Published Jan 04, 2012An American concert promoter and his son were allegedly kidnapped and held at gunpoint in Angola earlier this week after rapper Nas failed to make a scheduled New Year's Eve performance.
According to TMZ, AllGood Entertainment CEO Patrick Allocco and his son were nabbed by armed thugs supposedly working for local "concert impresario" Henrique "Riquhino" Miguel, who helped pony up the $315,000 paid to Nas and opener Jemiah Jai to perform in Africa. Both rappers failed to board their flights on time to make the gig.
A statement from Allocco's people alleges that Miguel was furious about the no-show, and thus had some men hold the American promoter at gunpoint until the money issue was resolved. The promoter and his son were then turned over to authorities before the U.S. embassy stepped in and had them moved to a local hotel. They are still "in residence" until both sides solve the money problem.
"The hope is that Nas and Jemiah Jai will return all of the monies that were wired to them immediately so that our ransom may be paid and our safe return to the United States may be facilitated," the statement says.
Neither Nas nor Jai have commented on the matter.
UPDATE: TMZ reports that Nas intends to return to the money and is working towards resolving the situation.