Channel24 interviews SA director, Oliver Schmitz, about his new film, Shepherds and Butchers

Dr Luke has refuted allegations that he abused Kesha by "pressuring" her into starving herself

Gig cancelled over 'homophobic' lyrics

2012-03-29 12:06

Stockholm -Jamaican reggae star Sizzla Kalonji had a Stockholm concert cancelled for a second time on Wednesday amid protests over lyrics considered homophobic, the club he had been meant to perform at said.

"We are cancelling Sizzla's concert tonight, March 28, at Slakthuset (The Slaughterhouse) despite the fact that this will entail a financial loss for us," Slakthuset said in a statement, insisting "we are against racism, we are against sexism and we are against homophobia".

Sizzla had originally been scheduled to play at another Stockholm club, Strand, but the event was cancelled and moved to Slakthuset after gay rights activists staged protests, including on Facebook.

'Murder of homosexuals'

According to the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL), the singer "regularly persecutes homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people and contributes heavily to the already strongly homophobic and transphobic societal climate in for instance Jamaica".

According to the group, which issued a statement earlier on Wednesday calling for a boycott of Sizzla's gig at Slakthuset, the singer called at a concert in Kingston this month for the murder of homosexuals.

Organisers behind his four-week European tour meanwhile insisted in a statement published on Monday that protesters were reacting to "words in Jamaican that were poorly interpreted and poorly translated".


Richard Svahn, the head of RFSL's Stockholm division, however insisted it was important that Sizzla be blocked from performing in the Swedish capital.

"Stockholm usually ranks first in terms of the world's most gay-friendly cities. For that to continue, organisers must take their responsibility and take a stand up against homophobic artists," he said in the statement.

The Stockholm announcement came a day after the Sala Arena in Madrid said it was cancelling Sizzla's concert there on April 13, and after organisers in Oslo, where he is scheduled to play on Thursday, said the venue for the concert had been altered, also amid protests from gay rights activists.

Read more on:    stockholm  |  music  |  concerts

Your Halloween gig guide

2016-10-28 15:07 publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

Your Halloween gig guide

2016-10-28 15:07

Keen to get dressed up and listen to some awesome tunes? Then click here! Read More »

Kings of Leon - which includes brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill and their cousin Matthew Followill - are set to perform at the MTV EMAs. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.