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.