Sizzla pulled from line-up in Sweden

Simone Morgan

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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RASTAFARI reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji has been yanked from the line-up of a show in reggae-friendly European country, Sweden.


Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, was pulled due to mounting pressure from the gay community.


According to the website www.dancehallreggaeworld.com, the event — Reggae Compassionate Act — was slated for Wednesday, March 28 at the Hornstull Strand and should have featured dancehall artiste Sizzla. However, he was pulled by the organisers as a result of the public outcry that his messages were a breach of their code of conduct.


The members of the the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community said that the dreadlocked artiste's lyrics advocated violence towards them. The show's organisers were forced to take notice of the group's petion.


This was not the first complaint made by that community against Kalonji. In 2009, the group accused the organisers of being ignorant for allowing him to perform in the country.


Several of Sizzla's songs such as Bad Man Don't Apologise and Murder Them have portrayed violence towards members of the homosexual community.


In 2007, Sizzla's concerts in Toronto and Montreal were cancelled after protest were made by members of the Canadian Stop Murder Music coalition. The year after, he was sent back to the United States after arriving in Madrid for a concert. The Spanish human right organisations protested against his message of hatred against homosexuals.


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