14. Vybz Kartel Music Was Banned By Guyana
In September 2011, the National Communications Network of Guyana imposed a ban on Vybz Kartel, ensuring none of his songs would ever hit the nation’s airwaves.
The ban was announced on September 22, 2011, just over a month after Kartel opted not to show up for a scheduled performance at the government-supported Jam Zone Summer Break show in the Guyanese capital of Georgetown.
However, a Guyanese spokesman stated that Kartel’s music was forbidden from being played on local airwaves given the obscenity and hardcore nature of his lyrics.
Vybz Kartel responded to the ban saying he could care less.
“I care zero about them and their ban because I won’t be visiting Guyana ever. I refused to go there before the ban was imposed so that ban wasn’t necessary. I banned myself. Big up the Guyanese Gaza fans but I would sooner tour Iraq than go to Guyana.” – Vybz Kartel (The Jamaica STAR)
The ban was reportedly lifted after a month.
Despite being back on the airwaves, the deejay said that he stands firm to his personal ban on the country.
“I cannot take back the spoken word. I love Guyanese people in general but for security reasons, I’m gonna chill out from there for the foreseeable future.” – Kartel