Mixed feelings about Tommy Lee Sparta concert

Tommy Lee's music often features dark subject matter
Tommy Lee’s music often features dark subject matter. Photo credit: urbanisladz.com

With less than a month to go before Jamaican dancehall reggae artiste, Tommy Lee Sparta, is expected to headline the opening of Portsmouth carnival with a concert at the Arbeedee Cinema on February 16, there are mixed feelings about the whole affair.

Concert organizer Cabral Douglas, has dismissed suggestions that Sparta, a controversial figure in dancehall music, has been accused of glorifying demonism during his performances. Sparta, aged 26, whose real name is Leroy “Junior” Russell, has described his style as “Gothic Dancehall”, and often features dark subject matter, according to the Wikipedia website.

In an interview with DNO, Ellen Paul, the coordinator of Youth on a Mission for God, said that eight days before the concert, on February 8, there will be a day of prayer, fasting and education at the Achievement Learning Center in Pottersville. This will be for the young people to show their displeasure, she said.

Tommy Lee Sparta. Photo credit: urbanislandz.com
Tommy Lee Sparta. Photo credit: urbanislandz.com

However, Paul said she is not against the individual, in fact she would like to meet him, but the message. “I’m not against him; I’m against the lyrical content of his song.” She said that the island already has “enough of violence and death, and we cannot continue to unleash those demonic words to our youth.”

Solomon John Paul, an employee of the Portsmouth Town Council whose private security firm has been contracted to provide security for the Tommy Lee Sparta concert, does not share that view. Asked about the lyrical contents of Sparta, Paul said that people interpret songs differently. “Everything has two sides, but my take on it is looking at the good impact it will have, not only Dominica, but people in Portsmouth.”

He said that he hoped that everything would go off peacefully “as God himself would like. But as to if I don’t want it around. No I cannot say that.”

According to Paul, the concert will bring opportunities to men who are unemployed but trained security officers to earn some money. “If they work properly,” he said, “who knows if something comes up I would pick them up again; so it is a good thing.”

Mayor of Portsmouth Cleave St Jean said that as a community leader he would not have chosen this artist. He said that people need to be sensitive about these things. However, he said, “We are going to see what the people want.”

Cabral Douglas
Cabral Douglas says Tommy Lee sends a positive message this year

Meantime, in a release from organizer Douglas, who is also the part owner and manager of the Arbeedee Cinema, he said that Portsmouth is currently in the process of rebranding its tourism product as a centre for entertainment. “So we are delighted to have our carnival open with a performance by Tommy Lee.  We believe it will attract not only national but regional guests to our shores,” said Douglas.

He also noted that Tommy Lee’s lyrical content could assist in uniting the town of Portsmouth. “This year he sends a positive message of upliftment. Hopefully the youth in Dominica and Portsmouth will be inspired by him,” he said.

Tickets ($50 regular and $100 VIP) are available from the Arbeedee Cinema (Portsmouth), Bulls Eye Pharmacy (Roseau), Graphics Record Shop (Roseau), Miss Bay Shop (Grand Bay) and A&A Low Price Centre Calibishie.

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170 Comments

  1. Arbeedee Limited
    February 3, 2014

    Arbeedee Limited owner of Arbeedee Cinema empathizes with the community’s concerns regarding Tommy Lee Sparta. The Company in no way aligns itself with the pertitent lyrics and style on hand and expects necessary arrangments to be made to effect a clean and positive concert.

  2. Arbeedee Limited
    February 2, 2014

    Arbeedee Limited,owner of Arbeedee Cinema empathizes with the community’s concerns regarding Tommy Lee Sparta. The company in no way aligns itself with the pertinent lyrics and style and expects necessary arrangements to be made to accomplish a clean and positive concert.

    • Concerned Dominican
      February 12, 2014

      That’s because they have good lyrical content and they are seen as good influence.

  3. Rastafari
    January 28, 2014

    You fools don’t complain when Jah Cure, Ziggy Marley, Shaggy, Sean Paul etc. come home to perform for Creole Fest.

    • Concerned Dominican
      February 12, 2014

      That’s because they have good lyrical content and they are seen as good influence.

  4. Anonymous
    January 26, 2014

    VIP seating??? Where?? Lol!

  5. Simply the Truth
    January 25, 2014

    His face looks horrible. He is not someone good and pleasant to look at. I would not want to see him in person. Not in Dominica. Leave him out!

  6. Joejoe
    January 24, 2014

    Is carnival of God? So what difference does it make if Sparta or whoever he is s devilish? Revellings, and such like, shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.

  7. hmmm
    January 24, 2014

    These guys need to come out of the closet. One look at his face, especially his lips and I can tell straight away

  8. Best for country
    January 24, 2014

    what foolishness is that? what reggae for carnival? carnival is kaiso. JA having all kinds of festivals, how many DA people are thought of, far less to be invited? and what is that all about anyway?

  9. Anonymous
    January 24, 2014

    Tommy Lee or no Tommy Lee it still have crime!!! Dominicans too hypocrite! Free up de man..

    Before this artist coming to Dominica it already had all it crime and violence. It’s just the music and the vibes we like…

    Boyon doh have anywhere going… Big up to FGP and those other fellas bringing out a different type of music in d/ca…

    Dance Hall to the world!

  10. 100% Dominican
    January 23, 2014

    Jamaicans and their music will produce international artist and Dominica and their music will stay in Dominica and never hit a chart. *low-minded Dominicans*

    • De
      January 24, 2014

      i guess songs “767” by WCK and “Icecream Man” that was number 1 on the caribbean count down for weeks did not happen for you?

    • OMG
      January 24, 2014

      What we want in Dominica, are persons who have lyrics to motivate and improve our youths, not to make them worst than some of them are.

      If you are concern about the tomorrow of Dominica, we have to start by promoting positive mines not to help make it worst.

      That artist is NOT a good role model for any youth in any part of the world.

      the low minded Dominicans who are referring too, are those that DO NOT care but just believe in getting the CASH.

