Kingstown, St. Vincent March 2012— Radio station Hot 97.1 FM has distanced itself from the episode involving top Jamaican artiste, Jah Cure and a promoter who goes by the name of “Mr. Matrix.
The artiste failed to perform, claiming that he was not paid in keeping with his contractual arrangements.
In a release on Sunday, the station said, “as is our procedure with major events we undertake a number [of] checks to verify that the headline artists have been booked prior to commencing radio promotion. This was done and it was verified that Jah Cure and his band were booked by Matrix Entertainment and would be in St. Vincent for the 10th March event”.
“While there was an unexplained delay in the setup of Victoria Park, by 2 p.m. on the day of the show everything had been resolved and seemed to be on schedule for the event later that evening.
“Like everybody else at the event we at Hot97 were surprised by the non-appearance of Jah Cure and his band in Victoria Park which was later explained by police sources as being due to the failure of Matrix Entertainment to meet his financial obligations to “Jah Cure.”
Vincentians are now wondering how they will be compensated as they have paid to see two artistes that never performed.
Mr. Matrix had also promised that a lucky ticket holder would have won EC$5000 and a trip for two to Trinidad.
Also, a number of the local acts have said that they too have not been paid by the promoter.
Meanwhile, persons looking to get back the entrance fee that they paid to see reggae superstar Siccature ‘Jah Cure’ Alcock live in a concert may be fighting a losing battle.
On Saturday, March 10th, thousands of persons turned up at the Victoria Park with the intention of seeing Jah Cure perform but a financial shortfall by the Trinidadian promoter Osron ‘Mr. Matrix’ Dennis of Matrix Music Group caused a no show by the artiste.
On Wednesday March 21st, Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Assistant Superintendent Elton Jackson said that so far no one has made a criminal report against the promoter while the matter may also be considered more of a civil issue than of a criminal nature.
ASP Jackson also commented that in the future, legislation should be put in place in relation to matters of this nature.
He also said that Mr. Matrix (whose moniker is now being used by Vincentians as a pun to describe fraud) is not wanted by the police.
In relation to the refund of ticket money (some people paid as much as EC$50), the veteran police officer said that the promoter may argue that he has no idea of knowing who purchased tickets, making a refund almost impossible.
On March 10th, Mr. Matrix’s failure to honour his obligations sent persons in Victoria Park into a frenzy as persons began pelting bottles while reports also state that loud explosions at the venue were gunshots from angry patrons.
Mr. Matrix has since said that his intention was not to engage in fraud of anyone.