Chart Watch – iTunes | Bob at the beginning, Bob at the end | Entertainment

In One Love/People Get Ready, Bob Marley goes into the Bible when he sings, “as it was in the beginning/So shall it be in the end.” And so it is on the iTunes ranking of reggae albums heading to the end of the first week of 2018. Legend (Remastered), is in the top spot and In Dub Vol. 1, is the last. For good measure, Bob Marley and the Wailers albums have the final three slots, with Talkin’ Blues (Live) (Remastered) at 98 and Confrontation (Remastered) at 99. Added atop…

Sandz yes – but don’t forget Jazz and Blues – Target traffic control, not only venue choice | Entertainment

In all the brouhaha over the traffic snarl along the Palisadoes strip and the dual carriageway from the Harbour View roundabout towards Kingston on Monday night, we may be missing a significant opportunity to address traffic control at high volume entertainment events. For while the Sandz New Year’s Day party was the specific cause this time, we have been here before and we will get into another situation of traffic gridlock spoiling the party for those who attended and those who did not. What is required is a policy on…

Diddy, Brother Love or just Love? Rapper reconfirms name change | Entertainment

Diddy has reconfirmed he’s changed his name to Love. The 48-year-old rapper – whose real name in Sean Combs – announced on social media in November he wanted to be known as Brother Love, before backtracking and claiming it was all a joke. Now the artist previously known as Puff Daddy and P Diddy has appeared on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ to announce he has “unretracted my retraction”. Diddy said: “I never went back to Diddy and I made an edit from Brother Love, since I’m already black, to just Love.…

Hectic holidays for Shane O | Entertainment

Talented dancehall artiste Shane O was in sparkling form over the Christmas holidays, turning in performances at major shows like GT Taylor Xtravaganza, Stone Love Anniversary, Portmore Music Fest, Vershon Birthday Bash, Old Harbour Fest, and Eastern Extravaganza. He got positive reactions for his songs like Last Days and A Million. At GT Taylor Xtravaganza, he worked the stage like a real veteran during his onstage stint, interacting well with the crowd. While performing A Million, he stopped the rhythm and spoke to the audience about fake friends and remembering…

Etana wows Brazil | Entertainment

Reggae star Etana rang in the new year in Brazil after she delivered a stunning performance in Sao Luis that country on December 30 in front of 50,000 cheering fans. “The performance in Sao Luis was ‘wicked’. They sang the songs word for word. It was amazing to see the crowd couple up and waltz and slow wine to the reggae music. The venue was packed, and it was amazing to see how they turned out for reggae night. The promoter said 50,000 people packed the streets,” Etana said. Sao…

Skip Marley to rep reggae at Coachella Music Festival | Entertainment

Beyonce, Eminem and The Weeknd have been named as the headline acts for this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Bob Marley’s grandson, Skip Marley, will bring a bit of reggae influence to the event, which is set to take place take place on the consecutive weekends of April 13 to 15 and April 20 to 22. It is anticipated to be the biggest show in the history of the festival with several other entertainers, including Cardi B, French Montana, Migos,…

Curvy Diva takes on Marley remake | Entertainment

Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett launched her musical career last year with the single, ‘Lifestyle’. The move by the media personality into the realm of recording artiste has proved moderately successful. The artiste ended a potentially promising freshman year in music with performances in Africa. The trip to the continent saw the artiste perform at two events, Reggae Afrobeat Jamrock in Abuja and Wiz On The Beach in Lagos, both in Nigeria. Beyond performing, the word from Curvy Diva’s camp is that she connected with noted Nigerian producers Jimmy Jatt and…

Standpipe stays hype … community still a place for entertainment | Entertainment

If you are a regular listener of dancehall music, you would probably hear the name of this small ‘uptown ghetto’ community off Old Hope Road mentioned. Lyrics like Alkaline’s “any bwoy try that, Standpipe man bruk him up” in the single, Youngest and Baddest, and various mentions of Standpipe in the music of Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Demarco, and Jah Vinci will probably come to mind. However, the lyrics often times portray the community in a negative light, which residents will tell you is not the case. The community includes…

Gospel Spotlight: Diel talks love, hope in new EP | Entertainment

Spreading the gospel musically is usually interpreted as a Christian sharing their faith in a song. Adiel Thomas established a gospel ministry group with four other students while attending Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville, and they set about making their mark in the gospel music industry. The group soon performed as Adiel Thomas and the Ministry. The group lasted for approximately five years, and after touring the US and releasing a single 12-track album in 2015 titled College Days, the five members agreed to a split. Thomas accepted the…

Weh Dem Up To?: Gaza Sheba looking to bounce back | Entertainment

Gaza Sheba is just going by Sheba these days, but aside from alterations to her stage name, not much has changed for the entertainer. Sheba told THE WEEKEND STAR that she had to fight her way back from an episode with depression as a result of the dip in her career. But Sheba said she has once again found her footing and has her sights set on making some impact on the industry in the coming months. The entertainer explained that following Vybz Kartel’s incarceration, things got difficult for several…