Friday 20 April, 2018

No more illegal recording of music from behind bars, says Montague

National Security Minister, Robert Montague, has declared that the days of music being illegally recorded in the island’s prison system are over.

In making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Wednesday, Montague said the Department of Correctional Services has "stopped the recording of songs illegally".

The minister’s comments came amid an ongoing firestorm over a song, titled Loodi, which involves young female dancehall artiste, Shenseea, collaborating with incarcerated dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel.

While Kartel, who is widely believed to have been recording songs while in prison, did his part of that particular song some years ago, the question of the musical privilege that has reportedly been extended to him has nonetheless re-emerged.

Of note is that Kartel was transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in November of last year over the same concerns.

And last month, Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter, said claims that Kartel has been recording from prison could only be regarded as speculation up to that point, as no evidence had emerged to confirm the suspicion.

She said a then ongoing investigation was being continued, to determine the truth of the matter, and promised that the findings will be made public.

Kartel is serving a life sentence for murder.