DJ Ordered To Pay Promoter

The Jamaican Supreme Court has ordered DJ Vybz Kartel to pay nearly $174,000 to a local promoter for failing to appear at a 2009 concert in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Abuka Entertainment’s Alton Salmon claimed in court Kartel (real name Adidja Palmer) had breached their contract, according to the Jamaica Gleaner, causing the promoter significant losses and damaging his reputation.

A verbal agreement between the two allegedly stipulated Abuka would pay Kartel $18,000 to perform the show, and that the promoter would provide airline tickets and hotel accommodations for Kartel and his entourage, the paper reported.

Salmon said despite the payment of an $8,500 deposit, Kartel backed out of the show, leading to a riot at the venue.

Kartel failed to defend the suit in court, the Gleaner noted, leading the court to issue a default judgment.