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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jurors have been sent home and the courtroom cleared in the Vybz Kartel murder trial to allow the court to determine the admissibility of certain evidence in the case.
Patrick Linton, former head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Cybercrime Unit is giving evidence.
The court was told that his evidence had implications for national security, hence the need to have the courtroom cleared.
Linton’s evidence relates to telephone and other devices seized from the entertainer.
Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, and four other men are on trial for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. The prosecution is contending that the murder was committed at the entertainer’s Havendale, St Andrew home on August 16, 2011.
Source: Jamaica Observer
Gaza Slim’s manager Elvis Redwood is dismissing reports that the dancehall deejay was involved in a catfight on Saturday.
Elvis tells Music News that he saw the reports on social media and the accusations are false.
The reports surfaced on several social media and websites that Vybz Kartel’s protégé Gaza Slim was beaten by another woman at Lawrence Tavern.
The alleged scuffle is said to have started over a male.
GOVERNMENT forensic analyst Sharon Bryson testified in the Vybz Kartel murder trial yesterday that blood, believed to be that of a male, was found at the entertainer’s house.
However, she testified that DNA analysis of the blood did not match that of the uncle of the man the prosecution believed to have been murdered.
Bryson gave the evidence during her examination-in-chief that blood, believed to be that of victim Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, was taken from the Havendale, St Andrew, house and that a swab was done of Williams’ uncle for DNA.
“The DNA did not match that of the uncle,” Bryson told the court. Asked by lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor what could account for the failure to match DNA, Bryson said Williams’ uncle may be from his mother’s side of the family.
Under cross-examination by defence attorney Tom Tavares- Finson, who appears with Chris Tavares-Finson for Kartel, Bryson said she was unable to say that the blood taken from the house was that of Williams.
“If it was said that the blood of Clive Williams was found at the house at Swallowfield Avenue, that would not have come from you?”
“No, sir,” said Bryson.
“If the police say blood of Williams was found at Vybz Kartel’s house, that wouldn’t have come from you?”
“No, sir,” was her response.
Under cross-examination by another defence attorney, Michael Lorne, who, along with Susan Dodd, appears for Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Bryson said the police had brought the uncle to her for a sample to be taken for DNA analysis.
She said other samples that were taken from the house were tested, but no match to Williams was found.
Vybz Kartel (real name Adidja Palmer), Campbell, Kahira Jones, Andre St John, and Shane Williams are on trial for the murder of Clive Williams on August 16, 2011.
A body has not been found but the prosecution believes that Williams was beaten to death over the disappearance of two guns.
Yesterday, Corporal Shawn Howard of the police’s Communication Forensic and Cybercrime Unit testified to getting a number of cellular phones, a notebook computer, a USB flash drive, and laptop on October 3, 2011, which he logged in the register.
Cross-examined by Lorne, he said that he was aware that in some instances the law required that a warrant be obtained before a confiscated cellphone could be searched. He, however, said that he didn’t obtain a warrant to do so.
Howard also said that he didn’t ascertain if a warrant was obtained for the confiscation of the items in the first place.
In response to questions posed by attorney Pierre Rogers (Jones’ attorney), Howard said that no civilian worked at the Cybercrime Unit at the time he got the items, and that only police officers conduct analysis of exhibits.
“There are no civilians to check the police finding?” Rogers asked.
“No, sir,” Howard said.
Crossed by Tavares-Finson, Howard said there was no way of telling the ownership of the phones if the investigator didn’t put the names of the owners on them
Source: Jamaica Observer
An image that is currently being circulated online of dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel being depicted as a god has sparked outrage and mix reactions from viewers on social media.
The painting shows a fully tattooed, light-skinned Kartel sitting high on a throne made of gold in the clouds. In the image, he is seen holding a staff in his right hand and contorting his fingers to the ‘empire’ sign on the other.
Kartel can also be seen in the painting dressed in a pink toga, purple cap with the letter ‘W’ and matching Clarks, while having his chin caressed by a topless woman on bended knees staring adoringly at him as he looks on.
But unlike the doting woman in the painting, some viewers were not amused while others stated that it was a ploy by the artiste to remain relevant during his incarceration.
“That photo is just so wrong in so many ways!” a Facebook viewer commented.
Another stated, “And he draws out people yet again, when unuh gonna learn seh him do this just for the attention! Smart man!”
The painting’s creator has also come under scrutiny by viewers, with many accusing him of idolising the artiste.
But the New Jersey-based artist with Jamaican roots, 27-year-old Kavion Robinson, told THE STAR that the painting, which was done two years ago, is not about him worshipping Kartel, but instead about the artiste’s ego.
“The painting is about his ego and the image he was portraying to the world,” he said.
When asked what was the inspiration behind the picture, Robinson told THE STAR, “The inspiration was how the media portrayed Kartel at the time.”
He also told THE STAR, “The painting is a recreation of ‘Ingres’s – Jupiter and Thetis’. It illustrates Jamaica’s media portrayal of Vybz Kartel as a larger than life figure in dancehall. They placed him on that throne and dancehall society at his feet and blamed him for the behaviour of youths.”
Robinson also sought to dismiss claims that the painting was published by Kartel or members of his camp as a ploy to stir up controversy to keep the artiste relevant during his incarceration.
“Kartel has nothing to do with the picture, this was created before he was imprisoned, he knows nothing about the painting and has probably never seen it.
U.S.A, Jamaica (MPR Consulting) – From his swag and style, his demeanor and charming personality mixed with dynamic moves and witty lyrics make Ding Dong is the true definition of a star entertainer!
