Murder Music Performer Garners Grammy Nomination

Jim Burroway

December 3rd, 2009

Buju BantonJamaican dancehall and murder music performer Buju Banton has just secured a fourth Grammy nomination, this time a Best Reggae Album nomination for Rasta Got Soul. This follows a contentious U.S. tour in which several venues canceled Banton’s performance due to protests from members of local and national LGBT community groups.

Buju Banton has came under fire for performing songs advocating violence against gay people, including his 1992  single, “Boom Bye Bye” which calls for gay people to be shot in the head with automatic weapons, have acid poured on them, and burned “like an old tire wheel.” UK LGBT Activist Peter Tatchel called the song “probably the most murderous incitement recorded by any singer anywhere in the world.” In 2007 Banton was among a number of reggae artists who signed the Reggae Compassionate Act, promising to refrain from performing homophobic songs or making homophobic statements. He later denied signing the pact, and has performed “Boom Bye Bye” since renouncing the agreement.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch confirmed that Banton was among six men involved in a gay bashing in June 2004 in Constant Spring, Jamaica. After meeting with Bay-area LGBT activists during Banton’s 2009 U.S. tour, Banton announced on Jamaican radio that “there is no end to the war between me and faggot.”

[Hat tip: Michael Petrelis]

Lynn David

December 3rd, 2009

Yeah… and Beenie Man bringing riddim to Kampala, Uganda. Where they say:

Beenie’s success has not come without its bits of controversy. Coming out of a culture that frowns on homosexuality, he has been forced to tone down his lyrics to be able to perform in countries like the US, UK and Australia. He has also made much of his U-turn by joining organisations that campaign against homosexual intolerance. Not that he will be finding any such demands when he comes to perform in Kampala, a nation that is currently advocating tougher laws against homosexuals!

I’ve not seen where he joined any such organization. As of earlier this month people were still speaking out against him.

UK Chris

December 4th, 2009

Is there a link with which we can write to the Grammy peopl and complain about this?

Jafuf

December 4th, 2009

So when is someone finally goint to ‘out’ this closet queen?

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