

RJR STATES ITS POLICY ON DANCEHALL MUSIC ON ONE OF ITS STATIONS!

 Dennis Howard — The RJRGleaner Communications Group has responded to the criticism of its policy regarding dancehall music on one of the stations within its portfolio. In recent months, there has been a growing critique of the policies as managed by the Head of Radio Services Dr Dennis Howard. In a statement dated April 16, the board of management of the media entity said it has taken note of the discourse, but is clearly standing by its decisions regarding … Read entire article »

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THE BILLBOARD REGGAE ALBUM CHART WILL NOT BE DISCONTINUED, SAYS MAGAZINE OFFICIAL!

THE BILLBOARD REGGAE ALBUM CHART WILL NOT BE DISCONTINUED, SAYS MAGAZINE OFFICIAL!

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer—    Top: Shaggy Bottom: Bob Marley   The Billboard Reggae Album Chart which appears weekly in Billboard Magazine, will not be discontinued. That assurance was given by Alex Vitoulis, the publication’s associate director and chart productions manager. Responding to emailed questions from the Jamaica Observer about the chart’s immediate future, Vitoulis denied rumours Billboard was planning to drop it. Rumour circulated on Caribbean radio in South Florida and New York that the publication would scrap its Reggae Album list due … Read entire article »

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THE GRACE JAMAICAN JERK FESTIVAL COMES TO WASHINGTON DC, JUNE 10!

THE GRACE JAMAICAN JERK FESTIVAL COMES TO WASHINGTON DC, JUNE 10!

(From left) Eddy Edwards, CEO of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA; Richard Lue, event coordinator and business development manager of VP Records; Andrea Dubidad-Dixon, charge d’affairs, Embassy of Jamaica; Elda Devarie, CEO of EMD Sales and Derrick Reckord, president and CEO of GraceKennedy Foods USA, LLC at the media launch for the annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Washington, DC. The occasion was held at the Emabassy of Jamaica in Washington DC last Thursday. —- THIS year’s … Read entire article »

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STARBUCKS TO CLOSE ITS 8,000 U.S. STORES FOR RACIAL-BIAS TRAINING, MAY 29!

STARBUCKS TO CLOSE ITS 8,000 U.S. STORES FOR RACIAL-BIAS TRAINING, MAY 29!

Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon to educate employees about racial bias. The announcement follows an uproar over the arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week. The store manager called the police. The racial bias training will be provided on May 29 to about 175,000 workers. “I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to … Read entire article »

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TWO MORE CHINESE STORES IN DOWNTOWN KINGSTON RAIDED FOR FAKE GOODS!

TWO MORE CHINESE STORES IN DOWNTOWN KINGSTON RAIDED FOR FAKE GOODS!

By Akeem Masters— This police truck was on the scene to collect the fake goods.—- “Jesus Christ! A dah store yah mi did a go guh inna enuh. Mi can’t believe mi walk come so far fi nutten,” a pregnant woman said when she saw yellow tape barring the public from entering two stores that were being raided on Barry Street, adjacent to Matthews Lane, in downtown Kingston yesterday. “Yuh nah go in deh today, enuh. Di police dem … Read entire article »

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ENTERTAINER HITMAN WALLE WELCOMES THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN SPANISH TOWN!

ENTERTAINER HITMAN WALLE WELCOMES THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN SPANISH TOWN!

 Hitman Walle — Singjay Hitman Walle welcomes the state of emergency imposed on the St Catherine North Police Division. “The violence was squeezing the life of Spanish Town. I remember back in the 90’s, we used to have a lot of shows at Perry Skateland, City Rock — which was like Spanish Town Stone Love — used to play at dances all over, we had Early Buss Out, we had Della Splash. Every big man used to keep the … Read entire article »

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CALI B ROCKS NEW YORK CITY’S IRIE JAM FM!

CALI B ROCKS NEW YORK CITY’S IRIE JAM FM!

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer—-    Cali B— Most Thursdays, Calvin Barrett takes time out to select the songs he will play on his weekly radio gig, or in one of the clubs where he works as a selector on the weekends. Known in music circles as Cali B, he co-hosts two programs on Irie Jam Radio on Fridays with veteran DJ Jabba and Markus of Platinum Kids. The first, with Jabba, is a four-hour marathon that starts at 4:00 pm, while … Read entire article »

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FOOD FOR THE POOR WANTS TO BUILD 100 HOUSES FROM ITS 5K RUN, MAY 12!

FOOD FOR THE POOR WANTS TO BUILD 100 HOUSES FROM ITS 5K RUN, MAY 12!

 Food For the Poor (FFP) Jamaica Chairman Andrew Mahfood (third left) speaking at yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. Flanking him are (from left) Alfred Francis, managing director, Running Events; FFP executives David Mair, executive director; Marsha Burrell, development and marketing manager; Rosannie Hewitt, manager, Housing Investigation Unit; and Catherine Goodall, project development manager. (Photo: Naphtali Junior) — Food For the Poor (FFP) Jamaica will stage its annual 5K on May 12 this year and has set its … Read entire article »

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SNOW HAS PUT A NEW SPIN ON HIS MEGA HIT “INFORMER!”

SNOW HAS PUT A NEW SPIN ON HIS MEGA HIT “INFORMER!”

 Snow— Canadian dancehall artiste Snow continues to observe the 25th anniversary of the release of his debut single Informer. The artiste, whose real name is Darrin Kenneth O’Brien, has dropped the official music video for Informer 2018. This video is for the reworked version of his chart-topping single from 1993. The new version of Snow’s breakout reggae single is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. According to reports, Snow teamed up with Roton Music and … Read entire article »

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SINGER CORNEL CAMPBELL, “THE GORGON” IS STILL GOING STRONG AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!

SINGER CORNEL CAMPBELL, “THE GORGON” IS STILL GOING STRONG AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer—    Cornel Campbell —   Having started his career in 1956, singer Cornel Campbell has seen and worked with reggae’s greats, including producers Clement “Coxsone” Dodd and Arthur “Duke” Reid, and legendary band The Skatalites. Now 72 years old, he is still breaking new ground. This summer he is scheduled to make his first appearances in South America, with dates booked for Brazil. “I’m aware I have a following down there but I’ve never been to … Read entire article »

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