      Just think of our young people.

  11. January 23, 2014

    According to Dr. Phil. You got the remote in your hands. Switch off when ever you wants. Everyone has an opinion but we all know there’s a lot of positive lyrics out there and kids as well as we grown ups don’t take it serious. Does it means that the bad lyrics are easier to fall for? Its all in our mind. Get use to our world. GOOD Or BAD. Choose one.

    • OMG
      January 24, 2014

      By the youths? YES. That’s why we have to know what we are educating with and if you look closely, you will notice that a lot of young persons go for what is hip not what is positive. REMEMBER I said, a lot of them not all.

  12. committed Dominican
    January 23, 2014

    You guys are really discouraging people from coming back home with this rubbish.

  13. Ydobon
    January 23, 2014

    Seems Cabral wants to revamp and revive the Arbeedee Cinema on the sacrifice of our youths. Why would you want a satanic preaching entertainer to OPEN carnival in your town….Lets bet we gonna see a new structure and facilities at Arbedee, paid for in full with the SOULS OF DOMINICAN YOUTH!

  14. Rasta
    January 23, 2014

    If Busy Signal can headline The World Creole Music Festival, Tommy Lee can headline the Opening of carnival – the themes are actually very consistent (costumes, masks, jumbies…but in a dancehall context to break up the soca and bouyon vibe that will have already taken place in the park, then after Tommy Lee – we go back to the Bouyon with triple kay…perfect fit really.

  15. TOMMY LEE FAN
    January 23, 2014

    This is pure none sense whether he comes or not we’re still going to listen to his songs…… is it only tommy lee that worships the devil?? i bet most persons that commenting saying he should not come. if you all listened to his songs then i guess you all are all demon possessed and violent. free up pon the man. sparta!!! uncle………………..

    • Anonymous
      January 24, 2014

      i strongly disagree with you Tommy fan a wise person is able to judge between the good and the bad and correctly chose the good. because good remains good forever and we are so miss up we call bad good.

    • OMG
      January 24, 2014

      We know he is not the only one that is preaching evil but if you know better, please DO NOT be a fan.

      GOD is better than evil.
      I sure you know that so please do the Godly thing and do not follow what is evil.

  16. grell
    January 23, 2014

    These jamaican artist will continue to come and take our stupid people money,when do our artist to to jamaica,jamaicans have no love for life,take some time and read the jamaica observer online,thes people are sadistic.

    • MS
      January 24, 2014

      Grell, your comment is really sad. How can you generalize an entire population of people and say that they have no love for life when murders are happening everyday all over the world? In Trinidad there have been over 40 murders since the start of the year. Do the Math to see what the average is per day. Since you are clearly an avid reader of the Jamaica Observer then you should be able to tell me the murder rate in Jamaica for the same time period. On this very page a man is being charged for murder. And about 2 weeks ago I read also that a man was stabbed to death in Roseau. Are you aware of what is going on in Mexico with the drug war? Do you read about the mass murders of 60 or more people at once buried in shallow graves? The fact is anyone with deep psychological problems and a motive will kill regardless of origin or nationality. Get your mind out the gutter and stop blaming Jamaicans for everything. We have our problems but so does the rest of the world. We don’t make guns in Jamaica but you don’t hear Jamaicans blaming America for their gun problems. Personally I am not a fan of Tommy Lee Sparta hence I would never attend any of his shows. I would never say all dancehall and reggae music is demonic. Jamaica has produced and continues to produce some of the greatest artist in the world. Check out some of the works by artist like Chronixx, Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo among others on youtube and you will experience the other side of Jamaican music. My point is you should pick the good from the bad and keep it moving. I recently discovered Bouyou music through a friend of mine who is from Dominica. Prior to August of last year I have never heard of it. It’s new and different and I like it. I would never bash it as subpar to Calypso or any other genre of music. Live and let live man at the end of the day we are all one people.

  17. Jamaicamiseh
    January 23, 2014

    I’mWondering why Dominicans are so bloody hypocritical!!!!!

    talking about Sparta’s music and the devil together.

    you guys are shameless. what exactly is the difference between Tommy’s music and the crap that some of these Dominican bands sing? why is Tommy’s so much worse.

    how impressionable is his music on the young Dominican public as compared to the Dominican nonsense that i’ve heard… (hey girl, open wide/ i wanna go down in your sous) and that’s just a few tamer ones.

    stop with the hypocrist.

    Ask your artist to sing proper influential songs then wheel ad com again and talk bout Tommy Lee.

    that’s why Dominica is in the turmoil which it is in – you Dominicans are hypocrites, sometimesish, parttimers etc….

    time to clean up Dca then criticise others ….

  18. Marigot
    January 23, 2014

    You people joking.
    1. Carnival headline by reggae artist really!!!
    2. They stop Movado but bring sparta that demon worshiper.
    Dominica double standard society its a shame.

    Reallyyyyyyyyyyyyy can’t believe this!!

  19. CESSEME
    January 23, 2014

    everything people try to do to make a money in de country allu against it, priest pastor bishop allu gettin allu nice money from ppl in church, no hussel, jus past a basket around. stop press ppl trying to make a living the legal way, go in drugs is a problem. who doh like the vybz stay at allu home. stop bring down ecomomic growth

    • Anonymous
      January 24, 2014

      the love of money is the root of all evil.there are other ways of making money. and is not everything legal that is morally right. think yourself

  20. Rastafari
    January 23, 2014

    Allu say Dominica is a Democratic nation and Free enterprise is being pummeled like this? Shame on allu. This country will never, ever recover economically, if Allu hate free enterprise.

  21. MAD
    January 23, 2014

    This is complete madness we must not allow this man into our country, our youth are already in crisis and country in such violence, don’t we by now understand the power of the enemy, we need not take this lightly, this man has already sent his demons to pave the path for his entrance and if we as believers sit by and allow this man into DOMINICA then we as the church again is to blame for the many violence that will occur not just during carnival but all year round. GOVERNMENT wake up open your eyes and take a stand to this rubbish. DO NOT LET THE DEVIL IN. We take simple things and make issues and the important things we allow to pas by until damage is done.

