2012's musical moments

Published: Sunday | January 6, 2013 Comments 0
Busy Signal
Busy Signal
Seaga
Seaga
Peter Tosh
Peter Tosh
Captain Barkey
Captain Barkey
Vybz Kartel
Vybz Kartel
Buju Banton
Buju Banton

We got to October 9 on Thursday. Today we have the last of 2012's musical moments, and there were many. In years to come, those many moments will count as integral parts of Jamaican music history.

October 13

Deejay Wayne 'Captain Barkey' Hamilton, aged 50, and his lover Tracy Bennett, 38, are killed outside a motel in the Brox, New York, USA. The duo Captain Barkey and Wickerman were popular live draws, with their humorous lyrics. One of Barkey's more popular songs is the late 1990s Go Go Wine. The main suspect is Joseph Kernizan, the 42 year-old father of Bennett's child. David 'Wickerman' Taylor denies that a Nah Lef Joe, a 2010 song by Barkey, was a taunt to Kernizan.

October 15

Peter Tosh, founding member of the Wailing Wailers, is honoured with a posthumous Order of Merit, Jamaica's second highest national honour, at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony, held at Kings House. It has been 25 years since Tosh was murdered. Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert and another founding Wailer, Neville 'Bunny Wailer' Livingstone, are awarded the Order of Jamaica.

Deejay Konshens, who has had a breakout year in 2012, comes in for heavy criticism after his performance for the successful Jamaican Olympic team. He calls for Bolt to be made a National Hero and laces his performance with material which borders on not being fit for free-to-air television. Among the other performers are Christopher Martin and Ce'Cile, Alaine and I-Octane. Many of the Olympians are also criticised for their revealing and dress-down attire.

October 18

Joseph Kernizan, suspected of killing deejay Captain Barkey and Tracy Bennett, commits suicide in Miami, rather than surrender to the police, who had him cornered in an apartment.

October 26

Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga launches a comprehensive, hand-picked selection of 100 Jamaican songs. Titled 'Reggae Golden Jubilee - A Hundred', the four-CD box set with a booklet rich with information, includes songs by Admiral Bailey, Mutabaruka, Jimmy Cliff and many, many others, with hardly any repeat artistes. The compilation is done in collaboration with VP Records.

October 30

Incarcerated deejay Buju Banton has his sentencing on gun-related charges postponed when he appears in a Florida court. He now has a new lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba, who alleges juror misconduct during Buju's trial in February 2011, from which he was sentenced to 10 years.

November 8

Captain Barkey is buried at the military base Up Park Camp in Kingston. Barkey was an ex-soldier.

November 12

Incarcerated deejay Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer has been glimpsed going to and from court on charges in different cases in which he is the accused. However, he makes a rare appearance in the news for a different reason - a musical one, as his album Pon Di Gaza Me Sey is one of several making the provisional shortlist for the Best Reggae Album at next year's Grammy Awards.

November 16

Busy Signal tweets "Guess who is back! God is GOOD!" as he returns to Jamaica after serving two months in a US prison on charges of absconding bail. He had been given 45 days to leave the US after being released, but flew home immediately he was released. If he had stayed longer than 45 days Busy could have been arrested on drug charges.

The jousting ahead of Sting, slated for December 26 at Jamworld, Portmore, St Catherine, is on in earnest, with Ninja Man doing a seemingly stage stunt with promoter Laing about his participation, Bounty Killer reportedly returning his deposit to Laing and Bounty's promise to discipline Tommy Lee Sparta at Sting up in the air.

December 26

Sting has a successful staging, Ninja Man handing over his Sting clash title to KipRich but retaining the overall title.

December 29

Stone Love Movements celebrates 40 years.

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