“Syvah” is Ding Dong’s latest hit bound single produced by Ricky Blaze. What does Syvah mean? “Syvah meaning “Separate” – separating real from fake Syvah Dem oh my dayyyzzz” states billboard chart topping producer Ricky Blaze.
The blazing track will soon be available on itunes via FME Recordings.
William Maragh a.k.a. Super Cat, caught up with Barry G live on air in Jamaica. Barry G got Cat live on the phone in New York as he was hanging out with his manager Earlton. Cat started out by acknowledging the greats who had passed on in the form of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Garnet Silk, who passed this time in 1994.
The D.J. who also goes by the name ‘Wild Apache’ reminisced about the music and about the role Barry G and David Rodigan played in the music. He spoke to sharing stage on Sting with Ninja Man and others and rising to the occasion. Super Cat says he will be in Jamaica shortly and alluded to the fact that patrons should look out for his performance on Sting 2013. This was the DJ’s first interview in Jamaica in a dozen years and when he performs on Boxing day, it will be for the first time in a dozen years.
‘Cat’ released hit singles ‘si boops deh’, ‘cry fi di youth’, ‘sweets for my sweet’, ‘dolly my baby’, ‘wild apache’, ‘don dadda’ ‘Ghetto red hot’, ‘Dem nuh worry we’ in the late eighties and early nineties. In 1992 signed to Columbia records, he released the album ‘Don Dadda’ and in 1993 on Sony Music he released ‘the good, the bad, the ugly and the crazy’ with his brother Junior cat, Junior Demus and Nicodemus.
Hardcore and unapologetic, the wild apache ‘Super Cat’ with the mic as his tool and the stage as his school, is sometimes conscious, militant to a fault and 100% controversial.
The DJ who appeared on Killamanjaro back in the day, was featured on the remix of “Jump” with Kriss Kross in 1992 and also collaborated with them in 1993 for their song “It’s Alright”. Those hits made Super Cat the Source magazine dance hall artist of the year in 1993. He was also an early collaborator with a then unknown rapper born of Jamaican parents, Notorious B.I.G. featured with Mary J. Blige, 3rd Eye and Puff Daddy on the B-side remix of “Dolly My Baby” in 1993, three years before ‘Biggie’ would make it to Sting 1996.
His version of Fats Domino’s “My Girl Josephine”, performed with Jack Radics was included in the soundtrack to the film Pret-a-Porter in 1994. In 1997 Cat was featured on the number one hit “Fly” by Sugar Ray on their platinum album Floored. Super Cat collaborated with India Arie on her hit song “Video” in 2001, and with Jadakiss and the Neptunes on “The Don Of Dons” in 2003. Also in 2003, he collaborated with 112 for their song “Na Na Na Na.” Following the death of his long time road manager Fred ‘The Thunder’ Donner in 2004, Super Cat released a multi-cd tribute album featuring Yami Bolo, Michael Prophet, Linval Thompson, Nadine Sutherland, Sizzla and others.
Super Cat performed at Madison Square Garden with other Sting performers Mark Myrie a.k.a. Buju Banton and Barrington Levy. Cat also headlined the ‘Best of the Best’ concert in Miami in 2008, with Assassin, Etana, Barrington Levy, Buju Banton, Junior Reid, Tony Matterhorn, Sizzla and Beenie Man.
Last year, his song “Dance Inna New York” was sampled for Nas‘ single “The Don“, from the rapper’s album Life Is Good, with Cat adding vocals to the hook. Super Cat made a surprise appearance at Massive B‘s concert in September this year and in the same week, a mix of his work with The Neptunes label was released to the internet.
This year the Greatest One Night Reggae Dancehall Show on earth celebrates 30 years. This Boxing Day, December 26th , 2013, He’s Bringing the Sting to JamWorld PortMore, at a build Jamaica, buy Jamaica event, endorsed by the JTB. Be a Part of Jamaican music history. Come to the venue or Get it Pay-Per-View. Log on to www.ReggaeSting.com or www.Facebook.com/reggaestingja for more information.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Government forensic scientist Sharon Bryson testified in the Kartel murder trial Wednesday that blood taken from the entertainer’s house was in fact human and that it belonged to a male. However, she said that she was unable to say that the blood belonged to Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
Bryson said that a swab was taken from a man supposed to be Williams’ uncle but the DNA samples did not match.
She explained that Williams and the uncle were not related from the father’s side of the family.
Under cross-examination by defence attorney Tom Tavares-Finson Bryson said that if it was said by the police that William’s blood was found at the Kartel’s house that information would not have come from her.
Kartel, and four co-accused, are on trial for the murder of Williams, believed to have been committed at Kartel’s Havendale house in 2011.
Source: Jamaica Observer
The Don Gargon has challenged Miley Cyrus to join 2 Chainz, Super Cat, Mavado, Beenie Man and other international stars on the http://BringTheSting.com stage.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin advanced to the semi finals of NBC’s The Voice Tuesday night.
After rocking The Voice Monday night, first with Bob Marley’s Redemption Song and then Katy Perry’s Unconditionally, Tessanne received enough votes to progress to the top five. Chin was the first person from Team Adam to advance.
Fans on social networking site Twitter, including ace sprinter Usain Bolt, immediately responded.
“We never doubted you for a minute. You are amazing @Tessanne,” one fan tweeted.
“Her husband and family must be so proud. I sure am,” another added.
Bolt said, “Jamaica to the world keep representing @Tessanne ..congrats #TeamTessanne #nbcthevoice #TeamAdam #TeamJamaica.”
First to advance to the top five were 16-year-old Jacqui Lee from Team Christina and the bearded Cole Vosbury from Team Blake.
Only one contestant, Matthew Schuler, was eliminated Tuesday night.