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LA venue cancels Banton concert
Buju Banton - picture courtesy of reggaephotos.com
Banton released his latest album Too Bad earlier this month
A venue in Los Angeles has cancelled a scheduled appearance by controversial reggae singer Buju Banton following complaints from its patrons.

The Jamaican dancehall star is accused of inciting homophobia by performing songs with allegedly anti-gay lyrics.

"We felt it was the right thing to do after doing some research into the matter," said Adam Manacker, general manager of the Highland nightclub.

In July, a Banton concert in Brighton was axed following similar protests.

Full refunds will be given for holders of tickets to the 2 October show.

Gay activists

The controversy derives from two songs released early in Banton's career - Batty Rider and Boom Bye Bye - which allegedly advocate the killing of gay men.

Banton - born Mark Anthony Myrie in 1973 - still performs the song live, prompting gay activists to campaign against his so-called "murder music".

In January, he was cleared of participating in a 2004 attack on a group of six gay men in Kingston, Jamaica.

A concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, went ahead as scheduled after organisers promised he would not fuel homophobic sentiments.


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