GHETTO JOURNALISM HONOURS VYBZ KARTEL WITH BELATED BIRTHDAY BASH

By Tawanda Ngena


GHETTO JOURNALISM will this friday (January 13th) honour incarcerated Jamaican dancehall icon and self-proclaimed 'World Boss', Vybz Kartel with a belated birthday bash at Columbus Place in Borrowdale.
Vybz Kartel is of course currently serving time in jail after being convicted of murder, a charge that many of his die-hard fans (and the world at large) still feel was trumped up to curtail the DJ's growing influence.
An influence that continues to grow by the day and regardless of the fact that Vybes Kartel has been locked up for since 2011 , he is still miles (if not light years) ahead of his competition!
Hardcore dancehall fans all over the globe took time out on the 8th of january to celebrate the Jamaican dancehall supremo for his artistry, what he did for the dancehall genre, but more importantly, his role as a symbol for struggle and voice for oppressed people everywhere......and Zimbabwe is no exception.

We spoke to the organiser of the show, one Tawanda Tsoka, better know as Tawastok who said that plans were afoot to make this an annual event.
"This is only the first show that we have done in recognition of what Vybz Kartel means to dancehall and all of us as individuals. We are more than happy to join the rest of the world in honouring this man whose work and undeniable talent have made him immortal!
"Since Zimbabwe is one of the biggest consumers of dancehall, we felt compelled to honour this true icon and we will make sure to celebrate this day annually from now on", he said.
Tawastok spoke glowingly of the controversial but talented Jamaican and shared some of his fondest memories of Kartel.
"From day one I have been one of Kartel's number one fans and I saw the transformation of the dj from a mere underground artist to arguably the biggest dancehall act of our time and I am sure for many generations to come as well.
"I believe that he has done enough to merit all this attention around him, he added that glamour to 'ghetto levity' and showed us ghetto youths that you can be what you want to be if you believe in yourself and the talent you possess.
" I followed his progress since the days when he made a mockery of the likes of Ninjaman and Mavado on stage during the famed Sting clashes. It was then that I knew he was truely destined for the stars and not even jail can put a man like that down or take away his talent", said Tsoka.

Headlining the belated birthday celebrations is Boss Dk, Sky toppa, Marcus Mosaiah Garvey sound and City Angels. The list also includes Zimbabwe's own next generation of stars, the likes of I RATTY(mwana wamambo), TATIANA (Boss lady, dancer and singer) and Da Shocca(fresh from S.A), to mention a few.
"People underrate talent but we try by all means to fight for them so that they make it because most of us are tired of the same old line up.
" These artists deserve their chance to shine as well, after all, they are the future of our industry", said Tawastok.

In the event that his idol was to one day come across this article, we asked the 'ghetto journalist' if he had any special message for the incarcerated dj, this is what he had to say,
"I would like to tell him that, be strong my brother and never give up your fight for justice!

"You have inspired a whole generation of youths, your songs, your message will forever be etched in our hearts and minds.........and on that note, Gaza me seh... !!!!!!!
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