Jamaican Music

Lisa Hanna Wants Vybz Kartel Banned

Lisa Hanna, a Jamaican Member of Parliament for the parish of St. Ann and former Miss World 1990s title holder, believes that songs by Vybz Kartel, the popular reggae artiste currently in prison, should not be given any airtime while he remains incarcerated. Vybz “The Teacher” Kartel, whose real name is Adija Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for murder at the Tower Street maximum security prison in Kingston. Hanna, who is a former Minister of Youth and Culture, has called for Kartel’s music to be banned from Jamaican radio. She also believes that the artiste must have had help from “corrupt” prison officials in order to make recordings in prison. Hanna made her remarks during a radio interview, stating that the practice of allowing convicts to record music while serving their time should be banned. According to Cordell “Skatta” Burrell, says that Hanna’s suggestion of corruption among prison officers was uncalled for because any prisoner is able to record lyrics easily during their phone calls, to which they have a right to make. Hanna has received death threats over social media since making her comments, and police are monitoring her safety. Kartel’s album “King of the Dancehall” was released while the artiste has been in prison.

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