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Following a successful satellite performance on the big screens of the annual Best of the Best concert held in Miami, Florida  Vybz Kartel’s label, Adidjahiem Records, announces his forthcoming book, Voice of the Ghetto. 

In recent times, we have seen many musicians step to the forefront of the political stage for a chance at implementing social change.  Wyclef Jean put in a bid for the head office of Haiti’s government, only to be disqualified but dignified none the less.  Luther Campbell ran for mayor of Miami and held 3rd place, at one point, out of several nominees but didn’t make the cut.  In Voice of the Ghetto Vybz Kartel showcases an ambitious and creative mind is without limit, in form or medium of expression.

The following passages are excerpts from Chapter 1 of the book entitled Thank you Jah, hence, it begins like a prayer.  “I start this book as I start each day of my life, with a “Thank you Jah” for giving Adidja Palmer the inspiration to be Vybz Kartel; may the words on the pages of this book be well received, may it touch the heart of the oppressors of my people so that they may treat the poor with compassion.”

Outside of a musical narrative, Kartel bares his spirituality and introspective thought related to education, social awakening, self-respect and unity.  “It is with this hope that I have taken the time to write this book in between my musical career and my role as father, and son; I ask that this book is blessed.”

Despite his international acclaim as one of Jamaica’s most prolific dance hall artistes, Kartel sheds light on the fact that he still identifies with his humble beginnings from the grass-roots of his native environment.  “May it be a tool that Society will utilize to understand ghetto livity, so that you may change your impression of us and start treating ghetto people with respect – whether they are your helpers, gardeners, bar maids, drivers or any marginalized person in Jamaica.”

To know one’s self is to know one’s history as Kartel speaks of his “lovely place Xaymaca, its original name before the genocidal Christopher Columbus came to plunder and destroy an entire Amerindian people under the guise of Christianity.”  A light-hearted plea for social reform can be felt throughout Voice of the Ghetto“May it reach the desks of the prison officials so that they may implement more humane and positive procedures in our jails so that our people can be welcomed back into society after they have done their time.” 

Oft-times Jamaican men are cited as having an un-compromising, aggressive and violent disposition.  In Voice of the Ghetto, Kartel proves leadership by projecting a contrasting image, making a call out to Jamaica’s male demographic at large.  Furthermore, highlighting his concern for the quality of life of Jamaica’s most valuable asset, the youth.  “May it be a reference point for Jamaican males that have never taken the time to understand what our mothers, baby mothers, sisters and women in general go through.  Most of all, may it be a source of motivation for my people especially the young ones as they find their way through life.”

Kartel delivers an advance notice to impending naysayers.  “The hate from the haters is expected but guess what, Kartel sending you a blessing too because the Gaza nuh bad mind.  Come on, I know you going to read this book, that’s okay with me, the only way we can have a better Jamaica is if we spend the time learning from each other.”

Wow.  Never judge a book by the cover.

Courtesy: Adidjahiem Records

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