I Octane, Damien Marley, Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Lea Anna, Popcaan and Mavado – always Mavado.
When someone mentioned to me a short while back, “you know Kartel is in prison?” My reaction was, “I wouldn’t be surprised”. But I’ve still been enjoying his track ‘Tell you seh’ nonetheless.
It seems that the path to prison could have been foretold as there were growing bad vibes swirling around the man. Last time I was in JA, a number of people were talking to me about how they hated him and they told me of alleged violent attacks mentioning his name. I put this down to a general ground swell of rumour which inevitably follows a man like Kartel who courts controversy and has an entourage all trying to live up to a reputation in a place where violence and gun crime is more than just part of the lexicon. Add to this mix, a self destructive element – skin bleaching and the recent spat with Corey Todd – all signal a ticking time bomb. In a small place like JA, making more enemies than friends is a dangerous position to find yourself.
The real question which of course must be asked is, ‘is he guilty?’ If he is, then this would spell the end of the Gaza era.
Following Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s resignation announced 25th Sep, 2011 which was a long time coming, I’ve been thinking about if and when the political make up in Jamaica can ever change. If someone charismatic and inspiring were to step forward onto the scene – Jamaica’s Nelson Mandela or Gandhi – and it doesn’t have to be a man – someone who can take the country onto a new path.
First, let me just say a couple of things about the resignation. Any credibility that Golding may have had in making his exit speech, seem to ring hollow because it has taken so long to come about. Deafeningly loud calls for his resignation were being made way back last year, when it emerged that he knew about the contacting of a law form to lobby against the US extradition request for Christopher Coke – a notorious crime lord currently pleading guilty to drug and gun charges. Although Golding did offer his resignation at the time, it seemed a half hearted attempt to do so as his loyal party rejected the request, which he duly went along with. There is an air of suggestion that he could not cling onto power any longer.
All this after the ill fated decision to storm Tivoli Gardens in a fruitless search for the drug don Christopher Coke at the expense of so many lives, not to mention the huge damage to Jamaica’s international reputation which will continue to be tainted for a very very long time to come.
Golding came to power with the help of edward seaga – the man tainted by links between crime dons and politicians when he was in power and garrison politics first came to the fore when guns and violence were exchanged for votes. He comes from the Jamaican political elite – his father was in politics.
So where is the new blood or are we just going to see more of the same? People being groomed from the same stock with the correct links and access to power? Here are a couple of youth leaders in action, Damion Crawford and then there’s also Generation 2000 (G2K) president Delano Seiveright. Is there hope for anyone else to emerge from somewhere else entirely? What about someone from Tivoli gardens?
I was talking to a friend today who was telling me about Kartel’s club in New Kingston called “The Building” and how he’s got his fingers in all these pies – well, it turns out that he’s been cut out.
After disagreements with his business partner, Corey Todd after alleged threats to Todd’s life, the club was closed for a couple of weeks and is reopening on July 1st. It will be changing its name to Club Riddim without Kartel. Read more and line ups here
I found this photo of Kartel with the govt Information Minister Daryl Vaz which seems pretty odd to me.
So what are people thinking about kartel nowadays? Everyone i talk to is saying how he’s losing his way and casting Jamaica in his own freaky image.
Certainly, losing his business partner would not be a great move in building the Gaza Empire.
And this shocking statement by Todd is really signalling where Kartel is at nowadays. In it Todd is reported to say that if anything happens to me, then you know where to look.
It adds to the rumours of violence circulating around the dancehall star. This is such a shame as he used to be lovely.
Here is Corey Todd talking about the end of this business relationship.
For an internationally renowned singer and reggae star, more used to partying and concerts and drugs, 10 years is indeed a long time for Buju Banton to spend in a Florida jail. But he’s reported to have took the news calmly and he was lucky in a way as the judge threw out an extra gun charge. So it could have been worse. He said in a statement, “The days that lie ahead are filled with despair, but I have courage and grace and I’m hopeful, and that is sufficient to carry me through, the man is not dead. Don’t call him a ghost.”
It happened at the Quad nightclub in new Kingston on Bounty Killer’s b’day. As Mavado arrives with his entourage, there’s a scuffle and armed police shoot his friend, who later dies in hospital. All in the presence of TV cameras.
All I have to add is did the police really deem it necessary to have a presence at this event? I think the club security would have been a better idea.
This is Mavado’s answer to the incident. He says the gun was “popped” with no provocation.
The main thing going on before that date is the motion filed by Dudus lawyers to throw out wiretap evidence, used in the extradition order against him. That would be pretty crucial in the case – his lawyers argue that it contravened Jamaican law to hand it over to the Americans.
But as Coke continues to be holed up inside a cell in the US, how are things on the outside in Tivoli Gardens. West Kingston?
The govt say they are dealing with crime with an ‘iron fist’ reporting 700 fewer murders over the last year. The police also say they are making significant inroads in efforts to eradicate gangs, dismantling 50 per cent of the 57 targeted since the New Year. Is it leading to safer streets and will it last I wonder?
The new style, longer so he can play with it …
Drake and Movado on stage together – I wish I had been there!! After Drake uttered those fatal words “bloodclaat” the plug was pulled on the show, due to the laws regulating swearing on stage. So there was no freestyle from Drake which would have been the icing on the cake.