06.15.18'I'm sorry' - Jah Cure apologises for bashing selectors

Reggae star Jah Cure has apologised for derogatory comments he made about the local selector community.

Popular selector Tony Matterhorn, who in his own Instagram post demanded an apology within a certain time, later posted that the entertainer had indeed apologised yesterday.

"Big up to Jah Cure and thanks for the apology on behalf of the sound fraternity. We respect that, you stood up and be the big man," he said.

Matterhorn reasoned, however, that some selectors would not accept the apology but that's what they asked for so "Unnu live with it".

He also showered praise on Jah Cure, saying he was one of the greatest dancehall/reggae singers.

"More life, more blessings to you and your loved ones. And big up yuhself same way," he continued.

He then promised to post Jah Cure's statement at a later time.

The apology came after at least three videos of the reggae artiste lambasting the 'sound clash fraternity' for being 'cheap' and 'waste men', were made public.

Selectors threaten to boycott

This propelled many selectors to threaten to boycott Jah Cure's music.

As the clips made their way through social media channels, there have come reports of selectors deleting Jah Cure's songs from their playlists.

In one video, the Risk It All singer said: "Matter of fact, all sound bwoy - s*ck unu madda. Me name Jah Cure. Mi rich. More than three quarter ah unu friend dem inna di industry - (expletive) mi nuh need dubplate money fi live!"

Before Jah Cure privated his page, in another video he said: "Sound clash fraternity have the most waste man. Unu cheap and cyaan even afford artiste, unu talk bout boycott. (Expletive), Mi rich, mi nuh need unu. Memba mi tell yuh, all ah unu who mek video, mi respect unu fi it. Mi ah guh si how long unu ah guh escape without beating. How dem cheap sound bwoy ah disrespect 'bout boycott? Mi nuh need unu."

Selector Chris Dymond posted his own video, expressing that while he and Jah Cure had no issues, the artiste was disrespectful to him and his job.

He said he was offended by the 'mother' comments.

"It means he thinks of us as garbage, scum on the Earth. Him cyaan do that. Mi nuh wah nuh Jah Cure song in my laptop again. Yuh nah see back nuh Jah Cure. Every selector across the world ah delete song off them laptop and post ah video. Mi cyaan play yuh music if yuh nuh respect mi," Dymond said.

He also defended his profession, saying persons regularly talk down to selectors, and belittle their contribution.

"And the first thing is, we ah get beatin'. Is we outta road a night time ah get most abuse from everybody. Police a harass we, promoter ah owe we money ... I don't know what happened, but him cyaan generalise. Joke ting dat," Dymond continued.

06.15.18Elephant Man satisfies music-hungry fans

Although he disappointed his fans by not partaking in the cook-off, dancehall artiste Elephant Man delivered an energetic and captivating set at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Washington, DC, on Sunday.

The screams were almost deafening when the flamboyant deejay's voice was heard through the speakers, and persons huddled closer to the front of the stage for an hour of invigorating entertainment. All the Energy God needed to do was start the intro of each track for the audience to take over and make it their own.

He had the audience showing off their version of the dance moves for some of his popular hits like Signal The Plane, Pon Di River, Sweep and Row The Boat. His set was complemented by his daughter, Haley, who proved to be just as good a dancer as her father, as she glided across the stage, much to the delight of the massive.

The stage wasn't enough for Elephant Man as he later climbed on to the speaker boxes to interact with his fans. Ditching his shoes, the playful deejay invited members of the audience to douse him with bottles of water. He then diverted his attention to his female fans, and churned out the lyrics to Michael Bolton's When A Man Loves A Woman and Beres Hammond's Tempted To Touch. As he attempted to leave centre stage, signalling the end of his set, the music-hungry crowd would not have it, and they demanded an encore.

"You done know say this is the season for jerk festivals, and for every staging me a go elevate it likkle more. A me name 'Energy God' enuh, so yuh know me exercise and keep fit fi performances like dem ya," he told THE STAR after giving his fans an encore.

