Hmm…Kanye West’s visit to Jamaica – What’s the deal?

Atlanta rapper Kanye West, who will be performing in Jamaica on Friday (Photo:

American rap superstar Kanye West’s team announced to the world that the 42-year-old musician graces Jamaica with his visit to the island, this Friday, October 18.

West, who will be performing with his in-demand Sunday Service Music Experience, has sent the island, especially host city Kingston into a mad frenzy – but not everyone is excited.

Members of Kanye West’s team and officials from the Ministry of Culture during the site visit at the Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Wednesday. (Photo: Shaquiel Brooks)

‘Why Emancipation Park’?

For some, Kanye’s free concert in Emancipation Park is already raising eyebrows while others outright question the controversial rapper’s true intent.

The entrance of Emancipation Park, showing the Redemption Song monument (centre) in New Kingston (Photo: National Library of Jamaica)

At least one social media user on Twitter, reacting to BUZZ’s story breaking the news of YEESUS’ upcoming performance, calls his concert, its location and the man himself a walking contradiction to National Heroes Day – which comes on Monday, October 21.

Jamaica’s seven national heroes, celebrated yearly for their contributions to a nation’s freedom, culture and values.

“Imagine Kanye being on the grounds that literally commemorate the emancipation of our ancestors and coming to talk bout “slavery was a choice” lmaooooo. Nah, y’all can keeeeep dattt,” Twitter user @Ashly_monique argued. And she’s not alone.

Several other users of Twitter have noted that it’ll be interesting to see the Jamaican clergy and the local umbrella group for churches’ reactions for a man who has repeatedly called himself ‘a God’.

A possible traffic nightmare for struggling Kingston

Now, from a logistical standpoint, a few Jamaicans have expressed concern over the selection of Emancipation Park and whether the decision by the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) to approve the concert truly took into consideration the park’s size and the demands that would be placed on it come Friday night.

Traffic control in and around New Kingston, and the safety of patrons as well as Kanye’s team would also need to be taken into consideration. So, was Emancipation Park truly the best option for such a massive undertaking?

All-in-all, reactions from Jamaicans have been mostly positive as anticipation for an epic show rises with each passing minute.

Jamaicans will experience the musical delights of American rapper Kanye West and his 120-member strong Sunday Service Music Experience on Friday. This, as a free concert is to take place inside the Emancipation Park, New Kingston, starting at 7 p.m.