Monday, October 7, 2013

Criminal charges against Gambian musician for radio vandalism withdrawn



On September 2, singer Nova, a Ghetto Boy Music Producer, was invited to the studios of Star FM upon his request to be granted airtime to clear his image which he claimed had been tarnished by the radio station over reports he had “impregnated three women living on the same compound” (Photo/Reverbnation)
(American Street News, ASN) - Gambian singer, Nova, who was charged for damaging the studious of Star FM has seen his trial pulled out of court on Wednesday September 25. 

The singer, whose real name is Nfamara Sambou, denied charges of “willful damage to property and criminal trespass” and was placed under a bail-bond of D200,000 (close to US$6,000). 

Last week, parties agreed to settle the matter out of court. Music promoters Lamin Cham, Waagan Faye, some elders in the music industry and local elders in Churchill's town, where the singer lives, had pleaded with the radio station's owner to drop the charges and the matter be settled out of court.

On September 2, singer Nova, a Ghetto Boy Music Producer, was invited to the studios of Star FM upon his request to be granted airtime to clear his image which he claimed had been tarnished by the radio station over reports he had “impregnated three women living on the same compound”.

He insisted that Star FM’s news story which alleged that he had impregnated three women living on the same compound in Banjul was false but rather he impregnated only two women.

“During the live studio interview, Sambou rained insults and demanded that Camara reveals his source of information since he reported the story,” the Media Foundation for West Africa, MFWA, reports.

His violent demeanour caused the radio station to halt the programme and at that instance, he brought out a pestle from his bag and tried to hit Kebba Camara, the Gamvibes Info host, who ran out.

He proceeded to vandalize the studio destroying equipment worth almost 93,000 Dalasis (about $3,000).

The MFWA had condemned “this unruly behaviour by Sambou” and had hoped the law will take its course.




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