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876-411 Review Show – Buju’s appeal and the Alkaline-Vybz Kartel comparison

Buju Banton AlkalineCheck out the newest episode of the live, online Jamaican entertainment show, 876-411, hosted by Marc Brown.

This episode takes a look at Buju Banton’s appeal for a new trial and his lawyer’s comments that he could be out this year, as well as the ongoing comparisons between Dancehall stars Alkaline and Vybz Kartel.

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Kartel led gang tied to over 100 murders, says Jamaican police commissioner

Vybz Kartel sentencedControversial Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel has been labelled as many things throughout his career, most recently a convicted murderer after being found guilty in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams trial in March.

Add gang leader to the numerous labels attached to the deejay after Jamaica’s police commissioner, Owen Ellington branded Kartel as such while insinuating his gang is responsible for over 100 murders island wide. The commissioner said this during an interview on Wednesday night with Dionne Jackson-Miller on All Angles, intimating that they have tracked Kartel’s movements for years and are confident of their findings, but believe the entertainer has long been shielded by his unwavering popularity.

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Kartel, Shawn Storm maintain innocence in light of life sentence in murder conviction

Vybz Kartel 2014Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel and long-time protégé, Shawn Storm have spoken out for the first time since their convictions and subsequent life sentence on murder charges in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder charges.The two, along with Kahira Jones and Andre ‘Mad Suss’ St. John were sentenced Thursday, with Kartel not eligible for parole for the first 35 years of his sentence, while Shawn Storm will not be eligible until 25 years into his sentence. On Friday, the pair issued short, handwritten statements thanking fans for their undying support while continuing to maintain their innocence in spite of the convictions.

Kartel’s note said, “I would first like to again reiterate that I never killed Clive Williams nor did I order his killing. To my family I want to say thank you for being there for me. Equally to my fans whose unremitting support matters to me! Bless, Kartel.”

Shawn Storm offered similar sentiments to his supporters.

“To the fans and fams I am an innocent man and I am just saying I am good and in great health and spirit,” he said. “So from me to the fans and ma fams and my mother, daughter and family I am confident that in the long run I will be vindicated.”

Meanwhile, voice notes used as evidence against Kartel and his co-accused were released to Jamaican media on Friday, telling a damning tale of the events leading up to August 2011 murder of Williams. In said voice notes, which can be heard in their entirety here, Kartel continuously references the disappearance of ‘shoes,’ a code word for guns, according to testimony from the Crown’s main witness, Lamar Chow. An agitated Kartel can be heard threatening that if Chow or Williams did not find said ‘shoes’ by nightfall, one or both could face fatal consequences.

Additionally, the Police High Command issued a statement lauding the work done by law enforcement in the case while revealing the challenges encountered during the trial, detailing accusations of witness tampering, death threats, obeah ritualism and attempts to pervert the course of justice. The full statement can be read here.

Kartel, along with two others, faces an Aug. 11 court date, facing two conspiracy charges in relation to the Williams case.

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Vybz Kartel has no plans to record in prison, says lawyer

Vybz Kartel 2014The life sentence handed down Thursday to convicted Jamaican entertainer, Vybz Kartel could mean the end of his music career, with his lawyer saying the deejay will not be recording while serving time.


Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was handed the sentence, with the first 35 years served without being eligible for parole, in relation to a murder conviction three weeks earlier after being found guilty, alongside three co-accused, in the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in St. Andrew. One of the main talking points following the March 13 verdict was whether or not the controversial Dancehall star would be allowed to record music while behind bars, a privilege afforded to Reggae singer, Jah Cure following his rape conviction in 1999.

That now appears to be a moot point.

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876-411 Review Show – Featuring Vybz Kartel, Ninja Man and more

Vybz KartelWelcome to Episode 9 of the live, Jamaican online entertainment show, 876-411.

Tonight’s episode looks at more fallout in the aftermath following Vybz Kartel’s conviction on murder charges, why artists get in trouble, a special look at Ninja Man and even a peek into the English Premier League title race.

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876-411 Review Show – The Vybz Kartel Special

Vybz Kartel 2014Welcome to this special episode of 876-411, looking at controversial Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer days following his conviction on a murder charge in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams case. This episode looks at Kartel’s murder conviction, its impact on Dancehall music and his musical legacy. Hosted by Jodee ‘Marc Parc’ Brown.

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Vybz Kartel found guilty of murder, set to be sentenced later this month

Vybz Kartel found guiltyEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel has been convicted of the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams following a majority verdict returned by the presiding jury in the case Thursday evening.

Kartel, along with Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre ‘Mad Suss’ St. John were all found guilty of the murder by a 10-1 majority verdict, which was confirmed following a deliberation which took just over two hours in the Home Circuit Court. Shane Williams, another of the co-accused, was found not guilty and immediately released by presiding judge, Lennox Campbell.

The verdict concluded a nearly 65-day-long trial which began last November, the longest trial in Jamaican history. Scenes outside downtown Kingston were tense, with large crowds congregating in anticipation of the verdict surrounded by a heavy police presence. A general shock and anger was seen once word filtered through that Kartel was found guilty, with said crowds protesting and demanding answers as police aimed to cordon them off and dissuade any illegal activity.

In addition to the convictions, a juror in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams case was arrested and will be prosecuted according to multiple reports after it was alleged he attempted to bribe the foreman of the jury panel. The foreman rejected the alleged offer and reported this alleged bribery to the judge.

Vybz Kartel and his co-accused will official be sentenced on March 27. However, his legal team, headed byTom Tavares-Finson has indicated they will file an appeal with a higher court in attempt to have the conviction overturned.

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Vybz Kartel Trial – Star Witness To Be Recalled.

Vybz Kartel Trial – Star Witness To Be Recalled.

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Kartel denies involvement in ‘Roach’ murder, threatens actions against police

Vybz Kartel 2013With his name being tied to yet another murder, incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel is fed up with law enforcement and is threatening to take action against them for what he deems as consistently unfair treatment.

On Thursday evening, the polarizing deejay issued a handwritten letter to the publicaddressing a report earlier this week by the Constabulary Communications Network (CCN), revealing that they seized cellular phones, flash drives, a DVD player and an iPod from his cell during separate searches on September 16 and 17. The search was done as part of an investigation into the shooting death of popular Dancehall producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels, Kartel’s former road manager.

In the letter, Kartel pulled no punches as he criticized police for their handling of the searches while vehemently denying any involvement in Samuels’ murder.

