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Katy Perry has been accused
by some Muslims of "portray-
ing blasphemy" in the video
for her single Dark Horse.
The video features the pop
star as an Egyptian queen who
transforms suitors into sand by
disintegrating them. Shazad
Iqbal, from Bradford, has started
an online petition for it to be
removed from YouTube after he
spotted one of the suitors wear-
ing a pendant with the Arabic
word for God on it. More than
60,000 people have signed the
petition, saying the clip is offen-
sive. Explaining his reasons for
starting the petition, Mr Iqbal
wrote: "At 01:15 into the video
Dark Horse a man is shown
being burned, whilst wearing a
pendant (also burned) forming
the word Allah.
"Blasphemy is clearly con-
veyed in the video, since Katy
Perry engulfs the believer and
the word God in flames." (BBC)
Katy Perry accused of blasphemy
SuperBlue's 'weak song'
hampers his Power chances
With just one day before the
International Groovy Soca
Monarch and NLCB Power Soca Monarch
competitions, DJs from urban radio sta-
tion Slam 100.5FM have been offering
their predictions on the victors of tomor-
row night s show at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium. Slam 100.5 is the official radio
station for the International Soca
The radio personalities also took the
opportunity to comment about possible
Road March winners and pronounce on
the state of soca music in 2014. It will be
no surprise to those who are following the
party circuit and listening intently to the
radio that names like Machel Montano,
Kerwin Dubois, Bunji Garlin and Farmer
Nappy were at the top of their lists.
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There are two men defending the Power Soca
title, Montano and Superblue. Superblue, who had
an amazing comeback with Fantastic Friday last
year, has offered Carnival YoYo as his power song
All the DJs, however, are disappointed with what
they called Superblue's "weak song". They said he
hasn't given his fans the opportunity to continue
celebrating his comeback.
"Last year Superblue came out of nowhere and
stole the hearts of his fans like he did in the past
but he seems to be unable to match that kind of
energy and drive we experienced from him last
year," said Sebro. Sebro. Moore and Sheppard
believed that Montano would easily retain his
power soca crown.
They said the Grenadian performer, Mr Killa
could make it among the top five, but he would
have to devise something new for his stage
"His presentation has been sort of cliched, so it
would be interesting to see what he is coming with
on the night," Moore said.
In fact, all three DJs felt there have not been
many impressive power soca songs this year.
"If you check it out there aren't many power
songs this year. Many deejays had to go back into
their collection of 2013 power soca to play at
events," Sebro said.
Gregory "Salti" Sebro said he does
not believe that defending champion
Machel Montano will retain his Groovy
Soca title this year and is backing
Kerwin Dubois to win with Too Real.
His colleagues David "Young
Kingston" Sheppard and Leslie "Ezel"
Moore weren't so sure it would be easy
for DuBois, as they think Montano
could win with Happiest Man Alive.
"The song may not be one of his
better songs, but Machel has the
element of surprise. The Soca Monarch
is about executing your performance to
the best of your ability and that is
something Machel knows how to do
quite easily," Moore said.
He added Du Bois was at his best
this year as all of his 2014 songs are
hits, but if he has to beat Montano on
Friday night, his performance would
have to be at its maximum.
"We can also look out for Cassi as a
dark horse in the race. I saw him at the
semis and his performance was quite
good, said Moore. "Then there is Farmer
Nappy who is really making quite an
impact on groovy soca lovers with Big
Sebro felt the quality of soca,
especially in the groovy category was
"off the chain" this year.
"A lot of artistes are actually writing
a whole lot better. They've stepped up
their game and I really cannot say
anything bad about the kind of music
released this year, most of the songs
are really good," he said.
Having drawn to sing last
in both the Groovy and
Power soca categories is
Machel Montano going
to be giving the crowd
the best at the end?
Can he retain his titles?
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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