Supercat, Saw, Sizzla and ‘Di Stinga’ highlight intriguing STING 30

by Jodee Brown

After a night filled with clashes, eye-raising moments and the return of a legend, STING 2013the 30th anniversary of the ‘Greatest Dancehall show on Earth’ on Dec. 26 certainly entertained and provoked thoughts throughout, leaving music lovers with lots of talking points to dissect for a long time coming.

The show, organized by Supreme Promotions and Downsound Records was, in this writer’s opinion, the most intriguing one since 2008 when the rivalry between Vybz Kartel and Mavado came to a head. Highlights were prevalent and lowlights were evident; here’s a look at some of those performances and moments in this STING 30 review.

Early Segments

Early Segments

Early Segments: STING, perhaps given the amount of entertainers on the bill, started shortly after 8 a.m. Amongst the emerging artists that performed within the first two hours of STING were Kalado and Toronto based deejay Touchless, who gave short, yet effective sets, going into songs like You Make Me Feel and Summer Body respectively. However, it was fast-rising Reggae sensation, Jah Bouks that was a hit with the smaller crowd inside the Portmore-based Jamworld, performing his big hit, Angola as well as newer material such as Going Home. His performance savvy, seen at a slew of show this year, makes him a must-watch act in 2014 and beyond.

Reggae shines on stage (Romain’s last STING?)

Reggae shines on stage (Romain’s last STING?)

Reggae shines on stage (Romain’s last STING?) File photo

Though STING draws a hardcore Dancehall following, pure Reggae acts always find strong favor with the crowd, and this year was no exception. As per usual, Etana andI-Wayne drew some of the best responses from the typically judgmental audience, with the former bringing out Alborosie for a strong rendition of their collaborative hit,Blessings while the latter connected with his female following with, Girl I Love You.

While the likes of Nature and Iba Mahr also presented high energy sets, the stand out performance came from one Romain Virgo, who repeatedly hinted that this year might be the last year he performs at the show. It was a surprising admission from the 23-year-old phenom, who went into hits such as Who Feels It Knows It, Rain Is Falling, Mi Prefer Wait and Serious Times while decked out in all-white. Whatever the reasoning was behind those utterances is unknown, but after giving one of the best sets throughout the night, no one will be hoping he actually lives up to his proclamation.

Wyclef props and 2 Chainz flops

Wyclef props and 2 Chainz flops

STING 30 went out of its element by inviting international artists to the show to provide a different flavor to its fans. Unlike the more mixed crowd for Reggae Sumfest, however, it was always going to take a lot more effort to appease this crowd and in the case of 2 Chainz, he learned that the hard way.

The American rap star’s set started off on the wrong foot with technical issues dominating the first five minutes. Once his mic was finally fixed, his set just failed to get off the ground. In a performance littered with unapologetic cursing, he did songs like Birthday Suit, No Lie and others to an unmoved, silent crowd who did not seem to know exactly how to react. No matter how much he tried to warm up to them, it just was not connecting; frankly looking like a mismatch between artist and fan base. He incessantly complained about his stage time late in his performance, but perhaps this flop of a set should have ended sooner given the circumstances.

On the other hand, Wyclef Jean went over with the Portmore-based crowd by doing something that will always get you in their good graces, shouting out incarcerated Dancehall superstar and Portmore native, Vybz Kartel. After renditions of classics such as Gone Till November and911, as well as a smattering of poetry, Wyclef went into the crowd before unleashing a pair of Kartel hits for the crowd to savor. Also shouting out Buju Banton and convicted drug baron,Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke during his set, Wyclef endeared himself to the crowd the best way he could, by indulging in the culture.

Supercat still has the ‘Iron Claw’

Supercat still has the ‘Iron Claw’

Supercat still has the ‘Iron Claw’

Now at age 50 and 11 years removed from his last performance in Jamaica, the return of the ‘Don Dada,’ Supercat to the STING stage was filled with as much mystery as there was anticipation, considering how scarce he has been on the music stage in recent years.

However, the legendary Dancehall/Reggae star showed why he is still one of the most feared and respected performers in the game, recovering from a somewhat slow opening to launch into full gear with hits like Si Boops Deh, Unda Pressure and Dolly My Baby.

The crowd loved it and there was a flow to his set, the longest of the night. Supercat also showcased some new material, including talking about his ‘doggie leg,’ but his mere presence in a white suit, sporting a beard and curls was a pleasure to witness. Hopefully, there will be more sightings of this Jamaican music great in the years to come.

