Jamaica: Gospel artiste says ‘Free Worl’ Boss’ Vybz Kartel

Jamaica: Gospel artiste says ‘Free Worl’ Boss’ Vybz Kartel
Vybz Kartel (left) and Maestro
Vybz Kartel (left) and Maestro

(JAMAICA STAR) — If there was a line of Portmore/Gaza fans waiting to meet incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel, Maestro Bravest would probably be at the front.

The conflict is that he is a gospel artiste and some folks are not happy about his public allegiance to the self-proclaimed ‘Worl’ Boss’.

“People seh mi cya really big up Kartel and serve God, but in due time, when God is ready, He’ll tell me, ‘Maestro you need to stop all of that now’,” he told THE STAR. “For now, mi still a seh ‘Free Worl’ Boss’. Mi still a seh Gaza and mi nuh see it as a problem because to me there is no greater artiste than Kartel. His songs have gotten me through a lot.”

Which explains why he had aspirations of forming part of the Gaza clique before he got baptised in 2014.


Maestro shared he was performing as a secular artiste prior to giving his life to God and found it challenging to neglect his love for hardcore dancehall music.

“Coming into church, mi couldn’t really listen to so much ‘praise and worship’ song cause it isn’t my style. Mi cya put down Kartel and Popcaan and jump straight to Kirk Franklin,” the 26-year-old said. “Mi know mi a nuh di only person with that predicament so mi decide fi try mek that link between dancehall and gospel and that’s why so many people gravitate to my music.”

He describes his music as “dancehall soul, with gospel content”, evident on tracks like Mi Nah Go, Satan Haffi Fall, 1 to 1000 and Church People.

His videos also channel dancehall vibes, with liquor in hand, swaggy outfits and an entourage that is never far behind. His message? Christians are humans too.

“Mi nuh fraid fi show seh there are some parts of me that need to be transformed,” he said. “I’m not the conventional gospel artiste who acts clean and holy. My favourite juice is rum and Boom, every video shoot mi do rum and Boom deh deh. A just my style that and I don’t drink to get drunk. People can relate to me because they do these things outside of church.”

Based in the United Kingdom, Maestro, given name Aaron Thomas, recalled singing at a young age and said his talent is innate as his father was a deejay.

He released his debut EP, Born Brave, in January, which he said showcased his versatility and reaped positive feedback.

He is currently working on his sophomore project which he hopes to release next year.

“This one a go be a bit more serious and real so more people a go can relate to it,” said Maestro.


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  1. I am convinced that that this performer simply need to be taught the scriptures more clearly so that he would not be confused what the will of God is for his life. Now if he reads these comments sir you need some genuine Christian person to teach you the word of God that's all. The confusion will cease.


  2. Me too I'm drugging not caring about my self to I like to write but then God puts me somewhere a I help at least one person a hug or they make me smile I pray for me too peace.


  3. The young man's soul is still active inthe world
    Being born again is of the spirit and the soul must be renewed by the word.
    If he will yield the Holy spirit will work a good work in him. Those who do crime and are incarcerated for their injustice must work their term.
    So to listen to this young man without discernment is a trap of the enemy.
    Maestro needs to sit and read his bible for his growth


    • Me too I'm drugging not caring about my self to I like to write but then God puts me somewhere a I help at least one person a hug or they make me smile I pray for me too peace.


      • Hi. Thank you for your reply. Please elaborate your message I do not understand. You need help inthe word or walk of faith?


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