SPARK-ENT MAY 9 – VYBZ KARTEL STANDING ALONE
Undoubtedly, one of the most controversial Jamaican artistes of the 21st century, Adidjah ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer has concretized what many have opined over the last few months of his incarceration.
In a release to the Jamaica Star, the incarcerated artiste (he has been in custody since September 2011) has expressed feeling a sense of betrayal from two of his protoges, Popcaan and Tommy Lee, who have at no time visited him.
Whilst he acknowledge that it is one of the most turbulent times in his life, he was swift to dispel rumors of him being the subject of physical abuse in jail and commended the officers at the institution. Most of his time is spent, according to the artiste, reading, writing and exercising.
Despite him being physically away from the scene, Kartel’s presence is steady not only on the airwaves and charts, but viz a viz his book, The Voice of The Jamaican Ghetto. Co-authored with Michael Dawson, his penned work has garnered support from the likes of Dr Carolyn Cooper for its possible insertion in the CXC syllabus and has received noteworthy attention in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Bulgaria, Chile and Amsterdam.
His next court appearance with his co-accused is scheduled for May 27 in the Home Circuit Court. The allegations are that he and his accomplices, on August 16, 2011, murdered Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams at accused’s home in Havendale, St Andrew. Social media has been active with many of the Gaza fans concerned at his failure to attain bail on all of the various cases against him.