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Joseph M. Rosan accuses Quito Rhymer of unfair dismissal

- said he was fired not for his 'poor drumming' but for his Facebook posts calling out Minister for Communications & Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool
Former band member of Quito’s Joseph Mathieu Rosan believes he was unjustly fired from his position as a drummer because of a post made on social media regarding Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool and the cruise pier development project. According to Rosan who granted an interview to this news site, owner of Quito’s Gazebo in Cane Garden Bay, Quito Rhymer (right), fired him from the band, citing his poor drumming. Photo: Provided/Facebook
The text message that Rosan allegedly received from Quito Rhymer. Photo: Provided
The text message that Rosan allegedly received from Quito Rhymer. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former band member of Quito’s Joseph Mathieu Rosan believes he was unjustly fired from his position as a drummer because of a post made on social media regarding Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool and the cruise pier development project.

According to Rosan, who granted an interview to this news site, owner of Quito’s Gazebo in Cane Garden Bay Quito Rhymer fired him from the band, citing his poor drumming.

Rosan showed us a text message he allegedly received from Rhymer telling him to stop making public criticisms on his Facebook page.

Facebook post

Rosan's Facebook post of Monday February 8, 2016 read thus:

“A few minutes after I posted a view to last week’s news “BREAKING NEWS: I Am Not Corrupt – Vanterpool On Pier Project; Some Mistakes Made” I received the following text – word for word - from Mr. Quito Rhymer:

“Hey Matty, you should stop with the Facebook accusations of wrong doing by Mr Vanterpool you don’t have all the facts, you are not th you need to stop! You are a civil servant stay out of people face brother man, just a fr”.

For those of you that know me, I love playing the drums. I played the drums for Quito Rhymer for many years. Tonight, Monday February 8, 2016, I was fired! I went to the usual Monday night practice and after realising that no one else came with their instruments but me, I was told that we had a meeting. In the meeting, I was told that my drumming was not good enough and that it was preventing the band from moving forward. After everyone said their piece, I was asked if I had anything to say. I told the band that I was the only one not made aware of a meeting prior to tonight and that I do not believe that my drumming skills or lack thereof was the reason for the decision made tonight. I then left.

After dedicating myself to playing the drums for the band for years, is it not reasonable to expect that I would be informed about a band meeting, as the other band members were? If my drumming were so bad, shouldn’t I have been given the respect to receive a warning prior to termination?

I remain humble and focused on my craft and no one - or their agenda - will get me down.
Peace and love.”


Rosan said that after he got the text warning things got frosty and culminated with his being relieved of his duties at the band on the grounds that his performance in the band was below par.

He also said that he felt disrespected by the whole episode and that he was ambushed, not knowing of the meeting beforehand.

“I received the text last week just after I posted the Facebook post and from then I noticed that Rhymer was very distant. I played on Friday February 5, 2016 and while he wasn’t very happy we got through the night,” he said.

“My thing is that the way in which it was done was disrespectful,” he said. “If all of us play music together I should have at least been made aware of what was going to happen,” he said.

According to Rosan, he turned up to practice on Monday evening February 8, 2016 only to learn that there was no practice on that night but a meeting to discuss his employment status.

Rosan has been around Quito’s playing with the band since 1996. He said following his return from school in the United States in 2005, he rejoined the ensemble around 2013.

He said that there have been good times with the band and that they even travelled together to play.

Post misinterpreted

Rosan is of the view that Rhymer might have misinterpreted his message on Facebook, noting that he deals with the issues of the day and not personalities in his posts.

“I wasn’t making any accusation. I was just calling the attitude of arrogance that came out on what was a public post,” he said.

He said the territory is supposed to be a democracy and he has a right to speak his mind on issues that affect his life.

Rosan is of the view that the excuse given for the firing does not make sense and asked why would the band keep him that long if his skills on the drums were not up to par.

“I am not in any way feeling like I am less of a drummer based on what was said. I think Rhymer has the right to choose whoever he wants in his band. My thing is that he is trying to be petty and make it about my performance. Let's be real,” Rosan said.

