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Sandz shifts on cops’ report

ORGANISERS of party series Sandz have contradicted police reports that shots were fired at their event, held at Woodbine Mall in Etobicoke, Canada, on Sunday. In a release sent to the Jamaica Observer yesterday, organisers said they intend to “put to rest any rumours that may circulating”. “A gentleman was injured due to an act...

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Pat Kelly hailed as great talent

WITH Tuesday’s passing of veteran singer Pat Kelly, broadcaster/show promoter Michael Barnett says Jamaica’s music fraternity has lost a great talent. “He has made a fantastic contribution to Jamaican music. He was also a studio engineer for many years, so he mixed a lot of songs from that era and this was probably why his...

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Passenger rides onto Billboard

Two years ago, Denver, Colorado’s Project 432 entered the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart for the first time with The Science of Numbers . The five-piece reggae/rock fusion band returns at number eight with Passenger , released on July 5 by Roots Musician Records. The multi-song Soca Gold from VP Records returns to the number one...

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All they have is love for Gregory

Gregory Isaacs was gifted with a new headstone for his 69th birthday, July 15, at Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine. The short ceremony saw family and friends paying respects to the singer who died in October 2010 at age 59. The proceedings were officiated by Rev Father Selassie Fitzgerald and Deacon Ze-Dingel Greenland, who...

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Headstone for Gregory

TODAY is the 69th birthday of singer Gregory Isaacs, and his widow, June, is planning something special. “You know his birthday is on July 15 and we were wondering what we were going to do to commemorate this. We decided that a headstone change would be fitting,” she told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. “The reason...

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Sandz in trouble again

WITHIN 18 months, popular party series Sandz is at the centre of controversy. On Sunday, the Sandz Toronto Caribbean Music Festival held at the parking lot of the Woodbine Mall in Etobicoke, Canada, came to an abrupt ending after gunshots were fired. Several patrons received minor injuries in the melee that followed. Andrew Ellis, director...

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Dharma’s 17-year wait

Today, the Jamaica Observer presents the first in a five-part series on entrants in this year’s Festival Song Competition. Amid the high level of crime and violence, Festival Song Competition finalist Dharma says his piece, A Jamaica We Love , highlights the true beauty of the country. “The single is introducing Jamaica to the world…inviting...

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Kenya receives the Cure

A Kenyan show promoter has described Jah Cure’s July 6 show in Nairobi as “the biggest concert Kenya ever seen in over 15 years”. The singer was headliner for Umoja Splash Festival which took place at Uhuru Gardens in the East African country’s capital. According to the promoter, Kenya Don, Jah Cure performed for over...

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