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Jamaican Government Urged to Use Music, Events to Attract Tourists Published February 28, 2017

Former Member of Parliament and CEO of BOJ TV Kern Spencer is asking the Government of Jamaica to consider using music and events to attract more tourists. According to Spencer, sand and sea are not unique to Jamaica, since islands…

Rise of a New Generation: Skip Marley Published February 28, 2017

It may be hard to believe that it took the Marley's three generations to achieve a top 10 hit on the US, Billboard Hot 100 charts, but that's the reality. Bob Marley's grandson, Skip Marley, made history earlier this week…

War Erupts Between Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj Published February 28, 2017

Two of the hottest Female Hip Hop MC’s are going head-to-head in what can be billed as one of the most captivating rap beefs in years. But what exactly ignited the hottest feud in hip-hop? Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma…

Jamaican politician Lisa Hanna responds to threats Published February 28, 2017

An array of attacks and threats have been hurled at former Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna for her comments on convicted murderer Vybz Kartel producing music from behind prison bars. Her comments came in the wake of her firm…

David Rodigan Details Connection to Jamaican Music in New Book Published February 28, 2017

Pioneering British DJ David Rodigan is set to release his autobiography in March! Titled "My Life in Reggae," the good read channels his ties to Jamaican music and culture, going back to his youth in the 1960s. Rodigan first worked…

Judge Temporarily Lifts Stop Order Against Dancehall Artist Tommy Lee Sparta Published February 28, 2017

Dancehall artist Leroy Russell, BKA Tommy Lee Sparta, is among four persons who were scheduled to go on trial in the Home Circuit Court today on charges related to the lottery scam. The entertainer is charged with unlawful use of…

Cops claim ... Entertainers funding criminal activities Published February 17, 2017

The police yesterday painted a damning picture of some entertainers, saying they are using their money and influence to drive up crime figures in the country. "Several entertainers are people who are misguided. They have come in possession of wealth,…

Queen Latifah to be honored as an entertainment icon Published February 15, 2017

Queen Latifah will get the royal treatment at the upcoming American Black Film Festival Honors. The Oscar-nominated actress is set to receive the Entertainment Icon award at this year’s ceremony, to be held in Los Angeles on Friday. The star…

Aidonia to build public computer lab for kids Published February 15, 2017

Dancehall artiste Aidonia is set to give back to the younger generation, after revealing plans to fund a public access computer lab for needy children in the Kingston area. The “Banga” deejay recently revealed plans to fund a facility that…

Police Superintendent objects to Alkaline’s release, deejay maintains innocence Published February 14, 2017

A Judge has ordered the release of Dancehall entertainer Alkaline by 6PM on Monday if the deejay isn’t charged in relation to the murder of Rohan “Head” Morris. The ruling was made Monday morning in the St Andrew parish court,…

Anthony Cruz 15-year-old daughter murdered in Florida Published February 14, 2017

Reggae Singer Anthony Cruz is mourning the death of his 15-year-old daughter, Shanice Smith and his baby mother. The two were killed by a man identified as 32-year-old Kevin Nelson on Monday at their home in Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale. Nelson…

Reggae Sumfest Extends To One-Week Festival Published February 8, 2017

Following a successful staging of the refreshed Reggae Sumfest brand, Downsound Entertainment (DSE) has announced that the 25th staging of the festival is slated for Montego Bay, Jamaica, starting July 16 through to July 22. The weeklong festival of Jamaican…

Alkaline claims he’s not wanted in relation to murder, says the JCF is lying Published February 8, 2017

Dancehall artiste Alkaline is refuting the claims made by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that he is wanted for questioning in murder. On Tuesday the JCF announced in a press release that Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters were…

‘Spine-tingling’ lost Bob Marley tapes restored after 40 years in a cellar Published February 6, 2017

A cache of lost Bob Marley recordings has been discovered after lying for more than 40 years in a damp London hotel basement. The 13 reel-to-reel, analogue master tapes were discovered in cardboard box files in a run-down hotel in…

Mad Cobra releases Vybz Kartel diss track “Fi Dem Head” Published February 6, 2017

ancehall veteran Mad Cobra has reportedly released a new diss track targeting incarcerated superstar Vybz Kartel titled “Fi Dem Head.” The Armzhouse Records-produced single was released on Monday and as already angered Gaza fans. Just minutes after the track was…

Protoje addresses the current state of Jamaica with “Blood Money” Published February 3, 2017

Reggae artiste Protoje releases his first official single for the new year titled “Blood Money.” The Winta James-produced single provides a hard-hitting, raw and unapologetic commentary on the current state of Jamaica, touching on several social injustices that have afflicted…

Trombonist Nambo Robinson Pass Away Published February 3, 2017

Trombonist Ronald “Nambo” Robinson, a prolific session musician who worked with reggae's greats, died this morning at his St Andrew home. He was 67. Robinson's wife, Marcia, told the OBSERVER ONLINE that he died at 1:00 am but did not…

Chronixx freestyle at Kingston Dub Club Published February 3, 2017

Check out this epic freestyle from Reggae artiste Chronixx at Dub Club in Kingston Jamaica.

Sean Paul Freestyles Over Drake’s “Controlla” Beat Published February 3, 2017

International recording artiste Sean Paul stopped by Power 106’s “Breakfast Bars” show in Los Angeles recently, where he dropped an exclusive freestyle over Canadian Rapper Drake’s hit single ‘Controlla’ beat. Dutty Paul’s freestyle comes months after he called out Drizzy…

Ninja Man calls on government to “free up” party permits Published February 3, 2017

Veteran Dancehall artiste Ninja Man is calling on the government to “free up” parties and social gatherings for Black History Month in February. The iconic deejay told The Star in a recent interview that the government and lawmakers were not…
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