Popular Dancehall artiste, Tommy Lee Sparta last Saturday, got a rude awakening while in Trinidad as only nine persons reportedly showed up to a concert he was due to headline in the Caribbean country.
The 'Gaza' deejay was billed to perform at Guaracara Park in San Fernando, Trinidad Saturday night. But the show, dubbed Sparta The Concert, was reportedly called off around 2 a.m. Sunday morning due to a paltry turnout as the venue was nearly empty for the entire night.
Known for his gothic style and demonic references in songs like Uncle Demon (Shook) and Goat Head, Trinidadians seemingly disinterested boycotted the show to protest his controversial persona and lyrical content. One local there told Pellau Magazine, “It's hard to get Trinis to stand together, but we sent a loud message. We don’t accept and endorse the demonic behavior of Tommy Lee. He should not be on our island.”
One Trinidadian promoter pointed to recent violence in the country as a possible cause. “That’s what happens when you do stage shows in country, And when you don’t take into consideration that most of the people that listen to Tommy Lee are 'bad boys' and high school kids in the city, and since most bad man areas in Trinidad warring right now, nobody coming out.”
This news comes a month after Tommy Lee Sparta was denied a Canadian visa just days before being scheduled to headline a three-show tour in Montreal, Toronto and Niagara Falls.