Icelandic star dedicates a track to the newly-independent state
Bjork’s upcoming performance in Novi Sad, Serbia, has been cancelled following perceived pro-Kosovan remarks at a gig in Tokyo.
The Icelandic star recently dedicated her track ‘Declare Independence’ to the Balkan state, which recently declared its independence from Serbia, at two gigs in Japan.
Her performance at the EXIT Festival, held on July 11-13, has subsequently been cancelled.
Speaking to the Icelandic publication Morgunbladid, Bjork said: “Maybe a Serb attended my concert and called home, and therefore the concert in Novi Sad was cancelled.”
However, the Serbian organisers of the gig claimed to the same publication that they cancelled Bjork’s appearance out of concern for the security of attendees.
Kosovo’s declaration of independence this month has been highly contested, with many of the Balkan states, Russia, China and Spain refusing to recognise the territory as a state.
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