Lady Saw trounces Macka Diamond in clash

Lady Saw trounces Macka Diamond in clash

Lady Saw trounces Macka Diamond in clash urbanislandz.com

Truth be told, to call this highly anticipated showdown between the ‘Queen of Dancehall’ Lady Saw and Macka Diamonda clash may be overstating it a bit. This was more of a shouting match than anything else; providing more moments of entertainment than quality lyrical content.

Saw was in no joking mood throughout the night, giving a X-rated performance that kept eyes fixated throughout, particularly during her performance of Heels On, when she called out model, Tyson Beckford and simulated a sexual position on stage while singing. Following her standout performance, she called out Macka to the stageMacka, donning all-black and face paint, did a clash-friendly rendition of her hit, Dye Dye before all hell broke loose. The two nearly butted heads before Lady Saw went out in full attack mode, alleging several sexual relationships Macka had in the music business before letting her lyrics do the talking.

Though said lyrics were not up to the standard we’re usually accustomed to from the legendary deejay, she was never pushed to go into second gear with a seemingly intimidated Macka pushed to the brink of admitting defeat near the end, saying ‘Mi will die trying.’ That line alone proved how one-way this ‘clash’ was. Saw was ruthless as she saw her prey and wouldn’t let up once she had it in her clutches, making Macka ‘die die’ lyrically as she unleashed her vocal bullets.

D’Angel gets raunchy during clash with Ninja Man

D’Angel gets raunchy during clash with Ninja Man

D’Angel gets raunchy during clash with Ninja Manyardhype.com/kingstonstyle.com

Ninja Man has faced his share of tough opponents in the clash arena – Supercat, Mad Cobra, Merciless and Kiprich – but this year’s clash rival was relatively new in that area of music. After winning a celebrity clash against Ishawna in November,D’Angel decided to respond to a lyric the ‘Don Gorgon’ sang about her during his set. She used her retort to address a fresh controversy about a picture exposing her privates that circulated on the internet shortly before Christmas. Not only did she use it as material in her answer to Ninja Man, she even ‘skinned out,’ in front of the audience while wearing a short blouse, adding a raunchiness to her set that she is not typically known for. She was unafraid of the repercussions and certainly prompted bulged eyes to be made throughout this short-lived clash.

Performance of the night – Sizzla

Performance of the night – Sizzla

Performance of the night – Sizzlayardhype.com

Otherwise, Aidonia and Beenie Man were relatively solid throughout their sets, Tommy Lee seemed reflective as he talked about his car accident and expressed his desire for a United States visa during his performance and Mavado put to rest any recent speculation about his relationship with mentor, Bounty Killer by shouting him out during his performance – a combination of old school gangsta hits mixed with a few newer songs.

But the single best performance of the night had to be Sizzla Kalonji, who was in a militant mood, performing classics like Thank You Mama, Trod Mount Zion, Be Strong and many more. Often free styling and even throwing a couple of barbs in the direction of STING’s lead promoter, Isaiah LaingSizzla made several points addressing homosexuality, Africa and many more topics to overwhelming approval from the crowd. He did not miss a beat, and should be given serious consideration to close the show in the near future.

Ryno beats Kiprich in title clash

Ryno beats Kiprich in title clash

Ryno beats Kiprich in title clash

After disposing of General B, Mercilessand even the clash king himself, Ninja Man, Kiprich was hoping for some competition for the clash title and a US$30,000 on the line to close the show. On stage stepped a surprise opponent in Black Ryno, who at the same show last year was pushed off stage by Popcaan during a heated exchange between ex Portmore Empireteammates.

Donning a very unusual costume, Kiprich looked to have underrated Ryno’s ability from the jump, but was quickly put in line by ‘Ryno Di Stinger’ with a quick, devastating flurry of lyrics which included mostly freestyles. After ‘Kippo’ made a reference to last year’s incident involving Ryno, however, the Facebook singer did not garner many likes as the clash went on as impatient, bipartisan crowd booed him as they rooted for their hometown artist. This was a unanimous decision in the end, leaving Kiprich with too much to overcome and Black Ryno with US$30,000 more in his pocket. Hopefully, this will be the start of a renaissance in the career of an artist still looking for his first big hit since severing ties with Vybz Kartel.