    CHURCH open your spiritual eyes and stand up for God, now is the time to show the enemy we are not afraid of him and he will not enter our COUNTRY, stop fighting each other and start to fight the enemy.

    Mrs. Paul you are doing a good job with the youth however don’t compromise your integrity and stand in God, you should not want to meet this man pray him out instead. NO COMPROMISE, DEVIL YOU STAY OUT.

    • Anonymous
      February 6, 2014

      it have 2 sides in life some goes church and some don’t ok

  22. Rastafari
    January 23, 2014

    Everyone in favor of labeling this dude’s lyric as demonic, please disconnect your television service, right now! Bunch of Hypocrites and haters! I do understand the argument of a Reggae artist headlining a carnival show in DA.

  23. yessa
    January 23, 2014

    DNO i am not pleased with you not posting my first comment, like i said in my first comment that wasnt posted , I am highly not pleased that they are sayin that tommy lee will headline portsmouth opening this is highly ridiculous we do not need no dancehall artist headlining anything when it comes to carnival, say that the show will be held on the same day of opening not that it is the headline,and further more if you are looking for someone to uplift the community out of all artist this was the best you could come up with? you should know better mr douglas or have you completely lost it ?

  24. Anonymous
    January 23, 2014

    I thah the Jamaican has to offer the people of Portsmouth We know how these songs affect the youth of Jamaica So please do not invite Him here to our Beloved shore.

  25. Anonymous
    January 23, 2014

    Dominica will go to hell in a hand basket while partying. Why are we inviting this demonic influence into the country. What is he doing at the opening of Portsmouth Carnival? ITs like they sought out the worst artist they could. What you seeketh that you shall find. Fire bun dat!

  26. Simply the Truth
    January 22, 2014

    Who invited him? Those who did should know what his lyrics consist of. Dominica is not Jamaica and far from it.
    His pictures tell a lot about him; not a godly person. In no uncertain terms, he should be informed and warned about what he plans to sing in Dominica.
    If his type of songs consist of demonic and violence, then, he should not be invited or allowed to sing in Dominica. Those who are aware and invite him are equally guilty. Tell him to keep the curse and his curse out of Dominica. Keep him out! Find someone conducive who will be a model especially to the youths who will be listening to him/her.

  27. enlightener
    January 22, 2014

    CHECK!!! this link please…..Some sell thier souls to satan for prosperity and others for fame… https://www.google.fr/search?q=tommy+lee+sparta&client=tablet-android-samsung&hl=fr-FR&source=android-browser-suggest&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=mHjgUsr6A4_MsQSY2oG4CQ&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1280&bih=800. Those who support, encourage, like and invite them are like unto them also birds of a feather all flock together. Satanism to dedicate carnival no wonder God is totally against revellers imagine your level of blindness is so great you are talking about carnival whats the link between this artist and carnival let him that have eyes to see let him behold the truth and let him that have ears to hear let him hear what God says about this and the times we are living in…

    • Simply the Truth
      January 25, 2014

      There is nothing wrong with carnival and enjoying it. It depends how they conduct themselves. It also depends on the type of words of the calypsos. Everything should be done in moderation and respectful.

      • enlightener
        February 19, 2014

        be careful you can’t go against God’s word reveling is wrong and will always be wrong (when satan caused man to fall into sin he used similar lines like you’re using please don’t be like him nor try to think you can make wrong right satan said to adam and eve you’ll not surely die God knows when you eat of tha

  28. enlightener
    January 22, 2014

    Dominicans please tell me whats gone wrong with our people . My heart is really burdened and sorrowful for i behold in the not too far distance ahead the calamity and devastating judgement that may soon befall our dear country we are behaving unseemingly we are embracing and welcoming satan with open arms and no one cares anymore for all that harvock thats already taking place through those who have already secretly and knowingly invited him into homes, families and our land see the amount of murders already taking place in our land see the trend of our youths and the society and so sad to mention the church i ask…..barabas or christ, God or satan whom shall you choose…… God already knows your heart whether good or bad one day we’ll all stand in judgement before himbefore him those who invited such a man as this must have had a motive . Reveling is against the will of God satanism is being invited to dedicate alot more woe unto those who accept the mark of the beast and know this its not always going to show by 6 6 6. But easy subtility and deceiption……c.u.
    soon

  29. A security officer
    January 22, 2014

    i don’t want this demonic artist in my country.his songs are demonic, he looks demonic. so what positive message can come out of his him. his songs are to promoting violence. people be wise and think positive if someone call his name uncle demon don’t that mean his has some involvement in witchcraft. i don’t think it will benefit the country in anyway to introduce an artist who call himself uncle demon. and as far as i know he has no positive songs . i heard after Tommy lee had a concert in st Vincent the crime rate raised and we don’t want that to happen in our country Dominica.

  30. OC
    January 22, 2014

    singing bout demons and crime could help unite a town waw Mr Douglas greatest ever smh

  31. Concern
    January 22, 2014

    We calling on the PM to step in and stop that show. We in Portsmouth just trying to recover from a wave of violence over the past months now this Douglas guy don’t know where he come out want to take us back to more violence. Man it carnival you dan out of place putting a Reggae show on our opening. The other guy DJ Power with the Memory Lane night club every carnival opening he promoting our local bands there you coming with your Jamaican artist in our carnival.

  32. Possei
    January 22, 2014

    Cabral we will never forget that day so think you have a political future here. We waiting for you to jump in the political arena we will kick you back where ever you was.

  33. Possei
    January 22, 2014

    ……..John Paul who have young children growing up here in Portsmouth not even taking them in consideration.Once he can make a quick buck he don’t mind sacrifice there future.

