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by Rex Wockner
A concert by Jamaican reggae singer Capleton was canceled by organizers in Basel, Switzerland, on Nov. 6.
The groups Homosexuelle Arbeitsgruppen Basel and Stop Murder Music Bern had opposed the concert “because Capleton has performed songs encouraging violence against lesbian and gay people, in violation of his commitment to abide by the terms of the Reggae Compassionate Act – an agreement that he signed in early 2007, whereby he undertook to not perform ‘murder music’ songs any more,” said British activist Peter Tatchell, who has campaigned against Jamaican dancehall singers’ anti-gay lyrics.
Tatchell said Stop Murder Music Bern was able to prove that Capleton “performed songs that incite homophobic violence” after he’d signed the RCA.
In recent years, other dancehall singers have seen their concerts canceled sporadically in several countries as a result of gay activists’ complaints to concert venues and promoters.