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No music from Vybz in jail


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KINGSTON – Convicted dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel (real name Adidja Palmer) has no plans to record music while he is serving his ?35-year prison sentence.
?That revelation by his attorney Tom Tavares-Finson came hours after the entertainer and three men were each sentenced in the Home Circuit Court to life imprisonment for the August 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
“He has no intention of recording while in custody,” Tavares-Finson told The Gleaner.
Thursday, Justice Lennox Campbell postponed the sentencing to allow defence attorneys to give their input and for enquiries as to whether the entertainer would be allowed to record music while behind bars.
“That is the most ridiculous proposition I have ever heard that he [Kartel] should be given authority to record while in custody,” Tavares-Finson said.
“The person was not convicted to do music, he was convicted to do hard labour,” he added.
Meanwhile, residents of the “Gully” region of St Andrew who may have carried Mavado’s banner during his bitter feud with Vybz Kartel had plenty of sympathy for their one-time rival.
Kartel and three accomplices (André St John, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, and Kahira Jones) were given life sentences for Williams’ murder.
?Kartel will be eligible for parole after 35 years. Some of Mavado’s supporters spoke to Splash about a man they once despised.
“Mi feel like the case fi try over ’cause it nuh look like him get a fair trial. It jus’ look like dem pressure him,” said 34-year-old Eric DJ Blacks Brown.
“Me’s a Gully man but at the end of the day Vybz Kartel music dem have a energy, soun’ good and everything.” 
Lengthy incarceration
??Richard Phillips, a 30-year-old deejay known as Richest, agreed that the sentence is harsh but added that given the overwhelming evidence presented by the prosecution, a lengthy incarceration was inevitable.
“As far as mi si, the sentence nuff an’ ting, but when yuh check the situation wid the evidence, a the road wha’ Adi (another of Kartel’s nicknames) choose get him here. A jus’ the system, wi haffi live wid it”, he said.
A Rastafarian who identified himself as Jah Wayne is an elder along the “Gully”, an undulating line of zinc and concrete homes. He believes Kartel is a victim of Jamaica’s unbalanced justice system.
“A many killer outa road an’ nuthin nuh happen to dem. Me’s not a Kartel fan but nuff youth look up to him as Jamaica Michael Jackson,” Jah Wayne stated.
“If him neva have something inna him the university people dem wouldn’t call him fi lecture up dey.” (Jamaica Observer/Jamaica Gleaner.)


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