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Trench Town rocks on Sat

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THE annual Trench Town International Night Concert will take place at Boys’ Town Football Field in Kingston on Saturday.The event begins at 7:00 pm.“We have outgrown the Vin Lawrence Park, so we have moved it across the road which is more beautiful and can accommodate up to 30,000 people,” said Junior Lincoln, co-chair of the [...]

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Is brand Marley losing its roots?

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WITH a restaurant, coffee, and a musical associated with his name, is there a danger of anti-establishment hero Bob Marley being over-commercialised?That was the question pitched to the reggae legend’s daughter Cedella recently by Speakeasy magazine.She said no, pointing out that her father, who would have turned 69 tomorrow, was more than a singer/songwriter.“We have [...]

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‘D Brown’ show for Feb 23

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February is designated Reggae Month. So, starting today, the Jamaica Observer begins its daily coverage of stories to mark the occasion.DENNIS Brown’s tribute concert is scheduled for the downtown Kingston Waterfront on Sunday, February 23.Junior Lincoln, chairman of the Dennis Brown Foundation, said he expects the concert to go ahead as planned.“Last year we had [...]

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Tarrus walks down memory lane

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BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer Wednesday, February 05, 2014     THE rocksteady beat of Alton Ellis’ Too Late To Turn Back Now recently rocked the rehearsal room at Penthouse Records where singer Tarrus Riley and the Blakk Soil Band fine-tuned songs from his Love Situation album.Riley pays tribute to the rocksteady era on the [...]

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Death of a Reggae Ambassador

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BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer Tuesday, February 04, 2014     BUNNY Rugs was a struggling singer in 1976 when he went to a New York City club named the Bottom Line to see a band called Third World.“It so happened that a friend of mine saw the advertisement in the Village Voice and called [...]

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Chaka Khan gives No, No, No thumbs up

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com Wednesday, February 05, 2014     JAMAICAN music has struck a chord with American pop stars since the 1960s. One of them is singer Chaka Khan.The 10-time Grammy winner — a headliner at last week’s Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium — told the Jamaica [...]

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Bradshaw’s Skin gets out

THE Skin, which stars Jamaican actor Carl Bradshaw, is one of several movies up for screening at the 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles, California.The festival begins Thursday and concludes February 17.Produced by Antigua and Barbuda’s Hama Films Antigua and released in 2011, The Skin was shot in Antigua and is [...]

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Dancing in the rain as Beres closes Jazz & Blues 2014

Sunday, February 02, 2014 | 9:12 AM     TRELAWNY, Jamaica — Thousands braved the rains to listen to Jamaican crooner Beres Hammond as he brought the curtain down Sunday morning on the 2014 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.And the strong, persistent downpour, which threatened to wash out night 3, could not put a damper on [...]

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Chrisette Michele stays true to roots

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BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.comMonday, February 03, 2014     THE opening lines from American singer Chrisette Michele set the tone for her performance at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Trelawnyon Friday night.It gave an indication of the New York-born artiste’s Jamaican roots.“Wha’ a gwaan Jamaica!” she belted out in an authentic [...]

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Ride Along for third week

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LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — With Super Bowl XLVII weekend in full swing, Ride Along remained strong, steering Universal Pictures into the No 1 slot in a surprising three-week take-over at the box office.Topping multiplex sales since setting a January debut record when opening over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with US$48.6 million, the [...]

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