DJ Nicco hails Kartel, Ding Dong as ‘gawds’
Popular selector DJ Nicco says that Vybz Kartel has become such a force in dancehall that no matter what happens in the genre, the 'Teacher' remains the top artiste.
"As new artiste come and go, the music evolves around Vybz Kartel," DJ Nicco said.
Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for murder. He and Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John were convicted in 2014 for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.Kartel was ordered to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole. He is currently awaiting the outcome of his appeal against the conviction and sentencing.
CONTROLLING THE FLOW
DJ Nicco said that despite his absence, the self-proclaimed 'World Boss' still manages to control the flow and pace within the dancehall.
"New Kartel, old Kartel, it doesn't matter. From a dancehall, Kartel own it. I say this, not only as a fan and someone who respects Vybz Kartel in the highest degree, but as someone who studies the music and travels the world playing and listening to what is happening in the culture of Jamaican music," DJ Nicco said during an interview with THE STAR.
DJ Nicco, while playing at EAST at the National Stadium parking lot on Saturday, said Vybz Kartel is "Gawd fi dancehall." He also hailed Ding Dong as "gawd fi" Ding Dong puts dance in dancehall. That is self-explanatory! Seeing him perform on multiple platforms, yard and abroad, as well as me being in 80 per cent of the parties across Jamaica it is unquestionable. Ding Dong has amassed a catalogue of dancing songs that control its own space and gets any crowd to move with the energy," said DJ Nicco.
The honour of gawd is bestowed on persons who command superior ratings. Jamaicans have long crowned Beenie Man King of the Dancehall, but the proclamation given to Vybz Kartel by DJ Nicco could reignite sharp debate in the dancehall space.
DJ Nicco was, however, cautious when asked to compare Vybz Kartel with dancehall icons Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, and Ding Dong with legendary dancer Bogle.
"Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Bogle are legends in their own category, and to compare them with any artiste at this point would be unjust," he said.
"We all know Bounty put Kartel on the map and Bogle paved the way for dancers to grow in Jamaica and the world. I will not make a comparison between these artistes because they all have contributed to the growth and recognition of dancehall. I will, however, stand by my statement as it relates to the here and now," he said.