With her sudden rise to stardom, Rosie is about to embark on her first major show at tonight’s staging of Reggae Sumfest, Dancehall Night.

Rosie, real name Brigette Bailey, rose to fame recently when she did a television interview regarding the flooding of her home at Sunlight Street in Kingston 13. But little did Rosie know that the video clip would go viral, and that she would be asked to appear on the Reggae Sumfest stage alongside Lady Saw.

“I feel good and I feel great. I just want to go down there and see what it is like. I just pray to God that I don’t nervous or fraid or anything like that,” she told THE STAR, noting that it will be her first time attending the show.

She explained that she was contacted by Lady Saw’s sister and Johnny Gourzong, executive director of Summerfest Productions, about the show.

When contacted, Gourzong confirmed that Rosie will appear during Lady Saw’s set.

“It’s actually Lady Saw who’s going to be bringing her on. We look forward to having her on stage,” he said.

But Gourzong noted that tomorrow’s show will also be Lady Saw’s last performance on Dancehall Night, as she claims she will stop doing dancehall by the end of August.






ENTERTAINER Vybz Kartel and his two co-accused were yesterday acquitted of a charge of murder in the Home Circuit Court after the prosecution offered no further evidence against them.

The prosecution’s decision was expected in light of Justice Bryan Sykes’ dismissal on Tuesday of its application for the statements from two key witnesses to be entered into evidence under section 31(D) of the Evidence Act.


“We have no further evidence to offer, Your Lordship,” lead prosecutor Maxine Jackson told the court. “To date we have not been able to find the witnesses.”

As Jackson spoke, Kartel used a light-coloured handkerchief to fan his face and wiped below his eyes.

Moments later, the jurors returned formal verdicts of not guilty for Kartel, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson, as directed by Sykes.

After the verdicts were taken, juror number 11 — a female — cast her gaze in the direction of the men sitting in the prisoners’ dock in the Number I courtroom at the Home Circuit Court, her face lit with a broad smile.

Kartel, looking sharp in a grey suit, sat up and straightened his matching necktie. On occasion, he glanced at the 12 jurors, who — had the prosecution’s case not crumbled — would have determined his fate.

Sitting between Kartel and Thompson, McDonald folded his arms across his chest after the verdicts were taken. Then he clasped his hands, as if praying before slightly massaging his cheeks as his chest heaved from a

deep breath.

“As far as this indictment is concerned, this trial is at an end,” Sykes told the men, who snapped to their feet when he asked them to stand so he could address them. “You are free to go unless there is any other lawful reason for the police to keep you.”

“Thank you,” McDonald said.

Kartel nodded and smiled.

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