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Lutan Fyah 'nah' apologise - Says his statement holds truth - Was not meant to disrespect

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By Teino Evans, Staff Reporter

Lutan Fyah says there is no need to apologise following a statement he made at the 'Reggae In The Valley' show last week in St. Elizabeth.

In explaining his statement, Lutan Fyah said, "It was a statement like, big up Bounty Killa because mi si him mek nuff yout come inna di business an turn millionaire an mi seh mi woulda waan si di dem do some tings like dat to. Some Rasta weh did inna di show tek it upon dem self fi seh a dem mi a talk."

Fyah further went on to explain, "My statement was within the music, not the Rasta community, di statement never mean seh mi a dis Rasta people cause mi a Rasta to, suh mi would a dis mi self."

In an article published in The Star, dated Monday, April 2, which said 'Lutan Fyah angers Rastas', it was reported that two of the major acts on the show, Luciano and Anthony B, left the venue after Lutan Fyah made his comments.

Since then, Lutan Fyah says some Rasta artistes have said that he has disrespected them.

"Man all approach mi, artiste weh did deh a di show weh did fi perform an neva perform, dem a talk loud an a push up inna mi face an since dem a talk loud, mi talk back load too. Den tru dat to, me hear seh me disrespect man," Lutan Fyah said.

He continued, "If dem did approach mi pon a level mi would a deal wid dem pon a level, but tru we a Moses people, a fire fi fire. An di people dem weh approach mi a people weh mi show hundred per cent respect from day to day - mi neva call no one name, is jus a general statement," he said.

Despite wanting to make clear his statement, Lutan Fyah says, "Mi nah expec no forgiveness from no man, cause mi neva disrespect no man ... mi nuh owe no man no apology. Is a free speech kinda world wi live inna."

He says, "Di clearance weh me want is fi mek di Rasta family know seh a nuh di Rasta community at large, but di Rasta artiste dem weh inna di business an have di power fi bus di youts dem. I seh respect to Sizzla who build a studio an call it Kalonji Records, Buju who have Gargamel Records weh a yout can one day voice an become something inna di business. Suh me nuh disrespect no man, a man dis me."

When contacted, Capleton said, "First an foremost wi nuh waan people feel seh Rasta a build no negative vibes toward people, a warrior jus seh som'n weh him nuh fi seh an him haffi sort out dat."

He further said, "If me neva strong, to di vibe weh a gwaan me woulda leave an nuh perform to. Everybody know how much youths Rasta buss over di years. A man nuh haffi literally tek a yout into the studio, cause youths emulate we. An mi never feel good seh Anthony B and Luciano did haffi leave di show an nuh perform due to dat either."

Another Rastafarian artiste, who was not at the event, said he has no need to concern himself with Lutan Fyah's statement.

"You a hear mi, how di ting set up, every man is entitled to dem own view, all I know is dat I an I do wi best fi buss everyone, but yuh cyan buss everyone," Coco Tea, who also promotes the annual Dancehall Jam Jam stage show, said.

April 5, 2007

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