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WET FETE Get soaked at Wet Rush Reloaded tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Olympia Crown Hotel, 53 Molynes Road. Adm: $1,000 pre-sold, $2,000 at the gate.   EXPO Take the little ones to the Children's Expo and Special Needs Resource Fair at the Hope...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales | Winds of ill-fortune

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle. Ja...

Roots, rock, reggae, revival in Negril

The Reggae Revival Concert and Beach Party was the highlight event of the one-week Tmrw.Tday Culture Festival, which ends tomorrow. As the name suggests, the concert was heralded by some of Jamaica's contemporary reggae artistes affiliated with...

Cameal Davis Tests Band Waters

Having entertained a variety of overseas audiences visiting the island, the Cuttin' Edge band is projecting that its future might reflect much of its current pastime. Based at Jewels, Paradise Cove in St Ann, the melodic group of six has been blaz...

Packed street festival for Jack Ruby

One of the more telling signs of just how much Friday's second Jack Ruby Festival: The Black Experience was a street festival was a green suitcase with wheels pulled through a section of the large crowd on James Avenue, Ocho Rios, St Ann. The l...

Der Rosenkavalier at Carib 5 tomorrow

Renee Fleming will sing her final performances of one of her signature roles as the Marschallin in the Met's new production of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, and Robert Carsen directs the new production (the company's first new staging of the pie...

Xaymaca takes soca on the sea

With a creatively decorated ship and consistent high-energy music, Saturday's Xaymaca Cooler Cruise pulled out hundreds of patrons to all three floors of the Treasure Queen ship, docked at the waterfront, downtown Kingston. From as early as 5 p...

It's a done deal - Wray & Nephew are title sponsors for JA Carnival 2017

  Wray & Nephew has announced their partnership with Jamaica Carnival this year as title sponsors. Delivering the news at a recent media announcement held at @twentythree on Dominica Drive were Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, (JWN Ltd; ...

Five good choices this weekend

DRINK UP Chill out at Come Drink With Me at Jackpot Sports Bar, 42 Giltress Street, starting at 8 p.m.   MOVIES See the action-packed John Wick: Chapter 2, showing at the cinemas this weekend.   EXERCISE Flex your body with Dynamic Yoga for Arthri...

Giving credit on radio - (Why 'juggling' only is a disservice)

  On Tuesday morning I participated (mostly by listening) in a discussion put on by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) and National Integrity Association. Named Reggae Roun Di Table, it was about payola as part of the process toward...

Red roses to June Isaacs from Gregory - Widow loved 'Cool Ruler' through drug issues

  June Isaacs, Gregory Isaacs' widow, smiled as she said she received red roses "all the while" from her late husband. She also smiled, though with less outright joy than at the memory of the flowers, as she recalled the effect of his cocaine...

Golden Globes audience grew by 1.5 million over last year

  NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company says Sunday’s Golden Globes show enjoyed a bump in its audience over last year’s.  The awards broadcast, aired on NBC with Jimmy Fallon hosting, was seen by 20 million viewers. That’s a boost of 1.5 mil...

Early acts named for 9 Mile fest

Julian Marley, Sizzla and rapper DMX are part of this year’s 9 Mile Music Festival, scheduled for March 11 at Virginia Key Beach in Florida. The Miami New Times reports that Capleton, Charly Black, singer Kreesha Turner and sound system The Mighty ...

Kingston Book Festival 2015 starts Sunday

Buoyed by over two dozen events, the fourth edition of the Kingston Book Festival (KBF) will spread from bookstores to libraries, to bars, the streets, and even the prisons of Kingston. The dynamic and growing festival will take place from March 1 to 8.

Gospel takes the lead in Reggae Month celebrations

Pulling in the largest turnout to date for the 2015 celebration of Reggae Month, the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA's)-organised Reggae Praise was a success. This was due to Christians and non-Christians alike braving intermittent showers to attend the inaugural staging.

