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Mon, 9th Mar 2020

Hyah Fyah sticks to roots

Hyah Fyah 360 is hoping his latest single will resonate with listeners. The song is entitled Si Wi Yah Now.

“The song has the right sound and energy as a reggae song but more importantly, it has a message about being proud and grateful for what one has gone through and survived and still be standing. Si Wi Yah Now is about finding that strength to get through and the process of overcoming struggle, reaching a height of greatness and abundance. Hence, the declaration of 'si mi ya now', which translated means look at me now, I have survived,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Released on the Don Turan Music and Triumph Records label, the single was made available on all major streaming platforms in January 2020.

He believes the positive initial response augurs well for the reggae genre.

Hyah Fyah 360 is hoping his latest single will resonate with listeners. The song is entitled Si Wi Yah Now

“This song is a return to consciousness for reggae music which has lost its way a bit,” Hyah Fyah said.

“Roots and culture music is far from being just a niche genre which was mostly appreciated by the older generation, and has fast become a trending genre with the likes of Chronixx and now young Koffee, who are contributing to the culture of Jamaican music,” he said.

Hyah Fyah, whose given name is Anchady Creary, hails from the heart of Kingston, but currently resides in the United Kingdom.

He believes reggae has a bright future and he wants to be an impactful contributor to reggae's continued success.

Sun, 29th Dec 2019

Promoter/broadcaster GT Taylor is confident his Christmas Extravaganza: Euphoria was a success based on the crowd support at this year's event held at the Sand Bar Beach on Crane Road in Black River, St Elizabeth, on Wednesday.


Several hundred patrons came out to be entertained by Chronic Law, Daddy1, Starface and several other artistes from the Black River community.

“Yes, the crowd support did exceed my expectations, by all indications we have been able to establish Euphoria as another major party event on the south coast of Jamaica,” he told Jamaica Observer.


Chronic Law thrilled his fans with hits such as Government and Hillside, while Daddy 1 scored heavily with songs like Brogad, 876 and Anthem. Fast rising newcomer Starface waded into the crowd to perform her hit single, Ready' and teamed up with Maestro Don to do Trio and Ride It.

She was at full throttle in the middle of the crowd until a wardrobe malfunction caused her to cut her set short, but the audience loved her energy and great vibes.

The annual event sported a new look and feel, including a line-up featuring fewer acts and more music. It was held in St Elizabeth on Christmas Day, which is in keeping with what the promoters described as reflecting the demands of millennials.

Taylor praised the overall organisation of the event.

“The highlight of the event was the settings, the party vibes, the ambience it was just that — euphoria! I have to congratulate the police and Curry Security Company for doing an excellent job in security and traffic control. The party started at 6:00 pm and ended 4:00 am. Everything went smoothly,” he said.

“Once the inside of the venue was full, other persons did their own private parking. For 2020, there'll be a mixed entertainment package of selectors, not more than four acts, including a veteran performer. We will be catering for the young and also the mature audience,” he said.

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

' MUSIC More power to DJ Talia By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer

 With over 18 years' experience as a disc jockey and sound system selector, DJ Talia Powers has paid her dues on the Jamaican music circuit. She shows her skills Friday at the Iration Vinyl Series Female Selectors Edition, at 22 Oceanview Avenue in East Kingston. DJ Talia has worked at Irie FM for the past 12 years. She hosts Early Irie which airs 2:00 am — 6:00 am on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday. She points to the differences playing at a dance or function, from her radio gig.

On radio when yuh playing you can feel the energy but you can't see the immediate response of the audience. When you are out there playing, at a session or a stage show or whatever, you are seeing the response and you are feeding off the energy of the crowd and likewise, so it is a great dynamic and an amazing feeling,” she told the Jamaica Observer. Born and raised in St Ann, DJ Talia is from a musical family, which led to her career as a selector. “Music was always my passion,” she said. “I was born on music avenue, music was all around me. My father was a musician and an engineer so I suppose it was automatic for me to pursue music. It was something natural,” she said.

One of her first big assignments was being the resident selector at Magaritaville, Ocho Rios, the first woman to hold that position. Although she has not faced many gender challenges as a selector, DJ Talia implores aspiring female sound system spinners to be passionate about the music, because the journey is not easy. “You really have to love it because it is quite challenging at first, you have to be confident and dedicated. You have to keep getting better. If you are a female trying to compete with the men, it will be hard because it is still a male-dominated industry,” she expressed. Other selectors on Iration Vinyl Series Female Selectors Edition are Yumi of Yumi Hi Power, Deejay Naz, Deejay Iset, DJ NHM and DJ Marshello.

Fri, 26th Apr 2019

Challenger presses on

  After a 15-year stint as lead singer with the Caribbean band, Royalty, Challenger forging his path as a solo career.

The Dominican-born artiste made his debut in Jamaica a few weeks ago, at GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza stage show.

“A different sun, a different breeze. Jamaica is definitely a piece of paradise. It was my first visit and it felt like I have been there before. I felt like my presence was needed on the island, so I could transform into this great reggae artiste; a legend like the greats that did it and those that are still doing it. My trip to Jamaica was full of vibes, power and love,” Challenger told the Jamaica Observer.

He spoke about his experience on the the 18-year-old Christmas Day stage show in St Elizabeth.

“I worked the stage with the Ruff Kutt band, it doesn't get better than that. I had a good time on the stage, giving the patrons positive music, music of healing and love. My mission was to spread positivity and I believe the messages were received.”

He continued: “My music is full of vibes, spirituality and culture. I am bringing the messages of love, a zero tolerance for violence and justice for the poor. For me, residing in the tristate area it's like a taste of the Caribbean. Where it's like a collage of culture, but reggae music is the tool that keeps our people awake. A cry for unity, strength, positivity and enlightenment.”

It has been three years since Challenger (real name Floyd Challenger) decided to go solo.

While Otis Riddim has produced most of his material, Challenger has also worked with producers, including Izrah Music, SDRG Productions, Obanga Productions and House of Riddims.

His latest single, Nah Bodda with Dem, is currently creating ripples in the streets.

Nah Bodda with Dem is a dancehall song and a positive anthem. There is need for an anti-violence song with that hardcore dancehall feel to it. It is a message for the youths that they don't need to be part of a gang or clique to be cool,” Challenger added.

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Sun, 25th Nov 2018


This Week Stampede Streets Charts out of jamaica Challenger is The Feat,as Artiste of the week mason di emperor feat.as Artist of the week.Nathi prince feat.as Artist of the week.while Govana remains at the NO .1 Dance Hall Spot With the Single one and move and Wayne Marshall, Remains At the No.1 Reggae Spot With The hit Single Glory To God !!