Chairman Kyode Omarde said the Carnival Development Committee (CDC) had no power to ban the song.
The lyrics of Burning Flames‘ Kick Een She Back Doh has sparked a wave of contention among local activists and members of the public.
But yesterday, Omarde said the CDC had no jurisdiction over the banning of any seasonal songs – regardless of their content.
He was responding to questions as to whether or not CDC would seek to ban Toriano “Onyan” Edwards’ song from the airwaves.
Omarde said CDC had no authority over such actions without authorisation from the Minister of Information Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Dr Edmond Mansoor.
“The CDC can not act unless we have been given the directive from the minister, and to date, we have not been told to do so,” Omarde said.
His comments came days after president of Women Against Rape (WAR), Alexandrina Wong, called on Dr Mansoor and Education Minister Dr Jacqui Quinn Leandro to take the necessary steps to ensure that media houses and other entities immediately stop playing the song in public.
Wong deemed the lyrics extremely offensive as they apparently speak to violence and allude to non-consensual sex.
The popular band’s song also caught the attention of two OBSERVER Media columnists, Svenn Grant and Joanne Hillhouse, who expressed concerns about the words on two separate occasions.
Meanwhile, Burning Flames’ lead singer said album sales had hit the roof since the outcry erupted.
Edwards said the public viewed the album as very good and that bad press had boosted sales tremendously.
“The sales were going good but now it has escalated because of the controversy,” Edwards said.
(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)