World-renowned hip-hop group N.E.R.D. cancelled a planned Sunday night concert in Jakarta after band members were allegedly threatened with jail by Malaysian authorities and feared a repeat situation in Indonesia.
According to a press statement released by Java Festival Production and Urbanite-Sinjitos on Sunday, Malaysian authorities had twice denied N.E.R.D. � an acronym for No One Ever Really Dies � permission to perform at the Sunburst Kuala Lumpur International Music Festival for fear the band would offend Malaysians.
The statement said N.E.R.D. was eventually allowed to enter Malaysia and was not prevented from performing at the festival.
�But when they finished their repertoires, all of their passports were confiscated. This is a very bad precedent