Well known R&B singer Akon will perform a live show in the Maldives, after he was denied a visa in Sri Lanka because of a scene in one of his videos depicting a woman dancing around a Buddha statue.
Director of Platinum Entertainment Lasantha Samarasinghe, the company organising the ‘Super Fest 2010’ show, said it would be be held at the outdoor cricket stadium on the 23 April and would be “the biggest event ever held in the Maldives.”
“We are expecting 25,000 people to come to the show,” he said, including many tourists.
Samarasinghe said if this event was successful the company “will bring even more Hollywood superstars to the Maldives.”
Press secretary for the President Mohamed Zuhair said that the government had given the permission for the show to take place, saying it “fully supports these kinds of events.”
“It will promote the country’s tourism sector and provide a good opportunity for Maldivian singers,” he said.
Zuhair also said that President Mohamed Nasheed was keen to attend the show.
The show’s main sponsor will be Villa Television, with ‘official drinks’ provided VB Mart and Foco energy drink.
A Villa spokesperson claimed this was “the first time a superstar is performing in the Maldives.”
Tickets will go on sale from Friday.