Tommy Lee Sparta Responds To Vybz Kartel Diss

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Tommy Lee Sparta has broken his silence on a recent statement made by Vybz Kartel.

The self proclaim Worl’Boss released a statement from behind bars just days after being acquitted of a murder charge in the Home Circuit Court.

The statement made headline because of what Vybz Kartel said about Popcaan and Tommy Lee, who were two of his most loyal protege up until his arrest in 2011.

“Can someone tell Popcaan and Tommy Lee stop big me up pon stage saying they’re GAZA when they’re not even near to my recently acquired PLAZA,” Vybz Kartel said. “They have no shame and could only be compared to undignified morons. They and I know that they are just a couple of traitors grabbing at the proverbial straw to save their downward spiralling careers.”

Tommy Lee has responded through his publicist Keona Williams.

This is what Williams said:

“It has reached our attention, however, we cannot confirm its authenticity. Tommy has explained he is clueless to how this statement came about … As far as we know there is no conflict that exists between Tommy Lee Sparta and the Worl’Boss … He (Tommy Lee) is on good terms with the Gaza which he has always been loyal to.”

“Tommy Lee Sparta constantly declares his devotion to the unit that brought him to forefront … At present, Tommy Lee Sparta is sincerely hopeful that Kartel’s legal woes will be resolved swiftly.”

Popcaan has remained silent since Vybz Kartel released the statement last weekend.

Vybz Kartel blasts Popcaan and Tommy Lee, calls them ‘undignified morons’

Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel continues to lambaste his former prodigies, Tommy Lee Sparta and Popcaan after recently being acquitted of murder and gun-related charges in one of his murder case.

Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel continues to lambaste his former prodigies, Tommy Lee Sparta and Popcaan after recently being acquitted of murder and gun-related charges in one of his murder case.

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After being acquitted of a murder charge in the shooting death of a St. Catherine businessman last week, embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel is holding nothing back as he has given the clearest indication yet of where his allegiances lie.

This past weekend, the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ issued a statement addressing last week’s not guilty verdict in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton murder case while thanking his family, fans and legal team for their support throughout his incarceration.

“First of all I would like to thank my legal team,Finson and Associates for proving and maintaining my innocence,” he said. “I would also want to thank all my fans for being there with me and for their continued support musically, making me forever relevant to dancehall. Last but not least I want to thank my family, in particular my baby mother SHORTYGAZA who is and has always been the tower of strength in my life. Taking care of our three sons and handling my financial affairs plus being so focused amidst a sea of ‘crosses’ and tribulations. Just want the fans to know they should remain confident that Vybz Kartel will soon ‘Duh Road’ and that I am physically and spiritually great.”

“On a different note, a lot of people are speculating that I am internet capable but nothing could be further from the truth. Apart from my twitter page ‘iamthekartel’ which is being run by Michael Dawson for the time being, everyone else is an imposter,” he continued.

However, the standout section of Kartel’s statement came when he blasted protégés, Tommy Lee Sparta andPopcaan for what he calls a lack of loyalty. With reports surfacing in recent months regarding a possible rift between Kartel and his former prodigies, Kartel admonished the pair for their alleged actions.

“Can someone tell Popcaan and Tommy Lee stop big me up pon stage saying they’re GAZA when they’re not even near to my recently acquired PLAZA,” he said “They have no shame and could only be compared to undignified morons. They and I know that they are just a couple of traitors grabbing at the proverbial straw to save their downward spiraling careers.”

Kartel then signed out by paying homage to those who he believes have stayed true to the ‘Gaza’ cause, saying “Yea the forever controversial worl’boss,” “BIGUP ME BREDDA SHAWN STORM. BIGUP GAZA SLIM AND BIGUP GAGE. I’m out…WORL’BOSS.”

Despite last Wednesday’s not guilty ruling, Vybz Kartel remains in custody at the Horizon Remand Centre as he awaits a November trial date in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case. Kartel, Shawn Storm and four others men are accused in participating in the August 2011 killing of Williams at a Havendale residence.

Kartel, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are accused of conspiracy in connection to the Williams case.

Witness statements rejected in Kartel trial, deejay to be freed of murder charge

Dancehall superstar, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' is expected to be freed of charges stemming from the 2011 shooting death of a St. Catherine businessman.

Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ is expected to be freed of charges stemming from the 2011 shooting death of a St. Catherine businessman.

