KING OF THE DANCEHALL BANNED
“King Of The Dancehall” aka Beenie Man has been removed by the organisers of the international Reggae Festival Raggamuffin 2016 line-up.
Raggamuffin Music Festival is an annual event that tours Australia and New Zealand with a mixture of reggae, hip-hop, funk, dub and soul acts.
Ragamuffin were originally contented for the Grammy Award-winning artist to be placed upon the bill after being assured that his past homophobic comments and lyrics had been retracted, however following alleged concerns raised by the New Zealand gay community, he was removed.
Concerns were raised by popular New Zealand LGBT movement GayNZ. Raggamuffin organisers were forced to seek clarity from Bennie Man upon his stance upon homosexuality and it is allegedly reported that they further offered Beenie Man the opportunity to publicly state his support of the gay community and retract his past lyrics. Raggamuffin spokesperson Brotha D (Danny Leaoasavaii) stated Beenie Man failed to answer questions about his past lyrics, his current stance on the gay community and “… based on this, we have removed him from the line-up,” the spokesperson said.
Beenie Man has been replaced by Jamaican reggae artist, Diana King known for her chart-topping hits ‘Shy Guy’ and ‘I Say A Little Prayer.’ She is also known as the first Jamaican artist to publicly come out as gay.
Alongside Beenie Man; Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton and Queen Ifrica are among the few Jamaican artists who have been criticised by international gay communities for their homophobic lyrical views.
Beenie Man however, has previously retracted homophobic comments that he has made in the past.
ARTICLE BY PRINCESS PYHIA – JOURNALIST FOR REGGAE BRITANNIA. @REGGAEBRIT @PRINCESSPYHIA
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