Controversial Sting performances poisonous of Gov’t sponsorship
Arising from controversial performances at this year’s staging of the dancehall concert, Sting, ethno-musicologist Dennis Howard said the Jamaican music industry needs to develop sound professional attitudes.
Several performances at the Government-sponsored Boxing Day event have shadowed what many have labelled a generally outstanding event.
An on-stage lyrical competition between Lady Saw and Macka Diamond has received most of the criticisms.
Howard argues that in order for the events of such nature to justify receiving support from taxpayers and the private sector, they have to deliver a professional and tasteful production.
He said it’s unfortunate that with good intentions, the results are disappointing.
The Jamaica Tourist Board sponsored Sting for the first time in 30 years.
Another commenter in labelling aspects of the event a disgrace has said resignations should be expected.
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