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Last Updated: Friday, 25 June, 2004, 09:29 GMT 10:29 UK
Concert cancelled in lyrics row
Beenie Man
Beenie Man is one of the world's biggest dancehall stars
A concert by a Jamaican dancehall star was cancelled after complaints it might provoke violence towards gay men.

Police spoke to Beenie Man after a complaint that some of his songs contain "lyrics that are an incitement to homophobic murder and violence".

The performer, real name Anthony Davis, was due to appear at the Ocean club in Hackney, east London on Thursday night.

The club said it was cancelled due to "concerns for public safety" and after talks with Scotland Yard officers.

The performer was not arrested or spoken to under caution and Scotland Yard said it did not ask for the concert to be cancelled.

Beenie Man has more than 50 Jamaican number one hits and is one of the biggest names in the dancehall scene - a form of reggae.

He was among Mobo-nominated performers included in a dossier presented to Scotland Yard's Race and Violent Crime Taskforce by gay rights campaigners last September.

Refunds have been offered to those with tickets for the show.


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