“I must first say that the Jamaican police are the worst inefficient set of police in the world,” said Kartel. “Who say they act on intelligence when it is completely the opposite. If ‘Roach’ was killed on Mannings Hill Road Sunday morning, what kind of intelligence could have led the police to Horizon Remand Centre Sunday at midday. I have never spoken to ‘Roach’ or anyone associated with him nor did I have any altercation with him.”

Kartel insisted that he had a permit to carry the various items that were taken from him during the separate searches, citing that Horizon Remand Centre is amongst several prisons which have permits allowing inmates to use different gadgets.

Meanwhile, he hinted that he will be taking action against the police following these most recent events.

“This is not the first time the police have told lies on me since I’ve been here and like the last time when four cell phones were “found in my cell”, I will be contacting INDECOM,” he said, “Mi tired a dem police ya. Police!!! Come off mi back now!! And for once, GO DO REAL POLICE WORK!! Unuh come in like a crosses inna mi life! Mi nuh member bout ‘Roach’ and mi nuh remember bout unuh.”

He then added a postscript regarding the events leading up to Samuels’ death, saying,“Everybody in the streets knows what took place in the “PARTY” between ‘Roach’ and “DEM” so all a who a use dem police friend to try frame me, remember this….. Unfair game play twice.”

All the items seized from Kartel’s cell are being analyzed for evidential purposes as police try to determine what link, if any, they have to Samuels’ murder.

Read Kartel’s full note from behind bars here.

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Police search Vybz Kartel’s jail cell as part of Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels murder investigation

Vybz Kartel 2013As an investigation into the tragic murder of popular Dancehall producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels continues, police say they have seized items from the jail cell of his former associate and embattled deejay, Vybz Kartel as they try to solve the case.

According to a report Wednesday from theConstabulary Communications Network (CCN)police took two cellular phones and three flash drives from Kartel’s cell during a search on Sunday at the Horizon Remand Centre in Spanish Town. However, they did not give what link, if any exists between the items seized from his cell and Samuels’ murder.

On Monday, police returned to Kartel’s cell, taking a DVD player and an Apple iPod.Additionally, a DVD player was taken from the jail cell of Kartel’s protégé, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, who is co-accused in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case alongside Kartel.

The jail cell of another popular entertainer,Garfield ‘Zebra’ Vassell was also searched by law enforcement officials, with a SIM card being seized from the cell as well as a paper with a set of instructions.

All the items seized in these respective searches will be analyzed for evidential purposes by police as they continue to search for clues in relation to Samuels’ murder.

Samuels, 46, was shot and killed while in his vehicle after leaving a party in Kingston early Sunday morning. He is renowned for crafting hit rhythms such as the Siren Riddim in 2005, theOverproof Riddim in 2011 as well as the Overtime Riddim earlier this year.

He also served as Vybz Kartel’s former road manager for several years until the two fell out in 2010.

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Vybz Kartel’s former road manager turned producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels murdered

Patrick Roach Samuels RIPFamed Jamaican music producer and the former road manager for popular deejay, Vybz Kartel, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels is dead, according to multiple reports Sunday morning.

Samuels was shot and killed by gunmen multiple times shortly after 4 a.m. on Sunday by gunmen while inside his vehicle near a gas station in Mary Brown’s Corner, St. Andrew, according to police. He reportedly tried to escape in his Chevrolet Avalanche but crashed while driving along Mannings Hill Rd. after more shots were fired at him.

The matter is now being investigated.

Samuels was known for several years as the right hand man of currently incarcerated deejay, Vybz Kartelserving as his road manager until the pair reportedly fell out in 2010. He is renowned for producing the Siren Riddim, which featured Sean Paul’s international smash,Break Out as well as, Emergency by Vybz Kartel.

His most successful production was the Overproof Riddim in 2011, a rhythm he worked on alongside JA Productions. The compilation featured artists such asBeenie Man, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw,Daniel Bedingfield and garnered much international success with several songs from it topping charts worldwide.

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Vybz Kartel to unveil new album, ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy’ this month

Vybz Kartel 2013 albumEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel is set to release his ninth studio album later this month, despite remaining incarcerated on murder and conspiracy charges.

According to reports Tuesday, Kartel will unveil a new triple-disc, Kartel Forever: Trilogy on September 24, marking his second album release this year. The album features a whopping 60 tracks, including unreleased material and recent hit songs. His first single off the album, School, which was produced by his common-law wife, Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson was released in late August.

In a press release, Kartel spoke of his new project.  “I want to thank all my supporters for your love and unfailing support throughout these trying times. Even though I am incarcerated, I am still up to the time. This album shows that I get stronger with each passing second. Tad’s plus Adidjaheim Records is a sick formula and the result is Kartel Forever: Trilogy. Worl’ Boss full stop.”

Other songs included on Kartel Forever: Trilogy include Business and Compass while producers such as UIM Records, Elvis ‘So Unique’ Redwood and many others are featured on the record.

Tad Dawkins, owner of the album’s local distributor, Tad’s Record said of the project, “Producing and affiliating ourselves with projects that showcase exquisite craftsmanship is something that, as a company, we at Tad’s Record take great pride in doing. Therefore, working with the World Boss, Mr. Palmer himself again, after the exceptional successes of our first project together Pon Di Gaza 2.0, was a no-brainer. “Sublime” is the one word that sums up the album, Kartel Forever: Trilogy.”

In July, Kartel released an album version of his book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto: Incarcerated But No Silenced on iTunes.

The explicit version of Kartel Forever: Trilogy will be available in stores while both explicit and clean version will be available on iTunes and other digital music outlets.


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Vybz Kartel’s common-law wife, ‘Shorty’ debuts her own music label

ksTanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson, the devoted common law wife of incarcerated dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel is proudly debuting her own Short Boss Muzik label with the release of School.

Following in the footsteps of Kartel, Tanesha Johnson akaShorty is using music in order to cope and fill out the void of her husband’s absence. Surrounded by great team of producers, and a strong digital distribution company, ‘Shorty’ shares with Dancehall fans the essence of Vybz Kartel with School. Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, the single, School performed by Vybz Kartel will be available to the public via iTunes on August 27.

Contrary to various rumors, Shorty and Kartel’s relationship is stronger than ever, Vybz reminds the public and acknowledges his love and support via several media statements such as recently in regards to his best seller book “Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto” making its way into prestigious American universities “TO MY COMMON LAW WIFE TANESHA “SHORTY” JOHNSON FOR HER WELL NEEDED SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT. THANK YOU.”

