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* Sri Lanka government to deny visa to singer Akon due to protests from monks
Tue, Mar 23, 2010, 11:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to deny visa to the popular R&B singer Akon who was scheduled to perform in the country next month due to the protests mounted by the Buddhist monks against the artist's latest video.

The protesters are angry over Akon's video "Sexy Chick," which features scantily clad women dancing at a pool party with a Buddha statue visible in the background.

Akon's concert was organized by the Platinum Entertainment in cooperation with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau as a major tourism drive to bring fans from across the Asian region.

According to a report on Daily Mirror Online, the Tourism Minister Achala Jagoda had met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa this evening to discuss the issue.

Jathika Bhikku Sansadaya, A Buddhist monk organization affiliated with the Sinhala nationalist party Jathika Hela Urumaya today said they vehemently oppose holding the pop concert featuring Akon, as the performer has insulted Buddhism in the video.

A mob of protesters stoned the MTV/MBC head office at Braybrooke Place in Colombo yesterday evening for sponsoring the Akon ceoncert.

The popular singer is known as one of the most successful and versatile R&B singers of the 21st century.

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