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Mr. Vegas and I-Octane in new Sumfest-related row

Mr. Vegas is once again calling out fellow singjay, I-Octane, accusing him of chasing off one of his backup vocalists ahead of his performance at next month's Reggae Sumfest
Mr. Vegas is once again calling out fellow singjay, I-Octane, accusing him of chasing off one of his backup vocalists ahead of his performance at next month's Reggae Sumfest
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Popular Dancehall/Reggae singjays, I-Octane and Mr. Vegas just cannot seem to agree on anything relating Reggae Sumfest these days.

First, the two exchanged pleasantries regarding who should close Dancehall Night at the July show, a dispute put to rest after Summerfest Productions CEO, Johnny Gourzong confirmed that Octane would close the show for the second consecutive year. This time, the duo are at odds following accusations by Vegas that I-Octane tried to sabotage his upcoming performance at the show after allegedly telling a background vocalist who works with both to stop working for the Selfie singer.

Vegas told the Jamaica STAR in an interview published Friday that since the dispute over who should close Sumfest, he believes Octane and his camp have deliberately tried to ruin his set at the show.

"It’s unfortunate that, two weeks leading up to the show, I have to be searching for a back-up singer, and me and this person have been working together for over three years, without problems,” he said. “She was forced to stop working with me because she was asked to choose between me and I-Octane, and she decided that she will not take any side.”

"As a female, the back-up singer felt intimidated and sey she cannot work with neither me nor I- Octane for this Sumfest, because she doesn't want to be in such a position. It's unfortunate that they took such a route because they didn't need to involve her.”

I-Octane has not commented on the situation. However, his manager, Ray Alexander denied that Octane and his team issued an ultimatum to the singer while the coordinator for backup singers at the show said the singer was pregnant and decided to remove herself from the situation in order to avoid stress.

The 2014 edition of Reggae Sumfest takes place from July 13-19 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.