Marley sons ready for dad's 70th 'Redemption Live' concert

A number of Jamaica's top entertainers and reggae icons are gearing up to pay tribute to world reggae icon Bob Marley at a 70th birthday, free concert being hosted by Digicel on Saturday, February 7, commencing at 6 p.m.

Police to Crack Down on Wayward Party Promoters in Negril

Commanding Officer of the Negril Police Station, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mercedes Currie says her department will be relentless in its prosecution of wayward party promoters and venue owners who continue to breach the Noise Abatement Act and other laws, despite numerous warnings.

Live Pay-Per-View HD for Rebel Salute 2015

As Flow breaks new ground in first time sponsoring the event

Telecommunications company Columbus Communications Jamaica, CCJL, operator of Flow, is going all out for its first time sponsoring Jamaica's premier reggae music festival, Rebel Salute.

Gully Bop Gets Int'l Attention

Jamaica-born, United States-based dentists offer help

Two New York-based Jamaica-born dentists - Dr Dwight Williams and Dr Kerisa Harriott - are offering their services free of charge to ensure that new Internet dancehall sensation Gully Bop has a brighter smile.

Bunny Wailer Calls Out Marley Estate on Recent Cannabis Deal

"The Marley Natural deal must be publicly opposed," says veteran entertainer Bunny Wailer. In light of the recent deal between the Marley estate and international cannabis company Privateer Holdings, Wailer, who has long been an advocate for the legalisation of marijuana, believes that the venture should not be allowed to gain success.

Ziggy does guest slot with Warwick. One of all-star guest vocalists on 'Feels So Good

"I couldn't think of another way to go with Ziggy since reggae is his  point of power and it fit perfectly with the song he chose to do with  me," Warwick told...

Red Stripe backs Shorts Circuit

After 13 years, the Shorts Circuit event has established itself as one of the most enjoyable and exciting parties on the entertainment calendar.

Tommy Lee to fix dispute with producer

Tommy Lee Sparta and his management team are working to repair their working relationship with production house UIM Records, after the deejay accused the record label of not releasing his songs, in a recently leaked telephone recording.

Khago comes up big at Vibes Link FM Awards

DANCEHALL deejay Khago's Nah Sell Out came up big at the inaugural Vibes Link FM Awards at the Club Eclipse in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday.


Octane's management severs ties with LiveJam

The management team of internationally acclaimed reggae singer, Byiome Muir, more popularly known as I-Octane, has released a statement to the media, declaring that they are completely distancing themselves from Barcelona-based LiveJam Entertainme

Road Elf goes head first

Deejay Road Elf (formerly known as Terro 3000) has teamed with dancehall duo RDX on the single Head Top.

Sean Paul, Demarco, I Octane for Montreal Int’l Reggae Festival

KINGSTON, Jamaica—Promoters of the11th edition of the Montreal International Reggae Festival have announced a second wave of artistes to be featured on the show scheduled for August 15 to 17 at the Old Port of Montreal, Canada.

Busta Rhymes Hit With $790K Tax Bill

Uncle Sam has Busta Rhymes all in check after slapping the rapper with two tax bills worth a little under a million bucks, TMZ reports.

Angela Bassett Directing Whitney Houston Lifetime Movie

The network has announced a biopic about the late singer's tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown. The film will be directed by Angela Bassett, Houston's 1995 "Waiting To Exhale" co-star

Assassin, Vegas, Spice and New Kid Alkaline for Sumfest Dancehall Night

For Immediate Release:  Friday, April 25, 2014

Kingston, Jamaica; The organizers of Reggae Sumfest have confirmed the lyrical Assassin and new sensation Alkaline for Dancehall night, July 17 of, the 22nd staging of Reggae Sumfest. ‘The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth’, is already shaping up to be 2014’s most memorable event and returns to its home base Catherine Hall, Montego Bay from July 13 – 19.

Reggae Sumfest offers reduced tickets to early birds

Local and international fans of the Greatest Reggae Show on earth can now purchase tickets at reduced rates for the event scheduled for July 13-19 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

Wiz Khalifa ‘Play Hard’ for Reggae Sumfest

Kingston, Jamaica: US Rapper and Black and Yellow hit maker Wiz Khalifa has been confirmed for the 2014 staging of Reggae Sumfest.

