Vegas warned about lyrics


edit_vegas_grenada.jpgThe New National Party (NNP) government in Grenada said it was forced to caution Jamaican dance hall artiste Vegas about using offensive lyrics during his recent live performance at one of its rallies, this according to a report on

Youth Minister Senator Emmalin Pierre made her disclosure in response to public concerns as the party faced a likely fall-out over another pre-election concert.

Local media have reported that Vegas' performance featured songs promoting drug use and branding women as prostitutes in the presence of ruling party officials.

Miss Pierre said the artiste was advised that he should immediately refrain from offensive lyrics and he complied.

Callers to talk shows had complained against the choice of some of the lyrics used by Vegas, some of which were played back on several local TV stations.

A month ago, there was public outcry following a concert with another Jamaican artiste Beenie Man.

This forced NNP officials to apologize for aspects of the event.

General elections are constitutionally due in Grenada by April 2009 but speculation has been mounting that polling day could be next month.