Supreme Promotions head, Isaiah Laing, says dancehall entertainers D’Angel and Sizzla Kalonji have been banned from Sting.
According to Laing, Sizzla has been banned because he was repeatedly warned not to go on stage during the Boxing Day event and promote hate music.
D’Angel was banned because of her raunchy behavior on stage during Ninja Man’s set.
“We repeatedly told Sizzla not to do any hate music and he went up there and did it. D’Angel is banned for at least 5 years as a patron. We don’t need your money D’Angel. Stay home. Watch the event on pay-per-view next year.”
In a release to the media, the promoters of Sting – Supreme Promotions and Downsound Records – stated that that they have taken steps to force “corrective actions” from some artistes.
“We remain committed to advancing Reggae/dancehall music and the industry. We will continue to strive to improve our product and are confident that with your support we will achieve our aim,” the release said.
After news broke that D’Angel and Sizzla were both banned from Sting, the greatest one night show on earth, both artistes are speaking out about the ban.
According to D’Angel, Sting has always been about adult entertainment and maturity.
“As a grown woman and an artiste, I am entitled to entertain and perform. I have been watching Sting from I was a child and there is nothing that I did on stage at Sting that was far-fetched from all the things that have happened on that stage over the years,” she said.
She added that she has seen artistes splitting, gyrating, and clashing in what could be deemed as an explicit manner over the years without any repercussions.
“I haven’t done anything different from what has always been done at Sting. I have never seen it become a problem before, so why is it now that they are making a big mountain out of it? I went on stage with ‘The King of the Dancehall’ Beenie Man and the fans loved it, I went on stage with ‘The King of Sting’ Ninja Man and the crowd loved it. The opportunity presented itself to perform for my fans and I did that and they all loved it,” she said.
According to D’Angel, she was not the first person to behave in that manner on Sting and she definitely won’t be the last.
“I stayed true to the culture of Sting, which is energy-packed entertainment. I think outside the box. I was just having fun. It was just solid and mature entertainment. The patrons enjoyed it and the fans were happy. I represented dancehall on a wider scale. My music and career is not based on one night, my career goes on after this,” D’Angel emphasised.
“I am looking forward to a positive 2014, touring the world, and fans can look forward to a new, fierce and sexier D’Angel.
Watch D’Angel’s performance with Ninja Man at Sting 2013
As for Sizzla, his publicist, Olimatta Taal, told THE STAR newspaper that they (Sting promoters) should not have tried to censor Sizzla.
“It is Laing’s show but he knows the artiste that Sizzla is and he knows what Sizzla represents. If you book him for a show, don’t censor him. If you want to fight the issue, then fight the Government,” Taal said.
She also said that based on the constitution and the legal system, what Sizzla was denouncing is illegal.
“Sizzla was just expressing the values he was brought up on. Don’t censor the artiste for that,” she said.