This Vybz Kartel Movado issue was not a matter Boyce was planning to write on again but the developments over the last few hours just begs to be addressed. As I write this, the word is the show is off, of course it’s been off before and put back on so in this case you would never know.
The Prime Minister of Barbados being the last person to declare this afternoon that it is off I can only assume that is the case.
I feel for the event promoters of this show they were unfaired and bullied by the authorities.
When I think that they met with government reps got approval then I saw pictures of the promoters at a site meeting with the high ranking Police officers the fact that I should now be hearing that the authorities are stopping the show at this 11th hour just irks me.
And when I irk I write!
In my opinion the mistake the promoters made was going down this “peace” route and saying they had these “good and worthy” objectives to consul peoples children. That irked the minister of education irked the Police and irked some members of the public. If I was them when I saw the furor that caused I would have quickly announced we just gine in Midway Car park wuk up bad with some wicked bashment sing some nasty lyrics and call it night.
Heres a next Irk?
How come when these things are happening how come you does hear the Minister of Education speaking out, I might not agree with what he said but at least he spoke out on behalf of his sector, you does hear the Police Commissioner Speaking but the Minister and institution who have been charged with responsibility of developing and representing culture , you don’t hear a squeek outta them.
The Minister of Culture says nothing, The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) says nothing. You don’t hear the Chairman of the NCF unpick he mouth and say a word. The Culture Minister who in between the lil gun play in Parliament were debating vociferously about how they are for culture the week before, from them you hear a loud NOTHING.
Since the Police Commissioner and Minister of Education went on the internet and research lyrics and see how nasty Vybz & Movado was and they don’t want to have them because they will threaten our national security and degrade our society.
How come when American Rapper Lil Jon was brought here by the NCF to headline Cohobblopot 2008 nobody did not go and look at his nasty lyrics and say he cant perform? Is it that only NCF can put on shows with artistes who have nasty lyrics?
I remember going on the radio during Crop Over and talking about the disgusting lyrics that I had printed off the net and the Police Commissioner did not phone me appalled saying that man cant come in Barbados, you know why? because it was a NCF show.
More so than stop Lil Jon authorities paid him more than they would pay any of our local artistes,
I am Double Irked….
that the Promoters should meet with authorities negotiate with all good intentions be told yes the show is on! they would have paid down on plane tickets and hotel rooms etc, next you hear different from the Police Commissioner saying his own deputy went against his authority and how he consult with the Police Commissioner of Jamaica and he is against the show.
Let me pause here, do you know why they call him the Police Commissioner of Jamaica? Cause that’s what he is, he controls Jamaica only, he has no jurisdiction here. Am I to assume that our Police takes orders from him now.
Also Jamaica has the highest murder rate in the Caribbean and you taking guidance from their police Dottin? To be quite frank, the crime rate here is so low comparison to Jamaica, he should be taking guidance from you!
The problem is these promoters were good little boys, that’s why they don’t have a show, they were bullied and unfaired. They needed to get some good lawyers to represent them and file some good legal injunctions.
When a cultural event is prevented because of being opposed mainly by the Police that is occurrence we need to pay attention too, are we living in a Police state?
They are so many “negative” mediums which even more influence society, why aren’t the Police and authorities going after these, violent movies, Xbox games and the internet, all play an even more nefarious role in derailing our youth from the path of righteousness, why pick on a team of hapless show promoters whose only crime was looking to achieve good and peaceful intentions.