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Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel is expected to be acquitted of murder and gun-related charges in relation to the July 2011 shooting death of St. Catherine businessman after a judge rejected two witness statements submitted by prosecutors in the deejay’s trial.

Multiple reports Tuesday afternoonconfirmed that Supreme Court judge, Bryan Sykes denied the Crown’s application tohave the witness statements read into evidence, despite the witnesses being absent from testifying in the trial. According to Judge Sykes, the prosecutors did not show enough effort in locating the missing witnesses.

As a result, a hearing will now take place on Wednesday inside the Home Circuit Court, where it is expected that the prosecution will offer no further evidence before the judge directs a 12-member jury to return a not guilty verdict. As a result, Kartel and two co-accused would be acquitted of charges including murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. He along withLenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompsonstand accused of participating in Burton’s death as he walked along Gregory Park in St. Catherine.

Should Kartel be formally acquitted, it will be the second case the controversial entertainer has secured victory in after drug charges stemming from his initial arrest in September 2011 were dropped in June of last year.

However, Kartel will remain in police custody as he awaits the beginning of the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial between Nov. 18 and Dec. 5. Kartel and five other men are accused of participating in the August 2011 killing of Williams, a St. Catherine-based dancer.

Kartel and his long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler along with studio engineer,Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are accused of conspiracy charges in relation to the Williams case.

Vybz Kartel trial postponed twice in two days, peers claim conspiracy

Vybz Kartel will have to wait until Wednesday to stand trial in the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton murder case after facing two postponements in as many days.

Vybz Kartel will have to wait until Wednesday to stand trial in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton murder case after facing two postponements in as many days.

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With delays mounting in the ongoing legal situation involving embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel, some of his friends are crying foul, insisting postponements in the deejay’s murder case are part of a conspiracy to keep him in jail.

On Monday, Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer was expected to stand trial in theBarrington ‘Bossie’ Levy case inside theHome Circuit Court. However, the matter was put off until Tuesday after prosecutors claimed a case file was missing, causing a halt to proceedings.

On Tuesday morning, the trial was set to kick off after prosecutors located the file, insisting it was misplaced. However, the trial was again postponed until Wednesday considering that other cases were being mentioned before it.

Monday’s postponement in particular raised eyebrows, particularly amongst some of Kartel’s peers, who say the missing file is just the latest in an ongoing ploy to keep the ‘Worl’ Boss’ incarcerated.

The most vocal of his peers, Elvis Redwoodsays he believes these delays are excuses being used to extend the legal process for as long as possible.

The veteran producer and So Unique Records head told the Jamaica STAR“They are just trying to delay the process and I hope the judge sees through this ploy. This is being drawn out for too long, look how much man trial start and finish already. It’s strange that they can’t find a document of that nature, and I think this is just a move to delay the entire process.”

Similarly, Kartel’s protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler also believes there is a conspiracy, but hopes the entertainer will soon be freed.

“To be honest, I don’t have much to say but I know my prayers are not going in vain, and who God bless no man curse,” she told the STAR. “I can’t wait for this thing to be over, so that he can come a road and these delays are out of spite to keep him locked up.”

Kartel is also awaiting the commencement of the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case, which will begin within the window of Nov. 18-Dec. 6. He, along with Gaza Slim face conspiracy charges which are tied to the case. Gaza Slim says these legal issues are hurting her earning potential and preventing her from travelling overseas.

“This thing is preventing me from travelling so I want it to be over with because it is stopping my income and I have bills to pay,” she said. “But in God I put my trust and I know it must be over one day.”

Kartel faces charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the Burton case. The deejay along with two other men, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompsonare accused of participating in the shooting death of Burton was he was walking along Gregory Park in St. Catherine in July 2011.

Kartel has been incarcerated since September 2011.

Popcaan stars on European tour, putting finishing touches on new album

Dancehall star, Popcaan engages the multicultural crowd at SummerJam 2013 in Germany as part of his summer tour of Europe.

Dancehall star, Popcaan engages the multicultural crowd at SummerJam 2013 in Germany as part of his summer tour of Europe.

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Fresh from a successful Canadian tour in June, where he performed for full house venues in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, Popcaan has remained at the forefront of the Dancehall scene; from climbing charts to performing sold out shows worldwide.

Now Popcaan has raised the bar as he has performed to sold out concerts in Europe on his European Summer 2013 Tour, playing major festivals in Germany, France, Switzerland and Holland over the past two weeks. Of significance was his first time performing with a band on such festivals asAfro Latino in Belgium and SummerJam in Germany.

