Guyana’s state television and radio, National Communications Network (NCN), has now placed a ban on the music of Jamaican artistes Mavado and Bounty Killer, who were both banned from performing in that country last week by the government.
In an article published on Islandevents.com, a source for Caribbean entertainment news online, it was reported that all private programme producers who host programmes on the state radio, were asked to desist from playing the music of the two artistes because of the content of their lyrics.
According to the article, the move to ban Bounty Killer came after he performed in Guyana two weeks ago.
The report said, ‘following his (Bounty Killer’s) performance, Guyana’s Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee said the promoters had given a commitment that the artiste would not sing songs that promote violence. However he reportedly breached the commitment.’
Mavado, who was also billed to perform at Linden Town last Sunday, was banned at the last minute after he was said to be a security risk and would therefore not be allowed to enter Guyana.
According to Julian Jones-Griffith, who plays dual roles as Mavado’s manager and road manager for Bounty Killer, his artistes only have to stay focused, and they have been too busy to be caught up with the recent Guyana ban.
“I haven’t spoken to any of them in depth about it (the Guyana ban) but we just have to stay strong, positive and focused, and keep making music for the people,” Jones-Griffith told THE STAR in an interview.
He added, “Mavado has been busy doing reggaeton mixes and he will be doing a track with G Unit, while Killer has been travelling and doing shows. Killer has been around for 15 years and has faced many obstacles, but it’s all a part of life – what don’t kill you make you stronger.”
Prior to this latest ban, the two deejays were banned from entering Guyana. The country’s Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee, speaking at a news conference said the decision to blacklist the two Jamaicans was made by the Bharrat Jagdeo administration after careful consideration of their track record.