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The Akon concert which was to be held in Colombo is likely to be shifted to the Maldives and the organizers of the concert are already having talks to that effect, sources told Daily Mirror online.

With the government rejecting a visa to the US R&B singer on the basis that one of his videos disrespected Buddhism, organizers of the concert are now in the Maldives in an attempt to have the singer perform there.

However sources added that last minute talks are still underway with Sri Lankan authorities to have Akon perform in Colombo after he tenders an apology over his controversial video or go ahead with the concert minus Akon and with the other singers billed to perform including Kelly Rowland, Pit Bull and Jay Sean.

The government had rejected a visa for Akon after a furor was created over the video for the track “Sexy Chick” which showed scantily clad women dancing around a statue of the Lord Buddha.

Akon had later released a statement saying he was disheartened over the future on the video and added that he was not aware of a Buddha statue appearing on the video while organizers clarified that the video was created by DJ David Guetta and not Akon. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • Friday, 26 March 2010 04:46 PM

    It's a shame for Sri Lanka.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 04:50 PM

    This is very sad news. Very sorry world ... for the very small fraction of narrow-minded people.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 09:33 AM

    I find Akon innocent, Akon never knew about the statue, David Guetta made the video. thts not akons song it david guettas.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 05:12 PM

    This show was organized to promote tourism in Sri Lanka, under the patornage of the Tourist Board ...

    Friday, 26 March 2010 05:18 PM

    Maldives ... ? Yes ... It's a FREE country!

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 10:43 AM

    Yes, most of the tourists much prefer to trave Maldives than SriLanka.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 05:56 PM

    Our politicos can teach Akon to sing 'baila'!

    Friday, 26 March 2010 05:57 PM

    Sure enough, we have to protect our culture, heritage and religion, but such extremism is just appalling!

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 11:45 AM

    Well done. Sri Lanka should take a sough stand on their national security and cultural issues because the undivided country is for all different ethnic groups and religions.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 11:52 AM

    Shevon you may be a chatholic and you just don't care.
    In my opinion Akon should not be entertained in the soils of Sri Lanka. He must learn to respect religions.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 11:53 AM

    Well said Atula. We don't want these fellas who has no respect to religions. He can go anywhere in the globe but not to Sri Lanka

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 11:56 AM

    Sri Lanka must b proud that such famous artist intends to visit here..pls don't mix religion with everything thats why our land is still like hell.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 08:05 PM

    Long live 'people with backbones'! Please continue to protect mother Lanka and her culture ...

    Friday, 26 March 2010 08:32 PM

    How about Tenn-Akone?

    Friday, 26 March 2010 08:49 PM

    Yes, he can go to the Maldives as he did not insult Muslims; only Buddhists.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 09:38 PM

    Mother lanka was already sold to india , while you were watching 20 twnty

    Friday, 26 March 2010 09:42 PM

    We have the guts,No one will insult us.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 10:32 PM

    You have to be shame on yourself.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 10:33 PM

    Simple solution. Those who want to see Akon go to Maldives, It is cheaper by a boat.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 10:35 PM

    You are a the one with a narrow-mind.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 10:38 PM

    You are just a immitator of UN-Moon.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 11:02 PM

    Is Akone accompnied by ship loads of tourists

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:04 AM

    What is next, warn about our relationship with Maldives
    But we are friends with China which beat up Tibetan Monks.
    Not in videos but in real life.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:06 AM

    Taliban Buddhist in in Sri Lanka?

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:57 AM

    Hypocrite people like you ruin this country! What a shame!

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 01:06 AM

    Figure out a way to at least retain Sri Lankan Airlines taking all the tourists from countries to Maldives!