Adidja Palmer, better known as Vybz Kartel was recently found not guilty of one of the murder charges but remains incarcerated on another pending murder charge. That trial is scheduled to get underway on November 18.

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Vybz Kartel book endorsed by American universities


Voice of the Jamaican GhettoDespite an apparent hesitance by some Jamaican bookstores and universities to facilitate it, Vybz Kartel’s debut book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has now received strong endorsements from prestigious American universities, according to co-author, Michael Dawson.

According to reports this past weekend, Prominent Ivy League school, Princeton University as well as Duke University in North Carolina and Vanderbilt Universityin Tennessee now have Voice of The Jamaican Ghettoin their respective libraries. This adds to attention Kartel’s book has received from major international media outlets such as HOT 97FM as well as sales in places such a Germany, Chile, Austria, Holland and many other countries.

While Dawson is pleased with the universal exposure, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has received, he believes the book still has not received full appreciation from the Jamaican public.

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Vybz Kartel thanks fans, lawyers after being freed of murder charge

Vybz Kartel freedInternationally-acclaimed Jamaican entertainer, Vybz Kartel has expressed gratitude to his family, friends and lawyers less than 24 hours after being freed of murder and gun-related charges in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton trial Wednesday morning.

A 12-member jury returned a not guilty verdict in favor of Kartel, under the directive of Supreme Court judge, Bryan Sykes during a hear inside the Home Circuit Court. The Dancehall superstar, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was freed along with two co-accused Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson after Judge Sykes after the prosecution dropped its case against the men. This took place a day after the Crown had their application to allow the entry of witness statements into evidence denied as the judge ruled that they did not take enough steps to ensure the location of witnesses who were expected to testify in the trial.

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Vybz Kartel found not guilty in Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton murder trial

Vybz Kartel freeEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel is now one step closer to full freedom after he was officially freed of a murder charge in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton trial Wednesday morning.

A 12-member jury was instructed by Supreme Court judge, Bryan Sykes to return a not guilty verdict in favor of the popular entertainer after the Crown offered no further evidence to continue its case. This news comes a day after Judge Sykes denied the entry of two witness statements into evidence by the prosecution after determining that the Crown did not take enough steps to locate missing witnesses who were due to testify in the trial.

The self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ stood accused of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the July 2011 shooting of Burton, a St. Catherine-based businessman and promoter. Kartel’s co-accused, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson were also freed of murder charges and are free to go.

However, Kartel will remain in police custody as he awaits a November trial date in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams case as he has yet to receive bail in the matter. Kartel and five other men are accused of participating in the death of Williams in August 2011 at a Havendale property in St. Andrew.

Kartel, his long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and studio engineer, Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are accused of conspiracy in relation to the Williams matter.


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Vybz Kartel expected to be acquitted in murder trial

Adidja PalmerEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel is expected to be acquitted of murder and gun-related charges in relation to the July 2011 shooting death of St. Catherine businessman after a judge rejected two witness statements submitted by prosecutors in the deejay’s trial.

Multiple reports Tuesday afternoon confirmed that Supreme Court judge, Bryan Sykes denied the Crown’s application to have the witness statements read into evidence, despite the witnesses being absent from testifying in the trial. According to Judge Sykes, the prosecutors did not show enough effort in locating the missing witnesses.

As a result, a hearing will now take place on Wednesday inside the Home Circuit Court, where it is expected that a 12-member jury will return a not guilty verdict, therefore acquitting Kartel of charges including murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. He along with Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson stand accused of participating in Burton’s death as he walked along Gregory Park in St. Catherine.

Should Kartel be formally acquitted, it will be the second case the controversial entertainer has secured victory in after drug charges stemming from his initial arrest in September 2011 were dropped in June of last year.

However, Kartel will remain in police custody as he awaits the beginning of the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial between Nov. 18 and Dec. 5. Kartel and five other men are accused of participating in the August 2011 killing of Williams, a St. Catherine-based dancer.

Kartel and his long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler along with studio engineer, Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are accused of conspiracy charges in relation to the Williams case.


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Another postponement in Vybz Kartel murder trial

Vybz KartelIt was another new trial date but the same old story for embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel as the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton trial was stalled yet again Monday morning.

The deejay, whose real name is Adidja Palmer now faces a July 8 court date in the matter after it was put off during a hearing inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court due to the unavailability of prosecutors. Subsequent media reports have also indicated that said prosecutors have been unable to locate the main witness in the case, which has also halted proceedings.

Last week, it was reported that Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor told a judge that Kartel tried to bribe the witness with JA$3 million in exchange for his silence.

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Vybz Kartel murder trial postponed until November

vybzcoverIncarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer will have to wait another six months before he knows his fate in one of his murder cases as the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial has once again been postponed.

The trial has been pushed back to Nov. 18-Dec. 6 after the matter was mentioned inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston Monday morning. Kartel was represented in court by attorney-at-law, Tom Tavares-Finson, who replaced Valerie Neita-Robertson as his lawyer in the case.

The polarizing deejay is jointly charged alongside Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St. John in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams matter. Each of the men are accused of participating in Williams’ murder at a Havendale, St. Andrew residence in August 2011, with the prosecution claiming they have video and audio evidence linking the men to the murder.

Meanwhile, Kartel’s next appearance is set for June 10th as he and two co-accused will stand trial in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton murder case. The trial will reportedly commence as schedule despite a lack of cooperation on the part of its key witness. The men are charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the July 2011 murder. Burton was shot and killed while walking alongside Gregory Park in St. Catherine.

Vybz Kartel has been afforded bail in that case but has yet to receive bail in the latter case, meaning that should he win the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton trial before the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams trial took place, he would still remain in custody.

The self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ has been in jail since September 2011.


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Vybz Kartel’s conspiracy case postponed until July

Gaza SlimIncarcerated Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel will return to court for a second consecutive summer as his conspiracy case has been put off until July.

The matter, which is connected to the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case was mentioned at a hearing inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston Friday morning. Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer is jointly charged alongside singer and long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler as well as studio engineer, Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry with attempting to pervert the course of justice and perverting the course of justice.

Gaza Slim admits the constant delays have frustrated all parties involved, telling IRIE FM that the legal process has been tiring. However, she is optimistic there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.

