Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rapper Nicki Minaj

There's a issue brewing in Trinidad regarding Nicki Minaj October 30th concert. It seems as if there was a private financial donor who's unable to disclose his identity due to personal reasons. However, Diego Martin Central MP Dr Amery Browne is pushing a lot of buttons as he attempts to reveal the identity of this 'private' donor.

Diego Martin Central MP called for an audit of the Nicki Minaj concert which took place at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain, on October 30.

Browne raised questions about funding for the concert which featured other local artistes and was staged by Project Records in collaboration with the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs. He said he was asking about the funding in Parliament last Friday when successful moves were made by the Government to stop him from speaking. He then made a fresh call for Persad-Bissessar to “conduct an audit of this project. I once again call upon them to disclose to the public exactly where the funds came from.” The Opposition MP said sources within the Sport Ministry “have indicated that the money came from the youth development budget.”

He said the project could not be referred to as a youth development project but rather a “youth decay project” and the Government must say whether a private individual was the beneficiary of the ticket sales and gate receipts from the concert. He said the Government spent money to bring Minaj to T&T, on advertising for the concert, appearance fees, managers’ fees, stage cost and other things.

“And then all allegations are that a private individual is benefiting at the end of the day and putting money in his own pocket,” he added. He said: “That must be a concern to every single citizen and it is something the Government has to respond to.

“They have been very silent so far on this matter and they seem very offended when legitimate questions are asked about this particular project.” He said youth groups in Diego Martin and other parts of the country have indicated to him that their projects requiring funding in the past month have been rejected.

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  1. Nicki and her team were apid by government funds??

  2. Somebody keeping secrets!

    Guess they do it different overseas. Nicki was paid by the Government for her performance?

    ^smh @ this one!

  3. BTW, play the Lauren Hill's CD 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' backwards and you will have the melodies for PINK Friday.

  4. Trinidad and Tobago could be dire straits financially after spending over $869,000 on a November Nicki Minaj concert. The concert was featured on the rapper's "My Time Now" documentary. Expenses included local advertising ($150,000), culture costs ($26,000), a tie-in fashion show ($60,000), artists fees ($40,000) and boarding fees from the Hilton Trinidad for approximately $60,000.

    Oh, and booking Nicki Minaj? A cool $382,000.

    Nicki Minaj was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and the concert was held to launch the Ministry’s Localize It campaign but the turn-out fell far below what had been projected. One major factor blamed for the low attendance was the cost of tickets; VIP sections for the show cost patrons $250 and $450. There was also a Kids Zone which cost $1oo for kids and $200 for Adults accompanying the kids. VVIP and MTV Zones at the show (which were probably the best seats in the house) cost $900.

    According to reports, government officials are being accused of denying funding to youth organizations because of the expenditure on the concert. The government could face an audit