TRINIDADIAN HOTEL LIFTS DANCEHALL BAN

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The management of the Clifton Hill Beach Hotel in Trinidad has apologized sincerely and has immediately removed a sign that was erected at the resort, which strictly prohibits dancehall music on the property.

The sign, which says “NO DANCEHALL MUSIC by order of management”, has been creating quite a stir since it made its way on social media, prompting a backlash from both Trinidadians and Jamaicans alike.

Beverly Watson, manager at the hotel establishment, said she had been receiving calls in regard to the matter.

After speaking with the hotel owner and management, Watson said, “Thanks for bringing that to our attention. The sign has been immediately removed. We do apologize if anybody was offended. We have taken it down.”

When asked if a similar stance had been taken by other hotels in Trinidad, she said, “I wouldn’t know that. This is Clifton Beach hotel. You would have to call the other hotels.”

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When contacted, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association (JHTA) president, Nicola Madden-Greig, was unaware of the situation in Trinidad. She also said that Jamaican hotels do not ban any form of music.

But dancehall artiste Savage, who recently charted at No.1 in Trinidad with Culu Culu, was far from pleased with this revelation.

“That nuh sound good. They need to explain because people have a right to play music in their own space. What if Jamaican hotels were to take that stance, how would they feel?,” he said.

Although saddened by the news, Macka Diamond said she knows many Trinidadians love dancehall music and she hopes it does not become a trend.

But deejay Kalado did not mince words when he said, “If dem ban dancehall, all we have to do in Jamaica is just ban soca, calypso, carnival.”

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