  34. Anonymous
    January 22, 2014

    Check out this link…
    http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh0f44JlgwM41NqjiF

    Is this the kind of artist we want here? Cabral, you and John paul have a serious problem if you don’t think there is nothing to this guy’s music.Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

    • OMG
      January 22, 2014

      Cabral & John ONLY seeing $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ but our Heavenly father will guide our children from the ills that are being promoted by adults. SHAME ON YOU and you say CABRAL you want to go up for election and that is what you are bringing in our face.

      May God be first in your life

    • truth
      January 23, 2014

      agree with u because there is to much demons all over the town manifesting in our youths in drugs etc. don’t bring that big one from Jamaica here.

  35. me again
    January 22, 2014

    What is a Jamaican artist doing opening our Carnival celebrations?
    Have we gone COMPLETELY MAD???
    or COMPLETELY DOTISH?

    • Dominica abroad.
      January 22, 2014

      It seems Dominica and its people are really going backwards. or in a can as some people say we are. in-i- can. the amount of Musicians that are in Dominica and from Dominica, why in Gods or any other name would you all chose a foolishness from Jamaica to open Dominica Carnival? though i am not a carnival person and i do not live in Dominica, but this is an insult to the people especially the musicians of Dominica. i use the word MUSICIAN because any form of music out of Dominica is good. they could get HALIBUT, ASA, MICHELE, and any other they so chose from DOMINICA.

    • local man
      January 23, 2014

      I was wondering the same thing, what is this guy doing opening our carnival event, what is wrong with these people man?.

  36. still waterz
    January 22, 2014

    smh typical dominicans hypocrites .. i’m pretty sure that half the comments on this are ppl living abroad that doesnt have anything better to do with there self … this is a democratic nation … u dont like his lyrics well dont listen to his songs in the mean time while some parents hating on tommy lee there kids are downloading and reciting his lyrics like a nusery rhymes…but i do believe that this will attract alot of ppl to possie for the opening and there for causing a lil economic stimulation … oh and talkin bout demons in country and possie isn’t the closest mountain to possie morne diablotin …smh and it has been named this for a number of yrs …i believe that the demons are some of the hyporites goin to church … give ur heart to god and not church …|believe in god and not religion and this will cause a change in our nation … “this is just how i see things

    • Dominica abroad.
      January 22, 2014

      the monies that will be paid this nonsence can well be put to proper use, eg- hire some young guys to clean the gutters of dirty portsmouth. think of the thousands of dollars that this guy will take home, it could well stay in Dominica by using Dominican [S]to do these shows. and mind you, they are being paid in THE MIGHTY U. S. DOLLARS not in e c that have no value no where else.

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2014
    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2014

      Music is travels. deal with it

    • Rastafari
      January 23, 2014

      still waterz, You are right in so many ways. Dominicans GLADLY are paying for tv service right? I would think that this dude’s lyrics are synonymous with what BET, MTV, HBO and others have to offer us…you see the trend here? So to say that this guy’s lyrics are demonic in content is definitely true, but hypocritical in the way Dominicans treat him!

    • Parrot
      January 23, 2014

      Boom! i second that. Religion and politics is our downfall.

      • Dante
        January 23, 2014

        The only downfall we have is our simple minded need for justification. We tend to wanna justify everything we do n so it blinds us. So wat if its a choice wat we listen so wat if the tv n internet is full of the filfth if u have kids wud u sit @ home n have them watch the rubbish n say they exposed to it everyday so let them be? If u know the pot is hot u would not hold it. Stop being so simple minded we all can c clearly tht tommy lee is a real bad choice n a negative influence in every way possible

  37. WHO VEX VEX
    January 22, 2014

    (Verse 1 – Tommy Lee)
    Listen everybody listen
    Demons a no mine an am about to prison
    Anytime me talk dem blame it on my words
    Seh mi words powerful an it will make the place curse
    Aiming to the point stop an think a second
    Spiritual war is dem a mi weapon
    No true mi seh demon it is just a phase
    Cyaa believe mi become a main source of a faith

    (Chorus – Tommy Lee)
    Everywhere mi go, everywhere mi turn Sparta
    Everywhere mi go, everywhere mi turn gaza
    Some a seh mi bless, some a seh mi curse
    God forgive mi if a me alone sin a earth
    May those who seek my life
    Must be put to shame
    The children dem seh Sparta
    Angel sing fi me

    • WHO VEX VEX
      January 22, 2014

      Spartan Angels is the name of the song above

      • Dominica abroad.
        January 22, 2014

        you could have the P and the R taken out of his name and find out what his name is. SATAN

      • Jha_Gwatas
        January 23, 2014

        Thats one of my favorite songs of Tommy Lee and there are more songs that have nothing to do with violence seems all these HYPOCRITES want to hear is how to wine n kotch and triple K ‘s “one worded songs” pram pram pram!!

      • booboo
        January 23, 2014

        but i don’t see anything wrong with those lyrics

      • grell
        January 23, 2014

        your ignorant like these jamaican artist.

  38. Roxanne T
    January 22, 2014

    Imagine that…a Jamaican Reggae artist to headline the opening of Portsmouth carnival. How is that marketing our carnival as a tourism product when we neglect to embrace the very music that makes us different. Learn from Trinidad ppl…. you can never hear about foreign artiste headlining any carnival show.

    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2014

      yeah shameful eh?

    • missmostDominican
      January 22, 2014

      omg roxanne.t you take the thoughts right out of my head….how does this have anything to do with carnival? and the ppl that commenting on the demon/dothic dancehall thing…..the last time i checked, they go hand in hand…..so before foolish human being blindly follow these people please do some research.

    • WHO VEX VEX
      January 23, 2014

      Sorry to burst your bubble but Beenie man sang on a truck during the carnival season in 2010 at Trinidad and Busy Signal did the same in 2011.

