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Vybez Kartel Faces Life After Guilty Verdict

Dancehall Reggae artist Vybz Kartel has been convicted of murder. In a high-profile trial under heavy security, Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and three of the four co-defendants were found guilty of killing, Clive “Lizard” Williams, in a dispute over missing gun(s).

The Verdict

The verdict returned 10-1 as follows:

  1. Adidja Palmer – GUILTY
  2. Shawn Campbell – GUILTY
  3. Kahira Jones – GUILTY
  4. Andre St John – GUILTY
  5. Shane Williams – Not GUILTY

Defense Lawyer Threatens Appeal

Kartel’s defense lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson called the prosecution’s case against his client “dishonest” citing missing witness statements and evidence CD. After the verdict, where Vybez and co-defendants seemed surprised, Tavares-Finson said he would appeal the verdict.

Prior Murder Case against Kartel

This is the 2nd murder trial against Kartel.  In last year’s (2013) murder trial, Kartel and two other co-defendants were “exonerated” after prosecutors failed to produce evidence to support allegations that the trio killed businessman Barrington “Bossy” Burton in 2011, and the government witness failed to show.  However, Kartel was not released because of the 2nd (recent) murder trial pending.

Juror Arrested in 10-1 Verdict

In something you see in mob movies, a juror at the Vybez Kartel murder trial was taken into custody on allegations bribery. News reaching Yowlink wa that the juror approached another, offering a bribe in exchange for a not guilty verdict


The majority of people “polled” or who commented in Jamaica, the United States, Canada, and UK, felt this was a just verdict and some expressed happiness that Jamaica’s justice system might have taken a micro-step towards improvement.

What is your take.  Talke to me nuh


Wayne “Sleng Teng” Smith legacy

On Monday, news hit Jamaica, the Caribbean, North America, the UK, and the world that the creator of the first fully-computerized Dancehall Reggae “riddim” (rhythm), “Sleng Teng”, Wayne Smith, had passed away at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) in Kingston, Jamaica.

Wayne Smith (nicknamed Wayne “Sleng Teng” Smith) recorded the first song on the riddim in 1985 called “Unda Mi Sleng Teng“. It was an immediate hit and what followed were a barrage of songs recorded in 1985 and beyond.

There were songs like:

1. Batta Batta – Charlie Chaplin
2. Hey Bobby – Cocoa Tea
3. Capture Rasta – Culture
4. Original Fat Ting – Echo Minott
5. Put Your Hand Pon The Key – Echo Minott
6. Call The Police – John Wayne
7. Buddy Bye – Johnny Osbourne
8. Get Mi Grammy – Lee Van Cliff
9. Catch The Style – Little John
10. The Don – Peter Metro
11. Shock Me A Shock – Shelly Thunder
12. Jamming in The Street – Sugar Minott
13. Trash and Ready – Super Cat
14. Big Thing – Tappa Zukie
15. Pumpkin Belly – Tenor Saw
16. Every Posse Get Ready – Tonto Irie
17. Raggamuffin Style – Tony Tuff
18. Computer – Uglyman

19. Boops Fi Dem – Cocoa Tea
20. Ninja Mi Ninja – King Kong
21. Kill Them Wid It – Admiral Bailey

Our condolences go out to the family, and friends of Mr. “Sleng Teng” Smith.

What were your favorite songs since 1985 through the 2000s on the “Sleng Teng” riddim?  Talk to me nuh.

Vybez Kartel in court

Vybez Kartel, if not guilty on a technicality (key witness cannot be found), may still not go free because he’s to be held until 2nd murder trial later this year.  The dancehall reggae artist, born Adidja Palmer, was held on separate murder charges and all indication is that he will not be found guilty on the current charge due to the fact that the key witness may be in hiding, or cannot be found.

What do you think about the case?  Talk to mi nuh.

Buju Banton gets 10 years in maximum security prison

Artist Buju Banton, who was convicted of 3 charges related to drugs (cocaine), has been sentenced to ten (10) years in a maximum security prison by the United States federal court in Tampa, Florida.  After that, he’s supposed to be on 5 years probation.

You may recall that Buju was convicted right after winning and accepting his first Grammy award.  Buju, now 37, would get out when he’s 47 years old.  David Markus, Buju’s attorney begged for leniency but it seems there was none offered.


Please talk to us.  What is your take on the whole thing (conviction and now sentence)?  Answer the poll and comment below.

Buju Banton sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. What should his sentence be?

  • To the ones who set him up. What goes around, comes around. (36%, 26 Votes)
  • 10 years prison + 5 years probation was fair. (29%, 21 Votes)
  • It was expected given the charges and guilty verdict. (15%, 11 Votes)
  • Many of these Rastas / Christians are hypocrites so he deserves it (14%, 10 Votes)
  • He should've been given a tougher sentence to send a message (5%, 4 Votes)
  • 15 years probation only would be fair for him running his mouth (1%, 1 Votes)
  • He deserved a much lighter sentence since he's truly not guilty (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jah would never give the power to a bald head... trying to crucify the dread. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 73

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