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Lena British - nathaniel stewart

Mel Cooke, Freelance Writer

After a night of partying at La Roose, Port Henderson Road, Portmore, and brief performances by Beenie Man, Macka Diamond and Tony Matterhorn, the sun came upon the 'morning ride' at 'British Link-Up: The Rebirth' on Sunday.

And Matterhorn, in his role as selector, played a message from Roy Fowl of the British Link-Up crew, live from his quarters in a British prison close to 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

There was quiet from the party people who took up most of the space on the lower level of La Roose, as a voice said "I am sending out respect in all aspect to the highest grade to all Jamaican. I will be with you to the fullest in the spirit." The prison was named.

Message to Lena

He sent a message to Lena, who put on the party and who had been called to the microphone earlier, saying "Lena, stay positive and keep focused".

The message ended with "big up everyone, love from Father Fowl'.

There was music to back up the message, as Mavado informed "we no gone noweh", the rhythm hitting as he sang 'Lena British deh yah pon de gully side'.

Roy Fowl, who is known as Owen Clarke in more formal settings, was imprisoned for 13 years in 2004.

A story from The Guardian's website, dated Saturday, June 12, 2004, said Scotland Yard was celebrating last night after the conviction of a flamboyant international drugs baron who ran a multi-million-pound crack cocaine empire spanning five countries and supplying every major city in the UK."Owen Clarke, 46, a Jamaican nicknamed The Father, ran dozens of mules - women who smuggle drugs through British airports and harbours. The drugs were then sent by coach or train around Britain to 'lieutenants' who distributed them to dealers further down the line".

"The jury took fewer than five hours to convict him of possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to manufacture crack cocaine."

"Clarke was trapped when undercover officers saw him handing over a bag containing 7,000 in cash in Strode Road, Harlseden, north London last year".And the venue for the rebirth of 'British Link-Up' made the Guardian's story, with a slight change of spelling, a relocation to the capital and what would appear to be a massive exaggeration in its capacity, as it read 'he led a fantastic lifestyle, with at least three houses in Jamaica where he threw lavish parties.

He would regularly invite up to 7,000 people to La Russe nightclub in Kingston, where he raked in up to US$5m to plough back into his drugs business'.

April 11, 2007

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