Shame on our reggae promoters!

Reggae promoters Al Gilkes, Freddie Hill et al, owe this country an explanation; better yet an apology. And for those who attended last weekend’s Digicel Reggae Beach Party simply expecting to enjoy a wholesome reggae show, but were horrified to become mere spectators in a very disturbing episode of ‘sex on the beach’ – a refund.

Our law enforcement authorities also owe us an explanation as to why an infamous prostitute, who goes by the name of Natalie was allowed not only to parade uninterrupted on a national stage, but also to advertise her business by way of her Dirty Harry song in the most crass and vulgar way, with Pumpydoo and SK serving as her onstage partners in this most egregious crime, as it was recorded LIVE.

We are also interested to know what the event’s sponsors are now saying to the promoters, given that their ‘reputable’ brands have now been tarnished by association with blatant prostitution. Do they even care, or, as the Irish would say, “a good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures”.

We are certainly not prudes, but last we checked prostitution was illegal in Barbados; so too smoking marijuana, cocaine or heroin; topless sunbathing and gambling, excluding slots and lotteries.

In fact, in keeping with Sections 18 and 19 of the Sexual Offences Act “being the tenant, lessee, occupier or person in charge of any premises, knowingly permits the premises or any part thereof to be used as a brothel or for the purposes of prostitution; or being the lessor or landlord of any premises, or the agent of the lessor or landlord, lets the same or any part thereof with the knowledge that the premises or some part thereof are or is to be used as a brothel, or is wilfully a party to the continued use of the premises or any part thereof as a brothel, is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term of five years or to a fine of $5 000 or to both. Section 19 also proclaims that “a person who (a) knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of prostitution; or (b) in any place solicits for immoral purposes, is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $5 000 or to imprisonment for five years or to both. So to have a performer strutting up and down Pirates Cove in next to nothing, telling anyone who would allow their ears to listen what she sells for a living, is really evidence that our economy is not the only thing domestically that has sunk to the level of junk.

Indeed, Barbados can only be scrapping the bottom of the moral and social abyss when so called reputable individuals would have us all turn a blind eye to what we all know to be perfectly wrong, rather than to stand up for what is definitely right.

However, this is one occasion that we do not intend to sit quietly, even if we ruffle some feathers.

Our fear is that if we do, one day coming soon we all will wake up in a proverbial hell hole in which nothing wholesome would be left to speak of, while ‘skinouttology’ and abject smuttiness reign supreme, whilst all else that we have come to be known and respected for not only locally but regionally and globally simply burns to the ground.

Interestingly, our promoters would have us believe that they are just ‘poor black man’ looking to turn a dollar in this rat race of a world that we call home, and that, at the end of the day, they have the best interest of this 166 square mile country at heart. But to them we ask, whither our young people in particular? What about the children – theirs and ours – who are looking on?

Has anyone stopped to think of the untold damage already done to the future of our very society even as we continue to feed our citizens on an endless diet of unedited profanity, crudeness and downright lawlessness, masked as artistic expression when our naked eyes fail to deceive us and we know in our heart of hearts that it’s really nothing more than classless smut?

In a world that is daily being turned upside down, we can only hope that good sense will prevail and that all in positions of authority and trust will be able to look beyond the almighty dollar and popularity to see that our precious gem of the Caribbean could be destroyed forever, lest we immediately change course.

We can only hope that members of our entertainment industry will be able to see the error of their ways before it is too late.

33 Responses to Shame on our reggae promoters!

  1. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson April 27, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Topless sunbathing is not is not allowed. But it is not illlegal check you law books

  2. Ricardo Morris
    Ricardo Morris April 27, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Soooooooooooo he really ain’t had nothing better to talk about

  3. Skilnic Skyy
    Skilnic Skyy April 27, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    So therefore the NCF should owe we an apology for Foreday morning & Grand Kadooment too…or its allowed for everybody to act like a prostitute on those 2 days i guess.

  4. Cameron Carlisle
    Cameron Carlisle April 27, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Really? I’m no Natalie fan and the show really wasn’t that good but this article is nonsense. Looking forward to better shows. Stupess.

  5. Diane Dias
    Diane Dias April 27, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    The level of hypocrisy in this place….. Hhhmmm.

  6. Jeff Weekes
    Jeff Weekes April 27, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Total rubbish…

  7. Rico Seale
    Rico Seale April 27, 2017 at 11:55 pm


  8. Mike Baje
    Mike Baje April 28, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Barbados Today! Really? you need to close your doors! Any show with a Jamaican make up what do you expect? It’s the culture get with it or stay home!

  9. Ali Graham
    Ali Graham April 28, 2017 at 12:03 am

    See Why Barbados today need to stop condoning goats.

  10. Watchful Warrior April 28, 2017 at 1:39 am

    I guess nothing will ever be wrong with anything in this country… Seems like you cannot say you don’t like anything without people wanting to quarter you… Hey Bajans your sense of morality is running g low… Check your morality level .. In need of a top up

    • hcalndre April 30, 2017 at 12:15 am

      @Watchful Warrior; Why are you so concerned? Barbados is a place of hypocrites and lives in denial, live and let live.