“Dem just constantly putting it off, putting it off but yuh done know, a God we put we trust inna enuh, not mankind so what is to be must be,” she said. “Just waiting on the boss [Kartel] to just come out. Yuh done know everybody miss him but I miss him the most.”

Gaza Slim and Pim Pim are currently out on bail while Kartel, who was granted bail in the conspiracy matter last November, remains imprisoned as he has yet to be afforded bail in the Williams murder case.

He is expected to return to court May 27th in the Williams matter when the trial is expected to commence. He and five other men are accused of participating in Williams’ murder in August 2011.


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Vybz Kartel says Tommy Lee and Popcaan have betrayed him

Vybz KartelIncarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel insists he has never been physically harmed during his 19-month long jail stay, but claims he has been stabbed in the back by two of his prized protégés.

The controversial entertainer, whose real name is Adidja Palmer has been the subject of rumors once more after reports emerged last month that he was stabbed and beaten in jail during an altercation. Kartel’s business associate and the author of his Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto book, Michael Dawson quickly squashed the speculation.

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Mp3: Vybz Kartel & Gaza Slim – Stop Gwaan Like Yuh Tuff (A7remix)

Mp3: Vybz Kartel & Gaza Slim – Stop Gwaan Like Yuh Tuff (A7remix)

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New Vybz Kartel album could be released this summer

Vybz KartelAs embattled deejay, Vybz Kartel awaits a spring court date to begin his long-awaited murder trial, he could be set to release a new album from behind bars this summer as he looks to satisfy his fans’ desire for new material.

On Sunday, reports emerged that the ‘Worl’ Boss’ is planning to drop a 20-track album from jail, featuring a number of unreleased tracks as well as current hits. No name nor release date has been announced for the album. However, people associated with Kartel’s camp insist the project is in the works and that fans can look out for singles from the compilation in the near future.

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Vybz Kartel blasts police in new letter from jail

Vybz KartelHaving been incarcerated for nearly 17 months on murder and conspiracy charges, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer has unleashed his fury on Jamaican police forces in a new letter from prison, alleging they have done everything imaginable to keep him behind bars.

The five-page handwritten letter, publicized via Kartel’s official Twitter page on Wednesday, outlines accusations by the embattled deejay that police have concocted lies, threats and evidence in order to smear his reputation prevent him from achieving bail.

Titled, This is Adidja Palmer stating the facts, the controversial entertainer holds nothing back.

“In 2011, I was charged for murder by way of a statement which indicated that I had ordered Lenburgh McDonald to murder Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton. Weeks later, said witness gave a statement to the Public Defender saying that he was physically assaulted and threatened by the police to say that I was involved in ‘Bossie’ Burton’s death. Days later, he gave another statement to the Public Defender saying that since he recanted the first statement, he has been getting death threats via calls to his phone.”

“Days after my first murder charge, I was charged with another murder (Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams). In this case, the police (by way of a Senior Superintendent who was later charged with “attempting to pervert the course of justice” in a separate incident) campaigned every Monday morning on a certain TV station claiming they had DNA evidence, which came back 7 months later as negative. They also led the public to believe that they had video tape of me and my co-accused murdering Williams. I would like to add that the police made a lot of damaging remarks against me. A most notable one would be “since his arrest, the community is a safer place.”

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New petition urges fair trial for Kartel

3165f54a302a128e148cdf239292ed99Nearly 17 months into his incarceration, well-renowned Dancehall singer, Vybz Kartel is receiving a push on his behalf for a fair trial as fans are circulating a petition to secure the deejay’s release from prison.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer has bounced between lock-ups in Kingston and Spanish Town since his September 2011 arrest as he is awaiting his day in court on murder and conspiracy charges. Despite securing bail in two of his three court cases, Kartel remains in prison as he has yet to be offered bail in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case. As a result, the self-professed ‘Worl Boss’ will languish in the Horizon Remand Centre until May 27 when the matter will once again be mentioned.

However, Michael Dawson, the co-author of Kartel’s book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has started a petition asking that Kartel be allowed temporary freedom and the chance to earn a decent living until his trial begins.

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Vybz Kartel set to unveil documentary later this year

Vybz KartelEmbattled Dancehall megastar, Vybz Kartel continues to let his voice be heard despite being silenced in a Spanish Town jailhouse.

Days after his Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto co-author, Michael Dawson tweeted several fan messages on his behalf, Kartel will reportedly be unveiling a documentary based on his life and work. According to Urban Islandz, a close associate of the ‘Worl’ Boss’ confirmed that a deal has been agreed with a well-known filmmaker who has acquired rights to the biopic documentary.

“Fans can look out for Vybz Kartel documentary by year end,” the associate said. “Vybz feel now is the right time for his documentary because of his currently legal troubles and as we all see how the justice system is treating him unfair.”

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Video: Vybz Kartel – Noisey Jamaica Episode One

Vybz Kartel – Noisey Jamaica Episode One
Watch Vybz Kartel’s “My Crew” here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ah8lhmKEUQ
Host Codine Williams goes to Gaza, Jamaica to meet Vybz Kartel’s crew and get a people’s perspective on the controversial dancehall icon.

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Kartel remains strong despite latest delay in murder case

Vybz KartelDespite the continuous postponements of his murder case, embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Vybz Kartel remains undeterred by the uncertainty surrounding his long-standing legal woes.

On Monday, Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was due to stand trial at Kingston’s Home Circuit Court in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams case, only to be told to return on May 27 in the matter. This as a result of an undermanned jury, which reportedly raised the ire of The Crown and Kartel’s defense team as they were ready to begin.

Having been jailed for early 16 months while awaiting trial, it has been a strenuous test of will for Kartel. However, the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ is letting the public know that he remains strong in spite of the wait.

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Vybz Kartel murder trial put off until May

KartelIt may be a new year, but the same problems are rearing their ugly heads in the ongoing murder trial of internationally-acclaimed deejay, Vybz Kartel.

Kartel’s trial in the murder case of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams was scheduled to get underway at the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Monday. However, the matter was postponed yet again after lawmakers determined there were insufficient jurors.

The prosecution and defense teams in Kartel’s case expressed their disappointment with the development as they were ready to proceed.

Nevertheless, they will all reconvene on May 27, when the trial is expected to commence.