      Someone doing something in his place out of sight from the public and thats a problem, Doh matter what Labour or UWP try Dominica will never move,
      I always say is the dumb people that holding DA back

    • CESSEME
      January 23, 2014

      smh creole festival has so many foreign artist, and its our biggest local event, our headline artist are never local so wats allu point na REALLY

  39. Spartaaa
    January 22, 2014

    Free up Captain Sparta ehh

  40. Concerned
    January 22, 2014

    I honestly find People have taken too long to voice their displeasure on this issue. Mr. Douglas won’t see a problem here because is his business- is he who mainly benefiting but we need to think further than where we stand. How can this artist bring unity? Have you ever listened to his lyrics or looked at his videos? Take some time to do so and evaluate. Is this what u want for the youth of Portsmouth n Dominica by extension? The younger people won’t see cause most are already possessed with the lyrical venom he spits out.Only pure evil, evil, evil. That’s all. Isn’t there enough crime in Possie? There are many other artists that you could choose from. We really need to pray in this place. Lord have mercy father!!!!

  41. Anonymous
    January 22, 2014

    There’s one way to stop this from taking place in Dominica. And that is for the Immigration dept to deny the application of a work permit for him…….SIMPLE!

    • Parrot
      January 23, 2014

      Hater…how does the staging of this affect you directly?

  42. boyie
    January 22, 2014

    You Fools at it again…

  43. Rasta
    January 22, 2014

    I never hear of no violence associated with any Tommy Lee show, 30,000 people come out at Sting, and not one violent incident…And as for all the devil/jumbie talk, what to you all think carnival is all about..? This show is perfect for carnival, perfect for Possie at this time…

    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2014

      tommy was bottled twice already

      • Parrot
        January 23, 2014

        So was buju banton… The first time i saw him in the 90’s the stage was littered with bottles and stones… it happend in st lucia also

    • g
      January 23, 2014

      Did u hear about his show and sting is not his show

  44. Concerned2DAMax
    January 22, 2014

    Those Peenese in that Arbeedee Cinema most jump from the seats and bite Cabral butt. With all the Artist around the Caribbean and in Dominica itself is Mister Cabral choosing to bring Portsmouth. Cabral, not noting the wave of crime that’s going on in Portsmouth, to me is greed and lack of care for the Community Cabral has why he choose this artist. Let’s hope Police on standby because with the influx of undesirables that will descend on the town, will make even the grannies and grand dad run…Mother’s keep your young people guarded and your young girls locked up. Cabral should reconsider!

  45. stpzzz
    January 22, 2014

    wat is the big deal

    • sparta
      January 22, 2014

      Spartaaaaaa #i’m a spartan solider

  46. Tony Lee
    January 22, 2014

    Am Tony Lee brother of Tommy Lee… I will be at the show, see you there so I can sign an autograph for you…lmao :wink:

  47. forreal
    January 22, 2014

    @DNO you all never seize to amaze me,with these types of media journalism,when you all right just plain douglas,what are you all trying to accomplish,media drama or political drama,is it ian or some other family member,i think as a media story unfolds,you guys got to be more specific,not just douglas,what is that.

  48. Just Blaze
    January 22, 2014

    I want somebody to explain to me how Tommy Lee going to cause crime to increase in portsmouth by coming and perform one show. The people who going to the show to see him already listen to his music regularly. So what difference one performance going to make on portsmouth.

    Bringing a soca artist at carnival time is a valid point but that moral vibes is just “absolute hogwash”

    • WHO VEX VEX
      January 22, 2014

      ya it looks like the people who r going to the show never heard him sing

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2014

      It’s called demonic influence. We wrestle not against flesh and blood

    • Jha_Gwatas
      January 23, 2014

      seem this is the only comment i read so far which actually makes sense

  49. Mango-Bab
    January 22, 2014

    PPl should go demonstrate (WITH PLACARDS) outside the Douglas’s place at POssie, in order to show displeasure with Cabral’s lame statement and the whole vibes.

    • Parrot
      January 23, 2014

      why arent you there all now with ur plackard?

  50. Mango-Bab
    January 22, 2014

    Is that the same artiste that less than 10 people attend a concert in Trinidad? The TnT populace put on a defiant show of protest by staying away from this man and his lyrics.

    • me again
      January 22, 2014

      Don’t expect that from we…. ehem… devouted Christians in Dominica

    • g
      January 23, 2014

      It was just 2 person who showed

  51. Possie I come out!!!
    January 22, 2014

    So how you bringing unity to Possie there when all tommy lee can talk about is crime and violence?? When all them fellas from them purple city, orange city , blue blue and the other gangs come down and arbredee cinema so small when they walk on each other foot is kill they want to kill wi. all of allu that supporting tommy lee i hope when UNCLE DEMON ready for allu soul i hope you all can handle it.
    I would advice the policemen if they are going to be supervising that event to be prepared and dont go soft on them fellas that playing bad I sure they know what happened to the other policeman in Roseau couple weeks ago.

    • Jha_Gwatas
      January 23, 2014

      You make it seems that Tommy Lee is the only artist who speaks or sings about crime and violence,our own local bands sing about violence and crime. im a BIG fan of tommy lee and in my opinion he sings about the same things(crime,love fun and peace) other artist sings about. Blueblue,purple city and other gangs were are at the WCMF where busy signal sang ‘gangster nuh bleach’ i didn’t see them start shooting homosexuals n “rapist” as the song said………. people choices are made by them not lyrics in a song. If tommy lee decides to worship Satan it has nothing to DO with my soul if i dance to tommy lee or any other artist songs that are not gospel its the same sin. so next time try bring gospel artist like Papa-san and Sherwin Ganer. U PEOPLE MAKE DOMINICANS LOOK DUMB WITH THESE INSANE COMMENTS. When it comes to JAYZ and Beyonce There are several accusation of demonic prays and satanic rituals done in their performances if they were to perform here i can bet my last dollar we wont be having this discussion. February when Tommy Lee is up on that stage i’ll be in the front row shouting SSSSPPPPPAARTTTTAA!!! WOOOOY!!

