29th January 2021
The Stadium management is totally disheartening and flabbergasted with the false information and lies contained in the ST and his Management press release issued on the 28th January 2021 to media houses and social media in regards to the usage of the stadium facilities.
The ST Management had no approval, agreement or contract with the stadium for the use of its facilities. ST and one of his management team visited the stadium on the 14thJanuary 2021 to discuss the use of the stadium for his album launching in which they were informed that all musical concerts and shows are no longer allow in the main bowl. Instead, the Bella Arena is created to host such events from now on. On the 15th January 2021, a formal request was received by the stadium management from the ST Management and they were given approval for the use of the Bella Arena.
The Kiss Daniel concert they are alluding to was given approval since 2019 which we were bound to honour even though we tried as much as possible to stop them using themain bowl.
The stadium has invested immense resource to create and improve the Bella Arena and Event Organisers were invited for their inputs and advise to ensure the Arena meets the required standard.
There have been many requests from other Gambian artist for the use of the main bowl and all of them were referred to the Bella Arena which is solely created for musical events. The Arena has the capacity and the standard to host any musical program or artist.
As much as we all want to celebrate our Gambian musicians and artist for the immense strides and promotion of our music, the stadium will always be made available for them but at the Bella Arena including ST. His D30, 000 advance payment is still available for the use of the Bella Arena for the launching of his album if he completes the full payment.
Independence Stadium & Friendship Hotel