One of Jamaica’s musical legends has changed his tune regarding STING as he intends to perform what could be his final hoorah at Dancehall’s biggest stage show.
Prominent veteran deejay, Ninja Man will return to the STING stage in Portmore next month after a four-year absence caused by ongoing legal woes. The entertainer’s decision comes less than two weeks after indicating that he would not perform STING 2012 after comments by the show’s lead promoter, Isaiah Laing during a recent television interview.
Laing initially cast aside the possibility of adding Ninja Man to the show’s card, insisting that artistes like he and Shabba Ranks were difficult to work with. As a result, Ninja Man refused to do the show as he stated he was doing just fine without Laing and didn’t need his money.
Ninja Man talks about why he has changed his stance regarding STING 2012 and addresses the Bounty Killer-Tommy Lee lyrical feud.
Video: Ninja Man talks about why he chose to do STING 2012 (Jamaica Observer interview – November 9, 2012)
Now, after talks with Laing and Downsound Records CEO, Joe Bogdonavich, Ninja Man says he’s ready to return to his favorite stage. Reportedly the recipient of a multi-million dollar deal, Ninja Man also intimated that he was swayed by the fact STING promoters offered him a substantially better deal than Reggae Sumfest to perform.
“Di fans dem fi get weh dem fi get. Di fans dem know say Sting a Ninja Man show,” he told the Jamaica Star. “So after Joe link me and him offer me the ‘mek up you mind’ money, mi and God have a talk and mi reconsider and decide say mi a go do Sting fi di fans.”
Ninja Man continued, “When dem offer me the money, mi laugh till me nearly dead. Di ‘mek up mi mind’ money a more than what Sumfest did a offer me. Dat money different from mi performance money cuz when me fi collect my money, a truck haffi go haul it way.”
Like Ninja Man, fellow veteran deejay and long-time rival, Bounty Killer also felt disrespected by Laing in the interview. With Bounty Killer still refusing to perform at Jamworld on Boxing Day, Ninja Man declared that he’s ready to step up to the Alliance leader’s current nemesis, Tommy Lee Sparta.
“Him a Uncle Demon but mi a Uncle Jesus, send him come make mi rebuke him in the name of the Lord,” he told the STAR. Tommy Lee have tune, people like him, but him better keep way from the war if him waan maintain him career. Mi have the holy water and the garlic stake fi drive out di demons over Sting in the name of Jesus.”
However, while Ninja Man is excited about returning to STING, the self-professed ‘Don Gorgon’ hinted that this could be his last performance at the event during an interview with the Jamaica Observer.
“This year might be Ninja Man last performance pon STING,” he said. Next year, mi have mi park, mi have mi bands, mi have all these things weh mi a try put together, mi wan turn over mi legacy to the younger generation.”
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