Devout rastafarian reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji, real name is Miguel Collins, and promoters of the Reggae Compassionate Act concert, felt the power of the Swedish LGBT community forcing Kalonji to be yanked from the show in Stockholm.
Due to mounting pressure from the gay community, the Reggae Compassionate Act event will no longer see the performance of the reggae firebrand. Scheduled for Wednesday, March 28 at the Hornstull Strand, Sizzla would have been the featured dancehall artiste, however, he was pulled by the organizers 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 in Sweden conducted a petition calling for the removal of Sizzla from the concert, stating that his lyrics advocated violence towards them.
This was not the first complaint made by that community against Kalonji. In 2009, the group accused the organizers of being ignorant for allowing him to perform in the country. Citing lyrics from songs such as Bad Man Don’t Apologize and Murder Them have portrayed violence towards members of the homosexual community.
Listen to Sizzla’s Bad Man Don’t Apologize below:
In 2007, Sizzla’s concerts in Toronto and Montreal were cancelled after protest were made by members of the Canadian Stop Murder Music coalition and in 2008 he was also banned from a performance in Madrid.
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