By John Smith • 29 December 2019 • 12:53
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AFTER Paloma Faith was booed at the Gibraltar Music Festival in 2015 for saying onstage “Hola España”, another musician has been dropped from the recent Reggaeton Festival for apparently saying “Gibraltar Español” on Instagram.
Original Elias was due to appear at the festival, but after complaints were made about the comment, he was contacted by the organisers and he explained that it was his cousin and not him who had uttered the words.
Despite this explanation and an apology for the offence caused, he was dropped from the festival and his partner, the Gypsy singer from Madrid, Moncho Chavea had to appear alongside regular collaborator Bandaga.
Reggaeton is a form of music which incorporates reggae beats with Latin American music style which first became popular in Panama in the 1970s but was given its name and was restyled in Puerto Rico in the 1990s.
Since then it has become a popular music style enjoyed by millions of Spanish speakers and has had a number of international breakthrough hits including Despacito by Luis Fonsi.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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