Back to square one: Ivena must sign indemnity before singing

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The Festivals Commission is sticking to its earlier position that Calypsonian Lena “Ivena” Phillip must remove alleged defamatory lyrics from her song Nastiness otherwise she would not be allowed to perform at the semi-finals competition tonight.
Earlier today, a well-placed source told OBSERVER media the letter issued to the singer and her manager yesterday, informing her that she could not sing unless she complied,  had been rescinded and this was to be communicated to them before noon.
Neither the source nor the Calypso Committee could reach the singer up to 11:40 am today to convey the change in position.
Members of the Festivals Commission met shortly before that time, and according to the source, the body has decided to maintain its original stance. It is unclear what led to this backtracking.
The controversy surrounding the song is that Prime Minister Gaston Browne has alleged it defames him and he has filed a notice in the High Court to sue Ivena for defamation of character.

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