Isiah Laing Talks Mavado, Kartel Absence “These Guys Leading Jamaica Astray”

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The promoter of Sting, Isiah Laing, has some not so kind words for two of dancehall’s top act Mavado and Vybz Kartel.

Speaking with Nationwide radio recently, the veteran promoter confirmed that both Vado and Kartel will not be performing at the 2010 staging of the popular one night reggae show.

Despite widespread debate that Sting will be flop without the Gully and Gaza presence, Laing thinks otherwise. Laing said “he is taking a stand for Jamaica’s music.”

“These two guys are leading Jamaica astray,” the Sting promoter added.

Isiah Laing went in hard on Vybz Kartel for his hit single “Hott Grabba” which he said is a striking example of them leading Jamaica astray, stating that children in high school were singing that song which is specifically about ganja (marijuana).

In addition, Laing said the appearance fee being demanded by both artist was ridiculous and out of the shows budget. He said Vybz Kartel wanted over J$4 million and that Mavado wanted over J$3 million.

Laing reaffirms his previous stands that the current lineup for Sting 2010 will make the show successful. He specifically makes contrast between Vybz Kartel vs. Mavado and Bounty Killer vs. Beenie Man.

Laing said both Vado and Kartel is nothing compared to the likes of Bounty and Beenie who drew one of the biggest Sting crowd in 1993 with their famous clash.

Despite Laing remarks, Vybz Kartel still hold firm on his belief that Sting will be flop this year.

Do you think Sting will come short for 2010?

Peep Bounty Killer and Beenie Man Sting clash 1993 below

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