This is the second postponement of the matter since it was originally set to begin last November. However, the case was delayed until Jan. 21 as Kartel’s lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson was working on a separate case.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, faces one count of murder in the case along with Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, Andre St. John and Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye. The latter of the accused is currently on bail.

Each of the men are accused of killing Williams during an incident at a Havendale residence in St. Andrew in August 2011.

Law enforcement officials later claimed they captured video and audio evidence linking each of the accused to the murder. Williams’ body has not been found.

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Jamaica’s security minister points finger at Vybz Kartel for triggering crime

KartelDespite the many accomplishments Dancehall music has been accredited with since its inception, the popular genre continues to garner heat for inciting crime and violence within Jamaican culture, as exemplified by recent comments made by one of the island’s most prominent politicians.

On Thursday, Jamaica’s security minister, Peter Bunting made some strong remarks regarding Dancehall while speaking at a Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains meeting in St Andrew. Minister Bunting used this platform to express his concern that Dancehall continues to hinder efforts by the government to curb criminal behavior.

In part, Bunting pointed to Jamaica’s affection for anti-heroes, explaining, in part, the root of rebellion that exists within the island.

“I think that a national hero that we haven’t named officially is ‘Anansi,’ because Jamaicans seem to love… an anti-authoritarian element in our culture,” he said.

However, what made Bunting’s comments particularly eye-catching was his singling out of incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel, who currently faces murder and conspiracy charges in relation to two separate cases.

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DJ Fella befriends different concepts with new ‘Remix Project’

DJ Fella Remix Project MixtapeProminent Canadian Dancehall/Reggae producer and disc jock, DJ Fella has gone all out creatively with his latest compilation that remakes many the biggest hits from many of Jamaica and North America’s top musicians.

Fella is set to release the aptly titled DJ Fella Remix Project Mixtape as he aims to broaden his range in 2013. Known for making remixes combining the best elements of various genres, DJ Fella’s new mixtape features remakes of 46 tracks from varying genres, including Dancehall, hip-hop and R&B.

Several twists and turns await listeners on the DJ Fella Remix Project Mixtape as he remakes flashback favorites such as Lil Wayne and Bobby Valentino’s Mrs. Officer and Christopher Martin using techno-like instrumentals while doing Dancehall versions of more recent favorites like Out of My Head (Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz) and Tyga’s Rack City.

Many other tracks are mixed in the musical blender as music fans get a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear songs like One By One (Laza Morgan and Mavado) done on a more soothing, R&B beat, to Beyonce’s Summer Time being heard on the famous Summer Time Riddim beat which Dancehall’s elite such as Vybz Kartel and Popcaan helped bring to worldwide popularity

Other hits like Chan Dizzy’s Hello Badmind and Ne-Yo’s So Sick take you back in time to the 1990s while Fella reaches for the 1960s classic I Want You Back by the legendary Jackson Five as he gives it a 21st century makeover. Fans can also enjoy interesting remakes of chart-toppers like Let It Burn (Usher), Settle Down (Mavado) and Wiz Khalifa’s Black and Yellow while Nicki Minaj takes us across the universe in Starships, soca style and Psy shows us a new way to groove to Gangnam Style.

The Remix Project Mixtape will be available for free download via Mediafire at: www.mediafire.com/file/gdn01fqgqocjjpi

This follows up a successful 2012 for DJ Fella, who saw his That’s Big In Life mixtape receive thousands of downloads and plaudits from across Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean.

The myriad of sounds from the DJ Fella Remix Project Mixtape will take the average music fan to new heights.

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Prosecution to call key witness in Kartel murder trial

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer faces a very tense return to court next month when the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams trial is expected to commence.

According to several reports, the prosecution in the Williams murder case will call on a ‘star witness’ who could cause big problems for Kartel and his defense team. The witness, whose name has been withheld for safety reasons, is allegedly the other man that was taken to a Havendale residence alongside Williams as they were made to answer queries regarding some missing, illegal guns.

Reports state the witness was supposed to be killed alongside Williams that day in August 2011 when the murder took place. However, he escaped harm.

The Crown insists they have evidence proving their witness was at the Havendale home during Williams’ killing. Williams was allegedly beaten to death after he was unable to answer questions surround the missing guns, with Kartel along with Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye, Kahira Jones, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell and Shane Williams all accused of participating in his death.

Prosecutors have long claimed that they possess video and audio evidence linking that prove Kartel an the four co-accused participated in Williams’ murder.

Vybz Kartel and the co-accused are expected to stand trial in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams matter on January 21, 2013. The entertainer remains housed at the Horizon Remand Centre in Spanish Town as he also faces a conspiracy charge pertaining to the case as well as a separate charges in relation to another murder case.

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Vybz Kartel granted bail on conspiracy charge

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel is another step closer to temporary freedom as the prominent deejay has secured bail on another charge.

Kartel has been granted JA$500,000 bail in his conspiracy case in relation to the murder St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive ‘Lizard Williams. The ruling was made when Kartel appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court Tuesday morning.

Kartel, along with long-time musical protégé,Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and studio engineer, Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice following Williams’ murder in August 2011. The charge stems from a police report Saddler filed five days after Kartel was charged for murder in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams matter. Prosecutors initially claimed they seized a cellphone containing text messages in which Kartel ordered Gaza Slim to file the report.

Vybz Kartel, who was also granted bail last December in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burtonmurder case, remains in police custody on the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder charge.

The high-profile entertainer will return to court next month when the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burtontrial is expected to commence. The Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial and accompanying conspiracy cases have been put off until January 2013.

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Vybz Kartel, Konshens make provisional list for Best Reggae Album Grammy

Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has something to smile about today as one of his most recent compilations has been nominated for music’s highest honor.

Vybz Kartel’s Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey album, released in October 2011, is one of 50 projects on the provisional shortlist for the Best Reggae Album award at next year’s Grammys in Los Angeles. Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey, released a month after Kartel’s arrest on drug and subsequent murder charges, features many of Kartel’s hits dating back to 2008.

Some of the songs on Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey include Virginity (Versatility), Like a Movie, Get Wild, Life We Living and the controversial track, Romping Shop (featuring Spice).

Another embattled Dancehall megastar, Busy Signal has also been nominated for his album, Reggae Music Again, which features hits like Kingston Town, Come Over and the CD’s title track, Reggae Music Again.

Busy, who also scored strong collaborations with Damian Marley (Kingston Town Remix) and Grammy-winning American rock band, No Doubt (Push and Shove) will be released from a Minnesota prison in less than two weeks after completing his six month sentence for absconding bail during a drug case.

