Legendary musician and Rolling Stones’ frontman, Mick Jagger, says incarcerated dancehall artiste Vybz kartel and Jay-Z are his favourite rappers.
According to the global icon, Vybz Kartel’s language is difficult to understand. However, Vybz Kartel is ‘mad’ with dancehall styles.
“My favourite rappers are Vybz Kartel, I like him, and I guess Jay-Z,” Mick Jagger said. The veteran could hardly pronounce the deejay’s name, however, he went on to explain the difference between Vybz kartel and Jay-Z.
“One is very different from the other. Jay-Z’s got this whole body of work and he’s put himself together with great tunes as well, and Vybz Kartel is just completely mad dancehall and totally different. It’s very difficult to understand a word he says until you’ve heard it about 100 times,” he said laughing.
Mick Jagger was participating in a question-and-answer session on Twitter recently. The Rolling Stones are no strangers to Jamaican music. in 1978, their record label contracted reggae legend Peter Tosh and released his album Bush Doctor, introducing the artiste to a larger audience.
The album also featured Mick Jagger and fellow Rolling Stones member Keith Richards. The lead single, a cover version of The Temptations effort Don’t Look Back, was also performed as a duet with Jagger. Keith Richards also co-produced and played on reggae artiste Max Romeo’s album Holding Out My Love to You.
This is not the first time that an international act has given props to Vybz Kartel for his work. American rapper Busta Rhymes also told US-based website VLADTV.com, that the artiste was intriguing.
“The thing I found more intriguing is how he was able to evolve what the now reggae artiste should be like, whether you agree with it or you don’t. His perspective of what the now reggae artiste should be is what differentiates him from everything that I have seen a long time in reggae artistes. He understands how to incorporate shock value with incredible music. He does things on the shock value level that we might look at as very crazy.” Busta Rhymes said.
Vybz Kartel was recently awarded deejay of the year at a recent award show, and is currently nominated for the same honour in the upcoming STAR People’s Choice award slated for May 30.
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INCARCERATED reggae artiste Buju Banton has instructed his legal team to halt any further appeals of his 2011 conviction on cocaine charges.
Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, is currently serving a mandatory 10-year sentence in an American correctional facility. The entertainer has been strident in his fight for his freedom.
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that in return for Banton’s tossing of appeals, the US Attorney Office is dismissing firearms charge against the reggae singer.
This move, however, is an about-turn from the entertainer’s legal team’s modus operandi.
In January, Charles Olgetree — who, along with Max Stern, comprise Banton’s legal team — vowed to continue fighting to have his client’s conviction overturned to secure a new trial.
“We will be fighting for Buju Banton’s freedom,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
“We will present our arguments for a reversal of his conviction to the entire court in an en banc hearing later this spring,” the Harvard Law School professor continued.
Efforts made to reach Olgetree were insuccessful.
Banton — who has been arrested since 2009 — was convicted in February 2011, days after winning a Grammy award for his album, Before the Dawn. His other albums include ‘Til Shiloh (1995), Inna Heights (1997) and Unchained Spirit (2000).
He is scheduled to be deported to Jamaica in January 2019.
Although Toya had been suffering from diabetes for some time, her spouse, Josef Bogdanovich, said her death came at a time when they were planning to get married.
In a solemn interview with THE STAR yesterday, the CEO of Downsound Records explained that despite his fiancée’s ailment, they were still planning on getting married.
“We have been together for 13 years, from she was 19. We were engaged to get married and we were talking about it a couple weeks ago and that she was going to get well; we had the donors, and then she died,” he said.
“We loved each other a lot. We had good times together and we were very close. Toya was exceptional as an artiste and as a fashionista. I miss her a lot. She is the only one I trust in Jamaica. She was a real beauty inside and out. She was great.”
However, Toya’s life was cut short on May 7 after suffering from diabetes for a few years. She got dialysis treatment at the Diabetic Association of Jamaica in St Andrew and she got additional treatment at the University Hospital of the West Indies. She also received treatment in Los Angeles, Miami and Brooklyn.
But Bogdanovich said he was amazed by the level of positivity Toya displayed throughout her illness.
“It was hard for her because the diabetes took her eyes, her kidney and then it took her heart, and then she died,” he said.
“I don’t know how she did it to keep positive that she would get well. She was blind for eight months and she still kept the faith and remained positive. I enjoyed her company. She was funny, witty, but above all, very uplifting. She gave freely.”
Bogdanovich added that their six-year-old son has been coping well with the situation.
“He is doing exceptionally well. He is a great boy, and he has a lot of traits of his mother,” he told THE STAR.
And although Toya was positive, Bogdanovich said dialysis treatment in Jamaica was very difficult.
“I’ve been to several dialysis centres with Toya and I have seenoften that all the bedsare full. These patients havea community and they come there several days a week every week, if they can afford it, and they develop a bond of hope, pulling for one another, and then asit happens, one dies. Then another one. This diabetes epidemic is trulyfrightening,” he said, adding that doctors and nurses are ill-equipped to administer dialysis treatment properly.
Toya’s funeral service will be held on May 24 and a wake was scheduled to be held for her in Washington Gardens, St Andrew, last night. Her body is expected to be flown to Jamaica from the United States on May 21.
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