Guyana: Singer banned by National Broadcasting Association

27 September 2011


The Guyana National Broadcasting Association announced on 21 September 2011 that the Jamaican dancehall singer Vybz Kartel (real name: Adidja Palmer) has been banned from public airwaves in Guyana.

Martin Goolsarran, a spokesman for the state-owned radio outlet, National Communications Network, said that Vybz Kartel’s music – and its obscene and hardcore lyrics – brings nothing positive to the entertainment industry.

This was reported by The Associated Press and by the Jamaican ‘Pop Culture Examiner’ Jodee Brown on the news-website

This is the first time that the government has taken such action against a specific artist. According to Jodee Brown, the spokesman hinted that the Broadcasting Association currently is reviewing the lyrics of other musicians and could also take them off the airwaves, though he declined to name which artistes were being investigated.

In August 2011, Vybz Kartel made a last-minute decision not to turn up for a show at a a government-supported summer music festival in Georgetown, Guyana, after allegedly receiving death threats from people in the island. The same thing had happened two years earlier when Vybz Kartel was invited to perform in Guyana in 2009, wrote Jodee Brown.


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Somali journalist and musician Abdirazak Osman, who arranged the concert, was offered cash by the fundamentalists if he would cancel the concert.

By midnight the blockade was stopped by the local police. No arrests were made.



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