Sizzla Cancelled in Belgium

Press release No. TR101NT11E

Paris, Saturday 28 August 2010

SIZZLA was scheduled to appear on 25 August at RIDER’S PARK in Massancy, Belgium. [1] We have learned today that this concert has been cancelled, though it is not possible to say whether this was down to the STOP MURDER MUSIC (SMM) CAMPAIGN, or to one of this Jamaican Reggae Dancehall singer’s customary set-backs.

As in May 2008, when his people had in like manner accused the SMM CAMPAIGN of being responsible for the cancellation of several concerts (the more trite explanation was that he had been refused entry at the frontiers because of a problem with his visa)… As in February 2010, when the Reggae.fr website annouced the cancellation of some more concerts, mentioning «his recent arrest in Jamaica for guns being shot» (while, the following day, Reggaefrance.com said he was at the birthday party of Robert MUGABE, president of Zimbabwe, someone equally notorious for homophobic and racist comments)…

For the record, SIZZLA called in 1998 for people to «burn all white people». In 2001 in particular, he chanted, for example: «Shot battybwoy, my big gun boom» («Shoot queers, my big gun goes boom»). Few weeks after apparently having signed the REGGAE COMPASSIONATE ACT (RCA) in 2007, which was supposed to have put a stop to such statements, he performed the title «Nah Apologize» («No execuses for buggers»).

SIZZLA is still scheduled to appear at FESTI PLAISIR, rue Fontaine-de-la-Banquière at Montpellier (South of France), on Thursday 23 September at 20:00hrs, as well as at the ÉLYSÉE MONTMARTRE, Paris, Friday 24 September 2010 at 19:00hrs (remember, this hall happened to have hosted the Que Fuerte Paris Gaypride Party on Saturday 26 June). TJENBÉ RÈD calls once again for the human rights organisations in Montpellier and Paris to go into action.

For Tjenbé Rèd (Afro-Caribbean association for the struggle against all forms of homophobia, racism and AIDS)

Chair, David AUERBACH CHIFFRIN

+33 6 10 55 63 60 (France) | +596 6 96 05 24 55 (West Indies)

Fax: +33 1 76 50 59 79 | contact@tjenbered.fr

[0] 13 juillet 2010 – Photographies de la manifestation de Tjenbé Rèd lors de la venue de Capleton à l’Élysée Montmartre à Paris

http://www.tjenbered.fr/2010/20100713-99.html

[1] 19 août 2010 – 25/08 Sizzla & Firehouse Crew at Riders Park – Messancy(Reggaefrance.com)

http://forum.reggaefrance.com/sizzla-firehouse-crew-riders-park-messancy-t54852-15.html

http://www.tjenbered.fr/2010/20100819-89.pdf

[2A] 23 August 2010 – Right of reply to «Midi Libre» following its article of 18 august 2010 on Sizzla and the «gay lobbies» – Press release No. TR10INT11B

http://www.tjenbered.fr/2010/20100823-09.pdf [en]

http://www.tjenbered.fr/2010/20100823-00.pdf [fr]

http://www.heterhomo.org/Concert-de-Sizzla-Tjenbe-Red [fr]

http://www.pinkphenix.com/ [fr]

[2B] 15 April 2010 – Stop Murder Music: Tjenbé Rèd welcomes action in Strasburg and Lille in confronting Sizzla. – Press release No. TR10SOC05C

http://www.tjenbered.fr/2010/20100415-05.pdf [en]

http://www.tjenbered.fr/2010/20100415-00.pdf [fr]

[2C] 1 March 2010 – Report on activities undertaken with other associations in February 2010, in the context of the Stop Murder Music campaign, on the subject of Sizzla’s arrival in France – Release n°TR10SOC05B

http://www.tjenbered.fr/2010/20100301-69.pdf [fr|en]

English translation of this French original text. In the event of any differences between the English translation and the French original, the French text shall prevail. Translated by T. E.

28 août 2010 – Campagne Stop Murder Music : Un concert du chanteur homophobe Sizzla annulé en Belgique – Communiqué de presse n°TR10INT11E

http://www.tjenbered.fr/2010/20100828-00.pdf [fr]

http://www.tjenbered.fr/2010/20100828-09.pdf [en]

http://blogs.tetu.com/outre_mers_et_pairs/2010/08/29/sizzla-2/ [fr]

http://www.lepost.fr/ [fr]

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Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

2 thoughts on “Sizzla Cancelled in Belgium”

  1. http://www.change.org/petitions/say-no-to-hate-music-don-t-give-a-platform-to-singers-who-call-for-the-murder-of-lgbt-people

    Say No to Hate Music!

    I still need your help! Again, a number of clubs in Europe (also in Belgium again) will offer a stage in March and April 2012 to an “artist” who calls for the murder of LGBT people.

    I just created a petition entitled: Stop supporting hate, because I care deeply about this very important issue.
    I’m trying to collect as many signatures as possible, and I could really use your help.

    To read more about what I’m trying to do and to sign my petition, click here:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/say-no-to-hate-music-don-t-give-a-platform-to-singers-who-call-for-the-murder-of-lgbt-people

    Let the event sponsors know what we think about their support for hate and violence. Tell them that we will not tolerate it anymore. Last year another petition was a huge success and together we could prevent most of the concerts of a similar singer.

    It’ll just take a minute! Together we can make a change!

    Thank you!
    Anton

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