• Jamaica: Dancehall artist banned for his ‘gangsta lyrics’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica / St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Dancehall star banned for his ‘gangsta lyrics’ In January 2008, a performance by the Jamaican dancehall artist Mavado was banned by authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In April, a concert in Guyana was banned by the government. Police officials are concerned about Mavado’s lyrics […]
  • Denmark: Activist campaigns against online sales of ‘murder music’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark: Activist campaigns against sales of ‘murder music’ Online music stores that sell so-called ‘murder music’ receive complaints from Danish gay rights activist. Founder of the radio station Pride Radio Denmark, Martin Adelskov, has complained to Freewebs.com and Indietitan.com after coming across the hate-filled content by unsigned artist Jomo Minott on their webservers, […]
  • Sweden: Concerts with Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla cancelled

    NEWS 12 April 2012 Sweden: Concerts with Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla cancelled In March 2012, the 35-year-old Jamaican reggae musician Sizzla Kalonji was stopped from performing in Sweden, second time around in the same month, because of his infamous homophobic lyrics. Sizzla was scheduled to perform in Slakthuset in Stockholm on 28 March 2012, but […]
  • Guyana: Singer banned by National Broadcasting Association

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Guyana: Singer banned by National Broadcasting Association The Guyana National Broadcasting Association announced on 21 September 2011 that the Jamaican dancehall singer Vybz Kartel (real name: Adidja Palmer) has been banned from public airwaves in Guyana. Martin Goolsarran, a spokesman for the state-owned radio outlet, National Communications Network, said that Vybz Kartel’s music […]
  • Jamaica/Antigua: Arrest of reggae musician sparks censorship debate

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica / Antigua: Arrest of reggae musician sparks censorship debate The arrest of dancehall artist Vybz Kartel, who is charged with murder, has sparked a debate over whether restrictions should be placed on of music with violent content. Vybz Kartel (real name: Adidja Palmer), arguably Jamaica’s most popular dancehall artist, was arrested on […]
  • Jamaica: Ban on violent and explicit sexual lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica: Ban on violent and explicit sexual lyrics A government-led crackdown on violent and explicit sexual lyrics seems to have stalled reggae music’s 20-year slide into what has been dubbed “murder music,” wrote Zadie Neufville from Kingston on 14 September 2010. In February 2009 the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica banned all songs with […]
  • Germany: 11 Jamaican ‘hate music’ albums blacklisted

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany:11 Jamaican ‘hate music’ albums blacklisted An official authority has blacklisted 11 dancehall albums in the period between 2008 and January 2010 due to violent and homophobic content, reported Steven Jackson of Jamiaca Observer. The artists whose work has been blacklisted in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, include Sizzla, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, Capleton, […]
  • USA / Jamaica: Buju Banton has US tour canceled by promoters

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA / Jamiaca: Singer Buju Banton has US tour canceled by promoters The concert promoters Live Nation and AEG canceled shows by the Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton after protests from gay rights advocacy organisations over the singer’s homophobic song lyrics, The Los Angeles Times reported. Buju Banton’s scheduled shows in Los Angeles, […]
  • Guyana: Ban lifted on ‘gangsta’ dancehall stad

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Guyana: Ban lifted on Jamaican ‘gangsta’ dancehall star Several countries in the Carribean have barred the Jamaican dancehall artist Mavado citing that his lyrics advocate violence. In Guyana, the goverment lifted the ban, causing a heated public debate. 28-year-old Jamaican singer Mavado (real name: David Constatine Brooks) is known around the world for […]
  • Denmark: Controversy over Jamaican reggae star’s concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark / Jamaica:Controversy over reggae star’s concert in Copenhagen Prior to his concert in Copenhagen on 19 October 2009 reggae star Sizzla was quoted in a Danish newspaper interview as confirming his anti-homosexual viewpoints. Because of this the local music venue where the concert was about to take place threatened to cancel it, […]
  • Grenada: Government rejects popular Jamaican artist

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Grenada:Government rejects popular Jamaican artist The Government of Grenada has denied performance work permits to popular Jamaican Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel and his band. The “red-hot” entertainer Vybz Kartel (real name: Adija Palmer), whose controversial lyrics have brought him lots of media attention both in and out of Jamaica, was scheduled to perform […]
  • Jamaica / Denmark: University thesis on dancehall reggae and homophobia

    STUDY ROOM ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica / Denmark: University thesis seeks to explain homophobia in dancehall reggae Johannes Frandsen Skjelbo, a student of University of Copenhagen, has written an analysis of Jamaican music culture in a postcolonial context, with a view to the Danish reception of Jamaican music. It was published in Danish language in March 2009. […]
  • Canada: Silencing Jamaican musicians fuels censorship debate

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada:Silencing Jamaican musicians fuels censorship debate A Canadian coalition calls for a boycott of Jamaica and its music if the country’s government doesn’t take action on homophobic violence. The controversy over certain dancehall song lyrics has ignited a heated debate in Canada and Jamaica about censorship and freedom of expression. Songs by Jamaican […]
  • Canada: Jamaica-boycott called off

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada:Jamaica-boycott called off Stop Murder Music Canada, a group organising a boycott of Jamaica unless the country’s government takes action against homophobic violence, cancelled the action after receiving an official response from the Jamaican consul general in Canada. Stop Murder Music Canada tries to prevent the sales and performances of Jamaican musicians whose songs […]
  • Jamaica / USA: Boundaries of freedom of musical expression examined

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica / USA: Boundaries of freedom of musical expression examined The boundaries of free speech in today’s popular music culture are to be examined in a tv programme recorded in New York, USA, on 7 February 2008, announced the Government of Jamaica in a press release. The panel discussion is entitled: ‘Censorship vs. […]
  • United Kingdom: Reggae star banned from entering Great Britain

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Jah Cure banned from entering Great Britain According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, the Jamaican artist Siccatune Alcock – more known as reggae performer Jah Cure – is banned from entering the United Kingdom. Jah Cure’s visit was due to a series of concerts taking place during October 2007. His visit […]
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