Adidja Azim Palmer
(born 7 January 1976) better known as Vybz Kartel
, is a Jamaican dancehall artist, songwriter and businessman. His singles include "Clarks", "Romping Shop", "Poor People", "Tell You Say", "Like Christmas" and "Pon De Floor".Whitening (Bleaching)Kartel has come under controversy over perceived skin whitening, or "bleaching", leading him to claim the use of "cake soap" to lighten his skin. The Blue Power Group, Jamaican manufacturer of the popular cake soap (or "blue soap"), has refuted claims it changes skin color. Kartel then stated the soap used to lighten his skin was his own Company brand, which he intends to release on the local market and to overseas clients.
In September 2011 the National Communications Network of Guyana banned Vybz Kartel from the airwaves—the first such action against a specific artist. His music contained "obscene lyrics" and brought "nothing positive" to the entertainment industry, said NCN spokesman Martin Goolsarran (Wednesday, Sept 21) after a week of internal debate. He said NCN was reviewing the lyrics of other musicians and could ban them as well. In fact the government had no problem with Kartel, its Tourism Ministry inviting him to an August music festival, angering the Tourism Ministry and Guyanese promoters when he failed to show up.
On 29 September 2011, Kartel was arrested by police for marijuana possession. Jamaica's Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT) later charged him with the murder of a Jamaican businessman, Barrington Burton, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.Though Kartel was granted bail for the Burton murder on 23 March 2012 for JD$3,000,000, he remained in jail in connection with a second murder, of one Clive 'Lizzard' Williams. He was also charged, along with two others including Vanessa "Gaza Slim" Saddler, with perverting the course of justice, after Saddler allegedly claimed that Williams had robbed her in order to mislead the police into believing that he was still alive. Kartel's trial was originally scheduled for 21 January 2013, but had to be postponed due to a lack of jurors, and was rescheduled for 11 July. On 24 July a jury found Kartel not guilty and he was acquitted of the charge of murder of Barrington Burton. However, Kartel remained in custody pending his second murder case. His trial for the murder of Clive Williams started on 18 November 2013 and a verdict was reached on 13 March 2014. Kartel was found guilty by an eleven-member jury (10-1) for murder of 27-year-old Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, of Waterford, St Catherine.While in prison in 2012, his book The Voice Of The Jamaican Ghetto: Incarcerated but not Silenced
, co-written with business associate Michael Dawson, was published.