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DJ Marshmello setting the record STRAIGHT

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BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer Sunday, March 29, 2015     BREAKING the glass ceiling is no longer unique, but in Jamaican music women still find it difficult to compete in certain mediums.Marshae-Dojn McAnuff, better known as DJ Marshmello, is making her mark as Jamaica’s only vinyl selector.Marshmello appears regularly at vinyl-only events including a […]

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Film fest aiming at A-Listers

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TODAY marks 100 days to the inaugural staging of the Jamaica Film Festival. The event is set for the Corporate Area July 7-11, and the organiser — investment engine JAMPRO — is moving full steam ahead.Carole Beckford, JAMPRO’s manager for the creative industries and film commissioner, is optimistic about the progress she and her team […]

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Spreading HYPE in the UK

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A DEAL between local cable channel HYPE TV and London’s CaribBe TV, will give Jamaicans in the United Kingdom easier access to programmes from home.According to HYPE TV’s managing director, Johann Dawes, the alliance will expand his company’s brand.“Despite the high number of first, second and third generation West Indians who call the UK home, […]

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New voyage for Jackie Mittoo in Africa

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AT his musical peak, Jackie Mittoo recorded outstanding Afrocentric songs like Drum Song. Africa had a lasting impact on the keyboardist/arranger.Mittoo travelled to the west Africa country of Ghana in 1985 with British reggae group Musical Youth, who were riding high at the time with the hit song, Pass the Dutchie.While there, he led recording […]

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Downtown Carnival – Reggae Soca Invasion

With patrons out from as early as 7 p.m. for the Downtown Carnival party, Reggae Soca Invasion at Skateland in East Kingston, recently, DJ Flabba Dabba threw out an eclectic mix of high-energy dancehall and soca to keep the crowd raving non-stop. To the delight of the patrons, DJ Kurt Riley also did a brief […]

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Gatorade fuels Bacchanal Socacise

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These patrons get refreshed before going into another round of exercises at the Gatorade booth. – Contributed photos Hundreds of soca revellers and fitness aficionados converged on the Mas Camp for the final staging of Bacchanal Jamaica’s Socacise. It was pure excitement and high energy as instructors gave a solid 90 minutes of exercise-routine instructions. […]

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ZJ Liquid records song with Safaree Samuels

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ZJ Liquid Safaree Samuels – Contributed photos Curtis Campbell, STAR Writer Popular DJ-producer ZJ Liquid is working with American rapper Safaree Samuels on a single called ‘One Time’, which will be featured on his upcoming album called ‘M Square’. According to the multi-award-winning DJ, he is following the footsteps of hip-hop producer DJ Khaled. “This […]

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Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall Highlights

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M.O. tried her best, but failed to impress the audience. – Winston Sill Photos Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter As the contestants move even closer to being in the ‘mansion’, it was Lava Vein, Sean Di Vere and Govona J who rose to the top of the pile during Saturday’s Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall […]

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I knew I wanted to sing – Rihanna

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Rihanna Rihanna used to copy Mariah Carey. The ‘Diamonds’ hitmaker knew from a young age that she wanted to be a singer, so she honed her craft by mimicking her favourite artistes, such as the ‘Hero’ hitmaker, Canadian songstress Celine Dion and reggae legend Bob Marley. She said: “I was always drawn to music and […]

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Digicel/Appleton Carnival rocks Mandeville Pon di Road

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Scenes during the Digicel/Appleton Carnival Pon di Road roadshow at Madeville Square in Manchester, last Friday. Following huge turnouts at stops in St Ann, Trelawny and most recently, Mandeville, the Digicel/Appleton Carnival ‘Pon di Road’ roadshow heads to Linstead today to deliver the same high energy and non-stop f?ting. On its stop in Mandeville, hundreds […]

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