2014 STAGING OF MAGNUM STING ENDS ABRUPTLY—12/27/14
This year’s staging of the Magnum Sting event ended abruptly due to several incidents in which artistes fought, and patrons ran for cover from the bottles the parties threw at each other during the melee. The first altercation began when Major Mackerel started his set, which was scheduled to be a clash with another artiste. Another fight began between the entourages of two deejays backstage.
JIHADISTS THREATEN SEAN PAUL—12/28/14
Dancehall entertainer Sean Paul has received death threats by extremist jihadists in The Maldives. .Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, A.J. Nicholson, stated that until the musician and or his managers present his ministry with a written complaint, the government can do very little to help him. Nicholson said the government cannot act on news reports, which said the death threats were given to stop Sean Paul from performing on New Year’s Eve in The Maldives.
PROMOTERS OF STING APOLOGIZE FOR VIOLENCE—01/01/15
The promoter of the Magnum Sting 2014 event, Supreme Promotions, apologized for the incidents that occurred at the end of the show, expressing their extreme regret for the violence. According to the promoters, the show went well for more than ten hours in a safe environment, but acknowledged the backstage incident and the incident that occurred in the general admission area. The promoters said they are investigating the incidents together with police and will provide further information about the investigation in the future.
2014 CALABASH FESTIVAL FEATURED SALMAN RUSHDIE—01/02/15
In 2014, Jamaica’s literary scene was honored during the biennial Calabash festival in St. Elizabeth, with the participation of the world-famous author Salman Rushdie as its main attraction. Rushdie, who lives in the United Kingdom, noted that Calabash has become the “festival of choice” for some of the most talented authors in the world. According to Justine Henzell, producer of Calabash, Rushdie had a great time at the festival, walking through the crowd and eating in the food court.