Those who thought that a concert featuring controversial dancehall artiste, Tommy Lee Sparta, is off the books must think again.
The show was originally set for Sunday, February 16, in Portsmouth but Sparta was a no show.
However, main organizer of the event, Cabral Douglas, vowed that he will be performing on Sunday February 23 instead.
Douglas told DNO on Monday that Sparta had difficulties getting flights into Dominica after he was held in Jamaica on charges of taking part in a lottery scam.
“Yes the concert was postponed to next week Sunday,” He said, “Because he got out of custody very late.”
Douglas stated that he had the artiste’s flight changed three times but this despite all the effort he still could not make it in time for the concert.
According to him, the artiste has already apologized to Dominicans for not appearing and will hopefully be here on February 23rd.
He said tickets for last Sunday are valid and holders of tickets who cannot make it on the 23rd can get a refund this week.
Douglas described the postponement as “disappointing for patrons, myself included.”
The concert had sparked opposition from religious groups on the island who said Sparta’s music promotes violence and had called for a boycott.
A protest was held to drive home the groups’ discontent on the matter.
In light of the new concert date, Chairperson of the Northern Pastors Fellowship Pastorm Joseph Benjamin, said that a meeting is planned to discuss the organization’s next move.
“Well again we are standing firm against the concert and we are continuing to stand against the concert … we as pastors are to meet again together and discuss what will be our next step forward,” he said.
He accused the artiste of being in the “illuminati where one sells his soul to the devil for money and fame.”
He said such influence is not good for the young people of Dominica.
“We rejoice to the fact that God does answer prayer, and that God is working on our behalf and he will finish what he has started,” he said.
Sparta, whose real name is Leroy “Junior” Russell, has described his musical style as “Gothic Dancehall.”