DJ Franco brings soca to Jamaica

In Jamaica, soca might seem mostly reserved for certain sections of society, but selector DJ Franco wants to help the masses to understand and appreciate the genre even more.

From tragedy to triumph — Shae Mill rises after family's murder

Multitalented musician Shae Mill (Shae Miller) has released her latest single, Sweet Love (Even If I Lie), a song she expects to widen her audience base and boost her career as a vocalist.

Sting 30 featured in Billboard Magazine - Greatest one-night show on earth continues to make waves

  Source of Photo and Article:  Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer The impact of Sting's 30th anniversary show continues to resonate across the globe with the recent publication of a review of the show in Billboard Magazine. The article, written by...

Cindy on trial - Marley relationship goes public

Cindy Breakspeare said she knew the King of Reggae, the man who would later become the father of her love child, because they would say hello to each other in passing.

Celebrating the Gong - Major Marley 69th birthday observances centred in Kingston

The major Kingston-based celebrations marking Bob Marley's 69th birthday were slated to get under way at 5:30 this morning with a Nyabinghi drumming session at his former home, 56 Hope Road (now the Bob Marley Museum). Organisers at the museum said some of Bob Marley's children and grandchildren will be cutting his birthday cake, which will be shared throughout the day.

Alkaline To Satisfy Post-December Demand

Relatively new label, Cahban Records, is set to host its first live concert for dancehall artiste Alkaline.

Marcia Griffiths, Chronixx, Beenie Man join Jazz and Blues line-up

MARCIA Griffiths, Chronixx, Chalice and Moses Davis, who performs under the stage name Beenie Man, will add a tasty mix of sweet reggae to this year's staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival scheduled for January 30 to February 1

Ninja Man Hosts Birthday Party At Turtle River Park

Deejay Ninja Man's birthday party is set to take place on Saturday, January 25, at Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios, St Ann, and will feature a number of top Jamaican artistes.

STITCHIE... traces his journey from dancehall star to spiritual man in the autobiography

  Power of Determination.  Reggae gospel act drop autobiography STITCHIE... traces his journey from dancehall star to spiritual man in the autobiography   HAILED as an original when he entered the dancehall arena in the 1980s, deejay Stitchie gav...

Buccaneer walks comeback plank

BUCCANEER... believes he has what it takes to be competitive in an industry that caters to young acts

DEEJAY Buccaneer, a prolific hitmaker during the 1990s, is making a comeback with The Darkside, a 20-track album which features previously released material.

Toots under pressure

Toots Hibbert, lead singer of the act Toots and the Maytals. TOOTS Hibbert has earned the title 'reggae great' due to an enduring career that has produced classic songs like 54-46 and Pressure Drop, but that meant nothing to an intoxicated fan who struck him with a bottle during a concert in May.

Gay-Rights Groups, Queen Ifrica Highlight August

In August, the issues of old Jamaican culture versus a New World culture came to the fore. Queen Ifrica and a Canadian gay organisation became embroiled in a tussle over free speech and not seemingly infringing on the rights of others while exercising it. But there were other interesting things about August that made us stop and look.

Gospel acts deliver at FirstFest

DESPITE its premature ending, FirstFest held on the grounds of Jamaica College in St Andrew on New Year's Day was an amazing event.

Nature's Way paid off in 2013

THE principals at Nature's Way Entertainment says the label enjoyed a fruitful 2013 with the release of a number of singles, as well as negotiating licensing and distribution deals.

Christmas Reggae Extravaganza show to hit the spot in Jamaica

Anticipating another successful staging of his annual Christmas night stage show with another fantastic line-up.

Caldhino on a musical high

Dancehall artiste and Edith Dalton James High School graduate Kemar 'Caldhino' Flash is satisfied with the progress that he has been making in the music business.

