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AS PER DI OBSERVER

Stage show turmoil – ‘Bounty Killer’, ‘Vybz Kartel’ run for cover
Dozens injured in stone, bottle-throwing incident
BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter [email protected]
Monday, February 28, 2011

THE throwing of bottles and stones as well as the sound of gunshots yesterday morning forced Jamaican dancehall deejays ‘Bounty Killer’ and ‘Vybz Kartel’ to run for cover, while patrons attending the ‘Magnum Follow Di Arrow’ stage show sought refuge under the stage, behind speaker boxes and other places they thought safe as the popular event ended in chaos.
A pregnant woman was among dozens of screaming patrons injured during the incident but it was not clear what their conditions were up to press time last night.
Frightened patrons cover for safety during yesterday’s stone and bottle-throwing incident during the Magnum Follow Di Arrow stage show at James Bond Beach in St Mary. (Photo: Marlon Reid)
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Bounty, who had exited the stage for just a few seconds when the missiles first started taking aim at the stage, made a brave return, shouting “Mi na run after mi na play dandy shandy” (a game played by children). However, just after the ‘announcement’ the deejay and members of his Alliance team were seen running for cover.
DJ Sunshine who was seen cowering on the stage was ‘saved’ when someone used a chair to protect her head, while MC Ragashanti (Dr Kingsley Stewart), who minutes before was urging the crowd to “stay calm” had to beat a hasty retreat as bottles pelted the stage.
It was not clear if the police were the ones firing during the melee.
The show, held at the James Bond Beach in St Mary, was going well until a brief appearance by the controversial Bounty Killer (Rodney Price) at minutes to 5:00 am after MC Ragashanti announced that the Anger Management Band would be making its way centre stage in preparation for “the final chapter of the morning’s show”. Some patrons were expecting a clash between Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel, while others just wanted the chance to see the two deejays in action. At the entrance of the VIP gate a verbal clash suddenly turned physical between members of Bounty Killer’s Alliance and members of the security forces after team members allegedly tried to force their way backstage. Bounty and a few members of his team were eventually allowed access to the stage, but not before the artiste was shoved with a baton by a security personnel. Another member of the Alliance team was also physically abused by a security personnel.
Despite the fuss, MC Ragashanti encouraged the dancehall artiste to take the stage when about two minutes into his performance he began criticising a newspaper report that spoke of a possible clash between himself and his rival Vybz Kartel, then the missiles started flying.
Deejay Vybz Kartel (Adidja Palmer), who appeared on the stage when the throwing stopped for a few minutes himself had to take cover as the throwing of bottles again started. “Weh mi Gaza fan dem deh!” shouted Kartel as he took the microphone, much to the surprise of many as most people had believed that the show had ended. Approximately 15 seconds later Kartel, too, had to run for safety.
The bottle throwing got worse, and during a stampede, tears rolled down the faces of a few women huddled together and blood and open wounds could be seen on the bodies of some.
Last night, the show’s sponsor — Magnum — condemned what it said was the action of a few who “caused the inconvenience of many. The 2011 staging of Magnum Follow Di Arrow started with ‘positive vibes’, leading to several excellent performances, supported by equally good production. However, the ‘positive vibes’ were shattered when an unfortunate incident led to the end of what could have been the best Magnum Follow Di Arrow to date.”
Magnum said that following discussions with both the promoters and the security forces they could not confirm any reports of injuries requiring medical attention.
Magnum, however, said “positive dancehall” must be supported and we vowed to continue supporting “the best that dancehall has to offer”.

28 Responses to AS PER DI OBSERVER

  • Pritigirl says:

    Ppl nuh inna d foolishness again like b4, if d artist dem cum fi perform perform n nuh cum wi d bag a tlking n nonsense

  • The video is there for everyone to see, I Think killa was doing well, di man have him mout fi talk, the vidoe show that before killa made a entrance. On the stage someone in the background was say (suck your mother killa) look how much artiste go on stage go chat, dem shoulda tear off kartel face with the bokkle, any senseable person,would know that they set that sit up cause the patrons were enjoying. Themselves….. those people who started the bokkle flinging should be in jail

  • sp says:

    Mi just feel bad fi di ppl dem weh put on their clothes and come spend dem money fi enjoy di show..and some under privilige jancrow mash up di ppl dem things..mi vex star its like di man dem nuh have nuh respect pregnant woman get hurt female got blood a gush from dem face..this is just sad day for dancehall!

  • sp says:

    Everytime mi look pon di picture with di ppl dem a run fi cover mi heart bleed..this nonsense have to stop…its 2011 a full time we do better as ppl!

  • D.O.D (DEAT OF DANCEHALL) LOOK LIKE A DISS DEM WANT!!!

