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Concert Promoter Says

He Was Kidnapped Because

NAS No-Showed in Angola

1/3/2012 12:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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An American concert promoter claims he and his son were abducted at gunpoint in Angola ... all because rapper Nas failed to show up for a heavily promoted New Year's Eve concert.

A rep for AllGood Entertainment CEO Patrick Allocco tells TMZ ... Patrick and his son were snatched by hired goons working for a local "concert impresario" named Henrique “Riquhino” Miguel ... who anted up big bucks for the NYE show.

Allocco's people claim Nas and opening act Jemiah Jai were paid $315k to perform two shows ... but failed to board their flights in the U.S. in time to make it on stage in Angola.

According to Allocco's team ... Miguel was PISSED ... and didn't want Allocco to leave the country without resolving the whole money issue ... so he sent his people to take them into custody at gunpoint.

Allocco's people claim Patrick and his son were handed over to local authorities, where they were detained and interrogated for nearly seven hours.

The local U.S. Embassy finally stepped in and got them sprung.

A rep for the U.S. Embassy confirms ... Patrick and his son are now "in residence" at a local hotel while the two sides try to resolve the money situation.

Allocco's people gave up this statement from him ... "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."

Calls to Nas and Jai have not been returned.

37 COMMENTS

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Carl    

Next time maybe Nas will do a little research about the countries they go to. Angola is only a few years out of a nasty civil war and was incredibly dangerous to travel in during that time. Do you think the place magically transforms into a land of peace and harmony overnight?

974 days ago
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Lauri    

I don't know why flakey artists continue to get hired. If any of us didn't show up for work we would be out the door. Not to mention being pre-paid to show up. Should be something in the contract that if they don't show up they OWE the promoter the same fee they were paid.

974 days ago
3.

Joao    

Those crocks have blown that money... they had better pull a rabbit out of their ass---and FAST.

974 days ago
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Tammy    

Well, I guess this method is easier than trying to get the money through the courts, which coud take years. Sorry that the son had to get caught up in his father's business.

974 days ago
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LAWRENCE    

It's almost laughable they would blow this gig off considering that I've hardly heard of them doing anything. Don't worry, they will spend the money and about three to four years from now everything will dry up for them and they will be doing the bankruptcy road and playing bar mitzpah's at the local Hilton.

974 days ago
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Sunshine    

Hahaha too funny.Good luck to the father and son.

974 days ago
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Justin    

Good luck getting that money back. NEVER advanced money to a has been recording artist. Especially one that has a history of not paying child support.

974 days ago
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ray    

so that our ransom may be paid and our safe return to the United States may be facilitated."
this is NOT kidnapping for ransom. these three crooks stole this guys 315000, and he just wants HIS money back. And this will likely get it to him quickly

974 days ago
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JustSharing    

People need to realize by now that NAS stands for "Nas Ain't Showin'". @Mighty Mad - monies is a financial term; it means "any circulating medium of exchange, including coins, paper money, and demand deposits." @Ray - for the Embassy to get involved you better believe it is basically a kidnapping for ransom; it isn't this guy nor his son who owe the money, they were taken at gunpoint (not willingly) and are being held until the situation is reversed (the "ransom" paid).

974 days ago
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Kari    

I've never heard of this guy, but if he took $315,000 for a job and didn't perform, he needs to give the money back. And if he knew he couldn't get there in time, why did he even bother boarding the plane? He knew he was late.

974 days ago
11.

FishBiv    

Who has the money? The Agent or the Artist?

974 days ago
12.

pimpc    

315K for nas?? Paleeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

974 days ago
13.

sal    

any idiot who promotes anything in Angola deserves what thy get. Nas and co were smart not to set foot in that horrid part of the world.

974 days ago
14.

Brian    

HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I *********S

974 days ago
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FishBiv    

Who has the money? The Nas or his Agents?

974 days ago
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