At issue are the 35-year-old reggae star’s lyrics, which in songs like “Boom Boom” and “Pump It Up” openly advocate the burning and killing of homosexuals.
A charming sample from “Pump It Up”: “Shot battybwoy, my big gun boom.” (Shoot queers, my big gun goes boom.)
Sizzla had been scheduled to perform on March 28 at Stockholm’s Hornstull Strand, but promoters ultimately agreed with the public that the performer has been in breach of the Reggae Compassionate Act, which he signed in 2007.
The singer has had concerts cancelled before on similar grounds — including in Canada in 2007, Spain in 2008, and Germany in 2009 and 2010 — but has steadfastly refused to express regret to the LGBT community for his lyrics.
“They can’t ask me to apologize,” he said in a 2004 BBC radio interview. “They’ve got to apologize to God because they break God’s law. ”
In 2010, Sizzla performed in Zimbabwe at the 86th birthday party for fellow rabid gay-hater President Robert Mugabe.
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