Mar 30, 2010

Vybz Kartel “respect the decision of the Prime Minister” Not To Allow Him To Perform

Following weeks of public debate and high profile media coverage, Barbados Prime Minister David Thompsonannounced yesterday that the Vybz Kartel/Mavado unity concert – scheduled for tomorrow – has been officially canceled.

PM Thompson is quoted in the Barbados Advocate as saying: “…I am happy to announce that in deference to the expressed wishes and the anxieties of a wide cross section of Barbadians, that the organizers of the Vybz Kartel/Mavado show and the Youth Forum have agreed to the revamping of initiatives resulting in the cancellation of this weekend’s activities.”

Dancehall Deejay Vybz Kartel offers the following statement:

“It is very unfortunate that the government in Barbados would cancel a show with two of the most influential Dancehall artists, especially a show promoting peace and unity amongst school children who take the whole Gaza/Gully phenomenon out of proportion.

But we have to respect the decision of the Prime Minister — ultimately he has the well being of the nation at the center of his agenda. I am saddened that we could not perform for our anxious Barbadian fans who would have turned out in the thousands for this historic event.”


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