Reggae artist Luciano is currently caught in a tug of war situation between his Jamaican and African fans after pulling after calling off 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.
Malawi was among the places where the artist was expected to perform but it is rumored that the artist changed his mind following an article published in the 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.
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 rumours that Ebola virus is in the whole African continent while dem know that pure lie,” James Mofaya said.
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 trueon my flaws and kept on improving throughout the show. So, my secret to winning was to work on the negatives the judges were pointing out in my performances and turn them into my strengths,” said McLuther.
The new muso was hailed by the judges as being daring because of his choice of songs yet he delivered and nailed them with ease.
“It was indeed challenging at times for me to do the songs I was choosing. There were instances where I was not sure of my choice. But I had to prove my worth as a musician by tackling them,” he stated.
McLuther says his 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,,” 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.—Jamaican Starparents