He then apologised to his fans for not partaking in the cook-off.

"Me did just waa focus on the performance, and never waa have to cook and go back go change. Me think the cook-off was on a different day, But nuh worry, man, unuh may see me a cook at another staging," he said.

His challenger Rickey Platinum didn't accept his excuse, jokingly saying that the deejay doesn't have any cooking skills.

"Mi nuh think Ele can cook ya, man, but him never waa say it. Him know say this Yankee boy did a go beat him bad," he said between laughter.

Before Elephant Man's performance, persons filled their tummies with delicious jerk meals from the food booths. They were also treated to live performances from Third World and soca queen Alison Hinds

06.15.18Crime is everywhere - Shane O fearful of becoming a victim

STAR of the Month Shane O believes Jamaica's most pressing problem is crime, and although he is a popular entertainer, he admits that he, too, is fearful of becoming a victim.

"One bag a violence, and people a dead, dead. If me did have the power fi stop everything, me woulda dweet, but me can't dweet. People just a drop so like nothing," he told THE STAR during a recent interview.

He told THE STAR that he is also fearful for his life while he tries to make an honest bread.

"Me even fraid pan di road, bredda," he said.

Shane O told our news team that with all the murders and shootings that are taking place, it is only natural for him to be fearful.

The Tek It Tell Me singer also drew reference to the murder of Simone Campbell-Collymore, who was killed, along with her taxi driver, while entering her upper St Andrew home on January 2.

"That (crime) can reach anybody, enuh, mi general. If yuh watch the video with the lady weh drop out of her car, the bike boy dem pull the door and kill her. It's like she was pressing the alarm for her gate to open. So mi jus a try show yuh, look how far and a nice place she live," he said.

On the other hand, he said that people who live in the inner-city areas stand a better chance of not being targeted and trailed.

"Better yuh live inna the ghetto sometime cause the bike boy dem nah ride come in deh. Dem fraid fi come in deh. Uptown nice and pretty, and dem see it and say, 'Wow'."

When he was told by a member of his management that people in the ghetto are dying, too, Shane O offered some clarity on the matter.

"Yes, but that a if yuh and di man dem inna the garrison or whosoever catch up. But man outta road nah drive come inna yuh community come try that," he said.

So based on his fears, Shane O told THE STAR that he has strategies to safeguard himself against being followed.

"Me live whole heap of place. Dem can't study me. If me come ya so tonight, when yuh nuh see me, is a next place me deh," he said.

06.15.18Women must lead abortion conversation- Beenie Man

As debate reigns about decriminalising abortion, one dancehall artiste is addressing the importance of the female's voice. Beenie Man, King of the dancehall, told The STAR that women need to tell their story so both genders can understand the reasons for wanting an abortion.

"This is a conversation that I think the women must lead, especially in Jamaica, not the men. Too many women out there have babies for men who 'bun' abortion and are still not taking care of their children," said Beenie Man.

He added: "I am not saying one person must have more rights than the other, but there is too much that we don't know from rape to abuse, all kind of things need fi talk 'bout. It is not a simple matter to discuss, but we need to talk about it In-depth as a country."

Just last week, Parliamentarian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn moved a motion for the Government to decriminalise abortion, and provide women with safe and affordable methods to terminate pregnancy.

Music advocacy

In the earlier years of his career, the dancehall deejay released Don't Take Abortion, featured on his Black Liberty album. It speaks about a woman, despite knowing that her man really wants a child, still has an abortion without him knowing.

Other 90s singles like Murder She Wrote by Chaka Demus and Pliers, Mad Cobra's No Abortion, and Yellowman's Abortion also highlight the topic. But, according to Beenie Man, though not irrelevant to this millennium, "It is just men giving their opinions".

Emotional and painful

He said: "Everybody has an opinion and music is just one way that we share it."

