Asylum bandleaders Fay- Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin have said “poor organisation” and “disrespect to local artistes” prompted them to pull out of the Tobago Jazz Experience which is ongoing in Tobago. Meanwhile, nine-times Grammy Award winner John Legend, promised a “very intimate” time for his fans last night.
Legend spoke during a news conference yesterday at Villas at Stonehaven.
He was expected to perform last night at World Music Night at Pigeon Point Heritage Park.
One report said Fay-Ann and Bunji had taken to social media to vent their complaints.
Fay-Ann said: “We were pulling out because we had to wait on the island for hours and there were no rooms. What happened was wrong and we do not wish it upon any artiste.”
In response, an official said: “The controversy stems from the number of people accompanying Bunji and Fay-Ann. There was some confusion as to which hotel they would stay at. There is some confusion. They said they wanted to stay in the same hotel with John Legend.” Bunji Garlin has earned international recognition with his song “Differentology”.
Meanwhile, Legend said during his last visit to this country he travelled to Tobago for a brief holiday.
He said on TV6 News last night: “It is a welcome departure. I am looking forward to a full night. I will be performing solo acoustics on the piano. It will be very intimate. The fans will get to know me more.”
Asked about his inspiration, he said: “It comes from life.” Legend said he was inspired by greats including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole and others. But he is always driven by the desire to create something beautiful.
Legend also said he has no problems with various artistes sampling his music and will welcome recommendations for soca collaborations.
He said persistence was an admirable trait which would help any individual achieve their goals.
When contacted last night, event co-ordinator John Arnold, in a telephone interview, said: “You can’t ask me that at this hour. I am getting ready for the show. That is their opinion. It is a long story. And I cannot give you an ‘off the cuff’ answer. There may have been some misunderstanding with Bunji and the Asylum band.”