The incitement of violence and murder of a humans based on their sexual orientation is a criminal offence in most Western countries. If you wish to have more details regarding those cancellations, visit the HISTORY & NEWS section.
BREIF HISTORIC. The Stop Murder Music campaign was launched by the UK organisation OutRage!, in July 2004. Among the signers that advertised the killing of gays and lesbians in their songs, the following eight Jamaican dancehall artists were target by the campaign: Beenie Man, Sizzla, Buju Banton, Capleton, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, T.O.K. and Vybz Kartel. OutRage! sent a dossier entitled the 'Dancehall Dossier', a nine-page PDF to all the gay and lesbian organisations in Europe and North America asking them to protest the venues of those artists. The campaign resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of the singers’ concerts and sponsorship deals, causing them income losses estimated in excess of five million US dollars (£2.5 million). After these losts, the dancehall industry accepted to meet up with LGBT groups.
In February 2005, a deal was reached: VP Records, Greensleeve and Jet Star, the three main record companies promoting dancehall music, agreed to better select the music for their future releases by not including any of the music that would advertise violence towards the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or trangender (LGBT) communities. The deal, however, was with the industry and not the singers. Although the flow of songs attacking LGBT diminueshed considerably, these singers were still performing some of their violent homophobic songs onstage or releasing them on lesser known labels. In the Spring of 2007, Eddie Brown, along with several other europeen promoters teemed up with OutRage! and wrote the Reggae Compassionate Act (RCA), a contract that was made available for the singers to move on with their homophobic past. By signing the contract, they would agree not to promote any songs that would incite violence towards the LGBT communities. So far, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Capleton and Buju Banton have signed the RCA, but Beenie Man himself and Buju Banton management have denied signing the RCA, fearing the reaction of their fans. Sizzla and Buju Banton have not respected their signatures*: Sizzla performed his homophobic anthem 'Nah Apologize' during all of his 2007-2008 Europeen Tour and Buju Banton performed the first lines of his anti-gay anthem 'Boom Bye Bye' at least one time after signing the RCA (in October 2007). According to to live video segments posted on YouTube, Sizzla have even sang the violent homophobic songs 'To The Point' and 'Run Out Pon Dem' occasionaly since signing the RCA.
I try to list the whole tour, even the concert dates that were not cancelled, in order to show the portion of the artist's tour that was affected by the 'Stop Murder Music' campaign. I wish that the upcoming generation of singers will be wise enough to learn from this conflict. Click on the following links to see the tours that were targeted by the campaign.
*NOTE: Please refer to the NEWS & HISTORY section of this website for update on the situation. This specific section is the one I update regularly.
NOTE: I think I found most of the concerts that were cancelled since July 2004. If you know any other that were cancelled, please let me know.