The promoters of the Long Walk to Freedom tour are laughing all the way to the bank as Buju Banton was able to pack over 30,000 fans in Jamaica’s National Stadium, a fete that no single Jamaican artiste has achieved before. So is Vybz Kartel really the king of dancehall? Or do people forget that Buju Banton was a dancehall artiste before he became a Rasta?
Some Gaza fans are making it clear that Vybz Kartel could have drawn an even bigger crowd than Buju Banton.
One fan posted on Social Media that “The world boss could draw an even bigger crowd that Buju Banton. National Stadium is not big enough to hold the crowd Kartel could draw.”
While Kartel is popular in Jamaica, he does not have the international reach that Buju Banton has. In fact artistes like Popcaan, Alkaline and Mavado are more popular than Vybz Kartel once you leave the shores of Jamaica.
It is not only the popularity outside of Jamaica that would make it difficult for Vybz Kartel to pull as huge a crowd as Buju Banton but the latter has a much more extensive catalog with way more quality songs.
When Alkaline did his show a few years ago outside of the National Stadium, he drew an impressive 20,000 fans which is over 30 percent less than Buju drew. It is within reason to think that Vybz Kartel draw would be closer to Alkaline’s numbers as both deejays style; lyrical content and fan base are pretty similar.
The good thing is dancehall fans might not have to wait much longer to see what size crowd Vybz Kartel could draw. The word on the street is the world boss could be free any day now as he is still awaiting the result of his appeal. According to Kartel’s attorneys, they are confident that the appeal ruling will be in their favor.