Wild celebration as Tessanne wins The Voice

Chin defeated her strongest rivals Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin to capture the top position in the popular NBC talent competition.

Tessanne advances to top 3 in The Voice

  KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Tessanne Chin was the first contestant to advance to the final round of NBC's The Voice competition Tuesday night. Chin's passionate rendition of 'Bridge over Troubled Water' Monday night maintained the top spot on the iTune's...

Farewell to Reggae's crown prince Dennis Brown

  Jamaica celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Its entertainment section looks back at some major events the newspaper covered during that period. Today we look at the passing of reggae singer Dennis Brown. REGGAE has produced many great sing...

Bring The Sting Adds Wyclef

  The countdown begins for the biggest dancehall clash of all time, Bring The Sting. With just two weeks to go for the event, the line-up, which includes the American Rapper 2Chainz and reggae legend Supercat (who brought out Kriss Kross in 1992, t...

Tessanne Hits Top 10 On ITunes

  After a heart-warming and mind-blowing rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water #TeamTessanne fans turned their campaigning up and propelled Tessanne into the top ten of the iTunes USA top 100 charts.    With parties revving into full gear acros...

Classics keep Tibet current

  The St Mary-born Tibet says this year has been a busy one show-wise, with most of his dates being overseas in Barbados, Japan and the United States. He is still in demand despite not releasing a new album in seven years and no new songs on the ma...

Tifa, Romain score big

TIFA and Romain Virgo scored big at Thursday's Triple Century Live show at cricketer Chris Gayle's Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston.   Dressed in a fetching black leather suit, Tifa declared, "Tonight, I am going to do things a bit differe...

A Good Day for Tessanne

  Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin continues to make the rounds on the US television networks. Chin, who made it into the top 5 of the NBC talent show, The Voice, on Tuesday, was guest on Fox affilliate KTTV yesterday. Hide DescriptionTessanne Chin Go...

Beres, Snoop Lion (Dogg) among five nominated for Reggae Grammy

    KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Albums by Beres Hammond, Sizzla, Ziggy Marley, Sly and Robbie & the Jam Masters and American rapper Snoop Lion have been nominated for the Best Reggae Album category at next year's Grammy Awards.   Nominations were an...

Who will it be?

  Mystic Power: Alpha Blondy With a career spanning more than 30 years, the 60-year-old singer from the Côte d'Ivoire has made a name for himself, especially in Africa and Europe. He earned his sole Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album with 200...

Major Mackerel is adamant that he's "coming back".

  Once a staple in the 1980s with hits such as Pretty Looks Done and Dutty Bundle, he is determined that he will find his place in the current state of dancehall.   "I was absent from Jamaica for a while. But now I'm back and slowly but surely get...

Saddle To The East rides again

  AFTER a seven-year hiatus, the Saddle To The East live show will ride again. The charity event is scheduled for December 24 at Goodyear Oval in St Thomas. It is a joint effort between founder and dancehall artiste Bounty Killer and Upliftment, a ...

Sting, the greatest one night reggae and dancehall show on earth, celebrates 30 years

  Sting, the greatest one night reggae and dancehall show on earth, celebrates 30 years of live entertainment. Promoters DownSound Records and Supreme Promotions are taking the celebration across the globe by offering the STING 30th a Pay-Per-View ...

Prosecution continues case against Vybz Kartel and his co-accused today

  In the case against Vybz Kartel and his four co-accused…. The sister of the deceased man has admitted that her brother had been charged with illegal possession of firearm and shooting with intent. She made the admission during cross-examination...

Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award for Freddie

He is a pioneer of ska and reggae music and remains an icon of the genres. The Institute of Caribbean Studies will honour the legendary contributions of Freddie McGregor by presenting him with the 2013 Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) Gala at the JW Marriott on Friday in Washington DC.

Lava pushes Dann-I's growth

Rising reggae/culture singer Dann-I has come full circle as an artiste. A former member of the group Que (which placed fifth in the Digicel Rising Stars competition in 2005), Dann-I is now a member of singer I-Wayne's Lava family.