International reggae artist Sizzla Kalonji is still facing problems from his past issues with gay rights groups in the United States.
The reggae/dancehall singer is currently on tour in the U.S. with sold out shows in New York and California. But one of his upcoming tour dates on September 23rd at the 1015 Folsom in San Francisco has hit a snag after a LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) mounted a protest forcing the promoter to move the event to a venue in Oakland.
“We have worked to educate people on ‘murder music’ and we have had lots of success,” Queer Humboldt’s Todd Larsen said (Via Jamaica newspaper). “Therefore, we will continue to educate where we can so that venue owners can understand and will not accommodate entertainers like Sizzla, who seek to bring violence upon gays and lesbians via their music.”
Larsen says that he is even surprised that Sizzla got back his visa and is now able to perform in the U.S. “We are even very surprised that he got back his visa,” he said.
This marks the first set of performance in the U.S. for Sizzla in almost a decade due to his past visa issues. But this summer the U.S. embassy in Kingston reinstated the deejay’s work permit allowing him to go on a North America tour.