DEVELOPING: A call to Daddy Yankee's public relations contact Mayna Nevarez revealed that "promoters" are using his name to book concerts that aren't officially scheduled and that the FBI is investigating. A July 20, 2006 press release on Daddy Yankee's site reports that similiar fraudulent concerts were scheduled by "promoters" in South Carolina and Georgia that ripped fans off for $100 and $150 tickets that promised a meet and greet with the artist.
"We have alerted the authorities and our fans. We ask them to alert us of any other fraud committed under Yankee's name at El Cartel Records," said Nomar Ayala, brother and manager of Daddy Yankee.
Original story follows:
Eileen Jones of WSFA 12 News out of Montgomery, Alabama reported that a Latino "La Noche" concert that was to be held in the Shrine Alkazar Temple was cancelled and that promoter Chris Miles was told by the leader of the Shrine Temple that "the Latino community is not wanted there." Story here.
Twenty thousand flyers have been posted in small towns between Montgomery and Birmingham promoting an event called "Latin La Noche" that was to feature Latin Hip Hop artists Daddy Yankee and Don Omar. "However," the story reports, "when people show up Friday night at the Alcazar Shrine Temple for music and dancing, they'll likely find the doors closed."
According to the news report:
"Mr. Miles claims the Shriners' last minute change is a clear case of discrimination. He says its 'racism.' WSFA 12 tried to get the Shriners side of the story. The Potentate, Larry Simms, tells WSFA 12 News that he did not want the Latino community, but refused to go on camera."
A video of the broadcast news story by Jones can be seen by clicking on the camera icon labelled "Latino Concert Canceled."