Marcia Griffiths and Friends 50thTour halts in England


After over a year of performing the Marcia Griffiths’ and Friends World Tour, Veteran Reggae artiste Marcia Griffiths is now quite perturbed as events slated for England this week face imminent postponement.

The four shows slated from May 14-17, at the O2 Academy venues in Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham and London have hit a standstill, as most of the necessary artistes arrangements have not been made to date.

“I've never experienced anything like this; I've never disappointed any audience especially in London because they have always showed love to me from the years of Bob and Marcia. The Promoter, Malinnga Tejan-Sie kept dragging his feet and now we have discovered that no flights, or accommodations had been taken care of.” Marcia shared earlier today in a release to the media.

The Promoters of the event, Mandinka Ltd led by Malinnga Tejan-Sie, had allegedly collected funds from the actual venue company, AMG Events, but did not use these funds for the intended purposes: artiste deposits, flights, accommodations and the required work permits.

“We have been communicating with Malinnga for weeks and he kept telling us that everything is fine and that we would be flying to England on May 10. We still could not get actual confirmations of flights and accommodations and were then contacted by AMG Events themselves, this is when we found out that the company was under the impression that all deposits were paid over to us by the promoter and that we were on route to England.” Marcia added

Set to perform on Marcia Griffiths and Friends are; Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Tanya Stephens with a special appearance from Richie Spice. All four major artistes on the tour were prepared to make adjustment and forgo outstanding deposits to salvage the events; but with work permits not receiving the priority payments to expedited the processing and passports for the team, and actual musicians from the 809 band still in the custody of the UK Embassy overseas, performing this week is no longer a possibility.

Extremely saddened by these occurrences, Marcia wants her fans in England to be aware of what has transpired and understand that the artistes made every effort to appear.

“When these things happen the artistes get blamed and branded ‘no shows’, this affects my brand and my name and so I really want everyone to know what has happened in this instance” Marcia Explained “We are looking into postponing until a later date as these events were being well promoted and patrons have been purchasing tickets for the shows”.

This isn't the first time Mandinka Ltd has failed to execute the Marcia Griffiths and Friend tour in England. The tour was originally slated for September 2014 but had been postponed after the promoter was unable to secure adequate financial backing.

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Nov 18, 2015
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by: Anonymous

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May 18, 2015
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Marcia Griffiths Show
by: Anonymous

I was disappointed that show was cancelled, but I was one of the lucky ones that I got my money back as I bouth two tickets and my friend is going away and no one could say when the show was going to happy. Still looking forward to it happening.

May 16, 2015
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Not happy
by: Alikie

I am extremely disappointed. Because, I turned up at the venue, being that I did not hear anything about a postponement on the radio. As a matter of fact, the event is still being advertised on the radio,

May 15, 2015
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Disappointed!
by: Patti P

This is very disappointing considering this is the second time this show has been 'postponed.' Surely, the problems that caused the first postponement should have been rectified so that this situation did not arise again. This is very damaging to the all artists involved.
I smell a RAT...the promoters! Promoter(s), fix up, look sharp and come good!!

May 14, 2015
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Refund needed
by: Mike K

My wife purchased x4 tickets and when she phoned ticketmaster today to obtain a refund, their get out clause was "The event is not canceled it's only postponed".
Ticketmaster has allowed themselves to be conned by a Nigerian, and now they don't want to pay out.
The same show was postponed late 2014, and next time around it'll be impossible to get the same line up of artists.
We are in the process of contacting Trading Standards because we need our money back.

May 14, 2015
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disrespectful
by: countryman percy

Total disrespect to the music industry after so much bad press on Jamaican artists, but even more so on Icons such as Marcia, Bob,Richie and the rest. I'm yet to understand where was the breakdown in what should have been prioritised to ensure theres no gaps.
It's however disappointing to reggae lovers here in UK who choose to wait until artists are here and on radio to certified there arrival. Promoters clean up this mess.

May 14, 2015
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disrespectful
by: countryman percy

Total disrespect to the music industry after so much bad press on Jamaican artists, but even more so on Icons such as Marcia, Bob,Richie and the rest. I'm yet to understand where was the breakdown in what should have been prioritised to ensure theres no gaps.
It's however disappointing to reggae lovers here in UK who choose to wait until artists are here and on radio to certified there arrival. Promoters clean up this mess.

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