Shanti Dope's camp clarifies cancellation of guest performance at Ex Battalion concert

by Rose Garcia
Jun 25, 2018
The management of teen rapper Shanti Dope issues an official statement to clarify reports about the cancellation of his guest performance at Ex Battalion's anniversary concert.

Nilinaw ng kampo ng baguhang rapper na si Shanti Dope ang isyu tungkol sa hindi pagkakatuloy ng guest appearance nito sa first anniversary concert ng Ex Battalion.

Gaganapin ang Kami Ang ExB sa Ynares Sports Arena sa July 14.

Isa sa mga naanunsiyo nang guests ay si Shanti Dope.

Sa Cabinet Files column ni Jojo Gabinete sa (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ngayong araw, June 25, napaulat na posibleng hindi na matuloy ang paggi-guest ni Shanti Dope dahil diumano sa ilang kundisyon ng kampo ng teen rapper.

Read: Shanti Dope, tatanggalin na sa first anniversary concert ng Ex Battalion?

Kinalaunan ay kinumpirma ng manager ng Ex Battalion na si Ai-Ai delas Alas sa Cabinet Files na hindi na nga matutuloy ang paggi-guest ni Shanti Dope, ngunit hindi nito tinukoy ang eksaktong dahilan.

Read: Ai-Ai delas Alas, kinumpirmang tanggal na si Shanti Dope bilang guest sa Ex Battalion concert

Ngayong gabi naman ay nakatanggap ang ng official statement mula sa tumatayong manager ni Shanti Dope na si Thea Gomez-Pollisco.

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Dito ay mariin niyang itinanggi ang mga alegasyon laban kay Shanti Dope at sa kampo nito.

Inisa-isa rin nito ang mga dahilan kung bakit hindi na matutuloy ang pagpi-perform ng teen rapper sa first major concert ng Ex Battalion.

THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT. Narito ang kabuuang official statement ng management ni Shanti Dope:

"This is in response to the article published in by Jojo Gabinete posted June 25 2018 pertaining to Shanti Dope’s participation in the anniversary concert of a hiphop collective slated for July 14.

"Mr. Gabinete’s article states: (1) that Shanti’s management did not want him to guest in the concert; (2) that Shanti’s management suggested a back-to-back concert instead; and (3) that Shanti’s management asked for a solo number for Shanti. These all point to the accusation that we think Shanti is now too big a star to be part of the said concert.

"These are all lies.

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"We take time responding to invitations for Shanti primarily because he is a minor, which requires us to ask permission from his mother for any and all performances.

"Shanti is also a student, which means that when a commitment requires him to take time off from school, his mother will have to inform his teachers about his possible absence, and Shanti will have to promise that he will catch-up with missed lessons.

"Maybe concert organizers misread the amount of time we took making sure Shanti could do the concert and presumed this was about something else.

"We also never suggested a back-to-back concert—we know full well that as a young artist, Shanti is not ready for that.

"We also did not request for a solo number for Shanti—in fact, the invitation of concert organizers was always for three spot numbers, which we agreed to.

"But on June 24, organizers suddenly requested for an additional collaboration number.

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"This is not an easy request to say yes to because a collab means an additional day for rehearsals—a day that would mean Shanti will miss school, which means informing his mother, who will then inform his teachers about his absence.

"We informed the concert organizers of this, and they were the ones who said that they would just cancel Shanti’s guesting.

"Suffice it to say that this is not only unfair, it is also unprofessional.

"That day was already reserved for the concert, and the producers are cancelling Shanti’s participation because their new request cannot be fulfilled for good reason.

"We repeat that a collab was never part of the original agreement with concert organizers.

"We have also since returned the downpayment for Shanti’s guesting in the concert, even as we shouldn’t be required to do that, especially since the cancellation of his performance is not our fault but the fault of concert organizers.

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"We have all our exchanges with concert organizers to back up our claims.

"It is unclear to us why Mr. Gabinete decided not to get our side on the matter of Shanti Dope’s participation in this concert.

"Isn’t it important to get two sides of a story, especially since this article puts an artist in such a bad light?

"Mr. Gabinete also ends his article by pitting Shanti against other young rappers, which is not only unfair but also unhealthy for the rap industry in general: there is enough space for each and every rapper in the music industry.

"There is no need to put one artist down in order to give others a share of the spotlight.

"Lastly, we will never apologize for ensuring that Shanti Dope does not sacrifice his studies for his young music career.

"To us, it is clear what Shanti’s priorities should be."

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