Jamaica Govt. Tries To Heal Rift Between Dancehall Artists


CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Weds. Dec. 9, 2009: Jamaica`s Bruce Golding administration took a unique step on Tuesday – intervening to heal a rift between rival dancehall artistes Vybz Kartel and Mavado.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding met with the artistes at a Jamaica House Tuesday morning event as Minister with responsibility for information, Daryl Vaz, released a statement insisting that the government has a `responsibility to intervene in the situation created by the Gully Gaza controversy which has resulted in tension between the fans of dancehall artistes Movado and Vybz Kartel.`

Vybz Kartel whose real name is Adijah Palmer, leads the Gaza faction while Mavado – born David Brooks – leads the Gully clique.  Gaza refers to the working-class town of Portmore, where Kartel hails from while Gully is the Cassava Piece neighborhood in the parish of St. Andrew where Mavado was born.

Police in Jamaica have claimed the warring between the two deejays is helping promote violence between the two cliques in the country. But the two, in a statement, claimed it was simply just about deejaying and lyrics and they really are not enemies.

Both artistes agreed to be involved in a peace concert to be arranged in conjunction with The Ministry of Youth and Culture and other private promoters to help heal the rift and bring more unity to a country where the number of homicides is now approaching a record 1,600.


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