Internationally acclaimed Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel has responded to a ban imposed on him by the Guyana National Broadcasting Association; ensuring none of his songs would ever hit the nation’s airwaves.
The ban was announced yesterday; just over a month after Kartel opted not to show up for a scheduled performance at the government-supported Jam Zone Summer Break show in the Guyanese capital of Georgetown. According to state-owned, National Communications Network spokesman, Martin Goolsarran, Kartel’s music was forbidden from being played on local airwaves given the obscenity & hardcore nature of his lyrics. Additionally, Goolsarran claimed that music from “Di Teacha” offered “nothing positive” to the entertainment industry.
Kartel, real name, Adidja Palmer has broken his silence regarding the indefinite suspension of his music in the South American nation; hinting that the officials are hypocrites for imposing the ban. “It’s interesting, especially since that same radio station did a concert with me based on the fact that, and I quote, “The Guyana people don’t want to see nobody but you.” Unfortunately, I didn’t attend the show and that is the reason why the ban on my music was imposed. With that being said, I care zero about them and their ban because I won’t be visiting Guyana ever,” Kartel intimated to the Jamaica STAR.
As for the implications the ban has on Kartel’s relationship with Guyana as a whole, he stated, “I refused to go there before the ban was imposed so that ban wasn’t necessary. I banned myself. Big up the Guyanese Gaza fans but I would sooner tour Iraq than go to Guyana.”
Kartel earlier implied that the reason he refused to board a Caribbean Airlines flight to the Jam Zone Summer Break event last month due to alleged death & kidnapping threats made against him by the Guyanese. Two years prior to this, Kartel cancelled another performance in Guyana for similar reasons.