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Kartel jailing ‘a loss’ to music industry

Two local show promoters have described the life imprisonment of popular dancehall artist Vybz Kartel as a big hit to the entertainment industry, not only in Jamaica but also the Caribbean.


Vybz Kartel

Freddie Hill told Barbados TODAY that Kartel’s being jailed today for life for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, was sad “because he is a talented guy”.

Hill, who worked with the artiste around 2005 when he brought him in to headline a show, said that while there was often controversy surrounding some of his lyrics, the reality was that young people gravitated towards his music.

“He is a good songwriter, and he is a lyrical genius and he will be missed in the music world. I worked with him in the past and he seemed to be a very nice guy,” he said of the artiste whose real name is Adidja Palmer.

Jason Simmons, an aspiring promoter and director of the Summer Jam Sundays promotion group also agreed that Kartel was one ofthe biggest Jamaican entertainers. Nevertheless, he said, he had to pay if he was guilty of taking a life.

“It’s a big loss in the music industry especially in Jamaica and the dub [genre], but if he did the crime, he should do the time,” Simmons said.

He added: “His lyrics sometimes could be a bit raw and negative but . . . he  is a big icon and young people listen to him so if he could just channel that into a positive direction he could have been a good spokesperson in Jamaica, Barbados and the Caribbean.”

Kartel and the three other men convicted for Williams’ murder were each given life sentences in a Jamaican court this morning by Justice Lennox Campbell. He will have to serve 35 years before he is eligible for parole.

14 Responses to Kartel jailing ‘a loss’ to music industry

  1. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte April 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    somebody else will make music and sing #lifegoeson

  2. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins April 3, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    This is not a loss to the music industry this is a blessing. My ears will get 35 years break from the rubbish he sings. He has all that time to think about his actions.

  3. Lorraine Lewis
    Lorraine Lewis April 3, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    …what loss???….we have loss amazing singers and the world hasn’t stop moving yet…am I missing something….

  4. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha April 3, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Kartel sang some really sweet love songs and real life songs…not only gangsta ish….itz amazing how ppl act once life changes on yuh….smdh… will b made in that cell….

  5. K Tremaine Gilkes
    K Tremaine Gilkes April 3, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    looool at the loss to music part.

  6. Sammie N. Doyle
    Sammie N. Doyle April 3, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    He can make sweet music from jail. Let him start with” I surrender all to Jesus”.

  7. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry April 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    a loss to the music industry!! seriously!! the mans not up for tax evasion. aunty olga was a loss to us, errol barrow was a loss to us, some unknown heroes were a loss to someone.
    Where in the scheme of things will Kartel be a loss. The man was almost a tyrant stupseee.

  8. David E Hall
    David E Hall April 4, 2014 at 12:25 am

    If Kartels music is uplifting and edifying then it is a loss to all men everywhere if on the other hand the music is predominantly violent and lewd then loss of it may not be as devastating. Even so if he has done the crime we must accept that he be held accountable even when that accountability results in the loss of talent at least for a while.

  9. Fully Sideways Rallying
    Fully Sideways Rallying April 4, 2014 at 1:48 am

    really? nah I don’t think so its a breath of fresh air he’s very monotonous with hes music so I wont miss that!

  10. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer April 4, 2014 at 2:58 am

    I wonder will he get face bleach in jail

  11. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 4, 2014 at 3:12 am

    He ain’t no loss to the music industry, he is a disgrace to it. Music was around before the misfit, think he is above the law was born. It is an insult to compare Michael Jackson with that gaza murderer. Only one mental issue they shared not liking themselves i.e complexion.

  12. Dave Holder
    Dave Holder April 4, 2014 at 8:20 am

    It’s a loss indeed. He is talented. Such a waste.


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