POSTED NOV. 3 AT 12:45 A.M.
UPDATED WITH VIDEO NOV. 3 AT 2:12 A.M.
Hip-hop artist Talib Kweli’s performance for Homecoming Friday night, which began later than expected, came to an abrupt close after the music was stopped mid-song.
A Coral Gables ordinance that regulates noise after midnight was the likely reason, though this was not confirmed as the reason at the time of posting.
Police on the scene said they had nothing to with the shutdown.
“I have no idea why the music turned off,” said Sgt. E. Claughton, who stood with other officers as the crowd broke up.
Hundreds of students lingered after the show ended, many expressing frustration at the way the show ended.
Several dozen students chased Kweli’s car, clearing the green even more. Others who left the concert area made their way to the UC Rock.
Emanuel Fidalgo, who stood close to the stage during the show, thought the shutdown was initially due to technical difficulties.
Fidalgo, a junior, said Kweli tried to hush the crowd. He said Kweli told the audience, “That’s some disrespectful sh**,” before knocking down the microphone stands and emptying water bottles.
“We wished we could be up there with him, wrecking the stage,” Fidalgo said. “[B]ut we didn’t want to do anything crazy.”
Anthony Wojtkowiak, a senior, related the same account of what happened.
“The crowd exploded,” he said. “People were chanting, ‘Let’s start a riot,’ throwing stuff on stage. People didn’t know what to think.”
Student Government President Danny Carvajal, who walked by the scene where students chased Kweli’s car, called the shutdown “terrible.”
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