Entertainer Vybz Kartel, and his three co-accused, will know their fate Thursday at the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston.
Kartel (Adidja Palmer), Shawn ‘Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John are to be sentenced after being found guilty of the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, his body is still not found.
The four were to be sentenced last Thursday, but the sentencing was postponed after the defence told Justice Lennox Campbell that they did not receive a letter that he instructed the registrar of the Supreme Court to deliver to them and the prosecution.
The letter was requesting the assistance of both sides in determining if the Department of Correctional Services will allow Kartel to make music while in prison, and if the proceeds gained should be handed over to the victim’s estate.
Justice Campbell also wanted to allow Williams’ relatives to address the court before sentencing is handed down, but Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn rejected the proposal saying that it was not allowed in the Jamaican legal jurisdiction.
The convicted men will have to spend at least 15 years behind bars before being eligible for parole on a charge of non-capital murder.
Dancehall artiste Danielle D.I. is the latest victim of attack on a popular social networking site after she was seen in a video partially nude.
The video shows D.I. standing in a bathroom with half of her nude body exposed, the other half hiding behind the door as she tells somebody to get out of the bathroom.
In the short video, Danielle D.I. can be heard saying, “Babe come out a di bathroom, nuh.”
However, the Rebel deejay said the controversial video was taken from a stolen phone by somebody who wants to destroy her life, but has remained optimistic that nothing is going to ruin her life.
Danielle D.I. is currently working on a new collaboration with dancehall artiste KipRich “Hear the Pree”.
J Amsterdam known for his freaky dancehall lyrics has stated that he has been receiving death threats. His song “Wine Inna Mi Face” has not been getting enough airplay either by local disc jockeys and sound system selectors.
“If DJs played it, they would get ‘fire bun’ and honestly, I don’t think they would want to risk their career,” said the deejay.
J Amsterdam says he also has to be staying home most of the times since releasing the song due to continuous death threats. The artiste has claimed that he has been forced to stay home without even going outside.
“I have not done the things I said in the song, I was just trying to fulfill my dreams of having a lucrative career. When I did the song I thought the freaks would have supported me, but they have not.”
Apparently this song was the wrong choice of words to attract the many fans of dancehall.
The high profile murder trial for entertainer Vybz Kartel in the Home Circuit court will resume on Thursday the 6th of March. The delay comes after one of the jurors was unable to attend court today because of medical reasons.
On Thursday, Justice Lennox Campbell will issue jury instructions before sending the 11 jurors to deliberate and return a verdict.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams are charged for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams whose body is yet to be found.
Attorney at law Techani Behanzin who is representing dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta had made claims that his client was strip-searched in public after he was denied access in Dominica yesterday evening, the artiste whose real name is Leroy Russel was the headline for a show but was arrested and detained at the Marigot Police Station. The attorney also claimed that the artiste was denied legal representation and the management team for the artiste has instructed that a case be prepared to take to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Church groups had opposed Tommy Lee Sparta’s concert in the island claiming that the Jamaican sang devil worshiping music. The artiste is to be deported from the island this evening around 6:30 pm on a LIAT flight. A release from the Government of Dominica stated that Tommy Lee Sparta was denied entry because of security concerns.
Dancehall artiste Alkaline is facing serious criticisms from many supporters of dancehall music after releasing a single on the rhythm So Unique Records Igloo where he endorses the practice of anal sex but not just that, its anal-stimulating sex, which is a big ‘NO’ in a country like Jamaica.
The artiste stated in his song that after receiving oral sex, getting his rectum licked by a female companion is ‘brawta’. Many persons on YouTube has expressed that these artiste coming into the music industry is taking dancehall to a different level, and that they have pass the boundaries, the song has received nearly 4000 views on YouTube in just a couple days. Other songs on the rhythm include Vybz Kartel’s You Want Me. But not many people support the song of the young artiste.
Even the crowned Queen of Dancehall Lady Saw, who has been described as the Queen of Slackness, said she could not relate to the lyrics. “I can’ relate to the story, that is so gross. Everybody wants to be Vybz Kartel, I can’t even comment on it,” the female artiste said.
Among those who are also disgruntled by it is reggae artiste I-Wayne who also condemned the lyrics. He also believes that artistes who want to push dancehall’s boundaries further than Vybz Kartel are in for serious trouble.
I-Wayne also believes young artistes are doing freaky music because they believe it is more marketable. “Dem realise sey from yu guh freaky yu get more attention more than the youth dem wey a duh positive music. Dem just a try get fame and materialism a cause that. I don’t think Alkaline would want his daughter to lick out a man anus. Dem talk deh a nuh life talk,” I-Wayne declared.
Anal sex is still a taboo in the dancehall industry, but what will happen now within the industry with these young artistes constantly making these explicit lyrics?
Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta, whose given name is Leroy Russell was taken to hospital earlier today after experiencing serious blood clots and muscle pains in his legs, the Dominica News Online said. The attorney representing the artiste Tehani Behanzin, stated that Tommy Lee’s injuries was due to a recent motor vehicle accident some time ago in Montego Bay where he injured his legs, but he was forced to sleep on the concrete floor when he was detained at the Marigot Police Station in Dominica after he was denied entry there, caused him to experience difficulties. The Jamaican artiste is now admitted in hospital under police guard.
Popular entertainer Tarrus Riley has topped the Billboard Reggae Album chart just a few days after his latest album release. The name of the album Love Situation went to number one on iTunes in just a couple days.
The singer has expressed how delighted he is to be in the number one spot once again, in a statement made by the singer, he said “he felt good to know that the reggae music industry is still alive and is being supported all over the world, it’s not only about him but the world at large”, an album that was released by Juke Boxx, Cannon Productions and distributed by Zojak.
Along with Tarrus Riley, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Ziggy Marley and Papa San are the only artistes who have made it on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart thus far. But more reggae artistes are leaning towards this goal of releasing albums. Riley has stated that there are many reasons why more Jamaican artistes are not noticeable internationally and one is that some of them aren’t getting the chance to promote themselves fully.
Reggae music has been a part of the Jamaican culture for decades, with the late Bob Marley being the foundation of reggae music, many young artiste are gravitating to this genre of music, as it has always been touted as clean relaxing lyrics, one that our younger generations can listen to and learn from.
Bob Marley is said to have claimed that the word reggae came from a Spanish term for “the king’s music”. The liner notes of To the King, a compilation of Christian gospel reggae, suggest that the word reggae was derived from the Latin regi meaning “to the king”. The Rastafarian movement was a significant influence on reggae and in recent times non-rastafarian artistes are doing this kind of music. So, continue to shine Tarrus Riley Jamaica and the rest of the world is looking forward to more albums.