Reggae star SIZZLA has cancelled dates in the UK after an inquiry was launched into the alleged homophobic nature of his, and seven other reggae artists’ lyrics.
Scotland Yard is looking at transcripts of lyrics by artists such as Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and Bounty Killer. Police are investigating whether the lyrics incite violence against homosexuals, therefore making them illegal.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We are awaiting a translation as to the exact content of the lyrics.
“We will be working with the CPS to determine whether any criminal offence has been committed,” reports the BBC.
Sizzla gigs in Bradford and east London will still go ahead on the condition that the show does not contain any homophobic, racist or sexist references.
“His promoter made him sign a contract which prevents him singing or saying anything between songs which could incite violence,” said Paul Mastrantuono, manager of Bradford’s Town And Country Club.
He added: “That condition was introduced a while ago, when his song‘Pump Up’ first drew attention, but Sizzla has mellowed since then.”
Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man both had their nominations for this year’s MOBO awards retracted after the content of their lyrics sparked controversy.