Other notables on the Best Reggae Album shortlist include Konshens, who has been torching the music scene this year with his debut album, Mental Maintenance, which features tracks likeDo Sumn, Simple Song, Gal Dem a Talk and She’s Happy. Additionally, past Best Reggae Album winners such as Sean Paul (Tomahawk Technique), Toots Hibbert (Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged) and Jimmy Cliff (Rebirth) scored nominations while Mr. Vegas also appears on the shortlist for his successful double disc, Sweet Jamaica.

The 50 nominees for Best Reggae Album will be trimmed to five (or six) finalists when the full list of next year’s nominees are announced on December 5 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 55th annual Grammy Awards will take place at the same venue on February 10, 2013.

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Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man have trials postponed

Two of Dancehall’s most coveted entertainers will have to wait a while to have their days in court to answer serious charges they stand accused of.

One of the highly anticipated murder trials involving Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer has been postponed until December 3 of this year.

Kartel was due to answer charges pertaining the July 2011 killing of St. Catherine businessman, Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton on Monday. However, the matter was put off when the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ appeared inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston yesterday after one of his defense attorneys, Cristian Tavares-Finson revealed that prosecutors in the murder case indicated that they weren’t ready.

Kartel faces charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton and was granted JA$3 million bail in the matter earlier this year. However, the former Portmore Empire leader cannot post that bail as he remains in custody for murder and obstruction of justice related charges pertaining to the killing of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in August 2011.

Vybz Kartel will stand trial alongside four other men on November 5 with regards to the murder case. Seven days later, ‘Di Teacha’ will return to court to begin his conspiracy trial in which he, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice in the Williams case.

Meanwhile, fellow Dancehall superstar, Oneil ‘Elephant Man’ Bryan has been issued a new court date in his ongoing rape case as the prominent deejay is scheduled for a February 11, 2013 appearance.

Like Kartel, Elephant Man appeared inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Monday where he was due to answer to charges of rape and sexual assault stemming from an alleged incident this past January involving a 31-year-old woman at his St. Andrew home. However, the Pon Di River singer’s case was reportedly put off due to an outstanding forensic report, amongst other things.

Elephant Man will remain on JA$400,000 bail until the February date. The embattled deejay originally posted said bail in February.

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Thunder Dubstep Riddim: Produced by Jon FX – World Premiere – Mixed by DJ Luzion


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Bounty Killer, Tommy Lee and Mavado to headline STING 2012

Though the two have publicly denied that a possible lyrical clash could happen, Dancehall superstars, Bounty Killer and Tommy Lee could indeed butt heads at the genre’s biggest stage show as both have been confirmed for STING 2012.

Having engaged in a lyrical feud over the last month, Bounty Killer and Tommy Lee will headline the 29th edition of STING and could possibly set the stage for Alliance leader and Gaza artiste to settle their ongoing differences. Tommy Lee recently released his track, Goat Head, which lyrically lambasted Bounty Killer after comments the ‘War Lord’ made about him and his ‘Sparta’ persona. Last week, Bounty Killer retaliated with the track, Nyammy Lee which upped the ante in the battle.

After initially insisting that he would never clash Bounty Killer out of respect for the legendary entertainer, Tommy Lee has now hinted that if provoked, he will challenge the ‘Grung Gaad’ at STING 2012.

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Vybz Kartel’s baby mother reportedly pregnant

With the ongoing fallout from the cheating scandal involving the baby’s mother of Dancehall superstar, Mr. Vegas continuing to resonate, the common-law wife of another prominent entertainer has reportedly embroiled herself in some controversy of her own.

Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson, the baby mother of incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel is reportedly pregnant with another man’s child. According to several websites, not only does ‘Shorty’ have a child on the way, the father of said child hails as a former member of Vybz Kartel’s recently defunct, Portmore Empire.

Reports also revealed that ‘Shorty,’ has been keeping herself out of the spotlight in recent weeks due to the fact that she wants privacy regarding her pregnancy and the identity of the baby’s father.

Additionally, it’s being said that a specific line in the opening verse of Vybz Kartel’s chart-topping hit single, Back To Life makes reference to ‘Shorty,’ and her alleged actions while he remains incarcerated on murder and conspiracy charges, saying, ‘A next man have yuh gyal when yuh missing.”

Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson hails as the mother of three of Vybz Kartel’s children and has publicly defended the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ several times against constant rumors and negative press that he’s received since being nabbed by law enforcement in September 2011. She also stated in the press that she had been trying to help herself, her children and Kartel’s mother to cope with the stress of having ‘Di Teacha’ in jail.

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Popcaan still loyal to Kartel despite reported fallout

Despite rampant speculation that Popcaan has fallen out with long-time mentor, Vybz Kartel, the self-professed ‘Fry Yiy’ continues to back the former Portmore Empire leader.

Several reports have emerged in recent months regarding growing tensions between Popcaan and Vybz Kartel, with former Empire members such as Gaza Slim, Lisa Hyper and Tommy Lee speaking out on the matter. With all three artistes admitting that problems exist between Popcaan and his mentor, Kartel himself released a statement publicly chastising him and Tommy Lee for their perceived disloyalty and ‘opportunist’ behavior displayed since he was initially incarcerated last September.

However, Popcaan continues to insist that he and Kartel are cool, telling TVJ’s Entertainment Report on Friday that he’s still loyal to the Worl’ Boss.

“Mi seh dis ova and ova again dawg and mi a tell unnu again, Kartel a mi daddy. Big up Vybz Kartel,” he said.

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Vybz Kartel wants Tommy Lee to avoid clash with Bounty Killer

With the ongoing tension between Alliance leader, Bounty Killer and Gaza artiste, Tommy Lee seemingly on the verge of boiling over, the latter artiste’s mentor has stepped in to try and quell the beef.

Despite being incarcerated on murder and conspiracy charges, Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has reportedly reached out to Tommy Lee from jail, urging the Some Bwoy deejay not to clash his former mentor turned rival, Bounty Killer. This, after a number of verbal exchanges between Bounty Killer and Tommy Lee, ignited by Killer’s comments that artistes should stop making demonic references in their songs while publicizing a link that ties in ‘Sparta’ (Tommy Lee’s persona) with homosexuality.

After initially stating that he would not diss Bounty Killer, Tommy Lee recorded a new track, Goat Head that lyrically lambasted the ‘War Lord,’ while making reference to some of the Alliance founder’s past transgressions.