      • Poosie I come out!!!
        January 24, 2014

        Sorry to say this but you are very STUPID my friend. the discussion her is not about beyonce or jay z its about TOMMY LEE, so we have no right including them in it whatever people listen in their free time is them, if you chose to listen to tommy lee then thats you but the fact that they are bringing him here that is the main proble..understand !!!

  52. Anonymous
    January 22, 2014

    So Cabral CLAIM that tommy lee’s lyrical content could assist in uniting Portsmouth hmmm how the hell a man who call’s himself “Uncle Demon” bring unity in the place?? Please explain to me..i mean for God’s sake look at his lyrics

    “Any Bwoy put a foot a get SHOOK Mi nuh care weh yuh come from… SHOOK Smaddy head haffi go open like Book Wen mi walk ina yuh place and shot out yuh face look ina yuh marrow and… puke… God kill mi, mi nuh have nuh heart… Mi evil more den how mi bloodclaat look… A mi fuss ta corrupt di war”

    And still when gangs from all over Dominica all the “blue blue crew” and the “orange city crew” and the others come in one place what gonna happen? arbredee cinema soo small when they walk on each other foot kill they want to kill each other. To me that looking like a recipe for disaster all gang bangers, killers, delinquents are all gonna be in one soup just pray to God nothing happens. And i would advise the policemen that if they are gonna involve themselves in this none sense be prepared and don’t go soft on them so that they wouldn’t end up like the policeman the stabbed in Roseau. That is my 2cents if you doh like it lie down by it!!!!!!

    • Rasta
      January 22, 2014

      I never hear of no violence associated with any Tommy Lee show, 30,000 people come out at Sting, and not one violent incident…And as for all the devil/jumbie talk, what to you all think carnival is all about..? This show is perfect for carnival, perfect for Possie at this time…

    • Jha_Gwatas
      January 23, 2014

      :-? i think i lost a few brain cells reading that comment. Thats only one song, im sure you had to Google that if u dont know the guy’s song you shouldn’t be commenting on a topic you know nothing about. HAHA so tommy told people to stab the office? SSSTTPPPZZ

  53. January 22, 2014

    :wink:

  54. chupes
    January 22, 2014

    no 2 satan
    change must come

  55. uwposssie
    January 22, 2014

    It is like some of the douglas people have an apt for roro. That is why we don’t want them within the walls of the UWP. They had so much to say about our 21 in 25 and our North American tour which they grudged and ill talked. Now it is being alleged that ……are now trying to use satanic pips to raise campaign fund ? WORKERS for change to hell with those crooked Labourites.

    • Nobody
      January 23, 2014

      This has nothing to do with politics so y bring it up? Some of us are too political. Smh

  56. roger
    January 22, 2014

    sick i must say,we don’t need his trash, all nonsense or garbage is Dominica it reaches, no way,no way hosa.

  57. gwaj
    January 22, 2014

    I’d like to see the lyrics of 3 of his songs before I can comment.

  58. hope
    January 22, 2014

    is this the best we have to offer to our young people? I do not believe so. We can do so much better than that, and by that I mean soooooooooooo much better!

  59. WHO VEX VEX
    January 22, 2014

    That is just a bunch of bull from the christian society a bunch of hypocrites.

    While you guys are at it ask Marpin n Sat to block all the channels that have violence cause there are killing every day on TV 4 our kids to see, ask the internet providers to block YouTube and all those porn sites. Facebook does much more damage than tommy lee does.

    If that show suppose to have 10 people u guys are gonna make it have 15 cause you made him much more popular

    You Christians saying he flopped in Trinidad on March 2013 but what you don’t know is that he flopped because of bad promotions.
    Cause after that show he had a sold out crowd in Trinidad on July 2013

    allu try the same with Mavado n the show went on without allu approval n it was a great show

  60. Psalm 23
    January 22, 2014

    That’s a sign of no love for our youth from these lovers of money its time that Portsmouth people do away with this royal family thing their time is up and expired. Even if you vote for dlp but choose a new surname don’t tell me they are only smart family in Portsmouth. Grand Bay too that Charles thing should stop too . When I listen to Mrs.Charles English it gives me the impression that Grand Bay is an under educated village I am a St Lucian and i have been coming to Dominica From the days of Desmond Trouter and Grand Bay was the place i would find the best philosophical minds on thee Island , to me if a police have grammar difficulties I would understand that but not a minister of Government .

  61. beauty
    January 22, 2014

    oh boy, I like the idea of the prayer and fast. If thts the guy trade and we are bringing him here for the opening of carnival, I pray God that nothing happens during the carnival season.

  62. SMH
    January 22, 2014

    only 9 people showed up for his show in Trinidad last year. I want to see what happens here.

    http://evybez.com/index.php/21247-epic-fail-only-9-show-up-for-tommy-lee-concert-in-trinidad

  63. Just Blaze
    January 22, 2014

    If Dominica is really a country of morality like people say then no one whould go to his show. Art imitates life not the other way around. SO many fornicators cheaters and voleh talking about this artist. We are all sinners. If you dont like him and his music dont go. If his how doesnt make money he wont come back. Simple and plain wah wah wah.

  64. Anonymous
    January 22, 2014

    allu so hypocrite is ppl choose if they want to go or not

    • A christian!
      January 22, 2014

      Christians are not hypocrites my dear. we just know what is to come after this life and try our best to save a whole lot of people from doom and eternal torment,as we ourselves strive to walk the straight and narrow gate. No one is perfect and we any christian who thinks they are perfect have something else coming, buWE KNOW WHATS COMING> BE PREPARED.

      • Rastafari
        January 23, 2014

        :mrgreen: You don’t know what commeth. Religion has got you too, I see! Oh, and Christians ARE the biggest hypocrites my dear!

