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By Jamila Najmuddin


The organizers of the Akon concert said they have sought government approval to go ahead with the concert next month minus the R&B singer as several other artistes were also due to perform at the ‘Super Fest 2010’ in which Akon was to be the star attraction.

“We are currently discussing with the government in whether we should go ahead with the Super Fest 2010. Akon was the main artiste but there are a few other international artistes who are coming into the country to perform as well. We need government approval to go ahead with the concert,” Lasantha Samarasingha, Director of Platinum Entertainment told Daily Mirror online.

When questioned if the public will be refunded for the tickets purchased for the concert, Samarasingha said that if the government did not grant approval for the concert to go ahead minus Akon then they would begin to refund immediately.

“It all depends on the government decision now. If Super Fest 2010 is cancelled then we will refund. But if the government grants approval for the concert, then the event will take place as scheduled with all the other international artistes,” Samarsingha said.

The government last night decided to reject a visa for Akon to perform in Sri Lanka over allegations leveled against him regarding a controversial video which showed scantily clad women dancing around a Buddha statue. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Wednesday, 24 March 2010 12:55 PM

    At least that is something. But wait and see, the extremists will find some reason to cancel the show.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 12:56 PM

    I have seen many scantily dressed women in our Temples and around statues of Lord Buddha. They are not dancing but it is OK?

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 07:44 AM

    can anybody explain me why on earth we need these Akons or (Aliens) in Sri Lanka. Is it a really essencial requirement of the people at this very moment.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 07:46 AM

    This is like "Fish Bun" without fish in it.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 07:49 AM

    What was a buddist statue doing in in front of swimming pool?

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 01:08 PM

    Who is this Akon...? Who can understand or enjoy his Songs !.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 07:53 AM

    yeah, well, before that we need to assertion if any of your artists have insulted Buddha, Jesus or Allah.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 07:55 AM

    Wedding without bride

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 01:30 PM

    We don't need the songs of Akon...These days we enjoy Our Politicos fantastic Bailas !.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 08:06 AM

    Good work/....

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 08:17 AM

    so who are the other artistes? Lankan suddas playing in nightclubs abroad or say, Dennise Chambers, Chick Correa calibre musicians or Lady Ga Ga, Britney Spears kind of mimers??

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 08:20 AM

    a decision by the organisers to not refund the tickets if akon doesn't come would likely lead to legal action by persons who have already purchased tickets intending to see that artist.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 08:27 AM

    What if this concert was organized by Tharunyata hetak?? It would've been a different saga then!!

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 08:34 AM

    What about JVP using Buddhas image in politics?

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 02:19 PM

    ...waste of time

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 08:55 AM

    ela ela

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 09:10 AM

    Even if they go on with the concert, I am no longer sure if I want to go... If Akon had come I would go, but now I'm not sure.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 10:12 AM

    Pathetic...
    Are we walkin on a path towards communism??

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 05:05 PM

    Why not get 'Vermin' to sing instead?

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 10:29 AM

    I really cant understand why we have to get down artists like akon etc when we have 225 pot bellied artists at diyawanna who will do anthing to get some votes.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 05:11 PM

    Another blunder by the Tourist Board ... Somebody trying to 'frame' MTV?

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 05:54 PM

    Time to forgive him and show the world what Buddhism is all about ...

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010 10:36 PM

    I'm sorry, but this is really something quite stupid ...


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