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Tommy Lee responds to criticism from Bounty Killer, Dancehall fraternity

Criticism continues to pour in against prominent Dancehall entertainer, Tommy Lee. However, the popular ‘Gaza’ artiste refuses to enter into a shouting match with his detractors, particularly Bounty Killer.

Over the last few days, Bounty Killer took to social media outlet, Twitter to voice his frustrations against Tommy Lee and other Dancehall artistes who use demonic lyrics in their songs. The Alliance leader first tweeted a link which tied in the ‘Sparta’ concept to homosexuality, sparking more controversy and speculation regarding Tommy Lee’s ‘Gaza Sparta’ persona. Then the legendary Dancehall superstar issued a damning statement reprimanding Tommy Lee and other artistes who reference demonic spirits in their music.

In part the statement read, “Tired a dem now yow every man know a me say youths fi run the place, but nuh come chat nuh f****y bout freak and devil or demon, ago kill off some a dem, so when a man ago sing certain things him nuh think say nobody was gonna have a problem wid him argument dem, a when since u can just come inna dancehall and a bring een demon ppl freely so? how long we have we dancehall nice and pure mad mi mad to bloodc****, some a dem too brite and no big man inna dancehall naah stand up and tell dem say dat nuh accepted, ppl mi fight fi dancehall wid mi life and say f**k career dem naah mash it up enuh!”

Bounty’s continuous rants coupled with speculation that clash could occur at STING 2012 between himself and Tommy Lee prompted the latter artiste to respond.

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Popcaan still saying ‘Gaza’ despite Kartel’s statement

Former Portmore Empire deejay, Popcaan vows that he steadfastly remains a ‘Gaza’ artiste despite recent claims from his former mentor that he’s abandoned the cause.

About a week and a half ago, ex-Empire leader, Vybz Kartel issued a statement questioning the loyalty of his most decorated protégés, Popcaan and Tommy Lee, branding them as opportunists and fakes who’ve been exploiting his ‘Gaza’ movement while also hinting at deteriorating business relationships with both entertainers. Following the statement’s release, fellow Ex-Empire deejay, Lisa Hyper called out Kartel regarding his claims of betrayal while Tommy Lee appeared on TVJ’s Entertainment Report, insisting he couldn’t explain why the self-proclaimed ‘Worl’ Boss’ would lash out against him.

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Vybz Kartel to stand trial in November regarding conspiracy case

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel faces a third trial date within a two week span as the prominent deejay faces a mid-November court appearance regarding obstruction of justice related charges.

With his murder trials set to begin on October 29 and November 5 respectively, Kartel was ordered to appear in court in November 12 where he faces a charge of perverting the course of justice. The trial was initially set to begin on Wednesday inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston, but got pushed back due to the absence of the presiding judge as well as the non-disclosure of statements to the defense.

Kartel’s long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and studio engineer, Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are co-accused of perverting the court of justice in the matter. Both Saddler and Henry were granted bail extensions while Kartel was remanded into police custody.

Law enforcement officials slapped the charge on Kartel and his associates two months after Gaza Slim filed a police report at the Constant Spring Police Station, claiming that she had been robbed and gun-butted by Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew. Gaza Slim filed the report on October 29, five days after Vybz Kartel copped a murder charge as he and three other men are accused of murdering Williams at a Havendale residence last summer.

Kartel is slated to stand trial in the Clive Williams murder case on November 5.

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Vybz Kartel questions loyalty of top ‘Gaza’ artistes

As if there wasn’t enough drama resulting from the recent dissolution of the Portmore Empire, now the group’s former leader has thrown more gasoline on the proverbial fire with a stern rebuking of his ex-protégés.

According to several reports, incarcerated Dancehall superstar and former Empire founder, Vybz Kartel released a damning statement against his former group mates on Thursday, insinuating that prominent protégés, Popcaan and Tommy Lee are no longer committed to the ‘Gaza’ cause, labeling both artistes as ‘opportunists.’

The statement was reportedly issued through ex-Empire singer, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler, who sent said statement to Anthony Miller of TVJ’s Entertainment Report.

The alleged statement reads, “I just want u to let the people know that all a dem runnin’ aroun’ sayin’ ‘Gaza, Gaza’ are not real. Before I came here we were ‘good.’ No animosity, but within a week of my arrest, they started giving other people managerial and booking positions. But where were these people when I was building their careers? When I was investing time and money to transform them from nobody to somebody? They are opportunists and fake. I’m not surprised because this is Dancehall and I have no problem with them making their money. But I jus’ don’t want them to be all over the place exploiting a movement that I built with blood sweat and tears when they and I know they aren’t real. I want them to stop. The only two loyal people are Slim and Sheba (the girls) and maybe it’s because they haven’t fully realized their potential.”

This news comes several weeks after back and forth exchanges between Popcaan and former Empire singjay, Gaza Slim following a statement made by the former deejay address his status within the ‘Gaza’ as well as relationship with Vybz Kartel.

Furthermore, reports suggest that Vybz Kartel wanted a sizeable portion of Tommy Lee’s booking and publishing rights in an effort to exert more control over the Some Bwoy singer’s career while also implying that Popcaan owes ‘Di Teacha’ money in relation to bookings fees.

Kartel has publicly lashed out against former protégés before, doing so after ex-members like Black Ryno and Lisa Hyper left the Portmore Empire. The once dominant super group has also lost members such as Jahvinci, Kym Hamilton, co-founder, Deva Bratt and former Empire producer, Ainsley ‘Notnice’ Morris.

In a swift response to Kartel’s statement, Lisa Hyper disputed claims made by the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss,’ intimating during an interview with one876entertainment.com that ‘Di Teacha’ should never take full credit for the growing ‘Gaza’ movement.

“Who is him fi talk bout loyalty? Him not even loyal to him (expletive) self. Him right fi say ah only dem two de, Sheba and Slim ah the most loyal to him because dem ah de two foolest people pon the Gaza, dem not even know what a split sheet is, dem nuh know nothing bout the business. Kartel caan stop nobody from say Gaza, Gaza belong to everybody now, this is a movement, Gaza mean fight for what you believe in and Kartel caan tek Gaza from nobody, Popcaan and Tommy Lee caan siddown and wait pon him fi come out, and further, Gaza belong to everybody, it bigger than Adidja Palmer, it bigga than me, it bigga than everybody who help start it. Mi breathe Gaza, mi bleed Gaza, Gaza for life,” she said.

