Vybz Kartel: “I didn’t borrow anything from Mavado”

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Dancehall hero Vybz Kartel has wrapped up his interview with Marvin Sparks of MTV UK. It was a two part interview that covers a wide range of topics about the Gaza leader.

In the second part of the interview Vybz Kartel was asked why he now adopts a more singjay style than what you had previously.

Kartel said, “you have to keep reinventing yourself. That is what I can say about why Vybz Kartel is still relevant and is not Bounty Killer nor Elephant Man.”

“Because that would be like saying Celine Dion borrowed a style from Mary J. Blige. Music is about melody, and as I said before about reinventing, when somebody is reinventing themselves… Vybz Kartel came with an original style, Mavado came with an original style, Vybz Kartel has grown into the style that he has now. I didn’t borrow anything from Mavado. Melody is something that is out there for anybody who is doing music, because music was put to melody.”

Vybz Kartel also revealed that there will be an upcoming collaboration between himself and Mavado.

“Yeah man, definitely, early next year. The reason why we haven’t gone into the studio is because of the hectic schedules between both artists; if I’m on the island, he’s away, if he’s on the island, I’m away. Sometimes when we are both here we have so much things doing, it’s hard to get in touch with the artist. We were even speaking while we were in custody – planning this whole song. We’re going to do four or so songs: one hardcore song, one about unity and love, those kinds of topics.”

Do you think a collaboration between Kartel and Vado will materialize?

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