Dec 4, 2006

Trinis Bad Behaviour Sour TEMPO Turns One Celebrations

Instead of a night of glitz and glamour the local leg of the Tempo Turns One Birthday Bash, was marred by violence on Saturday night at the car park of the Hasley Crawford Stadium. During Machel Montano and Xtatik's performance, the crowd was forced to run for cover when a group of young men clashed in the middle of the venue. The fight, which was reportedly started after a man snatched a gold chain off the neck of another partygoer, went on for several minutes. Things took a turn for the worst as one young man had a stone slammed into his face after being kicked mercilessly while down on the ground. The fight continued at the front gate of the venue despite the presence of a large contingent of fire officers and ended with one man being stabbed several times. A combined unit of soldiers and police later converged on the venue and brought order to proceedings. Earlier, in the evening things threatened to get out of hand when an unidentified man in the crowd threw a bottle of water at Tempo founder Frederick Morton during his welcoming address. Morton, who at the time was speaking of the oneness of Caribbean spirit, for which his music television station stands, called on his security team to remove the man. One man later stripped naked and climbed a pole in the middle of the party. He was quickly taken away by security. The show featured performances by Miss Alysha, Lil Bitts, H2O Phlo, 3Suns, Kimba Sorzano and Bumper Soprano, as well as a series of celebrity interviews conducted by Trinidad-born Tempo VJ Jeanille Bonterre. However, the smooth tempo seemed to be lost when attention switched to the main stage, where Bermudan reggae star Collie Buddz, Jamaican dancehall groups Voicemail and Left Side & Esco and Bajan stars Allyson Hinds and Rupee were scheduled to perform alongside several local reggae and soca acts. The long delays between performances and eventual rush of artistes to close the show at its 4 a.m. shut off time frustrated the crowd. Several local music fans meanwhile voiced their concern over the result of the show, saying they were embarrassed to have the island showcased in such a negative light. source:islandevents

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