      • Parrot
        January 23, 2014

        Christians are the BIGGEST hypocrites

  65. For CHange
    January 22, 2014

    I think Portsmouth people and Dominicans by extension should show these money hungry people that you cannot put a price on souls. Please young people, Trinidad rejected him and we accepting him? Please! Anyway to each his own… not my type of music anyhow. But I wish it won’t come to our already messed up Portsmouth

    • Rastafari
      January 23, 2014

      For CHange, really, are you kidding me? There has been a price on Christian souls for many centuries now. Where have you been, are you blind? Christians have to pay their way to Heaven (that mythical place in the sky) :mrgreen:

  66. concern
    January 22, 2014

    why not call a prayer rally in portsmouth to out do wat the devil started why strenghten his act people open you all eyes satan is taking our youth lets protect them

  67. Morihei Ueshiba
    January 22, 2014

    This is the kind of attitude we have in Dominica now, so because Solomon John Paul will be making money from Sparta it is ok, and cabral making money it is ok, but when Ellen speak the word of God people vex, u see the hypocrisy and that same cabral against skerrit now look at him. :-x

    • A christian!
      January 22, 2014

      well speak GOD and see His demons fume!! Speak God and see all fake friends leave your life. Just a little longer and the world will SEE GOD, then will we tremble.

  68. spartaaaaaa
    January 22, 2014

    uncle demon… cousin demon……….

  69. hmm
    January 22, 2014

    I don’t remember no tommy lee back in the days when portsmouth used to have big gang fight and man hashaying man on a regular basis. And some of them man that playin saint in church now used to be around man in them gang. So much hypocrisy in that town self but is a vibes

  70. Anonymous
    January 22, 2014

    y not a soca artist to open carnival its jump up time

  71. Urbane Baron
    January 22, 2014

    We need to make our place a jah bless place

  72. WARRINGTON
    January 22, 2014

    mr is a devil artiste like most of de others. take a close look at his videos and u will see how many satanic sings are being shown. i will never spend my money on mr music much less to attend his concert. stop bringing them devil artist down in de place.

  73. Baby brain
    January 22, 2014

    Cabral you joking right now. Where the young people, especially those unemployed getting $50.

    • Jejep
      January 22, 2014

      Where did they get money for Creole Festival from?

  74. PORSSIE NYC
    January 22, 2014

    God knows I am not a fan of this dance hall music thing but I just don’t understand why our people are so selective in what is referred to as morality. Why do we condone one set of immorality and condemn others.

    The way I see it if you don’t like the guy’s music don’t go to his show but stop trying to impose your values on others.

    If we want to condemn what the guy sings as immoral why do so many of us condone blatant lying, cheating, conniving.

  75. Hmm
    January 22, 2014

    Bringing in a dancehall artist to open a carnival ? No soca artist ? Bringing in a man that calls himself a demon. Dominica boy smh

  76. disapponted
    January 22, 2014

    I’m so sorry I’m not partaking and I wish they would not link it like that to Portsmouth carnival opening ,if you’re looking to uplift a community where shotting and killing is High you know better than to get such artist

  77. January 22, 2014

    We don’t need that in Portsmouth.Or in dominica

  78. Strupes
    January 22, 2014

    Pure nonsense you chatting!!!!! This man should not be allowed to come here and spew his rubbish! I can’t even call it music. It’s a shame the things we’ll be willing to accept simply because they fatten our back pockets, but then the moment something bad happens we call on God.
    Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
    The love of money is the root of all evil Mr. Douglas!

    • Rastafari
      January 23, 2014

      Per Trupes: “The love of money is the root of all evi” Tell that to Bill Gates and the other Billionaires.

      Allu say Dominica is a Democratic nation and Free enterprise is being pummeled like this? Shame on allu. This country will never, ever recover economically, if Allu hate free enterprise.

  79. Time
    January 22, 2014

    Boy that is the best Cabral Douglas could do to attract regional guests. If the answer is yes D/ca gone to the Dust- Bin.

    Tell me what Positive message Cabral!!!!

  80. work I working
    January 22, 2014

    Lol omg this guy looks like vibz katel!!

  81. no love
    January 22, 2014

    dat ah why dominica nah go forward..come august when kartel ah touch..wha dem ah do.. :twisted:

  82. Grand Bay Boy
    January 22, 2014

    Yahweh HELP US

  83. OhPlease
    January 22, 2014

    We are too hypocrite in Dominica. The music is being played on youtube on radio stations on a daily basis. All of a sudden the artist is coming down the people want to have 8 day prayer and fasting session. Who want to go show go who dont want to go stay at ya’lls home.

  84. January 22, 2014

    Some people do not care about others and only care about themselves. Their main focus is money. They don’t care if they destroy the poor of Portsmouth and Dominica once they make money.
    Some already have their ways set, can choose right from wrong and can take care of themselves somehow economically but what about our youth who are still struggling with poverty. When the monster is created, these people have the ‘know how’ and means to leave Dominica. Why, why are so called responsible people doing that to our youths? Don’t we have enough violence and crimes in our country already? Please for the youths’ sake and Dominica, stop this. This man looks demonic and scary. Money is not all there is to life.When we look at it really, who are the ones that will benefit monetary wise from this show? Papa God, please intervene in our country.

  85. dominican
    January 22, 2014

    Keep all you demonic style issues in Jamaica we have enough cosionee in Dominica

  86. sense
    January 22, 2014

    Opening of carnival and you have jamaica dancehall music?Jamaicans would never think of bringing Dice to open their carnival,never no way kayray.

    • Parrot
      January 23, 2014

      Who the hell is dice in the big scheme of things? Dice is only a local sensation. Only the diaspora that does request them local calypsonians, and maybe a regional calypso competition or show. Tommy Lee is a real international artiste that is KNOWN and has an actual fan base worldwide. literally!! He is on a different level than our local artists. please be informed. No discredit to Dice eh btw, good luck in the upcominig local calypso competition. Big up!

  87. way lay lay
    January 22, 2014

    tell ellen hush up.. why they didnt go pray and fast on the man that come and make concert for them the other day and steal their money? if they had do that dont think the Lord woulda shown them what he was?
    GAZA MAN CRAZY!..
    spartaaa yuup
    its entertainment!.. and she really not making sense she being against the man lyrics is being against who he is as an artist.. show will go on..

