Statement re concerns arising from 2013 staging of Sting
Today this statement was released by Supreme Promotions and Downsound Records as a reaction to comments on some performances at the event.
“We of Supreme Promotions and Downsound Records, would like to address some concerns arising from the 2013 staging of Sting for which we are the promoters. We wish to immediately declare that certain utterances made onstage during the event are inconsistent with our efforts to provide energetic and authentic Jamaican entertainment. Sharp lyrical exchanges and colorful performances are staples of our annual offering, however in accordance with our efforts to internationalize the event we strive to ensure that the performances conform to accepted standards of decency and decorum. This is of course whilst maintaining the understanding that Sting is an adult entertainment event. We should therefore point out that with a total of eleven and a half hours of performance there were approximately fifteen minutes, which could be deemed problematic. With this in mind, we welcome the criticisms being made in the social media and elsewhere as we believe that our artistes will take note of the observations which will assist us in effecting the kinds of control that we have been working assiduously to maintain and introduce. We wish to commend the majority of artistes who appeared on the show and performed in accordance with the standards which are reflective of our objectives.
We have taken steps to force corrective actions from some artistes and are committed to further steps when and where necessary. We thank the public and our sponsors for their continuous support without which we would not have been able to boast three decades of existence. We remain committed to advancing Reggae Dancehall music and the industry. We will continue to strive to improve our product and are confident that with your support we will achieve our aim.”