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Singer and star of hit reality TV show is accused of killing a local promoter in July.

Dancehall star Vybz Kartel has been charged with the murder of Jamaican promoter Barrington Burton. Photograph: Scott Gries/Getty Images

Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel has been charged with murder. A police statement issued in Kingston on Monday said that the 35-year-old artist was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. Investigators accuse the rapper, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, of conspiring with others to kill a 27-year-old promoter who was murdered earlier this year.

“The allegation is that on Monday, July 11, 2011, Palmer, along with other men, conspired to murder Barrington Burton o/c ‘Bossie’, a 27-year-old businessman/promoter of a Gregory Park address in St Catherine. Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park,” the police release said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

Kartel’s defence attorney was reported to have said that his client was prepared to fight the charges. Kartel was initially arrested on Friday for marijuana possession.

Kartel has previously been arrested on charges including assault and illegal gun possession. Those charges were later dropped. A long-running feud with fellow artist Mavado is alleged to have fuelled mob attacks in inner-city neighbourhoods of Kingston. In December 2009, the two met government ministers in an attempt to calm the situation.

Kartel has worked on collaborations and remixes with the likes of Jay-Z, Rihanna and MIA. His international hits include Ramping Shop, Dollar Sign and Clarks. The success of the latter song last year sent sales of the British shoes soaring in Jamaica. A businessman in his own right, Kartel also has his own brands of rum and condoms as well as his own controversial range of skin-lightening cosmetics.

Recently, the singer also became the star of locally produced reality TV show Teacha’s Pet. Officials from the telecommunications company that sponsors the show were said to be discussing the new charges levelled against Kartel last night.

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Grammy-winning artist and activist Peter Tosh , born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Grange Hill, Westmoreland on October . 19, 1944. Today the singer who died on September 11, 1987, he was murdered at his home during a robbery would have turned 67.

At the age of fifteen, Tosh went  Kingston, where he met Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley and Neville O’Reilly “Bunny” Livingston, who had similar musical dreams., and formed the popular group “Wailing Wailers”, which he left in 1974

Tosh first single Legalize It, in 1976, became an instant hit, as many thought he was singing about marijuana legalization

Peter Tosh continued to record international hit records for the rest of the 1970s and early 1980s, and never relaxed his intense message of revolution. After a live concert release in 1984, Peter Tosh took a few years off, and his 1987 comeback record No Nuclear War was nominated for a Grammy Award.

On September 11, 1987, Tosh was gunned down at his home by three men, one of whom was an acquaintance of Peter Tosh's, Dennis Lobban. Tosh and his house guests were  in the head, where Tosh died instantly, as did two of his friends, including  disc jockey Jeff "Free I" Dixon


Peter Tosh Release studio albums
  • Legalize It (1976)
  • Equal Rights (1977)
  • Bush Doctor (1978)
  • Mystic Man (1979)
  • Wanted Dread And Alive (1981)
  • Mama Africa (1983)
  • No Nuclear War (1987)
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Singjay Mavado passed a personal milestone last weekend by performing in Africa for the first time. Mavado performed in front of a 10,000-strong crowd inside the capitol’s Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana.

In a release sent to The STAR,Mavado commented, “Long time mi suppose to reach Africa fi sing fi di people. But nothing before time. It was a great experience and I felt so at home there. Ghana reminded me so much of Jamaica, I loved it.”

From the moment Mavado arrived in Ghana it was pandemonium as crowds followed him everywhere he went, whether on foot, bikeor car as he did the promotional rounds and hung out at various spots in Accra.

Mavado had to remain in his car for nearly 20 minutes when he arrived at the stadium, due to the throng of excitement surrounding the motorcade that brought him in. It was chaos when Mavado finally emerged from his vehicle to enter the stadium’s field, surrounded by highly enthusiastic fans who formed a massive circle around him as he walked.

Promoters Fantasy Entertainment put on a great event inside the stadium, drawing the biggest crowd ever seen for a reggaeevent in Ghana. A slew of Ghanaian performers showcased their talent in areas of reggae, dancehall, rap and drumming. Samini was the local headliner, who put on a show with his band before he made way for Mavado, backed by his Anger Management band.

The large crowd erupted as Mavado ran out singing So Special and had the audience singing along for over an hour and a half, to his different songs. “I had to give them almost everything,” Mavado was quoted as saying after the performance. “The people showed me crazy loveand made me feel so welcome since I came here, so I had to give them a special performance. I can’t wait to return and look forward to performing in other African countries in the near future.”

We The Best recording artiste Mavado is currently back in the US working on his album with DJ Khaled. The ‘Welcome to the Gully’ Tour, originally scheduled for the US and Canada, has now become a world trod, as Mavado will also be performing in more African countries in December, as well as shows in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Europe before the year is out.
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