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Nevis premier calls for weekend performance of Jamaican artiste to be cancelled
Published on July 12, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- In a statement issued on Thursday concerning a forthcoming performance by Jamaican artiste Alkaline in Nevis scheduled for Saturday, premier of Nevis, Vance Amory, indicated that the Cabinet of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) does not support the event.

Premier of Nevis Vance Amory at his Bath Plain office on July 10, 2014
“Some two weeks ago, I voiced my serious objections to this artiste being allowed to perform here in Nevis and assumed that this matter had been put to rest having not heard anything further until yesterday,” Amory said.

Following a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, at which the matter was discussed, Amory said he sent a note to the commissioner of police indicating that I was not in support, nor was the Cabinet in support of this artiste being given permission to perform in Nevis.

“I can assure you that the NIA had not given any authority, any permission for this performance to take place as we had not been approached to deal with the matter of ticket sales and entertainment tax and so on for this function,” Amory explained.

He continued that, while the government cannot legislate for morality and for human behaviour, it is still necessary that the government takes a stand on matters that have the potential to further cause deterioration in the social environment.

In his letter to the commissioner of police on Wednesday, Amory asked that, if permission for Alkaline to perform in Nevis has been granted, it be revoked, as the NIA is not in favour of this performance taking place in Nevis.

“That is all that we can do and I am doing this in the best interest of all the people of Nevis and I think that we, as government, must stand up, stand up against things which we condemn, things which are not beneficial to our people, things which can create detriment to our young people -- our impressionable young people -- and things which we feel will not help to improve the environment in which we live, especially as we are contending and contesting with activities – criminal and anti-social behaviour.

“I think your government is doing what is right and I will take the full brunt of any criticism for what has transpired,” Amory concluded.
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Steven Smith:

You can't dictate morals, people have them or they don't. Make this artist a forbidden fruit and watch as they flock to him, just as a child would in defying their parents. Lewd behavior in public should always be addressed as a police matter. The careful consideration here should be first and foremost a persons right to free speech. Even if some find it offensive. Don't like it don't buy it. Don't want to support the performer, don't pay to go to the show. As long as the performance is within the confines of the law and doesn't break any then the show should be allowed. Personally I have to say after listening to the music I was not impressed, nor would I purchase or pay to see the artist.

Marlon Mills:
I wish we had more politicians like this in the Caribbean region.


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