Kartel chides Caribbean leaders

(Jamaica Gleaner) – Controver-sial dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel has hit out against the leaders of the Caribbean islands who have sought to ban him from performing in their territories.

Speaking in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corpora-tion (BBC), Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, said he was unaware that regional leaders had so much idle time on their hands to consider banning an act from performing in their countries based on his lyrics. His comments come in wake of the recent decision by the government of Saint Lucia to deny him a work permit, which, had it been granted, would have seen the deejay taking the stage at two concerts this past weekend.

“I’m not in anyway trying to overthrow the government, nor am I preaching violence against anyone of any group, so I can’t understand them,” Kartel said in an interview aired on the popular BBC Caribbean Report.

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