Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Akon banned from Sri Lanka

Akon has been banned from playing in Sri Lanka after complaints from the country's Buddhist community about one of his videos.
Great deals on musical instruments

Akon has been banned from playing in Sri Lanka.

The R'n'B singer has been denied a visa to perform in the country on April 24 after protests erupted over a music video deemed offensive to the country's Buddhist population.

Thousands of people protested in the country's capital, Columbo, on Monday (22.03.10), saying the singer desecrated the image of Buddha in his video for 'Sexy Chick' - which shows a group of bikini clad women dancing by a pool with a statue of Buddha clearly visible in the background.

The protesters hurled stones at the offices of the Maharaja Organisation - who were sponsoring the concert, also to be held in Colombo - injuring four workers. Several protesters were later arrested by police.

Confirming that Akon's visa has been denied, Director General of Information, Anusha Pelpita, said: "The government has taken into consideration the sensibilities of the Buddhists who have been offended by one of his videos which showed scantily clad women dancing in front of a Buddha statue."

Akon - who is a polygamist Muslim, and has three wives - also got into trouble when he outraged an audience in Trinidad last year when he apparently simulated a sexual act when dancing with a 14-year-old girl onstage. Akon later issued an apology for his actions, saying he didn't realise she was under 18.

Posted on 24 Mar 2010 07:00 to category : Band / Celebrity News

Related Music News

thumbnail

The prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction will be honouring several artists this year, including prog legends Yes. Rick Wakeman has stated that he will not be attending.

3 Jan 2017 16:45
thumbnail

Laying the foundations for generations of artists to follow, the legendary musician Leonard Cohen has passed away from unspecified causes.

11 Nov 2016 10:48
thumbnail

Stating it as more of a necessity for the band, M. Shadows highlights the importance of not stagnating and keeping things exciting

31 Oct 2016 16:10
thumbnail

Cancelling his remaining shows in December due to ill health, fears arise over the guitar legends health

26 Oct 2016 13:08
thumbnail

Verified by the guitarist himself, Slash's B.C Rich played a pivotal role in Guns N' Roses rise to fame

10 Oct 2016 16:17
thumbnail

Featuring a number of tracks by their favourite artists, the Stone's latest effort is set for release December 2nd

6 Oct 2016 15:31

Recent Music News

thumbnail

The Sonzera series consists of a 50W combo, 50W Head and 20W combo.Used by Black Stone Cherry and Snarky Puppy, expect professional grade tone right off the bat

13 Jan 2017 13:25
thumbnail

Unconventional being what Ibanez do best, the SRAS7 brings the best of both worlds to the modern musician with its combination fretless and fretted fretboards,

12 Jan 2017 10:52
thumbnail

With a variety of new additions to their 2017 line-up, Korg spill the beans on their new revamps, updates and products that are to be appearing at NAMM

12 Jan 2017 08:34
thumbnail

With a stellar 2017 line up at hand Vox have yet again proved to be the masters of innovation, providing a solid mix of classics and contemporary twists

12 Jan 2017 08:34
thumbnail

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach Spills the Beans On His Less Than Complimentary Thoughts Towards Today's Rock Musicians and Their Work Ethic In the Studio

11 Jan 2017 11:33
thumbnail

Prime Series feature a Media Player, Turntable, Mixer and analysis software. Fulfilling every possible need of the modern DJ, Denon DJ hit the nail on the head.

10 Jan 2017 16:44