Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Kartel talks up Grammy ahead of upcoming album, 'Of Dons and Divas'

The cover art for Vybz Kartel's upcoming album, "Of Dons and Divas".

The cover art for Vybz Kartel's upcoming album, "Of Dons and Divas".

On the heels of the January release of his 'To Tanesha' album, incarcerated dancehall star Vybz Kartel is back with another project, “Of Dons and Divas.” The album, set to be released this summer, was produced by Short Boss Muzik/ Vybz Kartel Muzik.

An all-star cast of artistes was enlisted for the album including Sikka Rymes, Lisa Hyper, Teejay, Skillibeng, Daddy1, Slimatic and Kartel's sons, Likkle Vybz and Likkle Addi.

According to a news release about the project, '"Of Dons and Divas" strays from the sound of his previous album, which was predominantly hip hop. Focusing strictly on dancehall this time around, there are 16 tracks in total, with each one classified as either ‘Dons’ or ‘Divas', the release stated.

Sharing the album artwork on his Instagram page recently, Kartel touted the project as "the #GRAMMY album" which, according to the release, "is the ultimate telltale sign of the production and lyrical quality that can be expected."

No stranger to success and accolades for his music, Vybz Kartel is celebrating the achievements of one of his most notable tracks; the 2016 smash hit “Fever” which has been certified Gold by the RIAA, having sold over 500,000 copies. The track was featured on one of the singer’s most successful albums, “King of the Dancehall”, which peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Reggae Charts.

Distributed by Zojak Worldwide, preorders for “Of Dons and Divas” started on May 22, ahead of the album’s official release on June 26. It will be available for purchase and streaming on platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music and Tidal, the release stated.

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