The world is once again paying very close attention to the case of Vybz Kartel- the incarcerated Jamaican dancehall artist who is charged with the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. The sudden public reasoning surrounding the case comes on the heels of an unexpected jailhouse interview done via phone exclusively with New York’s FOX5 reporter, Lisa Evers.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was sentenced to 35 years behind bars for the crime, having been arrested on September 29th, 2011. His legal fight continues as he appeals the 2014 court ruling in London’s Privy Council. In his interview with Evers, Kartel blatantly says, “God save the Queen because she is the only one who can save me now.” The London Privy Council is second in authority only to the Queen. Along with the “Romping Shop” singer, fellow entertainer Shawn ‘Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John were also charged with Williams’ murder. They too are appealing their sentences based on a British expert’s revelation that Palmer’s cell phone had been tampered with. According to official police reports, Clive “Lizard” Williams was lured to a house in Havendale, St. Andrew, where he was beaten to death for misplacing two firearms. Prosecutors used several text messages, voice notes, and videos taken from several phones to build their case against Kartel and his co-accused.
Speaking with Evers, the 45-year-old artist alluded to a plan by the government to clamp down on the artistes who were considered influential in disseminating violent lyrics via their music and influencing the youth. “To be really honest, the system really wanted me thrown away. It was never about me being charged for murder, it was about getting rid of Vybz Kartel, not Adidja Palmer the person,” he said.
When asked why he felt the system was out to get him, Kartel said this is what the officials had told them.
“If you remember, when Mavado and I had that little feud a few years ago, we even went to King’s House, which is like the home of the Prime Minister and they were telling us that oh, we were leading the kids astray, and if we don’t stop doing what we are doing we will not get permission to do shows and stuff like that.” – VYBZ KARTEL
In 2011, Jamaica’s then Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powel admitted that the arrest was part of a police sting on artists. “We have an interest in at least ten other members of the entertainment industry, some of whom have been implicated in a number of murders and shootings,” he had said back then.
HERE’S THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH LISA EVANS.
Grenada Shines! Soca Shines Too as Mr. Killa Gets a Space on Mainstream TV!
Grenada for the win! One of the island’s most notable artistes, Mr. Killa has brought the energy of Soca to the big screen, internationally.
The ’Rolly Polly’ singer broadened his market reach earlier this month after his voice was used by the executive producer for the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, Glenda Cox. Ebuzztt understands that the production team reached out to Mr. Killa, citing his unique sound and versatility. The artist who co-owns a company called, Rebel1 Entertainment, essentially went on to create the show’s theme song, ”Housewives in the Island Babay.”
The opportunity is a significant one for Caribbean culture as Mr. Killa, who’s real name is Hollice Mapp, along with his team, have stepped into a space that hasn’t been easy to gain footing in, by most Caribbean music genres, especially Soca.
Here’s a look at the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip!
New Soca Parang Speaks Love, But Artist Questions Present State of T&T with Covid Cases Rising.
Three days after Trinidad and Tobago’s government suspended the State of Emergency that had been imposed on citizens, restricting movement between 10pm and 5am, entertainer, Adrian Hackshaw, who’s best known as Bass, says, ”it seems like we’re back to square one.”
A new Soca parang track released for the Christmas season, the well known radio personality and artist said he had hoped that the lifting of the SOE would see a return to small scale events and some sort of active nightlight with the use of government’s mandated ’safe zones’ – spaces where only the vaccinated would be allowed access. Today however he is unsure, and laments the present predicament the country finds itself in, with an increased number of people being hospitalized for Covid-19.
On November 18th, seventeen COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Trinidad and Tobago by the Ministry of Health, taking the total death toll thus far to 1,908. There were 537 new Covid-19 cases accounted for by health officials on Thursday and 480 persons hospitalized. The country’s government last week said they would not be going back on efforts to move forward and urged persons to take advantage of readily available vaccines.
“With these increased cases it feels like we’re back to square one even though the rest of the world seems to be moving forward,” said Bass. He pointed to the lyrics of his new Soca Parang release, “Christmas Is Love,” saying, ”I pray and continue to hope for the best. I pray that we all do what’s best for each other and I urge everyone to share love with each other this Christmas and beyond.”
Bass has always been an avid contributor to both the carnival and Christmas landscape in Trinidad and Tobago. He is just one of many artistes who remain hopeful that some semblance of normalcy will return to T&T so that their livelihoods can be returned along with it.
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