Alkaline is the latest dancehall star to be barred from performing in another Caribbean island due to lewd lyrics.
Authorities in St. Kitts-Nevis reported denied a work permit to the young dancehall act to perform at a show last weekend.
According to reports, the Office of the Premier for the island instructed the police high command to revoke the permit for a concert Alkaline, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, was scheduled to headline.
Premier Vance Amory cited Alkaline’s lewd lyrics as the reason for revoking the permit. But fans of the deejay came out protesting in numbers demanding that the Premier reinstate the permit.
“There was this thing going around saying that Alkaline coming to St Kitts to promote negativity due to the whole lewdness and there is this thing going around that I am a devil and a demon,” Alkaline said.
“That got a lot of persons scared, the Nevis government in particular so the premier was not confortable with me performing and that caused a negative feedback from the citizens. They wanted to see me so they started to protest. The show had to be kept in St Kitts and it went well. The venue was filled to capacity so big up the St. Kitts people them.”
Dancehall deejay Tommy Lee Sparta is currently locked in a legal battle with the Dominican government after being denied entry into the island in February and was detained for hours in a jail cell.
That incident also sparked protest from dancehall fans in that country.