Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla's scheduled concert in Stockholm has been canceled because of complaints due to the violent, anti-gay lyrics in his songs, reports The Local.
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.
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. 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 has been repeatedly cited as one of the leading voices in so-called "murder music", which calls for violence acts toward gays and lesbians. Lyrics in song such as "Boom Boom" and "Pump It Up" openly advocate the burning and killing of homosexuals.
Although many of Sizzla's concerts have been canceled in Europe and Canada in recent years, the anti-gay singer played to a very receptive audience in 2010: The birthday party of Zimbabwe president and fellow gay-basher Robert Mugabe.
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