Deejay Assassin is furious following his abrupt removal from the stage while performance at ‘Red Stripe Live’ on Saturday at Sabina Park.
Assassin’s set was supposedly cut short because of the use of the word ‘fish’ in a song he performed called Pre This.
In the release, Assassin states: “My performance was ended prematurely and abruptly as I was stripped of my microphone and escorted off stage.”
Assassin says he had spent many years of hard work and sacrifice building his reputation as an artiste, with a great level of integrity and professionalism, so he felt the need to explain to his fans exactly what took place.
Assassin said when he was booked for the event, the songs he would be performing were submitted in their entirety (without edits), weeks in advance, as requested by the organisers of the event.
He also rehearsed the songs on two separate occasions in the presence of representatives from Red Stripe.
“During my performance (Saturday) I did not deviate in any way from the rehearsed set. I was therefore shocked when approximately eight minutes into the ten minutes I was allotted, I was forced to discontinue. I was subsequently accused of breaching company policy by using what the promoter labelled offensive and discriminatory lyrical content.”
The promoter then demanded that I apologise to the audience, a demand to which I did not comply. I am very disappointed by the unprofessional manner in which the matter was handled,” Assassin said.
He continued: “My management has since been contacted by Red Stripe’s Maxine Whittingham-Osbourne who admitted it was miscommunication among Red Stripe representatives rather than any wrong doing on my part that resulted in this whole incident. She also stated that after reviewing the lyrics of the song, agreed I did not break any of Red Stripe’s company codes. She apologised for failing to communicate to me prior to my performance that any lyrics were deemed questionable. I still feel the need to take this opportunity to assure those who support my music that I am in no way at fault for Saturday night’s unfortunate incident. I will continue to exercise discretion in my work and I remain committed to the high level of integrity that has come to be expected of me.”