Reggae singer's lyrics spark Swedish outrage
Published: 19 Mar 2012 11:40 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Mar 2012 11:40 GMT+01:00
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Sizzla, whose full name is Sizzla Kalonji, was booked to perform at the Hornstull Strand in Sweden’s capital on March the 28th.
However, event organizers have acknowledged the public outcry and accepted the fact that the Sizzla’s messages are in fact in breach of their code of conduct.
The organizers have since cancelled the show, which was dubbed “The Reggae Compassionate Act”.
Sizzla, 35, is currently on tour and has played 18 European venues with the same result – members of the gay community being outraged.
Killing homosexuals and burning them is a theme in several of the Rastafarian’s songs, which has incited rage throughout the world, seeing him banned from performing in Canada and England.
Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT) have labeled his lyrics as advocating violence towards LGBT people.
After news of his impending visit to Stockholm reached Sweden, a petition was started, and soon event organizers were forced to take notice, thereby cancelling the singer’s visit to the Hornstull Strand.
Sizzla also visited Sweden in 2009, prompting the LGBT community to complain that organizers were ignorant for allowing him to perform here at all.