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July 12, 2014
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Nevis plans to cancel Alkaline show

Fears of him having negative influence on citizens

Chad Bryan, Star Writer

News reports out of the island of Nevis claim that Premier Vance Amory wants a concert featuring Jamaican entertainer, Alkaline, to be cancelled over fears of his social and moral influence on citizens.

While the reports coming from the island suggest that the relevant permits for the concert to be held tonight will be revoked, a representative from Alkaline's camp told THE STAR contact was being made with a business partner on the island to have the matter resolved.

However, up to press time yesterday, it remained unclear whether the matter was cleared up as the representative is said to have reported that the matter was still being discussed.

"I checked back but I still have not been given any updates yet," Alkaline's representative said.

In a statement posted yesterday on the website NevisPages.com, the premier said it is necessary for the Government to take a stand on matters that have the potential to cause further deterioration of the social environment.

He said the cabinet of the Nevis Island Administration does not support the concert.

He said there had been no indication certain local authorities had been made aware of the impending concert to feature the Jamaican entertainer.

His concerns were also communicated to the Commissioner of Police Dr C.G. Walwyn.

In a statement by the commissioner, also on the website, it was made clear that permission was granted to host the concert by the Nevis Division of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force.

The police noted that the artiste and promoters were expected to conform to the island's laws relating to profanity.

However, the statement further said that out of respect for the premier's office, the permission was being revoked.

When THE STAR attempted to get a comment from the office of the premier yesterday, we were told that he was in a meeting and would be unavailable for the rest of the day.

The action against Alkaline, whose given name is Earlan Bartley, follows another case earlier this year in which deejay Tommy Lee was prevented from performing in Dominica.

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