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Dawkins explores older person's rural-to-urban experience – 'Maas Mat Comes to Town' opens December 27

While the Jamaican theatre season opens on Boxing Day with the curtains going up on a slew of new productions, playwright Basil Dawkins...
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Jamaica Youth Chorale ready for a record with Lux Aeterna

Last weekend, the award-winning Jamaica Youth Chorale (JYC) celebrated 10 years of growth in friendship, music, and imagination at its concert, Lux Aeterna...
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Ganja lyrics get royal treatment at 'Rootz Fest'

Western Bureau: Last Friday night, the 2018 Rastafari Rootz Fest unfolded against a backdrop of blazing spliffs and bubbling ganga pipes. A great...
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Jen Danielson joins Pandora as Head of Country Programming

Pandora has hired Jen Danielson as Head of Country Programming. Based in Nashville, Danielson (pictured) will oversee programming for country music at Pandora,...
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Concord Music buys theatre publisher and licensor Samuel French; launches Concord Theatricals

Concord Music has acquired legendary theatre publisher and licensor Samuel French and launched Concord Theatricals. Concord Theatricals is comprised of the professional and...
Colin Barlow

Colin Barlow returns to music industry with Merrystar company and other new ventures

Respected UK exec Colin Barlow has returned to the frontline of the business with a suite of companies aimed at breaking new music....
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Martin Bandier says he’s leaving Sony/ATV in ‘the greatest shape possible’ in final year-end memo to staff

Sony/ATV Music boss Martin Bandier has praised the publisher’s songwriters such as Drake, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga – as well as the company’s...
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Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour generated $432m in 2018 – a new world record

Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour grossed US $432.4m in ticket sales during 2018 – an all-time record in a calendar year. That’s according to...
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Jhaytea and Vershon use wordplay on new single

Belizean recording artiste Jhaytea is optimistic that his collaboration with Vershon, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, will improve his chances of getting the elusive...
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Neako Fire yearns for dancehall's good old days

Many people will argue that the ’90s was the best era in dancehall and selector/recording artiste Neako Fire is one of them. With...
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Niney Vennam to launch remix video

Portmore-based dancehall artiste Niney Vennam will be hosting a video release party for the hip-hop remix of his single ‘History Repeat’ at Tracks...
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Dancehall from the 2000s creates a 'Magnum Xplosion'

Despite early signs of a rainy night last Friday, queues of dancehall devotees could be seen walking along the streets leading to the...
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DJ Khaled in land of his 'brother' Buju – First J'can visit after 12 years raises possibility of collab

DJ Khaled has never hidden his love for Jamaica and has always supported Jamaican artistes, but it took 12 years for him to...
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360Degree engineering career

Dancehall deejay 360Degree is big on self-improvement, the Kingston-born deejay, who is also a professional barber, in New York City recently graduated from...
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Tarrus closes series on high note

Scores of patrons were denied entrance into the Chillin’ Serengeti at Hope Zoo in St Andrew on Thursday night to see Tarrus “Singy...
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ENTERTAINMENT YEAR-IN-REVIEW 2018: Capleton makes headlines

Capleton hit the headlines in 2018 and, for the most part, it was not about his music. The St Mary-born, 51-year-old artiste, whose...
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Downswell brings Xmas spirit to Falmouth

Kevin Downswell gave a breathtaking performance at the Falmouth Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Gospel Concert held on Water Square, in the heart...
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Cosmic Rotation to close in style

COSMIC Rotation 10 takes place tonight at The Pallet (North Avenue) in Kingston. According to organiser Simon Bowden, the sixth show for the...
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French revelation in Rockfort – Music connections lead to community project

For the past 20 years a quiet cultural exchange has been taking place between Aubagne, France, and Rockfort – an east Kingston, Jamaica,...
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'Spider-Verse' excellent in any universe

Since his debut on the big screen in 2002, there have been eight films featuring the wall-crawler known as Spider-Man, played by three...
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'Mary Lynch' directors plead innocence of bias

Andrew Roach, co-director of the recently staged play ‘The Innocence of Guilt: The Mary Lynch Story, has swung back at critics who claim...
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Double honours for Patterson in Miami

Each December, art fairs pop up in Miami, Florida, for a week. Art Basel, a contemporary fair which invites celebrities from all over...
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Cross Di Wataz is on tonight

Portmore Mall’s parking lot in St Catherine is expected to come alive with tonight’s staging of Cross Di Wataz. Promoted by Portmore Society,...
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How glad we were to know Nancy

What would Sunday radio in Jamaica be without a Nancy Wilson song? Hard to imagine. The jazz stylist, who died in California on...
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What’s the plan?

Independent art curator Gilou Bauer is calling for a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to the development of the arts here in Jamaica. For the...
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Startime says goodbye

The Jamaica Observer continues its reflection on the year in entertainment. This daily column looks on the achievers, trendsetters, those who died, and...
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KC choir performs for Christmas

The renowned Kingston College Chapel Choir will ring in the Yuletide season with its annual Christmas concert at the University Chapel, Mona today...
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City & Guilds signs MOU with HEART Trust/ NTA

City & Guilds of London Institute has signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the HEART Trust/NTA to provide students of...
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NCU to host int'l research conference

Northern Caribbean University (NCU) will host an international research conference at its main campus in Mandeville from March 27 to 30, 2019, under the...
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More than 5,000 students graduate from Centre of Occupational Studies

Just over 5,000 students from across the island graduated recently from the Career Advancement Programme (CAP), with another 399 obtaining their occupational associate...
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