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Vybz Kartel addresses lack of local artiste support {HeadLines}

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jailed DJ Vybz Kartel is said to be highly disappointed that not much support was shown by local artistes during his murder trial in the Home Circuit Court.

Tanesha 'Shorty' Johnson, the mother of Vybz Kartel's three sons, told the OBSERVER ONLINE that the artiste expressed his disappointment to her during a visit the day after his conviction last Thursday.

During the five-month long trial before Justice Lennox Campbell, the only artistes to sit in on the proceedings were US-based rappers Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star.

In an interview with the OBSERVER ONLINE, Spliff Star bemoaned the fact that no local artistes turned up in court  to support the embattled DJ.

Reggae singer Junior Reid, on the last two days of the proceedings, showed up at court.

On Friday Johnson hailed Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star and Junior Reid.

She commented that “there are artistes out there who would like to see Vybz Kartel go down”.

"All who want him behind bars won't get any support," Johnson said.

Vybz Kartel (real name Adidja Palmer), Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Andre St John and Kahira Jones are to be sentenced on March 27.

They were convicted last week for the August 16, 2011 beating death of friend Clive 'Lizard' Williams over the disappearance of two illegal guns. Accused Shane Williams was acquitted.

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