Hailed as ‘undisputed’ and prepared to defend his title at STING 2013, popular Dancehall artiste Kiprich sends a clear message to fans and promoters of the event, “me nah clash nuh woman!” According to the Kiprich word in the street is that the new format to clash at STING 2013 (STING 30) allows for female artistes to participate in the challenge against him and he’s totally against it, “if it is, dat anybody can come up pon stage fi challenge me den dat mean sey a female artiste can step up to the challenge” Kiprich said. Admitting no such information was communicated to him by the promoters of the event, he still wants the public to know of his stance before taking the stage. Kiprich said the direction in which a clash can go especially with a US$30000 cash prize makes it inappropriate for any male artiste to clash a female artiste, “it can get real ugly and Dancehall nuh need dat.”
No to women abuse
STING 2013 in its 30th year of staging has always had a lyrical clash between artiste as it’s main attraction but the organisers have always separated genders. A male and a female artiste vying for Dancehall supremacy via a clash is rough and will not only tarnish images but has a negative ripple effect and for this Kiprich stressed, “we love di woman dem and prefer fi watch dem a do dem ting but we not here to compete wid dem or prove pon dem. I am against any abuse of women, physical, emotional or in this case, verbal.” Kiprich does not believe a clash should destroy an artiste career but instead highlight the courage and versatility of the contenders as was demonstrated at STING 1993 clash between Bounty Killer and Beenie Man where both lyrically confronted each other tune for tune in what could easily be deemed as the best STING clash ever.
While not disclosing how he would handle the situation should it arise come Boxing Day, December 26 at Jamworld Sport complex in Portmore, St. Catherine when he takes the stage, one is left with the impression that Kiprich is about to walk away from any such challenge, should he?
By: Sophia McKay