  • DEATH*

  • SWEET says:

    THIS IS WHY SOME PEOPLE REFUSE TO ATTEND THESE KIND OF EVENTS… PEOPLE WERE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SHOW AND FOR THIS TO HAPPEN IS ATROCIOUS… SINCE WHEN BOTTLES ARE ALLOWED AT THESE EVENTS… WHEN MI ATTEND SUMFEST MI HAFFI A DRINK OUTTA PLASTIC CUP… SORRY FOR THE PEOPLE WHO GOT HURT…

  • sp says:

    @ sweets but look how di show di gwan good? It nuh have nothing fi do wit paper cup bottle or plastic..if bottle wasn’t there to throw they would have found something else fi throw old dutty bloodclatt dem before dem go stone di politician weh a lead a stray and fuck off di little boy dem..dem gu mash up di ppl dem good good show mi vex bad bout it!

  • Terryann says:

    Omg!! ChOoo

  • Cindy Royal says:

    Mawnin everybody!

    lol I guess Bounty was playing dandy shandy afterall. But wat a way di ppl dem did well cross, hangry an miserable eee.

  • WOW!

  • simplicity says:

    nuff people fine it funny nd I dnt dem cuda bakkle nd stone smaddy to death yuh tink ed injury a sup’m gud..smfh!!! all ragashanti run fe cova tsk

  • Met … yesterday when yu say it looked SET UP … I was saying “NO” .. & How anyone can set up something like that … But seeing these Videos and to the reports … IT LOOK SUSPICIOUS BAD BAD …

  • Cindy Royal says:

    Mi jus nuh undastan y di ppl dem was sooo angry. Alright, Bounty start it buy calling up ppl name, but dats nutten new, Bounty always a chat shit, dat’s y dem nuh want him back a Turks & Caicos. Suh y were these ppl so pissed dat dem stone Sunshine, the beloved Raga, an Kartel wen him guh pan stage. Maybe dem did have dem ppl dem a wait too long, dat certainly get me pissed.

  • TickyLikeNike says:

    MORNING! WHEN WILL THIS END!

  • MIAMI says:

    MI NAW LAAF THIS A SOME PROPA PROPA DISGRACE THE ISLAND UNDER SO MUCH SCRUTINY ALREADY AND THE PEOPLE NUH CARE

  • simplicity says:

    cindy mi try luk pon it frm all angle nd ntn cum up dese ppl need fe humble nd cut the out de fuckery a betta dem did boo him if a suh but stone nd backle ..smfh!

  • Cindy Royal says:

    *by

  • Socialite says:

    2 questions

    1. why are bottles sold at this events they should have been giving drinks in a plastic cup.

    2. wtf was a pregnant women doing there stage shows can get ugly and ppl get trampled weh di frig she a duh deh?

    di 2 artist right fi tek cova why get a bus up face ova pride… obviously since there were bottles hurled at both artist one would reason the crowd was mixed with gaza an gully fans..Im not surprised it get ugly

  • simplicity says:

    mi waan knw how long dem aguh hab up dis gaza,gully,alliance bs going a mean if they were doing it in a fun way but de ppl dem start deal wid it like a politics tuh claat ..

  • Charm says:

    I would be pissed, cause when mi guh show mi guh fi see Bounty, yes sometimes him talk too much, him nuh see wey happen to Buju. See from the get go the security a mess wid Bounty, thats how Beenie use to do, go on stage and say something slick about Killa cause him know say that a guh draw the killa out and him a guh cuss out the show, lol. Bounty you too cross angry and miserable, you a mi artist still. THIS SURE LOOK LIKE A SET UP THEING< BUT IT BACKFIRE, Kartel run like 10 battyman

  • MadOne says:

    So is one heep a bakkle throwing did a gwan…an no body neva see where it a come fram? No body get arrested? Mi nuh undastand…dat sad doe, mi pay mi money fi enjoy miself an mi affi a duck an dodge glass & gunshots? Wow.

  • the laast picture bottom right mi love how di man protect him woman nuh true?

  • Charm says:

    who a guh creat the dance name Dandy shandy, site the bottle, lol

  • ok a na me alone see that… THATS A MAN… yes..

  • @eyn 1:15 him cover har head up and lef fi him own unprotected!!! Yeah thts a man

  • The one bridges a talk the tings dem pon har facebook deh doh, she a tell everybody a wha really gwan, miss first lady well nuff inna the ting dwl….too damn nuff

  • dog says:

    any event me go as me pay n go inna de place me put my ticket in my wallet ,if any bottle touch mi or my lady friend ,Lawyer office,promoter a get sue str888888,dem charge a man inna america weyday fOR 459 CASE OF ATTEMTED MURDER,HIM FIRE A SHOT IN A CROWD OF 459 PEOPLE AT ONE MAN ,SO DEM CHARGE HIM FE ENDANGER 459 PEOPLE,HIM FUCKT,SO TROW ONE BOTTLE AND YU CAN BE CHARGED FOR ASAULT ON EVERYONE IN THE SHOW

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