Meanwhile, as Anthony Moses Davis, "the father", Beenie Man says: He is caught between a rock and a hard place.

"As a Rastaman, my beliefs will not be everybody's belief, but I advise against it. My view is that once the child can survive outside of the womb, without the mother, it is a person and should not be killed. If the law should change and give the woman the right to decide, then it should have that restriction," he said. "I wouldn't want any woman to make that decision without my input; it is emotional and painful for a man who is ready to be a father to go through."

He also said that as a father, he would not be in a position to tell his own children what to do. "The law doesn't give me any rights over anybody's womb, not even my own children," he said.

06.15.18Guitarist does first gospel single

Guitarist Robert 'Dubwise' Browne, best known for his work with Shaggy, is proud to announce the release of his first instrumental gospel single, 'You Make Me Stronger'.

It is the first single from Browne's upcoming, fourth full-length solo album, Elaine Marie, which will be released in October on the Electrifying Grooves Records label.

You Make Me Stronger is the perfect instrumental gem, whether you are praise dancing in church on Sunday morning or taking a few moments of meditation and regeneration. You Make Me Stronger is also a fine anthem for weddings, graduations and anniversary celebrations.

"The whole project is really in memory of my mom, who passed in 2016," said Browne. "You Make Me Stronger was one of her favourite songs, written and performed by one of her favorite Jamaican gospel artistes - Kevin Downswell. He did a rendition of the song at her memorial service, too," he said. "So besides the fact that I've also worked with Kevin on a couple of his shows and played on his records, You Make Me Stronger is special because it has a connection to my mom."

Browne said he's always considered himself somewhat spiritual.

"My gift of music came from a higher source, so I'm always grateful. But covering this particular song directly relates to my mom's passing," he said.

Browne is accompanied by some of Jamaica's finest musicians on the song, including Adrian 'Jerks' Henry (bass), Oliver 'Bliva' Thompson (drums) and Wade Johnson (piano and keyboards).

"I saw this band perform years ago at the Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues festival and I've wanted to work with them since then," said Browne. "They are a younger set of musicians than I am, but excellent nonetheless."

10.28.17Bob Marley's Hollywood star vandalised

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is currently carrying out an investigation to find the person/persons responsible for vandalising Bob Marley’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The STAR understand that on Monday, dents were discovered on the late reggae singer’s star. A photo of the damage was tweeted out by spokeswoman for the Walk of Fame, Ana Martinez.

CBS has reported Martinez as saying the incident was ‘disrespectful’. “I don’t know what they hit it with. I don’t know why people desecrate historic state landmarks," she said. “People are disrespectful."

Martinez disclosed that the star will be repaired by the Hollywood Historic Trust at the cost of nearly US$3,000, and says she hopes that the LAPD catches the vandal.

Marley was posthumously awarded the star in February 2001.

10.28.17Kartel still big abroad - song featured on hit US TV series

Song featured on hit US TV series

Despite being behind bars since 2011, dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel has continued to make headway on the international market.

Just a few months after his dancehall record Fever charted on the coveted Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, the deejay's music has seen international success again after a collaboration he did with popular Punjabi folk singer Mangi Mahal was recently featured on the hit TV series Preacher

The single Balle! Shava!, is now part of the show's soundtrack, which has exposed the 'Worl' Boss' to its more than three million viewers.

The series is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's popular 1990s comic book franchise of the same name.

Dominic Cooper plays the lead role. He is best known for playing Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger.

For those not familiar with the TV series, Preacher, it has been running on American cable station AMC since May 2016.

The show is now in its second season and has reportedly been renewed for a third next year.

Vybz Kartel, real name Adija Palmer, will get a shot at vindicating himself and walking free come February of next year when his appeal trial kicks off in the Appeal Court in Kingston.

The dancehall star is currently serving a life sentence for a 2014 murder conviction. He will be eligible for parole in 35 years.