  11. stupse April 28, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Was it gospel fest? Sooooo what

  12. Tony Webster April 28, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Hmmm….just giving the customers what they want? You know that old refrain…”Anything goe$”. Got to grab those dollars while the goin’ is good…
    I long ago banned the youngers who travel in my car, from surreptitiously slipping a “JA Dancehall” CD into my player: I call it ” ***k Music” …and it’s just not allowed.

  13. Aneta April 28, 2017 at 8:17 am

    WE HAVE NO MORAL VALUES IN THIS COUNTRY ANYMORE. I FEEL AS THOUGHT A BLANKET OF EVIL IS COVERING THIS ISLAND. FROM THE POLITICIANS DOWN TO PARENTING. ANYTHING GOES. Wake up. Why do you think we are in the position we’re in. Crime, violence, no good work ethics, tasteless music, a government that failed the masses, lewdness, children cursing parents, a flawed judicial system that let criminals run things. I AM TRULY SICK TO MY STOMACH TO SEE MY COUNTRY HEADING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

  14. Jay April 28, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Barbados today got to stop these backward church people from writing articles. All of their opinions are outdated and irrelevant to reality. Really comparing smoking weed and cracked like it’s the same thing, lol. Read a book and get educated, stop spreading stupidity. These promoter do have something to apologize for but it’s not what you think. There is a serious lack of promotion of local artist in these shows and that’s why Bims music industry can’t get off the ground. Let’s stop looking at pretend issues and deal with real ones.

  15. Debbie Harrison April 28, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Culture??!! Whose culture??! Not mine. Is that the whole justification now of our societal decay?! Where prostitution, side chicks, adultery, lawlessness and no morals are okay, the norm??! My goodness people wake up, we’ve started down the slippery slope full steam ahead!!

  16. Randolph April 28, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I agree with this writer 100%.God have mercy on Barbados.

  17. Annie April 28, 2017 at 10:39 am

    A church body write this article and didn’t think to fully reserved..just grab 2 lawbooks and run…stupendous..again.. being a prostitute is not illegal. Brothels are illegal..solicitation is illegal…loitering on a any road is a highway by law..with the intent to solicit is illegal. But there is no law written by word which states the exchanging sex for money is illegal. Bajans yah hear. The promoters never had a contract with her.. she wasnt in the lne up of how they do what. Stupse. Look it done. Barbados today wanna disappoint me..sound just like this article get copy from the nation newspaper or wanna hire de nation staff.

  18. Annie April 28, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I don’t listen to fools so I never peep the song…but come on..if you walk de road and see spit .. you can’t say oh wow..the earth spitting out…

  19. Sam Alleyne April 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I agree with the writer 100% also. Barbados is losing it’s morality at a break-neck pace. Anything goes is not the way to go.

  20. Ras April 28, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Natalie is an Entertainer and a rising star par excellence, all de dirty Harrys want exposing.

  21. Igrunt Barbie April 28, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    This article is total and absolute hogwash. It is an outright aytempt to ridicule Nathalee. I commend her and that’s the truth. Bajans please talking morals when so much incest and rape and all kinds of skullduggery goes on in an out of the church… Yiu speak moral yet turn your noses up at the less fortunate because theyare not clad the way that is deemed appropriate in your eyesight.. Morals when many desire to turn children into men and women and stilldesire them to act like kids when convenient. Moral my fecal matter. I love her… She is brutally honest… And for me whether rude or crude. Hiding behind biblical oration and the church will not get you to heaven…. For it is what’s in heart…

  22. Igrunt Barbie April 28, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Nathales has turned a negative into a positive… Vulgarity surrounds us always but leave it to this patriarchal society to come down with verbal diarrhea.

  23. Ossie Moore April 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    As of this time of posting, the following posters are whom I consider to be very smart , intelligent , educated folks :

    Watchful Warrior
    Debbie Harrison
    Sam Alleyne
    Tony Webster

    If your name is not listed above than you would be who I consider to be illiterate , stupid , narrow minded with tunnel vision. . ..

  24. Eric Mason April 29, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    how many of you dance to and enjoy songs at shows which promote violence? how many of you skin up and wine to songs that promote fornication and the use of a woman’s body as a piece of meat or sex try? how many of you enjoy and dance to songs at shows that promote the use of ganja, which is illegal? how many pf you dance to and enjoy songs that promote killing fellow human beings who are gay? can go on and on….but a woman sing about selling pussy and all you darm hypocrites now playing moral saints and ready to condemn her. Hypocrites.

  25. Alex Alleyne April 29, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Hope the groundsmen at the MECCA busy working cleaning the field of the condoms left behind form all the action. Don’t want WICB to be slap a law suit for a player sliding on one of them and being injured.

  26. Ossie Moore April 29, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Add Eric Mason’s name to the list of idiots !

  27. Greengiant April 29, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I know Al Gilkes don’t make the same error twice. His business reputation is bigger than this annual reggae festival, and he will not destroy his global reputation built through decades of journalism, advertising and public relations for high end clients for the sake of public vulgarity.

    The mature public, sponsors, and other parties of critical interest are watching.

  28. hcalndre April 30, 2017 at 12:24 am

    @ Barbados Today, I would like to see a (tumbs up or down) so that persons can just hit like or dislike of a comment.

  29. Richard Johnston May 1, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Much worse is the condition in which the show leaves the grounds of Farley Hill.


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