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Singh: I did not ban Ravi B

Sunday, January 15, 2012
Ravi B

CEO of Southex Ltd George Singh denies debarring Ravi B from performing at the 2012 International Soca Monarch competition. For C2k12, Ravi B (Bissembhar) has chosen not to enter the competition. Singh said: “I did not ban him from entering the competition. There is that rumour going around.  It was purely his choice. He chose not to compete in the competition this year.” In 2011, Ravi B’s behaviour at the Chutney Soca Monarch competition, Skinner Park, San Fernando came in for heavy criticism.

Singing Cyah Come When Ah Drinking Liquor, Ravi B was declared first runner-up to winner Rikki Jai. But the result and the fact he had missed the $2 million jackpot evoked his ire. Enraged, he incited patrons to throw missiles on stage to show dissatisfaction with the results. For C2k12, Singh said one of the major changes he had made was not allowing any of the contestants to perform after the competition. He said: “I think it was a mistake on the part of programming. It was a grave mistake to have a band with a frontline singer perform after the competition.

“This time none of the competitors would be making guest appearances. I think it was a mistake and anything could play off. Everything is in place to ensure things go smooth. I take a little blame for it. I should have realised competitors would have been emotional. There is that emotional state of mind after performing.” When contacted, the performer’s manager Rennie Mohammed said: “He isn’t (performing) and it is strictly due to his schedule and it is due to his talks with international promoters. He is focusing on that and we plan to take the band to another level.”


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