Jamaica Festival Song History: 1976 – Watch Freddie McKay with “Dance This Ya Festival”

Jamaica Festival Song winner for 1976 - Freddie McKay with "Dance This Ya Festival" Lyrics from: not found

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Jamaica Festival Song History: 1977 – Watch Eric Donaldson with “Sweet Jamaica”

Jamaica Festival Song winner for 1977 - Eric Donaldson with "Sweet Jamaica" Lyrics from: http://www.wowlyrics.com Sweet Jamaica is now on the move. Help me with my song and let the people dem come sing along. Tek up yu cutlass, yu shovel and yu hoe. Tek up yu boots dem, people let us go. Call out the … Continue reading Jamaica Festival Song History: 1977 – Watch Eric Donaldson with “Sweet Jamaica”

Jamaica Festival Song History: 1978 – Watch Eric Donaldson with “Land of my Birth”

Jamaica Festival Song winner for 1978 - Eric Donaldson with "Land of my Birth" Lyrics from: http://www.wowlyrics.com Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Aah, Aah, Aah This is the land of my birth; I say this is the land of my birth. I say this is Jamaica, my Jamaica, the land of my birth. I will never … Continue reading Jamaica Festival Song History: 1978 – Watch Eric Donaldson with “Land of my Birth”

Jamaica Festival Song History: 1972 – Watch Toots & the Maytals with “Pomps and Pride”

1972 - Toots & the Maytals with "Pomps and Pride" Lyrics: Everybody just Cryin out (cry out) Calm down (calm down) Have your pomps and pride Calm down (calm down) (x2) Have your pomps and pride Everybody just Cryin out (cry out) Calm down (calm down) Have your pomps and pride Is it an opulin, … Continue reading Jamaica Festival Song History: 1972 – Watch Toots & the Maytals with “Pomps and Pride”

Jamaican Entertainer / DJ Vybz Kartel found guilty of murder

Jamaican Entertainer / DJ Vybz Kartel found guilty of murder

This is the trial to beat all trials in Jamaica. Not since the Manatt inquiry sitting in Jamaica has there been such a keen follow up by those interested in the verdict of Jamaican Entertainer and DJ Vybz Kartel, who was found guilty on March 13, 2014. This date was also the birthday of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

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Dec 13, 2013 newscast on Kartel trial detailing video and bbm evidence presented by prosecution

Jamaican Entertainer / DJ Vybz Kartel found guilty of murder

Jamaican Entertainer / DJ Vybz Kartel found guilty of murder

Well, i was wrong. I fully believed that Kartel and co. would walk; because of the weakness of Jamaica’s justice system,  the strength of the defence team, and because the powerful are rarely tried, let alone found guilty in this society. But no! In a dramatic, rapidly unfolding denouement yesterday afternoon the nearly 3-month old Vybz Kartel trial came to an emotion-filled climax. Amidst rumours that one of the jurors, ‘No. 3′ to be precise, had tried to offer the jury’s headwoman a J$500,000 bribe, the jury decided 10 to 1 that Kartel, and three of his four co-accused were guilty of the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, a young dancer whose body has yet to be found.

Lizard’s sister, Stephanie Breakenridge, sat in the courtroom sobbing every now and then as the final moments arrived. In all of the circus around this celebrity court case her brother, seen in the video above dancing and bigging up the Gaza Empire, had been virtually forgotten in the media coverage of the trial, except perhaps as its subject, in cold, clinical terms. His terror-filled texts had been read to the courtroom earlier in the trial but otherwise very little was known of the young man who thought his moment in the sun had arrived the day he was adopted by Vybz Kartel and his group.

Word on the verandahs is that the DPP Paula Llewellyn, Judge Campbell, Prosecutor Jeremy Taylor and his team were determined to use this case to showcase the ability of the Jamaican court system to deliver justice, surely if not swiftly. I congratulate them on their determination to demonstrate that justice is not as elusive in Jamaica as many of us have been led to believe…let’s hope the Vybz Kartel trial sets the bar for all trials in Jamaica from now on.

As Dah’Mion Blakey said on Facebook: The same rigor with which this case was pursued should be extended to ALL; uptown, downtown, popular, unpopular and indifferent!! #‎JudicialReform‬ ‪#‎SocialJusticeForAll‬

Finally, many of us thought that Kartel would have got off because the jury would have felt too intimidated to find him guilty. Clearly they didn’t. This too was something the DPP must have been keen on establishing, to signal to potential jurors and a timorous public that the all-abiding fear that curtails the carriage of justice too often is perhaps overstated and unnecessary. Of course we have to wait and see and hope that none of the jurors face repercussions for their decision.

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Dec 13, 2013 newscast on Kartel trial detailing video and bbm evidence presented by prosecution

Well, i was wrong. I fully believed that Kartel and co. would walk; because of the weakness of Jamaica’s justice system,  the strength of the defence team, and because the powerful are rarely tried, let alone found guilty in this society. But no! In a dramatic, rapidly unfolding denouement yesterday afternoon the nearly 3-month old Kartel trial came to an emotion-filled climax. Amidst rumours that one of the jurors, ‘No. 3’ to be precise, had tried to offer the jury’s headwoman a J$500,000 bribe, the jury decided 10 to 1 that Kartel, and three of his four co-accused were guilty of the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, a young dancer whose body has yet to be found.

Lizard’s sister, Stephanie Breakenridge, sat in the courtroom sobbing every now and then…

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