Throughout the two-month trial, the defence argued that police officers had tampered with cell phone evidence presented in court and also intimidated one of the defence witnesses.

A member of the jury was also arrested on the same day that the artiste was convicted of murder. He was accused of trying to bribe fellow jurors to return a not-guilty verdict

In August when Fever charted on the Billboard, Kartel's business partner, Michael Dawson, told THE STAR that the incarcerated deejay, despite his legal woes, remained in high demand in the United States.

"I think people like Drake and Justin Bieber have brought back dancehall into the mainstream, and Vybz Kartel is the best dancehall has right now," he said. "He will be the most searched-for entertainer. In the States right now, Vybz Kartel is very popular, and mainstream radio has been playing a lot of dancehall music."

10.28.17Top reggae acts featured on MBJ Airports mixtape

MBJ Airports, operator of Sangster International Airport, announced that the MBJ Mixtape 2017, featuring some of the islands best artistes, is now playing on repeat at the airport.

The mixtape was produced by Sean 'Razz' Cousley of RazzAttack Muzik to welcome travellers.

Tracks were selected to call attention to the natural beauty of the country, its unique culture and singular 'vibes' that can only be captured by the island's music.

"We wanted to create a more authentic, 'irie' Jamaican experience at the airport to heighten the feeling travellers get as they step off the plane," said MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne.

Chronixx kicks off the mixtape with two tracks off his Chronology album, Skankin and Smile Jamaica.

He also represents with Ain't No Giving In, Mi Alright, featuring Kabaka Pyramid and on Protoje's Who Knows.

Jah9's Feeling Irie follows the first two tracks before Damian Marley's timeless hit, Welcome to Jamrock. Tony Rebel's classic, Sweet Jamaica, then leads into another track of the same title by Mr Vegas, featuring Shaggy and Josey Wales.

Queen Ifrica encourages visitors with Let's Get Silly and represents her hometown with Welcome to Montego Bay.

Bugle contributes heavily to the mix, with several interludes and tracks off his latest albums, including Love Me Only, featuring Shensea, and Anointed.

Christopher Martin is also well represented on the mix, with Fimi Island, My Love and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Dancehall stalwarts are also represented as the mix progresses on tracks like Love Mi Jamaica by Red Fox and Shaggy, Yardie, by TOK, Always Summer, by Agent Sasco, Love the Vibes by I-Octane, and Gyal You A Party Animal from Charly Black.

10.28.17Campari Pop Style heads to MoBay

The Campari Pop Style, a party series where Campari tries to find Jamaica's stylish male and female, makes its final stop before the finals at Pier 1 in Montego Bay tonight.

The first two were held in Kingston and May Pen. Resident judges, designer and stylist Balla Shawn and stylish/publicist/author Alykhat will be joined by guest judge Kim Goodall.

Alykhat is asking contestants to come out and Pop Style early to be selected, as pre-judging starts at 9 p.m.

"The judges are in the crowd watching contestants for not only what you have on, but how you wear it. We are expecting you to 'pop style' from the moment you enter, not just on stage," she said. "Remember, it is the crowd that chooses the winner, and people are watching you, so you have to make an impression early."

Goodall wants contestants to not only be creative, but comfortable.

"In Kingston and May Pen people got very creative, even using lights, and that's great, we need to see creativity," she said. "But what I would like to see are both men and women not just being creative but looking comfortable in their chosen style, and for it to be wearable in real life, not just on a stage."

The judges will decide the top three most stylish females and males for a chance to win cash and critique the top six contestants to assist the crowd to make the final decision.

The crowd will then decide the winners, who will take home $75,000 each.

At the finals in Kingston on Saturday, November 11, the six winners from the three regional events in the series (Kingston, May Pen and Montego Bay) will go up against the two most stylish found at the finale event at the waterfront, downtown Kingston, in addition to two wild cards from the previous events, chosen by the resident judges.

The 10 finalists vie to be named most stylish male and female and win $250,000 each.