When this news site approached Rhymer for a comment on Wednesday February 10, 2016, he said that he could not speak at the time as he was busy on the floor entertaining the guests musically.

81 Responses to “Joseph M. Rosan accuses Quito Rhymer of unfair dismissal”

  • facts man (11/02/2016, 08:17) Like (67) Dislike (18) Reply
    I am not a big fan of mattie as he talk too much but on this it seems like political vitimisation
    • Hmm (11/02/2016, 10:45) Like (22) Dislike (8) Reply
      Tell him post the whole text not the edited version
    • dancer (11/02/2016, 11:32) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
      Not at all a political victimization. If politics had been an issue he would have been "fired" during the election, the truth is he quit. He was asked to take some time off and practice reggae drumming.
    • isreal (11/02/2016, 12:45) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
      So funny this has nothing to do with Politics... Mr Rossane took this personally and dicided to blow it out of proportion to discredit the Group and trun this into a political issue. JUST WRONG. KARMA WILL COME.
    • @facts man (11/02/2016, 21:28) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      He will always pay for his mouth...not just in this matter but all matters..He knows to much and still knows nothing. Self righteous mumu
  • HAHA (11/02/2016, 08:19) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    VINO, ain't no "H" in Quito's name
    • contact input (11/02/2016, 13:55) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      The spelling of the name in Matt's phone is not an issue. It is just how he typed his contact. That does not discredit the message. If you name John Doe and I put your name in my phone as John D. I know its you! He could have even have it as Quito. Nothing to comment about
  • wize up (11/02/2016, 08:23) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I hear that!!!!
  • Not your first (11/02/2016, 08:32) Like (44) Dislike (146) Reply
    Quito give you a great warning for your own good. you should thank him. it's not your first time your tongue got you in trouble. if your skills and attitude was that good i am sure he would have kept you. and it seems like the whole band sided with quito so its nothing personal just biz. move on and check yourself stop balling to vino they can't help you. a firing is not an award ceremony so don't expect it will be conducted like such.
    • Phuck Off (11/02/2016, 11:00) Like (17) Dislike (13) Reply
      Go scratch your a$$. The sh$t going on in the BVI stinks. We live in a damn DEMOCRACY
  • hello? (11/02/2016, 08:48) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why did this story make the news again? I forgot, oh no, I never knew.
  • LBF (11/02/2016, 09:00) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
  • 01001010001 (11/02/2016, 09:07) Like (19) Dislike (12) Reply
    the Lodge strikes again. Careful wa u say when u workin for government, the evil men under the facade of brotherhood will sift those who speak freely of their opinion out of positions connected to them and their vulnerabilities. matty, if u ain wan end up missin or hold a decent job then fall in line and stop thinking for yourself. you working in satan house amongst dumb devils following a very wise satan, dis ain no game brother man. Remember that satan possesses a great knowledge of god, thats why majority of these people will be easily fooled by those who claim to be that which they are not, your former band leader being 1 of them for tryin to tell you wa to say with your mouth. last time i checked you play the drums with your hands. Pay very close attention, majority of our tolian brothers and sisters are blind because they have been dumbed down to be dependant on a group of men who suck the life out of them. Do not side with them, hold up the resistance.
  • Seriously Dude (11/02/2016, 09:12) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply
    BOIIIIII go sid down, me aint know you use to play for Quito i thought tis was the Thomas dude
    • JEALOUSY (11/02/2016, 11:03) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
      Does the issue at hand change because you thought it was the Thomas dude? Boiiiiiii go sit your hating a$$ down.
  • Fair (11/02/2016, 09:18) Like (16) Dislike (20) Reply
    You is a dawn good drummer. So that is not the reason .It have to be more than that.keep on playing by brother.
    • Bay Boy (11/02/2016, 10:19) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
      • Really Now???????? (11/02/2016, 13:20) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
        And what may I ask are your credentials to determine his level of playing? That's what I thought. And are you confirming that it was political?
      • nation builder (11/02/2016, 13:55) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
        You hit the nail on the head. He is always spouting off at the mouth. Not that one shouldn't have an opinion, but you would have to experience his incessant barrage on nonsense to appreciate people's level of frustration with him. Be gone!
    • (11/02/2016, 10:42) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      You must be talking about another drummer cause this one........ Hmmmm
  • Outsider (11/02/2016, 09:19) Like (61) Dislike (8) Reply
    We need to stop making peoples personal issues national news. We have more important things as a society and as a country to focus on.
    • ??????? (11/02/2016, 11:05) Like (5) Dislike (16) Reply
      IS that so? Well so you know, the people make up a society so their issues are the only issues and issues like this one is what creates bigger issues. But of course you wouldn't know that since you are a leech.
    • Oh Please (11/02/2016, 11:21) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Examples of personal issues:

