Out of Commission? Social Commentary – NIL & Dancehall – 2: Was Dottin shifted to ease in foreign act for Bajan festival?
REMEMBER WHEN? Popular Jamaican dancehall artist Mavado has been cleared to enter Barbados after being barred two years ago and is expected to perform here.
George “Jack” Farrell, the man behind the promotion, said at a Press briefing that he had been given approval to bring the singer to perform here after much controversy surrounded a planned visit two years ago.
That original visit by Mavado and fellow Jamaica artist Vybz Kartel led to much debate among Barbadians who felt the artists’ songs had a negative influence on the youth. There were reports that the performers had planned to talk to the young people.
Farrell said the artiste, whose given name is David Constantine Brooks, will be performing along with Pop Caan, RDX, Rox Spice, Lisa Hype and Laza Morgan. (VIA – nationnews.com)
Facebook messages and tweets have been circulating, with many asking why the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) would put them in the show.
When the news broke, it became a back and forth tweet between RDX and others, and RDX tweeted on Tuesday, July 9, that they were not on the show: “Just to clarify: RDX are not booked for Cohobblopot in Barbados. So all you dancehall-hating patrons can rest easy.”
RDX went on to tweet that Lil Jon and Pitbull performed on the show, so they did not understand what the commotion was about: “Lil Jon, Pitbull are not even W.Indian people, but they performed at this same event before. Was there similar uproar?” (VIA – nationnews.com)