T-Vice Backed Out of West Indian Parade when Sound Team Was Assaulted at Gunpoint
- Tuesday, September 06, 2011 10:54 AM
BROOKLYN, USA (defend.ht) - It was seen that no bands from the Haitian Music Industry were at the Eastern Parkway, West Indian Parade this year. T-Vice backed out because their soundmen were assaulted at gunpoint. Below is their press release:
Regrettably, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Group will not be able to attend the Labor Day Parade today as planned. This year was a tough year in terms of sponsorship, financial backing, etc. The fact that no other haitian group would perform, we T-Vice, having been on Eastern Parkway since 1999, made a conscious decision to do everything in our power to represent our country, music, culture and fans today; even using our own funds to make sure that would happen.
Unfortunately this morning the men working for the sound company we contracted for the float were assaulted at gun point by two men. Understandably, fearing for their lives, they left back to Boston with out even consulting us . Their lives and instruments were in jeopardy; they therefore made the decision that was in their best interest although they were paid $16,000 in advance. We also spent the morning looking for another Sound company to no avail considering today's demand for sound. We apologize, first and foremost, to our fans and to our sponsors and are deeply saddened by these events.
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