      Greed - for some people this is a personal issue for which help is needed as such people end up being thieves; so such a personal issue lead to societal issues

      Lying - some people can't help being liars and such a dishonest action leads to other societal issues.

      So, personal issues lead to societal issues if not dealt with.
      • ????? (11/02/2016, 13:32) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        You are an arse if you don't know that victimization creates the worst forms of societal problems. You all keep going man.
    • No!!! (11/02/2016, 14:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      We exposing the duttyness
  • look here!!! (11/02/2016, 09:23) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    this is why I hate Partisan political dividends that is being perpetuate in the VI right now and for a while, the ruling party seem to never stop campaigning and the opposition supporters are doing the same. with that said while we may not agree with with a single word anther person may spew, we need to learn how to respect it. This using your position to quite and control people need to stop.
  • Walter (11/02/2016, 09:58) Like (26) Dislike (8) Reply
    You're only gonna expose yourself for more criticism Rosan. This need not be in the news. Personally you are a OK drummer a lil' too stiff for my liking. The sound of the Edge needs to step up I totally agree. Lazy body language and repetitive tones killing the music. On a personal level, you need to be aware of the things you say on a Public forum. You are a Public Servant before responsible and keep your childish opinions to yourself. All the hate ya'll have for Mark you're gonna still smile and shake his hand when you see him. Arrogance is a sign of Weakness my brother!
  • dancer (11/02/2016, 10:00) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Were you fired or did you walk out?
  • bvi (11/02/2016, 10:03) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    Matty, you are a trouble maker. I wouldn't want you around me either. Quito just finally came to his senses and got rid of you. No one needs trouble in their lives
  • Labor matter (11/02/2016, 10:07) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    make a complaint to the Labour commish for settlement since its a labour issue
  • member (11/02/2016, 10:32) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr Rosane was not fired !!!! . he walked out of the meeting that he was given 3 months to try to perfect his drumming ability. It was a concern for all the band members that his quality of drumming and remembering the songs was becoming an on going concern in the band and was getting worst. On top of that all His attitude is disgusting and Talks to much about his hate for the politicans. He needs to get a reality check.
  • tell the whole story (11/02/2016, 10:33) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why didn't Mr. Rosan post the rebuttal that one of the band members put in response to his allegations, putting a whole new light on what allegedly happened including the whole text what Mr Rhymer sent to him? Funny enough it has now been deleted. I hope somebody screenshot it.
    • hahah (11/02/2016, 13:34) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      Dion, go and teach the school children; I'm glad mine aren't amongst your students because I wouldn't want them to pick up your social ills.
    • Screen shot (12/02/2016, 14:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes i took a screen shot.
  • civil servant (11/02/2016, 10:40) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    Ndp going fire him next you watch
  • Hmmm (11/02/2016, 10:42) Like (88) Dislike (7) Reply
    the call went like this:
    Mark – Hey Quito boi
    Quito – Yes I Mark, big-up NDP
    Mark - I hear your band dissing me
    Quito – Wa, Wa, No Sah fari, Not we, NDP Rule, ever faithful ever sure
    Mark – them say your drummer throwing talk
    Quito – Who Thomas? Nah man him a soldier
    Mark – no the other drummer
    Quito – rawted, you mean lawyer girl brother
    Mark – yeah him dissing, so da mean you dissing
    Quito - No sah Fari, I n I with NDP
    Quito – I going sort it out father, plus I tired he trying get all the girls for he self
    Quito – hey, Jah alone know NDP rule, jah Rastafari
    Mark - Fix it, if he touch a drum I shut you down. Anyways later
  • Yes (11/02/2016, 10:53) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    He cant take quito to labour because his wife is the boss, wha a mess!
  • playing politics? (11/02/2016, 10:59) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    Me nah go back deh!
  • Cold front passing (11/02/2016, 11:06) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Just saying.... (11/02/2016, 11:58) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Do you think he will get any fix from labour? Check who the man wife is
  • hah (11/02/2016, 11:59) Like (36) Dislike (7) Reply
    It took him 20 years to realize that Mattie was a bad drummer??? How long will it take him to realize he isn't a good singer?
    • Qmary (11/02/2016, 14:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    • mesayso (11/02/2016, 19:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      HaHaHa I wondered when some one would come up with this one, how long it took him to find out he is a bad drummer, Hahaha still laughing. Love the Blogging .
    • Mark (11/02/2016, 21:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Boy u just can't make this kind of stuff up... u all killing me here lol.
  • Nil Sympatico (11/02/2016, 12:00) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Your actions on Facebook warrants termination from your real job,the one where you get a life pension and other benefits. You should have a sit-down with Igwe . You were wrongly terminated,you say but how could this be when you are still employed. Get some gratitude pills and be thankfull that you were not derported or fired. You knew the rules when u became a civil servant.