More details of this ongoing saga will emerge on TVJ’s Entertainment Report this Friday night featuring Kartel’s statement as well as reaction from the aforementioned Tommy Lee, who reportedly expresses his loyalty to the ‘Gaza’ in his interview with ER, despite his mentor’s comments.

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Street Vybz Rum back on shelves

After months off local shelves, the Street Vybz Rum brand has been officially re-introduced to the Jamaican market following a truce struck between the product’s high profile creators.

Prominent American businessman, Corey Todd and embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel recently announced the restoration of their business partnership after a very public falling out that took place in May of last year. With their resolution came the announcement that Kartel and Todd would bring back to popular Street Vybz Rum brand that initially debuted in 2009.

According to Todd, the overwhelming demand for Street Vybz Rum became too difficult to ignore, thus prompting he and Kartel to once again supply the liquor brand. Despite Street Vybz being off the market for several months, Todd believes that the product will once again find favor with customers given that it revolutionized the local rum market for music lovers while intimating that new flavors will be added to diversify the brand as he promotes it on an international scale.

However, a stumbling block does exist regarding the marketing of Street Vybz Rum as Vybz Kartel remains incarcerated while awaiting trial in a pair of murder cases later this year. But, according to Todd, some of Kartel’s esteemed protégés, most notably Tommy Lee, will help to promote Street Vybz until its focal point cops freedom.

While Street Vybz Rum was shelved, Todd had been promoting Yaad Swag, a rum brand that he created while using artistes such as Beenie Man, Khago and Aidonia to market the product.

However, with Street Vybz returning, Todd stated that his Yaad Swag project has been discontinued.






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Corey Todd claims Vybz Kartel will be freed, speaks on former Empire members

Though embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel may be experiencing several downfalls as he awaits trial or separate murder charges but his long-time business partner continues to ensure that the deejay’s brand will continue to upgrade.

American entrepreneur, Corey Todd reunited with Vybz Kartel this past May after several months of communication. The prominent public figures had been at odds since severing business ties in May 2011 due to alleged threats that Kartel made towards Todd. However, a year following their split and Todd’s experimentation with music management, the American businessman has once again joined forces with Vybz Kartel as they aim to introduce several new products and also seek to re-invigorate the popular Street Vybz Rum brand.

Speaking publicly for the first time since their reunion, Todd promised big things resulting from his renewed partnership with the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss.’

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Marcus Garvey’s words continue to resonate throughout Jamaican music

“A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman, but a writing man and woman is exact,” the words of a true revolutionary who not only inspired his people to break through barriers, but a genre to serve as a conduit for said people seeking hope and success within an increasingly complicated system.

125 years ago today, Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born, signifying the beginning of an existence that contributed greatly in Jamaica’s fight for an identity. Garvey’s undeniable influence not only motivated a then colonized society to battle again oppression but also igniting the Rastafari Movement as his words, “Look to Africa for the crowning of a black King” would reign true given the rise of Emperor Haile Selassie I.

As a result, Garvey’s words soon translated to lyrics as Reggae music took hold over a developing Jamaican culture, most notably in Redemption Song by the iconic Bob Marley as he quoted from a speech created by the legendary Jamaican orator. From Burning Spear to Peter Tosh, Marcus Garvey has been prevalent throughout Reggae music, creating waves for a new generation of artistes to speak out against society’s ills.

However, given the perceived decline of Reggae music’s status locally as well as the many negative connotations associated with Dancehall’s perception in recent years, it might be conceivable to think that even though Marcus Garvey’s messages continue to resonate well in some circles, they have become somewhat distorted as both genres took shape.

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New Vybz Kartel song reportedly banned from airwaves

Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel faces yet another ban from the airwaves after his latest effort has reportedly been banned from playing on radio.

On Wednesday, a new track from Kartel and PG13 singer, Gaza Slim debuted online, to the delight of their listeners. The single, entitled Reparation speaks about the ongoing scamming controversies that have taken place in Jamaica during recent months; most notably, the infamous Lotto scam which has triggered a number of arrests including that of Montego Bay’s deputy mayor, Michael Troupe.

However, lyrics from Reparation seemingly suggest that there’s nothing wrong with scamming; insisting that the practice bares no harm as long as any profit obtained doesn’t go towards sparking violence.

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Vybz Kartel to stand trial in murder cases this fall

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel will finally have his day in court as the prominent deejay prepares to stand trial in both of his ongoing murder cases

The internationally acclaimed entertainer, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, will appear in court on October 29 where he will stand trial in relation to the shooting death of St. Catherine based promoter  Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton. Vybz Kartel faces three allegations in that case, including murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession for a firearm. The co-accused in that matter are Nigel Thompson and Lenburgh McDonald.

A week later, on November 5, Kartel will answer to accusations in another case as he prepares to stand trial in relation to the murder of St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.

Co-accused of murder in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams case include Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Calvin ‘Moonie Haye, Shawn Williams, Kahira Jones ad Andre St. John aka Mad Suss.

Kartel’s long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and studio engineer, Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry, face obstruction of justice-related charges in the Williams case as they’re each accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Vybz Kartel has been in police custody since last September, when he was arrested in a New Kingston hotel and charged with ganja possession. That charge has since been thrown out.

The self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ copped bail in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton murder case this past March but could not capitalize on it due to the fact that he’s been remanded in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams matter.

Kartel’s lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson was expected to file a bail application in the Williams murder case but failed to do so after expressing dissatisfaction at the case being shifted to another judge.

However, Neita-Robertson hinted that she would apply for bail on behalf of her client sometime between the two trial dates.




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Christian man claims God has higher calling for Vybz Kartel

It’s often said that God put each person on Earth to fulfill His purpose for his her lives. In the case of embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel, one believer insists that the prominent deejay has been called by the Almighty to spread His Word.

Vybz Kartel lies at the Horizon Remand Centre in Spanish Town, where he’s currently awaiting trial in a pair of murder cases. However, Wayne Clarke, a 36-year-old member of the Kingston-based Christian Fellowship World Outreach Church of God Ministry claims that God desperately wants Kartel to carry out his work.

According to Clarke, he has been waiting since 2009 to deliver this message to Kartel and believes he needs to pass it along to the self-proclaimed ‘Worl Boss’ before it’s too late.

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