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Gay slur shelves reggae concert
Sizzla
Sizzla's entry to the UK was barred
A reggae festival in Paris has been cancelled after complaints about the anti-gay lyrics of singer Sizzla.

French gay groups said that some of the Jamaican performer's songs incited violence against homosexuals.

The Garrance Reggae festival featuring Sizzla was called off "because of the risk of public disorder", according to the event's organisers.

France has stringent laws against the defamation of any social groups who have been subject to discrimination.

Sizzla was one of 11 acts who were due to perform at Saturday's festival.

Six of the singer's eight planned concerts in France have so far been cancelled.

The move comes after several performances by another Jamaican reggae star, Capleton, were shelved after complaints about the singer's violently homophobic lyrics.

Unrepentant

The cancellations came despite the fact that Capleton, along with other Jamaican reggae singers accused of inciting hatred against whites and homosexuals, signed an accord in February with the British gay and lesbian organization OutRage!

Sizzla's five-date tour of the UK was cancelled last year following complaints about his homophobic lyrics.

But the singer was unrepentant, saying in an interview "they can't ask me to apologise".

"They've got to apologise to God because they break God's law," he added.

The reggae artist was barred from entering the UK while the Home Office investigated the complaints against him.

Sizzla - real name Miguel Collins - has released 25 albums since 1995.

In one of his songs, Pump Up, have Jamaican patois lyrics which have been translated by OutRage as "burn the men who have sex with men".


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