Vybz Kartel will be a free man sometime this year, according to his attorneys. Once he is free he no doubt will be having a huge show much like the one Buju Banton did to kick off his Long Walk to Freedom tour.
Fans of Vybz Kartel are already talking about how ram packed the world boss’ show will be with some fans even going as far as saying it will make Buju Banton’s show look like a house party.
18 Karat Reggae does not believe that Vybz Kartel will be able to pull the crowd Buju Banton did and here are 7 reasons why.
1. Even though he is behind bars, Vybz Kartel releases new songs almost on a weekly basis so fans are not really missing him the way they were missing Buju Banton.
2. Vybz Kartel is not as popular outside of Jamaica like Buju Banton is. For example, Kartel is the most popular dancehall artiste on YouTube but the majority of his viewers are in Jamaica, outside of Jamaica he trails other artistes like Alkaline, Popcaan and Mavado.
3. Vybz Kartel does not have the quality songs that Buju Banton has. While Buju has deep meaning songs like “It’s not an easy road”, “Hills and Valleys” and “Untold stories”, Kartel’s most popular song is a 3 minute long Clarks commercial.
4. Buju’s fans are more educated than Kartel’s; therefore they are more likely to have meaningful employment and can afford to purchase a concert ticket. Most of Kartel’s fans are uneducated, unemployed and always begging for phone credit.
5. Alkaline only pulled 20,000 fans when he did a show by himself. Kartel is more in Alkaline’s class than Buju. So expect the Kartel show to draw 20,000 fans like Alkaline not 30,000 like Buju.
6. Buju Banton lives good with people so the great artistes he collaborated with like Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Gramps Morgan, Coco Tea and Wayne Wonder all came out to support him. If former members of the Gaza did not visit Vybz Kartel in prison, chances are they will not support his show.
7. Buju Banton is a master at live stage performance, Vybz Kartel is not. While Kartel is very lyrical, his stage performance has never been top tier. Fans will want to hear more new music not watch him perform for an hour.
Of course, we could be wrong but we will be find out this year once the appeal court comes back with its decision and free Vybz Kartel.