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Akon's Sri Lankan concert postponed amidst protests
Wed, Mar 24, 2010, 09:49 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 24, Colombo: The American R&B singer Akon's scheduled concert in Sri Lanka in April has been postponed due to growing protests in the country over one of his music videos.
The video, 'Sexy Chick' with bikini clad women dancing in front of a Buddha statue sparked protests in the majority Buddhist country from people saying the video desecrated the religion.
Entertainment Weekly has quoted American Talent Agency, the booking company responsible for the concert as saying that due to the recent events that have transpired in Sri Lanka, they had decided to "postpone" Akon's upcoming show.
The Sri Lanka government yesterday (23) decided not to grant a visa for Akon to enter the country.
"Due to the recent events that transpired yesterday in Sri Lanka, we have decided to postpone Akon's upcoming show. We are working diligently with the local promoters to ensure the safety of both our talent and the fans before committing to a new date. Akon is looking forward to performing for the people of Sri Lanka and we hope to have this situation resolved in the coming weeks," a representative from American Talent Agency told Entertainment Weekly.
Akon has said in a statement that he was not aware that a Buddha statue was even on the set of the popular music video which featured him and was disheartened to hear what had transpired in Sri Lanka over the video.
"I was not aware that the statue was even on the set of the video until now. I would never set out to offend or desecrate anyone's religion or religious beliefs. I myself am a spiritual man, so I can understand why they are offended, but violence is never the answer and I am disheartened to hear about what happened in Sri Lanka," Akon has said in his statement referring to the attack on the MBC media office in Colombo by a group of protesters.