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Ali Campbell ‘flying the flag for reggae’ with reformed UB40

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Ali Campbell insists he is delighted to be reunited with Astro and recording and performing again under the UB40 name ”flying the flag for reggae again”.Ali Campbell is thrilled to be reunited with original UB40 member Astro and ”flying the flag for reggae again”. via Ali Campbell ‘flying the flag for reggae’ with reformed UB40.

Kartel to face another charge

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Entertainer Vybz Kartel who received a life sentence for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams Thursday, April 3, is to again face the court on another charge relating to the case. With the murder trial over, Kartel will also stand trial in mid August for attempting to pervert the course of justice. It is alleged [...]

Vybz Kartel sentenced to life in prison, to serve 35 years before parole

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is to serve 35 years before he becomes eligible for parole. He and the three other men convicted for Lizard’s murder were each given life sentences a short while ago by Justice Lennox Campbell. Adidja Palmer – LIFE IN PRISON 35 years before eligible for parole Shawn ‘Shawn [...]

Vybz Kartel, 3 co-accused found guilty of murder

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The look on the face of entertainer Vybz Kartel when his guilty verdict was handed down yesterday said it all. The deejay, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, appeared drained and forlorn as he seemed to try to come to grips with the fact that he could be spending more than two decades behind bars [...]

Bob Marley’s 69th anniversary

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

BOB Marley died at the age of 36. I recall seeing him alive at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, where his sons were altar servers. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is the closest church, theologically, to the Roman Catholic Church in Jamaica, and there were times, as a young man, when I would pay a visit. I [...]

Third World lead singer Bunny Rugs is dead

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Clarke, who would have turned 66 this Thursday, February 6, passed away last night in a hospital in Orlando, Florida. He had been diagnosed with cancer and had been battling the disease in intensive care. It is reported that because of health problems, he missed some of the shows in Third World’s 40th anniversary tour [...]

‘The Voice’ 2013 winner: Tessanne Chin takes the season 5 crown |

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Jamaican back-up singer Tessanne Chin will be singing lead from now on: She beat out 16-year-old Colts Neck powerhouse Jacquie Lee and Los Angeles musician Will Champlin, 30, in the fifth season of “The Voice” Tuesday night. In her audition, Tessanne, a 28-year-old vocalist who has toured with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, had impressed the [...]

Will Jamaica come out of the closet?

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Taboo Yardies, a Jamaican film-maker’s documentary on her country’s indifference toward homosexuality, is doing the promotional rounds. T he 77-minute film, produced by Selena Blake, had a screening Monday at the International LGBT Film Festival in Dublin, Ireland. According to a spokesperson for Taboo Yardies, the project “went over very well” with the audience. via [...]

Hooray, What A Festival!

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

For the first time since 1966, there will be no Festival or Popular Song Contest. Instead, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, producers of the event, launched a campaign for fans to vote online for their favourite song. Today, the Jamaica Observer publishes the fourth in a six-part series on past competitions. THE year was 1975 [...]

Jamaica, Jamaicans on show at film fest

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

FILM director LaToya Vereen hopes her debut French-made production — ‘?’ (question) — will have a positive impact on the local industry. Her work is one of several scheduled to be shown at the Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival at the Island Village in Ocho Rios, St Ann, which began on Thursday and continues until [...]