    • Where the Hell You from?????!!!!! (11/02/2016, 13:38) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
      You think Matti could be deported? Half your NDP conies & their wives would be deported before that could ever happen including you!!! HAHAHHAHHA! Deport Matti.... that is funny as hell.
  • dead (11/02/2016, 12:00) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
  • Really (11/02/2016, 13:48) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
  • mistake (11/02/2016, 14:31) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    It was the Gov who should have fired him.
    Hope they correct their mistake and do just that.
  • chad (11/02/2016, 14:56) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Quito on a firing spree man!
  • Bernie Sanders (11/02/2016, 15:47) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    I ain't taking sides,Mattie please go to Mark and ask him for a Job to play music on the cruise pier when the ships come in.Please put your own band together the tourist don't mind the beat of the music,they just want to sake and act crazy..They also wouldn't mind if you drumming off beat,,So don't say Bernie ain't give you a good advice Mattie Boy,do your best and leave the rest..
  • wize up (11/02/2016, 16:38) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    should be interesting if this issue actually reaches the labor commissioner's desk?
  • Surely goodness and mercy (11/02/2016, 17:21) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    Tortola people think because they have little money and power they can do people as they wish. Advantage them. Especially those from the islands. A man will surely reap what he sows.
  • Eagle Eye (11/02/2016, 17:55) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply

    the weakest man in dat band is q...o on guitar.he need to put down dat guitar and sing only.bless up

  • Drumming (11/02/2016, 19:53) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Not much drummer around here can play reggae like reggae.. Maybe that's the issue.
    • Wck (11/02/2016, 20:51) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      And you are qualified to make this statement because....................................................
  • Mark (11/02/2016, 20:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mattie is my boy but he is to radical and somewhat of a loose canon
  • -__- (11/02/2016, 21:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is this news ?
  • We're all thinking it (12/02/2016, 01:53) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Bro, Quito is booty. Old slow boring.. When I was young.. We would call around 11 to make sure he was off stage.. They would say,"he jus gettin off now.."we all wanted the DJ.. Sum dutty nights n deh

  • Ole School (12/02/2016, 02:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    matty is a lite weight when it comes to playing drums the original drummer Hannibal he was the man that gave quito his sound.The other drummers were just followers on wha he build. Lolly keep it real.. I remember back in the days every Friday religiously me and my girlfriend would go down to cane garden bay for the music and fun. That quito and the original Edge used to provide.
  • musicfriend (12/02/2016, 09:47) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is part of the biz drummie.... a leader can get rid of a musician if the chemistry aint right off stage..just sayin.. doh make it a big deal. If ur good at wat u do..another band will holla... the whole news article and public display for this is not necessary. Keep yuh chin up
  • my poor island (15/02/2016, 14:11) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    changing country #bvinotforme

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