Iwer George Responds To Machel Monday Request - The History Of Iwer vs. Soca Mafia

by Soca Freak

Iwer George Responds To Machel Monday Request - The History Of Iwer vs. Soca Mafia 1

Iwer George Responds To Machel Monday Request - The History Of Iwer vs. Soca Mafia 1

Iwer George Responds To Machel Monday Request - The History Of Iwer vs. Soca Mafia 1
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Iwer George Responds To Machel Monday Request - The History Of Iwer vs. Soca Mafia

The following is taken verbatim from Iwer George's Facebook page.

To understand the context of the present, one must first be grounded in the facts of the past. So I will respond with historical facts.

2007 - 2017: Due to falling out with my long time friend, Chinese Laundry, all Iwer George songs were banned on 96.1FM. During this period, this station was considered by many to be the number one urban station in the country. Two things are important to note here.

1) The intention of this ban was to end the career of Iwer George, but in the end the ban only made me stronger. I had numerous hits and a Soca Monarch title during this period and my core fan base grew and rallied in support against the Mafia.

2) During the period of this ban, my Soca colleague, Dr Machel Montano was closely connected with the banning entity, who served as his business manager and the main promoter of the Machel Monday show. Despite numerous requests made to Machel, as a fellow soca artiste to mediate the situation and not support the ban on a fellow soca artiste, the ban remained in place for 10 years.

2017: The year of Soca love and reconciliation.
Machel and Bunji reunited with "Buss Head" and Machel finally mediated a reconciliation with myself and Laundry 10 years later. The idea was that we would publicly demonstrate our reconciliation with a surprise joint performance at Machel Monday - Iwer X Laundry. It went off without a hitch. I sent no invoice as I would never charge a fellow artiste at his own show to promote the artform we love.

2018: Year 2 out of soca mafia jail.
I am again invited to perform on Machel Monday. Again, I sent no invoice. We all know the events of that night - no channa, no barra.

2019: 1 month after the release of Road March Bacchanal 2, the Dr approached me backstage at Tribe Ice. Notably upset, he said, and I quote "You will never see another Machel Monday stage. Georgie, yuh banned for life!"

Another Ban For The Water Lord?

Now that the historical context is set, you can now fully understand my hesitancy to commit to an appearance on Machel Monday. I think it is only fair that the Dr. publicly apologizes for banning me from Machel Monday for life, in the same way that he is publicly announcing that I haven't returned his calls.

As far as Sunny Bling, I cannot and will not speak on his behalf. That is a relationship that Machel will have to directly mend himself. However, the Sunny Bling situation begs the question: if it "wasn't that type of show" last year... what has changed this year?

When the Dr & Mr Laundry publicly apologize for their various bans and publicly apologize to Sunny Bling for their treatment of him last year, then I will consider Blessing the 2019 Machel Monday stage. If I do, trust and believe that I will be sending in an invoice this year.

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Soca mafia. Interesting. NEW
by: Anonymous

Interesting post. I have always heard about there being a soca mafia. If it can affect a big artiste like Iwer George, I can imagine that it's worse for smaller unknown or lesser known ones.

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