Vybz Kartel

There is a tense atmosphere over Vybz Kartel’s camp as the dancehall star awaits the appeal court’s verdict.

The three-judge panel in the Jamaica Court of Appeal is now deliberating the case presented before them by the defense and prosecution. The court aired arguments from both sides over a one and a half week span including some bombshell revelation about prosecutorial misconduct and perceived bias from the trial judge. A representative for the Gaza camp told Urban Islandz on Monday that Vybz Kartel and his team are nervous as they sit tight and await the verdict.

“Everyone nervous even the boss [Vybz Kartel] tense because we don’t know when and what the verdict will be,” a rep for the deejay told us. “We are confident in what our lawyers presented in court but as I previous state, the system will try to keep us down, so we are hoping for the best.”

POPCAAN

Popcaan wants to see more unity in dancehall amidst the release of his hugely successful new album Forever.

If you haven’t yet heard Popcaan new album, then you’re missing out because it’s one of the best dancehall projects released in the past few years. Forever is set to be debut at the top of the Billboard Reggae Chart this week following a strong debut. Poppy did an interview with Winford Williams last week following his set at Reggae Sumfest where he spoke about the global impact of the album and calls for unity among dancehall artists.

“For now its UK and Canada because you know I’ve never been to America until further notice,” Popcaan said when asked where in the world his music is most popular. “Like now it’s UK really like them love my music differently, like old and young. I am being played on some different radio stations and me really appreciate it.”

SEAN PAUL

Sean Paul has opened up about Demi Lovato’s recent overdoes and his own struggles with recreational drugs.

Demi Lovato made headlines last week when she was rushed to the hospital after going unconscious due to a drug overdose. The pop star has been battling substance abuse for years and was very open about it. In fact, she recently released a song about her relapse leading fans to become worried about her well being. “I just want to send love to Demi. She’s a beautiful girl and a great, great artist,” Sean Paul told the Daily Star.

The dancehall star says he himself has been smoking a bit too much, but says the music industry sometimes pushes artists to that point. “The music industry in itself is very excessive,” he added. “We are always working in studios, performing, travelling and sometimes you feel you need a break and the break is to go towards things that don’t give you a break.”

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PETER TOSH

Peter Tosh famous Martin acoustic guitar and his Grammy awards are now up for grabs at a pawn shop.

TMZ reported that one member of the late reggae legend’s family pawn the singer’s 1987 Grammy for Best Reggae Album and one of his Martin acoustic guitars at the Dylan McDermitt of LBC Pawn in Somerville, MA.

McDermitt says that he got the Grammy for $4,000 and the guitar for $2,000. Here is the interesting part, he is now selling back the Grammy for $15,000 and the guitar for $20,000 which are of course negotiable.

Peter Tosh, who was a member of The Wailers, did not have a will when he was shot and killed in 1987. As a result his family members are still fighting over his estate.

The late reggae singer is probably turning in his grave right now.

NINJA MAN

Ninjaman continues to do his charitable work for his community even from behind bars.

Before going to prison, Ninjaman was very active in his community with a lot of charitable initiatives. So it was a big blow to his community when he was handed down a life sentence for murder in December of last year. Rather than focus his entire attention on his legal troubles, Ninjaman is instead putting on a charity event on August 17 and a number of dancehall artists will be turning out for the event.

A rep for the dancehall legend confirmed with Urban Islandz that the event called Jamboree will be a day and night event at Hyde Park football field on Hyde Park Road, Kingston 11. Ninjaman Foundation is organizing the event. Artists like Beenie Man, Tommy Lee Sparta, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Ding Dong, Capleton, Busy Signal, and more will be performing. Fans should go out and support the event.

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