Kartel was expected to perform at the Jam Zone Summer Break show along with fellow dancehall artist Mavado.
According to an eyewitness account of Kartel’s on-flight behavior, “Him pretend that he was ill and got them to allow him to leave the flight in a mad rush.”
Kartel “Di Teacha” states he had no choice but to make a dramatic exit from the plane, “Some man a Guyana want to either kill me or kidnap me and I have nothing more to say.”
The promoters wanted Kartel to perform so badly in the country that they reached out to the Jamaica’s Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange. However, she too was unsuccessful in obtaining the Gaza Emperor!
It was left up to Mavado to carry the dancehall flag and save the day. Mavado was the highlight of show, as he took the stage at 1:30 in the morning, and performed for thousands of eagerly screaming fans that arrived at the National Stadium for the mega-concert on Friday, August 19th.