After rocking a crowd 30,000 strong at SummerJam, Popcaan said, “It was an amazing experience, its great to see how the people accept the music, SummerJam is a special vibe and a every energetic crowd”

He will return to Jamaica just in time for the highly anticipated Reggae Sumfest, one of the biggest nights for music in Jamaica, at the end of July. After a critically acclaimed performance last year, the deejay looks forward to delivering on Dancehall Night yet again.

 

In between tour dates and appearances, the Dancehall artist is still working assiduously in the studio. Last summer the ‘Unruly Boss’ dominated with the release of his award winning hit single,When We Party. His recent release, Unruly Rave forHapilos Digital Productions seems poised for similar success with heavy rotation on the radio, in the clubs and in the streets. He commemorated the summer by releasing the video for the track on the first day of the season. The video shoot for another track, the Jam 2 Recordsproduced single, Wine Like That was also just completed, which fans can also look out for this month.

Popcaan’s latest collaboration, First Time with Megan James from the group, Purity Ring is being featured in the Puma Dance Dictionary and gaining traction worldwide. Additionally, Popcaan will be adding a number of international collaborations to his growing catalogue this year as well as songs featuring both U.K. and U.S. based artistes can be expected.

Presently his worldwide hit, The System is in rotation on MTV Jams and VH1 Soul. Of this song Popcaan says, “It’s a song that the people just love, it a sing along everywhere when I perform it and it has nearly 2 million views on YouTube on my page alone, so maybe 5 million all over the internet so with MTV rotation it can only keep growing.”

Popcaan’s full length album is almost complete, with finishing touches being done. The album will be crafted by the ingenious Dre Skull of MixPak Records along with well known Jamaican producers. The first single from the album will be released in September 10.

Buju Banton gun conviction dismissed as trial juror could face contempt charge

A gun charge, carrying an additional five-year prison term, has been thrown out, meaning that Buju Banton remains on course to serve out his ongoint ten-year sentence on a drug conviction.

A gun charge, carrying an additional five-year prison term, has been thrown out, meaning that Buju Banton remains on course to serve out his ongoint ten-year sentence on a drug conviction.

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Embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton has received a reprieve in his fight to overturn his drug conviction as a gun charge against the entertainer was dismissed during a hearing inside a Florida courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

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The ruling, handed down by Judge James Moody was made after it was determined that Terri Wright, a juror in Buju’s February 2011 drug trial, violated federal court orders by independently researching aspects of the singjay’s case. This means that Buju, currently serving a ten-year prison term on several drug-related charges, will not have to serve five additional years as a result of the gun charge, which was reinstated following a failed appeal last summer.

Judge Moody has ordered the United States government to slap a criminal contempt charge against Wright as a result of her alleged misconduct. Wright could face up to six months in prison, as well as a fine if found guilty on contempt.

Buju’s lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba maintains that he was happy about the judge’s rulings, but thinks the entire drug case against his client should have been thrown out, telling the Tampa Bay Times, “If we can’t believe her on the Pinkerton issue, we can’t believe her on anything else.”

Last October, Buju’s legal team requested that the entertainer’s drug conviction be overturned and that he be granted a new trial days after a report came out in a Florida newspaper that Wright had admitted to researching facts of Buju’s case on her laptop.

During a hearing in April, it was found that Wright has submitted the wrong hard drive to a forensic examiner hired by Buju’s legal team as they tried to determine whether Wright had researched aspects of the singer’s drug case during the February 2011 timeline. This revelation led to Wednesday’s hearing, where Wright was deemed to have lied about her behavior during the trial.

Lady Saw blasts boyfriend on Twitter, wants out of relationship

Lady Saw has hinted that she is through with her long-time boyfriend, 'John John' following numerous incidents of infidelity

Lady Saw has hinted that she is through with her long-time boyfriend, ‘John John’ following numerous incidents of infidelity

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The ‘Queen of Dancehall,’ Lady Saw has apparently reached her breaking point after a series of tweets posted recently in which she claims her long-time boyfriend has treated her unroyally for too long.

Lady Saw, whose real name is Marion Halltook to the social media website to blast famed producer Lloyd ‘John John’ James,her lover of 14 years. According to the deejay, her common-law husband’s infidelity and greed has become too much to bare, suggesting she wants out and even wants him to pay back money she contributed to the development of his new home.

