February 08, 2011


By; Anthony Turner, WEEKLY STAR Writer

New York: New York club dj and Irie Jam radio host/programme director, Dubb Master Chris, is standing by his decision not to play any songs by dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel during Black History Month.

The radio discjock had announced last week that he will not play any music from the artiste who has raised eyebrows for bleaching his skin.

Black History Month is a big deal and we as a people should take every opportunity to celebrate our heritage. I feel if I continue to play Vybz Kartel, an artiste who is now very much known for bleaching his skin, it simply sends the wrong message to my young impressionable listeners" Chris said in an exclusive interview with the Star.

"Please understand that I have a lot of love and respect for Kartel's music. I respect his enormous talent and his individuality. He is one of the great lyricists of our time, however, at times I am disappointed in the direction he decides to take his audience even though that is his prerogative" he noted.

Chris, who reiterated that he has been playing Vybz Kartel music on his radio show since the artiste first broke on the scene in the late 90s with Gal Clown, said he is against bleaching.

"I strongly believe bleaching is wrong, wrong, wrong! It's a disgrace. It's a slap in the face of our heritage, our ancestors and our God. This definitely sends the wrong message to children, I think it leads them to believe that somehow, if they are dark complexion something is wrong with that. It erodes the concept that black is beautiful," he said.

Chris, whose career on radio spans 16 years, said he made the decision to ban Kartel songs because of the power and influence the dj wheels, especially on the minds of young impressionable kids who love his music.

"Without a doubt kids are following his lead. Entertainers need to understand that the words they use are powerful. They influence their listeners, especially the younger ones. Artistes have the power to start trends good or bad ... remember that," he noted.

He called on other radio jocks who programme reggae songs to "take a good look at the values they are reinforcing by playing an artiste such as Kartel especially in these times." He noted that the temporary ban on Kartel music specifically applies to radio play. The ban he said was a personal decision but said that he had the full support of the Irie Jam Radio management and other jocks at the station.

Vybz Kartel, the award winning DJ who is known for songs like Romping Shop, Clarkes, Gun Like Mine, and Who Tell You Fi Run has said in several interviews that he doesn't mind being controversial and he bleaches to show up his many tattoos.

He is also comfortable with black people bleaching and it is tantamount to white people tanning.

Source: Jamaica-star


  1. Thats your personal decision .Let us the listeners decide for ourselves.The ban has just been extended to ur station as well until u stop ur prejudice.Give the brother some breathing space please.Nobody is perfect including u there.

  2. Thank you atleast this will be an exclusive Kartel month coz i will replay his songs from 2006 till today without interruption.CHRIS bad and wrong move.You should recognise KARTEL is the dancehall HERO at the moment.Am a Black African living in Africa never met him but he has maximum respect from all here.

  3. i think the list shd be longer than this.Since its a black history thing please blacklist the following

    1.Ones that dont wear hides and skins

    2.The sistas with fake hair(weaves and wigs),nails,makeup and color skin

    3.The brothers with blowouts,that go 4 pedi and manicure,pierced ears.

    3.Dreadlock since they aint maumau fighters and have the pleasure of having combs around them.

    In short this bullshit coz u will have nothing to play.Everybody has a right to be who he wants to be.Am begining to hate ur station coz it proving to full of prejudice,racism and hate.

  4. If one of the goals of black history month is to highlight black people who have contributed to the upliftment of us as a proud black race then Kartel ,who encourages bleaching, certianly isn't someone to promote during this month some other time maybe

  5. I understand your passion about this, but Kartel does have a point when he says we all alter ourselves one way or another to present ourselves to the public. If you are going to ban Kartel's music, make sure and ban Lil Wayne's music who constantly and with no abash, convey's his dislike for dark skin women "Beautiful Black woman - bet you would look better Red...." So many of his songs talk about lifht skin long hair woman that he likes and he has publicly voiced his dislike for dark-skin women. I will await your public announcement of the banning of his songs!!!!

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