Germany: 11 Jamaican ‘hate music’ albums blacklisted

20 April 2010

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, TOK and Baby …

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Jamaica/USA: Buju Banton has US tour canceled by promoters

7 September 2009

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, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston …

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Canada: Jamaica-boycott called off

22 May 2008

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 …

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Denmark: Activist campaigns against online sales of ‘murder music’

22 May 2008

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 and after coming across the hate-filled content by unsigned artist Jomo Minott on their webservers, reported on 21 May …

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Canada: Silencing Jamaican musicians fuels censorship debate

8 May 2008

  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 dancehall artists …

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United Kingdom: Brighton first city to outlaw ‘hate music’

6 December 2007

The British seaside town Brighton has become the first place in the UK to ban music that “incites hatred towards minorites”. The new rule could stop some hip hop and reggae acts from putting on gigs in the city. Music which encourages violence towards minority groups has been banned in …

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Jamaica: Dancehall star signs the Reggae Compassionate Act

9 August 2007

Reggae and dancehall star Buju Banton is the fourth artist to sign the ‘Reggae Compassionate Act’ – a part of the gay rights campaign ‘Stop Murder Music’. Other artists, such as Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton, have already signed the act, reported UK Gay News and British newspapers. By Kristina …

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Denmark: Reggae concert under close surveillance

23 May 2007

200 activitsts demonstrated against the performance of Jamaican rapper and DJ Elephant Man in Copenhagen on 21 May 2007 because he has incited to violence against homosexuals in his songs “Battyman fi dead! [Queers must be killed] Please mark we word [Please mark my words] Gimme tha tech-nine [Give me …

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United Kingdom: City council proposes ban on ‘murder music’

8 February 2007

Brighton and Hove City Council may become the first in United Kingdom to place a ban on music which encourages violence towards minority groups, reports The Argus Proposals to outlaw so-called ‘murder music’ in venues, pubs and clubs are being considered as part of a review of Brighton and Hove …

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USA: Controversial reggae star’s show called off

29 September 2006

A Los Angeles nightclub has canceled a performance by reggae star Buju Banton because of his lyrics against homosexuality E-mail complaints and concerned callers prompted Adam Manacker, the manager of the Highland Nightclub in Hollywood, USA, to research Banton’s past and cancel the singer’s show scheduled for 2 October 2006. …

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