Vybz Kartel thanks fans, lawyers after being freed of murder charge

Vybz Kartel has thanked his fans, lawyers, family and other well-wishers following his acquittal in his murder trial on Tuesday.

Vybz Kartel has thanked his fans, lawyers, family and other well-wishers following his acquittal in his murder trial on Tuesday.

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Internationally-acclaimed Jamaican entertainer, Vybz Kartel has expressed gratitude to his family, friends and lawyers less than 24 hours after being freed of murder and gun-related charges in theBarrington ‘Bossie’ Burton trial Wednesday morning.

A 12-member jury returned a not guilty verdict in favor of Kartel, under the directive of Supreme Court judge, Bryan Sykes during a hear inside the Home Circuit Court. The Dancehall superstar, whose real name isAdidja Palmer, was freed along with two co-accused Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson after Judge Sykes after the prosecution dropped its case against the men. This took place a day after the Crown had their application to allow the entry of witness statements into evidence denied as the judge ruled that they did not take enough steps to ensure the location of witnesses who were expected to testify in the trial.

On Wednesday afternoon, Kartel extended his gratitude to those who supported him over the duration of the case by issuing a handwritten note, via IRIE FM to them. It read, “I had the utmost confidence from the outset as I knew I was being a scapegoat as usual because of my image and content of some of my music….I want to thank all my attorneys,Tom and Christian Tavares-Finson, my family, my baby mother ‘Shorty,’ and my fans for their continued support in these trying times.”

Meanwhile, Christian Tavares Finson hinted that a bail application could soon be made on behalf of Kartel in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case.

“One of the reasons why we felt the prosecution was really pushing this is because every time we go to court and raise the issue of bail, they say ‘Well, he (Kartel) has another murder charge.’ So here it is, that is no more,” he told IRIE FM. “I’m sure that he’s in good spirits here now and may very well instruct us to make another application on his behalf, which is a real possibility.”

Kartel, along with five other men are accused of participating in the August 2011 murder of Williams at a St. Andrew residence after an alleged argument over the disappearance of illegal guns. The self-proclaimed ‘Worl’ Boss’, along with Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are facing conspiracy charges in relation to the matter.

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.

Miguel, Chronixx confirmed for final night of Reggae Sumfest 2013

Miguel will look to 'Adorn' his Jamaican fans as he is set to headline this year's edition of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay (July 21-27)

Miguel will look to ‘Adorn’ his Jamaican fans as he is set to headline this year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay (July 21-27)

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Two of the music world’s emerging superstars will be thrust into the spotlight at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay as American R&B singer, Miguel and Reggae sensation, Chronixx will headline International Night 2 of Reggae Sumfest 2013.

Miguel, whose hit single Adorn won this year’s Grammy Award for Best R&B Songwill make his maiden trip to Jamaica for the show. Adorn, a soulful rendition of Marvin Gaye’s classic single, Sexual Healing topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and was the feature track on his successful sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dreamreleased last September.

Also known for hits such as Sure Thing, Do You and Where’s The Fun In Forever,Miguel has been associated with Jamaican music before as Dancehall superstar,Konshens remixed his Adorn single last summer. Earlier this month, Miguel featured alongside Mariah Carey for her new single,Beautiful, which already has made waves on several charts in the U.S.

“Sumfest patrons can expect to be wowed by the young artiste’s striking vocals and alluring stage presence, while rocking to the sounds of his eclectic LPs,” said Sumfest organizers,Summerfest Productions in a media release.

Meanwhile, Chronixx will also perform on Reggae Sumfest’s final night, marking his second major stage show performance in the island. After dominating 2012 with hits such as Warrior, Behind Curtain and They Don’t Know, Chronixx delivered a well-received set at STING 2012 last Christmas and is set to debut at Sumfest this summer. 2013 has seen the singer continue his blistering form with Smile Jamaicaand Beat and a Mic.

Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, who was regarded by many media outlets as last year’s top performer at Sumfest will also headline closing night while Dancehall stars, Popcaan, Aidoniaand Kiprich as well as Reggae star, Tarrus Riley have also been confirmed for the show.

Now in its 21st year, Reggae Sumfest will take place from July 21-27. Early bird tickets for the show are now available online through Touchstone Ticketing, the official ticketing stub for the festival.

Reggae Sumfest is sponsored by Digicel Jamaica, Iberostar, Secrets Resorts, Red Stripe, Pepsi and the Jamaica Tourist Board.

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
Credits: thegullyside.com

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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.