The convicted Dancehall entertainer is unlikely to be among those allowed to grace the stage “at the moment,” according to Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr.
The senate revealed that the initiative is part of a serious rehabilitation program, which aims to help inmates express their various talents in art and music, and should not be used as a publicity stunt.
It remains unclear how exactly inmates are actually chosen for the lineup, but the Minister disclosed that the inmates with special talents usually make themselves known within the prison system.
“The talents are known. They expose themselves. They are involved in other projects and programmes and everybody is pretty much aware of the persons that are artistes or persons who are involved in any kind of music, art, furniture making or anything of that sort,” Charles said.
Several experts have since shared their opinions saying that that if Kartel meets the required criteria, he should be allowed to participate.
Some also voiced that the public opinion should not impact which inmates are allowed to perform.
Despite being incarcerated since September of 2011, Kartel has remained one of the most relevant artists in the dancehall industry.
His management team has released a steady stream of new songs, including two full-length albums, prompting speculations that he had been recording music illegally behind bars. He has denied the claims.
The prison authorities also launched an investigation and concluded that there are no evidence that Kartel was recording in prison.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. His appeal hearing is set for February 19, 2018.
Meanwhile, peep Kartel’s video for “Big Dreams.”