Dancehall entertainer Reanno Gordon better known as Busy Signal” was arrested Saturday night before his performance at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Trinidad and Tobago.
Busy Signal was released after being arrested after failing to repay over US$37,000 due to a local promoter for the past two years.
The singjay was arrested at his hotel shortly before he was slated to perform at Together As One concert.
Unaware that there was an outstanding financial issue, Busy Signal traveled to the twin republic of Trinidad & Tobago to perform at TAO (Together As One) at Queen’s Park in Port of Spain for which he was billed as the headlining artist. Prior to arriving at the venue, the artist was arrested at his hotel, and appeared in court alongside attorney Fareed Ali.
The information presented in court made it clear that Jukeboxx Productions entered in to an agreement with Peppers Entertainment for Busy Signal to perform at the scheduled event. The event was subsequently canceled so Busy Signal, real name Reanno Gordon, and his new management team, agreed to refund the promoter $15,000 USD, in addition to payment made when the show was initially cancelled.
The entertainer was hauled before the Port of Spain High Court following an emergency hearing with Justice Rahim, who issued the warrant for Busy Signal’s arrest.
Busy Signal was paid US$37,088 in 2013 to perform at a concert for Peppers Entertainment in May of that year. Both the promoters and the entertainer had agreed to postpone the concert with the money that was paid to Gordon going towards his performance fee for the rescheduled event.
Documents said that Gordon did not deduct this sum from a future concert and also did not repay the money.
The promoter’s attorneys Michael Rooplal and Carina Jailal had filed an application for a fugae warrant pursuant to the Absconding Debtors Act. The claim was based on Gordon’s failure to return monies owed.
The promoters claimed for damages for breach of contract in the sum of US$37,088 and for interests and costs.
The entertainer was released after he entered into a consent order to pay US$15,000.
The balance is to be paid in the next 30 days. Gordon who was represented by attorney Fareed Ali.
Turf Music Entertainment is currently requesting a copy of the original agreement between Jukeboxx Productions and Peppers Entertainment as well as transaction records between both parties regarding the event.
After reaching a mutual resolve, Busy Signal performed to an eager crowd at Queen’s Park, closing the show. The artist is enjoying international success with his singles “What If” and “Text Message.”