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Artist’s cancelled tour causes online disputeBy CURTIS CAMPBELL—Reggae artist Luciano is currently caught in a tug of war situation between his Jamaican and African fans after pulling the plug on his African tour because of the Ebola outbreak. The artist, who received backlash from many Jamaicans on social media, after he announced that he was going to perform in Malawi, is now under attack from African fans who claim that the self-proclaimed ‘messenger’ betrayed Africa.

Luciano intended to perform in Malawi on October 19, however, following an article published in the Malawi Nyasa Times newspaper which alleged that the country had two suspected Ebola cases and a stern warning from the Jamaican Ministry of Health, Jamaican fans urged the singer to reconsider travelling to the continent. His booking agent, Sonia Sterling, later made an announcement that the singer was not going to leave the island for Africa.


Luciano in action!

Luciano in action!

expressing betrayal

As news spread on social media about the cancellation of Luciano’s performances in Africa, several seemingly upset Africans took to THE STAR‘s Facebook page, expressing feelings of betrayal.

“So discouraging; you talk about repatriation then live it. What if it was in the USA, am sure you would neva have cancelled. As an African from Kenya, I feel so betrayed by the fact that a big man like Luciano turned down his fans and chose to let babywrong control him mind. You let Africa down during this critical time that the western countries are spreading rumors that Ebola virus is in the whole African continent while dem know that pure lie,” James Mofaya said.

rampant violence


Another African, Tolbert Mundu, took jabs at Luciano’s moniker, ‘The Messenger’, saying that a real messenger would still travel to the continent to spread his message through music. He also said bashed Jamaica in his rant.

“Jamaica is faced with rampant violence, immorality, spiritual distortion … yet Africa looks up to it for guidance. Just like the elephants that Burning Spear saw. Africa and Jamaica should depend on each other. This is the message that a true messanger should send. Really disappointed by Luciano,” he said.

Some of the upset Africans also threw jabs at Jamaica’s economy.

“Such an ignorant bunch of people … smh. Ebola is basically in Liberia and just one or two other west African nations, not the whole continent as you’re misguided to believe … anyway what good can a Jamaican bring to the fastest growing economy in the world? Africa. You don’t hear us saying we can’t go to Jamaica because the economy is in shambles, no water in the drainage pipes and the insecurity is high … every place has its problems … Ebola is a containable issue just like any other problem can arise,” said Peter Mwanje.

One particular African was so upset that he even rejected prayers from Jamaicans, stating that the island’s poor economy needed prayer more than Africa.

“Pray for yourselves in Jamaica; Africa we are safer than ever, pray for your downing economy pray for your people pray for the island,” Abdi Di’genius said.


Some Jamaica’s however came to Luciano’s defence, stating that the singer made the right decision for his own safety.

“I understand that there are some Africans on here, I still haven’t heard any sense of remorse from any of them for the West Africans. Instead y’all bashing Luciano, the choice was his. He has been going to Africa for many years now he’s very smart too, so it must be something he understands that you people failed to #Wecantcontrolebola,” Shan Bryan posted.

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