“You ungrateful brute! You need to sell your apartment and pay me back all the money I gave to you to refurbish it and pay your mortgage for all these years,” she said.

This is not the first time the entertainer has blasted her now ex-beau on Twitter,confirming last October that John Johnimpregnated another woman who lived close to her. In March, she ranted once more after claiming an affair between her boyfriend and a hairdresser.

Her most recent Twitter blasts were just as poignant, insisting she was glad she did not marry John John after all these years and accusing him of only wanting to get married to gain access to her riches.

“You and your new baby mom drag my name in the mud and God pick me up and gave me a hit so I can get away from you,” she said “And now you want to pull me down again? Even after you get babies on me, my money pay for anything you give them, because I was not selfish – school fee, shoes, clothing? Come on, man!”

Lady Saw has been scarce on the local scene since the video for her hit single, Heels On in January. She said she has been absent from Jamaica in recent months as she does not want to be in the same surroundings as her man.

The prominent deejay is currently touring in Canada and will reportedly address the situation to her fans upon her return to Jamaica.

Vybz Kartel’s conspiracy case postponed until July

Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim will both return to court this July after their conspiracy case was once again delayed.

Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim will both return to court this July after their conspiracy case was once again delayed.

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Incarcerated Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel will return to court for a second consecutive summer as his conspiracy case has been put off until July.

The matter, which is connected to the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case was mentioned at a hearing inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston Friday morning. Kartel, whose real name isAdidja Palmer is jointly charged alongside singer and long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler as well as studio engineer,Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry with attempting to pervert the course of justice and perverting the course of justice.

Gaza Slim admits the constant delays havefrustrated all parties involved, telling IRIE FM that the legal process has been tiring. However, she is optimistic there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.

“Dem just constantly putting it off, putting it off but yuh done know, a God we put we trust inna enuh, not mankind so what is to be must be,” she said. “Just waiting on the boss [Kartel] to just come out. Yuh done know everybody miss him but I miss him the most.”

Gaza Slim and Pim Pim are currently out on bail while Kartel, who was granted bail in the conspiracy matter last November, remains imprisoned as he has yet to be afforded bail in the Williams murder case. It is alleged that Kartel ordered Gaza Slim to file a police report claiming she had been robbed and gun-butted by Williams in October 2011, the same month Kartel was charged with Williams’ murder.

He is expected to return to court May 27th in the Williams matter when the trial is expected to commence. He and five other men are accused of participating in Williams’ murder at a Havendale, St. Andrew residence in August 2011.

A Mother’s Love: 10 hit songs dedicated to mothers by Dancehall/Reggae acts

Bounty Killer is one of many Dancehall/Reggae acts to pay homage to their mothers, as he did with his Mom, 'Miss Ivy' following her death in February Credits:   thegullyside.com

Bounty Killer is one of many Dancehall/Reggae acts to pay homage to their mothers, as he did with his Mom, ‘Miss Ivy’ following her death in February
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As a show of respect to mothers and the struggles they had to bare, many artistes across various genres have dedicated songs to them in an effort to show their appreciation for all they sacrificed. Several Dancehall and Reggae superstars have similarly poured their hearts out to pay homage to the concept of motherhood and the burdens that came along with that responsibility.

In honor of Mother’s Day, check out this list of ten songs done by current Jamaican artistes that were dedicated to Moms or the evolving concept of motherhood.

1. Jahvinci – Mama Don’t Worry: FormerPortmore Empire singjay, Jahvinci had showcased some of his potential as a hybrid artiste with songs like Money andChristmas Story. However, his prospects first shone in the summer of 2009 withMama Don’t Worry, a song wholly dedicated towards those who promise better days for their mothers, even during the worst of times. Additionally, the songreflects on the struggles his mother went through to care for him and the emotional toll motherhood can take.

2. Jahvinci – Mama Love: Just months before his departure from the Empire, Jahvinci scored another hit while a member of the ‘Gaza’ group with Mama Love in March 2011 on the Eternal Riddim. This song was seemingly more personal for Jahvinci as he spoke to growing up in the ghetto but managing to overcome the daily struggles and dangers of the inner city thanks to the love and support of his mother. It gaveJahvinci noteworthy acclaim on the local music scene and helped build the singjay’s reputation as a promising prospect, even after leaving Vybz Kartel’s crew in May 2011.

