Grenada’s Cultural Ambassador, Hollis Mapp who goes by the stage name, “Mr. Killa” is crying foul over the refusal of some of the people associated with the “Lend A Hand For Dominica Concert,” to allow him to perform.
The concert was held at the Grenada National Stadium last Saturday and featured a band from Dominica whose members lost several family members in the recent tragedy.
Killa who claimed to be the brainchild behind the show denied reports circulating in the country on Monday that he was not given the opportunity to perform because of his late arrival at the venue.
The three-times Soca Monarch winner told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that his six-member band, “Rebel One” got to the venue at 10:30 p.m. while he arrived less than two hours later to do his performance.
He said while awaiting a call from his manager to give him the indication that the time was due for him to perform, he saw Producer of the show, Troy Garvey leaving the stadium.
The Entertainer alleged that Events Co-ordinator Sylvan Chan informed him that Garvey ordered him to shut down the show.
“The show came alive because of me. It was my idea, I called the Minister (of Culture) and I put the show together,” he said.
Killa charged that he pushed back opportunities to be in Grenada for the show as he saw it as a great moment to help raise funds for the people of Dominica who suffered two months ago due to the onslaught of Tropical Storm Erika.
He spoke of having friends in Dominica with children who still remain homeless, and felt that sending material items were not sufficient.
“That was my contribution, I came here to contribute (but) what was very embarrassing is that Dominica was locked on to the show because it was broadcasting live,” he said.
Killa spoke of leaving New York for Grenada just to take part in the show.
He said the cost of getting prepared with his band is not relevant, but the disrespect that was meted out to him is what has aggravated him.
The Cultural Ambassador believes that there are certain people who claim to be “lovers of the art form” undermining Grenada’s cultural growth which he said is not being seen by the local authorities.
“I just want to make the public be aware of these people that are killing our culture and undermining our cultural foundation, our carnival,” he told this newspaper.
He said he currently has a squad of 63 people from North America who religiously come to Grenada for Carnival due to his efforts as a Cultural Ambassador.
“We, as the Artistes, are the ones marketing the carnival. Grenada music now has a serious reputation, our mas and our culture have a serious reputation simply because of our music. From since the time of “Rolly Polly,” Grenada Music has been the number one soca from 2013,” he remarked.
Mr. Killa first entered the National Soca Monarch Competition in 2002 with the song, “The Wood Can’t Done,” and placed seventh. Two years later he won the title with his lyrical composition, “Thunder Rags.”
Garvey declined to make any specific comment on the allegations made by Mr. Killa but a source close to the organisers said that the top soca artiste was invited to close the show but did not present himself at the time stipulated for him to perform.
He said that most of the performing artistes including Trinidad’s David Rudder adhered to the conditions set to be on stage at the national stadium.
A document seen by this newspaper indicated that Mr. Killa was slotted into the final segment of the show to perform after the likes of Ajamu, David Rudder, Blaxx and Tallpree.
The show was closed after Tallpree’s performance which was scheduled to last 10 minutes – the same time given to Mr. Killa.