Vybz Kartel Ban from Grenada

Monday, April 27, 2009


We saw a most interesting report on the Internet regarding controversial deejay Adijah Palmer, aka Vybz Kartel. The news coming out of the spice isle, Grenada, states that the deejay has been banned from performing there and a concert scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled. And it has nothing to do with any homosexual campaign.

According to a statement from the promoter published on the Internet, Kartel was scheduled to perform a "rap-it-up" concert in Grenville, St Andrews, on May 2, where his popular Daggerin condom was to be officially launched.


The release goes on to say, "no reason was given by the Ministry of Labour in Grenada for the refusal of the work permits, but the sensitive issue of censorship or freedom of expression may have been at the forefront". The promoter of the event is reportedly claiming thousand of dollars in losses and is now seeking legal advice, since neither himself nor the artistes were aware of the government's blacklisting.


An Associated Press release, however, stated that a government official had issued a statement that Grenada has barred a Jamaican rapper from performing because of his raunchy lyrics.
It quotes Senator Ann Peters, a junior health minister and chair of Grenada's national AIDS Council, as saying that "lyrics that seem to promote violence have raised concern and led the government to deny the rapper a performance permit".
Vybz Kartel last performed in Grenada December 5, 2008, to a sold-out audience and plans several other performances around the Caribbean, including one on May 8 in Trinidad and Tobago. Source

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