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 02:06 PM

    He cant come here becos of a video but a man who was responsible for the slaughter of buddhist monks in myanmar was given a red carpet welcome/

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 01:11 AM

    Nisha - are you stupid or just a fanatic? We are already losing tourism to maldives and you really think this is ok? Man more people like you and this economy will be in shreds

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 02:27 PM

    its about time we Sri Lankans showed the World that we are a religious nation who belive in FORGIVENESS

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 01:50 AM

    I heard some one whispering "We know what your so called Budhist culture is- bombing your own citizens, abducting, raping, starving your own citizens, extra judicial killing and torturing"

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 02:18 AM

    Those who are worried about buddhism, why not protest against people who are threatening our Mahanayakas to have sanga saba.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 03:05 AM

    lolz...it is shame for you to make such statment...anyway why it is shame???

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 03:19 AM

    why do you want to have this type of trash in sri lanka anyway??

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 04:26 PM

    Hope he didnt dance with his girls on a roof of a mosque?

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 03:25 AM

    Only belly-dancers allowed in Maldives - they are Muslim over there.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 03:34 AM

    Will this move badly effect to Akon? Not at all but for Sri Lanaka it is huge. Its already happen even he comes now..very sad

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 03:37 AM

    Yes Maldives have the Freedom. They too have a Muslim Culture. U C how they will organize if they got the chance..

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 03:47 AM

    well put!he has to explain the whole video issue rather than pointing fingers.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 04:17 AM

    Ana U dont know anything about Maldives, Come and C. How they do this everything withing their 100% Muslim country.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 05:32 PM

    oh come on WE NEED AKON in SRI LANKA

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 04:18 AM

    Maldives is very good Exemplary to our narrow minded small fraction..

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 05:49 PM

    MALDIVES IS MORE CIVILIZED AND ADVANCED THAN OUR COUNTRY, BECAUSE THERE IS NO FANATIC RELIGIOUS BARRIERS.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 04:37 AM

    a big opportunity cost.......

    v are gonna lose big on tourism!!!!

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 05:50 PM

    U Can Perform in maldives and dont let srilankans in to the concert!

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 04:51 AM

    is off to the maldives to watch akon. suckers.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 05:05 AM

    WHEN BUDDHIST MONKS KILLED MANY TAMILS IN 1983, WHERE WERE YOU PEOPLE-THAT TIME NO BUDDHSIAM -LORD BUDDHA TAUGHT TO LOVE EACH OTHER

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 05:16 AM

    As if the world gives a bent nickel for Sri Lanka and its culture. A culture of human rights violations and massacres!

    Sunday, 28 March 2010 02:07 AM

    It is sad see the Thaleban Bhudhists in actions and ....and ignorant followers just making idiotic comments

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 06:10 AM

    i'm a big fan of Akon, i love his music,he can come to SL but he should appologize for what he did

    Sunday, 28 March 2010 03:46 AM

    Maldives ??? Is this guy so hard-up for cash ???

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 06:28 AM

    I hear you DMB, World is going crazy.

    Sunday, 28 March 2010 05:02 AM

    The political unrest prevailing in the Maldives may not condusive to organise such an event. It is so pathetic.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 06:29 AM

    religion n government must separate....

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 06:42 AM

    ohhhh...... Maldives? Happy to see this news.

    Hope to see you in Maldives.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 07:04 AM

    Though we have narrow mind (as you say ) we have good culture than who has so called broad minds !!!

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 07:09 AM

    culture? do u have that?

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 07:13 AM

    emty vessals make the most sound

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 07:14 AM

    good on u wije

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 07:55 AM

    Anura : buddhists insult Buddhists in Sri Lanka, there is no need for anything else to happen !!!

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 08:37 AM

    Yes protect our culture of impunity for politicos, drug dealers and sycophants and of course apply law selectively to those who oppose the rulers. And protect our culture of a corrupt Police.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 04:16 PM

    It does not matter. He can go anywhere, but not to Sri Lanka!

    Friday, 26 March 2010 04:18 PM

    Yes, you should go to another country; we don't need you here!

    Sunday, 28 March 2010 09:24 AM

    Is Maldives not having any iconoclasts?


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