3. Bounty Killer – Mama’s Love: Originally done in early 2011, Bounty Killer spoke highly of his love for his mother Ivy ‘Miss Ivy’ Williams, as he often did on previous singles like Mama Ivy Last Son and Mama U Know. Mama’s Love gave credence once again to the dedication and determination that mothers show while also speaking of how his mother raised him and encouraged him throughout his childhood and rise to superstardom.

The single was re-released in February of last year after Miss Ivy passed away following a long illness while the Dancehall fraternity showed strong support for Bounty Killer when holding a wake in honor of his mother.

4. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – Mama: During his hay day in the late 80s and early 90s, a young Ziggy Marleyshowed his love for mothers in song as he and the Melody Makers released the sizzling Reggae single, Mama. Not only did this song honor the strength and persistence that his mother showed, but Marley also described the essence of motherhood and how well they spread their love.

5. Lady Saw – Infertility: For every mother able to bare the joy of carrying a child in their womb, there are some women who’re unfortunately unable to bare children of their own. One of those women is the ‘Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw who surprised her hardcore Dancehall following in 2007 with the release of No Less Than a Woman (Infertility), speaking candidly about her past miscarriages and sadness of not being able to have her own children.

With three adopted children of her own,Lady Saw used No Less Than a Woman as a way to inspire women who endured similar fates to keep their heads up while suggesting that there are many Jamaican children without parents, looking for mothers to love and take care of them. The song received high praise within local music circles as she spoke up for women in similar circumstances.

6. Gyptian – Mama Don’t Cry: In 2006, Gyptianbecame a household name when he released his debut album, I Am Gyptian, featuring smash hits like Serious Timesand Beautiful Lady. Another single from that album, Mama Don’t Cry painted an eloquent picture of a man who strives to make it on his own while attempting to make life better for himself and his mother.

The visuals for Mama Don’t Cry followed suit, showing how life in the inner city was a major struggle for him and his mother to the point where his mother feared the worst. However, Gyptian’s lyrics of encouragement resonated with many who were in similar situations as his scintillating voice won the hearts and support of fans across the world. Check it out here:

7. Garnett Silk – Hello Mama Africa: The concept of motherhood isn’t just limited to people. Sometimes, it can be a place which one calls a ‘mother’, as shown by late great Reggae singer, Garnett Silk in Hello Mama Africa. Paying homage to the proverbial Motherland while showing his devout beliefs in Rastafari, Silk flourished as one of Reggae’s most promising acts of the 90s with Hello Mama Africa as he speaks of one day returning to the Motherland while speaking of the joy that the continent brought to him.

A remix of the single was later done with fellow Reggae superstars and friends, Buju Banton and Anthony B and since Silk’s untimely death in December 1994, Hello Mama Africa remains one of Reggae music’s biggest hits.

8. Sizzla – Black Woman and Child: Again dealing with a greater concept of motherhood, Reggae singer, Sizzla Kalonjiascended to superstar status after the release of Black Woman and Child in 1997. Speaking of his admiration for black women raising their children through the toughest of times, Sizzla spoke to the long road that black women had to overcome dating back to the days of slavery. Additionally, he put the emphasis on one natural love and support instead of a reliance on material things.

Black Woman and Child was the title track of Sizzla’s 1997 album which was later named as a top 50 Reggae album of all time by MOJO Magazine in 2002 and is regarded by many fans as Kalonji’s best compilation to date.

9. Vybz Kartel – Mama: Easily Dancehall’s most controversial artiste, Kartel once again showed his trait of unpredictability withMama; a conscious effort dedicated towards honoring all the achievements and efforts his mother made in order to provide a better life for him and their family.

Kartel also called out those men who fail to take care of their mothers; instead spending their money on random women while leaving the main women in their lives to suffer. A chart-topping single added to his already rich résumé, Kartel referred to his mother and others as queens who should be given their rightful respect as they gave up so much just to make their children happy.

10. Sizzla – Thank You Mama: It was the first single that Sizzla ever put to visuals and still is most impactful single to date. With a simple message relaying all the pain and pressure mothers have to bear when having children, Sizzla reflected on his own days a child with his mother and the belief that he and his mother would one day overcome.

Thank You Mama dominated Reggae charts, won over fans from all corners of the world and made Sizzla a global phenomenon. The single remains a universal anthem for celebrating motherhood and will surely be played a plethora of times this Mother’s Day.