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Russia: Rapper’s gig cancelled after cannibalism claims

6 November 2018
A venue in Russia has cancelled a gig by rapper Husky after pressure from prosecutors who claimed some of his lyrics call for cannibalism.
Photo: Husky Music / VK

 

A concert by rapper Husky was cancelled in the Russian city of Tolyatti after prosecutors claimed some of his lyrics call for cannibalism, organisers announced on 26 October 2018.

According to Husky, the lyrics in question are: “Remember you died and we ate your meat” from his song Poem about the motherland.

He said prosecutors also allegedly found “insults to the feelings of believers, propaganda of Nazism and sexual debauchery” in his songs.

Organisers announced they were “forced” to cancel the 2 November gig, saying representatives from the prosecutor’s office went to the club and “strongly recommended” cancelling the upcoming concert or else serious sanctions would apply. 

“Representatives of the club could not contradict the prosecutor’s office and refused to lease us, terminating the contract,” the organisers said on Russian social media site VK.

Husky, who is touring Russia throughout November and December, said other venues have also been threatened, including Zvezda club in the nearby city of Samara that was told its electricity would be turned off if it hosted the rapper.

“I won’t beat around the bush… the Prosecutor’s Office is encroaching on my rights to broadcast in different cities of Russia. In Tolyatti, they have already made a mess; Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm and some other cities are next in line. The list is growing,” Husky said on VK.

 

 

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