  88. layman's terms
    January 22, 2014

    Hypocrisy! IF you dont like the music and the message then dont go to the effin concert. Aint nobody trying and discourage you from going to church or wherever it is allu want to go. Just because one set doh like it allu want to spoil the little entertainment we get for the rest? this is one of the reasons why i hate dominicans. Absolute nonsense. If thats the case then all bouyon artist that sing about anything which can be deemed as negative, or any negative actions during performance should be boycotted and banned in and out of dominica.

  89. Anonymous
    January 22, 2014

    50$ hmm Cabral I glad for you. I best you had bring “you make me stronger” artiste for 25$ more heads would show up. instead all you Dominican lean to God, play Godly music, speak Godly words etc, all you find the state we in in DA with violence against each other especially our youth is that kind of guest is your best shot…..come on

    • Parrot
      January 23, 2014

      i rather pay 100 coin for tommy lee than 25 coin for allu nonsense music.

  90. had cor da
    January 22, 2014

    those entertainer the youth use them as roll model. so Dominica be careful of what u promote.

    its carnival bring a burning flames, 17plus,jam ban and so much more. y those kind of Jamaican vibs cartel?

  91. madgenes
    January 22, 2014

    anything for a dollar sayeth Hunter
    anything for a spotlight sayeth Dominicans
    some of dem douglas people just will not stay quietl its like they are MEDIA PAROSE

  92. Mizz J
    January 22, 2014

    If is for a dollar says is for a dollar. Don’t presume to say anything about “people interpret songs differently. “Everything has two sides, but my take on it is looking at the good impact it will have, not only Dominica, but people in Portsmouth.'”

    That’s rubbish. Just watch any two of Tommy Lee’s videos and let me know if you see anything positive. Don’t be hypocrite!

    I’m disgusted. Look at our situation with crime right now and tell me why of all people you want to bring this guy here

  93. WHO VEX VEX
    January 22, 2014

    That is just a bunch of bull from the christian society a bunch of hypocrites.

    While you guys are at it ask Marpin n Sat to block all the channels that have violence cause there are killing every day on TV 4 our kids to see, ask the internet providers to block YouTube and all those porn sites. Facebook does much more damage than tommy lee does.

    If that show suppose to have 10 people u guys are gonna make it have 15 cause you made him much more popular

    You Christians saying he flopped in Trinidad on March 2013 but what you don’t know is that he flopped because of bad promotions.
    Cause after that show he had a sold out crowd in Trinidad on July 2013

    allu try the same with Mavado n the show went on without allu approval n it was a great show

  94. spartan solider
    January 22, 2014

    boy!! i give up. all you dominicans wicked wii. hypocrite set of ppl. dominica has so much crime, all of u sitting there saying nothing. Why the youth coordinator doh cry down the bad stuff happening in the country.

    ppl stealing everyday.
    gov’t and opposition doing as they please. lawyers lying and praying at the same time.
    drug dealers making millions monthly.
    poor ppl still hungry.
    employers still dont pay their workers well, they want all d profits.

    I vex wii
    I will be at the show, if God spares my life

  95. APACHE
    January 22, 2014

    mizik missié pa bon.assez ba nou kochoni;ba nou bitin wouvè lespwi nou
    .zot ka méné diab,demon en domnik

  96. Bittersweet
    January 22, 2014

    Nonesense…

  97. JoJo
    January 22, 2014

    Personally I don’t see what Tommy Lee Sparta’s music has to do with our carnival or how it will enhance our tourism product. It simply is a business opportunity for the organisers. But I’m not for censure. After all, the religious people make their noise too with gospel music, which is not everybody’s cup of tea. It is a free country, who want to go, go and the others simply stay away.

  98. BobE
    January 22, 2014

    Boycott!!!!

    • Malgraysa
      January 23, 2014

      Why not? That is everybody’s right. Christians can mass in front of arbeedee with placards and sing “Onward Cristian Soldiers”. That may not stop the concert bur get a lot of publicity.

  99. Concern
    January 22, 2014

    Dear Editor,

    Please stop accepting the use of the Wikipedia website as a source of credible information. I have no opinion on this story.

    • concern
      January 22, 2014

      if you are not for god definitly you are of the devil like it or not

      • Parrot
        January 23, 2014

        Really? Really is this what u teach the children? what if i do good day in and day out but dont believe in the idea of GOD? Are you saying that the tribesmen on remote islands who have no concept of your idea of God but live clean simple humble lives are damned and your God will not look favorably upon them and their lifestyles because they are not for him? alot of you like to judge. alot of you dont even know that tommy Lee is actually a spiritual man who grew up in the church. Keep in mind that artistry is just that. how you interpret his work is up to you, non the less what his words and work mean to him may be entirely different. We would all be happy if wck or triple kay was invited to another island to open for a celebration. why r we judging this individual? I welcome any top international artist to any event here in Dominica.

  100. Grassmann
    January 22, 2014

    Welcome to Dominica. We accept all and everyone. Come-on let the Gangs in. What else is new?

  101. Carnival Lover
    January 22, 2014

    What is this I am hearing. Bringing down a reggae artist for the opening of Carnival. First of all, I love reggae ok, but at carnival time. No way, I don’t think the organizers are serious about Carnival. Honestly, and this is my opinion, I would not sanction the artist for the OPENING OF PORTSMOUTH CARNIVAL. This is ridiculous.

  102. Teacher
    January 22, 2014

    I do not want “UNCLE DEMON” AND “NEPHEW DEMON” in Dominica. We have enough of the devils’s rampage on this tranquil island. Leave the demons where they are.

  103. suga
    January 22, 2014

    opening of carnival and tommy lee aka uncle demon on a sunday? yes father look down on us

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2014

      This is what Dominica embraces. But who shall play with fire will surely burn.

    • Parrot
      January 23, 2014

      typical dominican. Living in fear

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