Vybz Kartel’s arresting book, The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, co-authored with Michael Dawson of People’s Telecom fame, gives a penetrating account of the deadly conditions endured by too many youth who are barely surviving on the margins of Jamaican society, according to Carolyn Cooper.
Claiming the authority of the traditional warner man, Kartel compels his audience to pay attention to his prophetic story.
Cooper, a professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, swears you just can’t put the book down.
Cooper argues that Vybz Kartel’s intention is not to entertain but to upset:
“As strange as it may sound, I hope you do not enjoy this book. I hope it disturbs you. I hope after reading you realise there is something wrong with Jamaica that needs to be fixed. I hope you will never look at a ghetto person the same again,” quote from Vybz Katel’s book.
Cooper claims that Cynics have been asking if Kartel really wrote the book, they clearly have not listened to his songs.
She continued to state that there’s an organic connection between the two:
“… After seeing the crowd’s response to my conscious songs, I wanted to tell more of the story that I could not capture in three minutes riding a riddim. So I started writing, still unsure at the time if a book was what I wanted to do,” quote from Vybz Katel’s book.
Cooper explained that each of the 10 chapters amplifies the core concepts of specific songs.
For example, chapter one is based on deejays single “Thank You Jah.”