After the cancellation of five visas belonging to Jamaican performers including Mavado, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, Dancehall star ALKALINE was moved to voice his opinion.
In a new politically motivated track to be released titled “Save Yourself”,Where the Vendetta artist addressed Jamaica and Caribbean nations, exclaiming, “You can’t change my pride, you can’t take my power.”
The United States Embassy in Kingston cancelling the visa came on May 13, leaving Alkaline to originally dismiss the announcement as an joke.
“I couldn’t believe that the Jamaican or U.S. governments would violate the privacy rights of citizens and publish their legal names, their birth dates, their actual Jamaican passport numbers and their U.S. Visa Control numbers, I did not believe it,” said Alkaline after discovering the official news.
There are few rumors circulating the web as to why the artist visa have been revoked. Some sources have speculated that the musician had been banned for advocating violence and murder against homosexuals, while others have theorized that it is a response to the Jamaican government’s refusal to cooperate in the U.S. extradition of a drug dealer. The Jamaican Observer has since issued a report warning all dancehall performers from traveling at all.
Longtime manager of Beenie Man, Patrick Roberts, also spoke out about the news, “We have always had our work permits renewed without any problems.”
Alkaline, who is yet to release “Save Yourself” as a free download, is urging to community to take action, “We cannot depend on People to help us, we must depend on ourselves.”
Either way, will not be performing in the United States anytime soon.