Africa treats Kartel like Jesus - Shatta Wale says people would worship deejay if he visited continent
In a recent television interview, internationally renowned entertainer Shatta Wale spoke about Africa's love for incarcerated deejay, Vybz Kartel.
He said the deejay is considered a president in Africa.
"I can tell you this for a fact, when Vybz Kartel comes to Africa, it's going to be the next coming of Jesus Christ. I'm telling you cause the love this man has in Africa is too much," he said. "Through Vybz Kartel people have become artistes in Africa, people have gotten employment, people have changed a certain way of life and wanna be serious in life. We all saw where Vybz was coming from and how God lifted him to a certain level and even where he's gotten to. We're still proud of him and I can tell you that if Vybz Kartel steps foot in Africa today, Jamaica is going to hear a different story. People are going to worship this man, I'm telling you."
In an interview with THE STAR, Gaza vice-president Sikka Rymes said Shatta Wale is "echoing facts".
"Kartel is the only artiste to consistently break into the international market without the backing of a major label; just raw talent. Africa has always been a strong supporter of the Gaza and in various instances people tag us in pictures of Africans reacting to the music or sending us images of buses with Kartel's image and such things. We love Africa, we embrace the support fully and we anticipate the entire camp touring there when Kartel is inevitably freed," he said.
Savage, the newest member of the Gaza camp, said he was unsure if Shatta Wale even understood how deep Vybz Kartel's influence was in Africa.
"Dem crown Vybz Kartel as a king in a Africa. Him face painted on numerous buses, cabs, shop, sound dung deh. The people dem love him. When Mavado and some likkle man go dung deh yuh nuh see how the people gwaan, so if Kartel ever step off a plane a Africa a trouble. Him a run dancehall fi years and still a run it from behind bars," he said. "We a go claim him more as Jamaicans but nuh king nuh get crowned in a him owna country. We as Jamaicans fight Vybz Kartel more than anybody else. But a we did fight Bob Marley and the Rasta thing more than anything else until the world embrace it. We fight the greatest people dem we country ever produce and a when dem dead sometime we start bawl and see dem greatness."
Sikka Rymes said the entire world wanted to see the "return of the king".
"It's just a pity that some society people right here in Jamaica try to undermine the greatness of this artiste. But they did the same thing to Bob Marley and only hopped on the wagon when foreign start run with him. All Gaza fans keep the support and prayers going because the work nuh done yet," he said.