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Page 19 The Westem Mirror, Monday, May 2,2011
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tzz a launched
By Joel Lawson
In a brow raising performance.
revolutionary rasta deejay Sizzla was in
militant mond at the inaugural staging of
dancehal] night at Coke Zero LIVE at Pier
One, Montego Bay on Sunday, April 24,
2011 when he launched a scathing attack
on the gay community.
Contracted to close dancehall night, he
did so at 5:11 a.m. on Easter Monday, but
not before taking a vicious aim not only
on the gays, but indulgers of oral sex. In
launching the attack, he said he did not
care if he got locked up.
He even issued a warning to the police
that extra judicial killings of ghetto youths
by certain misguided members of the force
were then under the microscope of the
Sizzla told the crowd that homosexuality
was an offence under Jamaican law,; and
asked them for their confirmation. He told
them further that ganja was illegal in the
law as well and again asked them for their
"Then why dem a lock up
man fe ganja and dem nah ..
lock up de b...y man demn?"
Sizzla asked. He then
lamented the growing
number of gays in
Jlamaica and proceeded
to give a rendition of
Buju Banton's 'Boom
Bye Bye' to which he
received a full acclaim
from the audience even
though they know quite
well the backlash for local
artistes internationally Sizzl
for the their anti-gay Sizzla
stance. and it was Africa that really belonged to
He said Jamaica belonged to Indians, the black man, and that it was Afri-in
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co ittmopia from Jerusalem through the
union of the Queen Of Sheba and King
Solomon. His biggest emphasis, however,
was on former emperor of Ethiopia Haile
Selassie, who he declared as the black
man's god, noting that other nations had
their own gods such as Buddha.
Other good performances came from
Bounty Killer and I-Octane as expected.
Lady Saw, Konshehs, Aidonia, Elephant
Man. Future Fambo, Khago, Kiprich,
Stephen 'The Genius'. Bramma, Chino,
G-Whizz, Ishawna, Stacious, Merrital
Family, Food Kartel and Ricky Teetz were
also booked for the event.
As expected, moderate crowds heralded
the first-ever staging of the Easter four-
day festival which began with Party Night
on Good Friday, April 22, Reggae Night
on Saturday, April 23, Dancehall Night
on Sunday, April 24 and Gospel Night on
Easter Monday, April 25.