Following the cancellation of a concert featuring Dancehall Artist Dexta Daps, Bahamians took to social media to express their disapproval.
Latrae Rahming, director of communications in the Office of Prime Minister announced late Tuesday that the government denied approval for the Dexter Daps concert which was scheduled for the weekend in New Providence and Grand Bahama, citing COVID-19 risk.
Many anticipated the event would be given approval. Even Promoter Clayvon Duncombe of Phluid Factory was confident the event would be held despite its wait for approval by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
“Please people continue to buy your tickets. Don’t be afraid,” he insisted.
“Phluid Factory is here. If you don’t know, now you know.
“Dexta Daps concert [is]this weekend. Big shout out, like I said, to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
“Big shout out to the PLP government. We know this [is] a new day. All of our protocols are in place. The [COVID-19] numbers are low.
“This is a good day and this is the best time to have an event right.
“This is a weekend where persons will be socializing anyway because of the other events.”
When Rahming made the announcement, it set off an angry wave across Twitter.
James Julmis called it a “stupid decision.”
“If hotels can have concerts, why not the small local promoters.”
Ashanti said, “Bravery and friends have done it again.”
Davonya was in disbelief, “I hate it here. Concert can’t happen even though ya gotta take COVID test to get in.”