Buju Banton in SF? Not so fast

Buju Banton, notorious for his homocidal rants against gays, was scheduled to perform at the Mezzanine on September 30. Thanks to some swift action by the politically astute and active Queer community, however, the Mezzanine and City Hall were flooded with calls and emails. Now, according to Bevan Dufty, the concert has been cancelled. Power to the people!

43 Comments so far

  1. Audio1 (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

    From what I remember, The last time Buju did any “anti-chichiman” music was in the mid-90’s. He does mostly Roots music nowadays. Grow the fuck up you sensitive bastards. I never knew Roots music promoted Anti-Gay messages….

    Taken from All Music:
    Buju Banton was one of the most popular dancehall reggae artists of the ’90s. Debuting with a series of popular “slack” singles, which drew criticism for their graphic sexuality and homophobia, Banton converted to Rastafarianism and revolutionized dancehall by employing the live instrumentation and social consciousness of classic roots reggae. He first adopted the approach on his 1995 classic ‘Til Shiloh, which raised hopes among his fans that he would become dancehall’s great international ambassador, as Bob Marley had been for roots reggae. While that never quite materialized, Banton remained a high-profile star into the new millennium.

    Grow up. Boom Bye Bye was in 1992. Rappers and Rock musicians were bashing Gay people in the mid-90’s and we never saw this outcry and criticism.


  2. Mod of Dopeness (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 9:31 pm

    I saw Buju @ UCLA Reggae Fest (Summer 2006), he didn’t play any anti-gay songs and was the best performer of the day. This is just another attempt to shut down the spread of black / african consciousness.


  3. Todd X (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 10:24 pm

    I can think of a dozen African artists off the top of my head who have no history of inciting violence and promoting hatred. I think one’s actions carry consequences. And, while he has every right to believe what he wants, others have the right to say “No,” to bond together in solidarity, to use the marketplace themselves. You see, he’s a businessman selling a product, and we decided not to buy it anymore. This time, the consciousness was green like the dollar bills he won’t get from us.


  4. Royal (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 11:48 am

    Every MAN & WOMAN have a right to dem own set up of beliefs. The BILL OF RIGHTS sehs “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. ”

    So why di bloodclaat dem try silence Buju Banton for him set of beliefs. If every man & woman turn batty civilization done!!! And now dem even want to raise up likkle pickney!!!….Gay people might as well protest against the Bible cause Father God BUHN out all batty business!!!!!!!!!! Laaaaaaaaaaaaaava!!!


  5. erric (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 11:53 am

    So – when was the last time this guy sang homokiller songs? I’m not sure where I stand on whether he should be banned from performing- I’m sure he’s not gonna try to perform in the Castro or major gay venue and sing his homokiller songs. This is a free-speech country is it not? I think we should be careful of how we decide to persecute this guy. Is he still crying ‘death to the ‘chichiboys’? I realize he is an easy target for thouse of us who are otherwise practically powerless in sooo many other ways, We can’t even marry. Let’s hang the guy that doesn’t like us and once wanted to kill us. We might need to exterminate much of the country. I wonder if he is an easy target because he symbolizes several deep fears many of have on several fronts. Oh and yeah he is a Black Man -a dark one with big ol’ dreads and lookin’ mean and threatening. Let’s check our Politics, our Racism, and His Latest Song-List and Truly think about how we mobilize. What about those damn Gay Republicans? Our president and his Cronnies? Oh and what do you say to your Bigotted and or Racist Friends, Family and Associates? Do you know anyone who used the N-word, or Rice, Beaner, or Spic, Jew (derogatorily)or other hateful language/words? Did you kick them out of your house or stop talking to them? Not buy them dinner or go to the club with them? Let’s check ourselves here. I think that’s enough for now.


  6. Todd X (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 12:10 pm

    Yikes. I had no idea we were all so forgiving. I guess I’m just a bitter fag who hates everyone–equally. Enjoy the Love Parade!


  7. Audio1 (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

    I’d like to point out that boycott vs banning = no freedom of choice. Your argument is flawed homie. See you at the Love Parade. Im playing on float #19. I’ll play “Boom Bye Bye” (Jungle Remix) for ya!


  8. ghytfg (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

    Free speech country? Look, Mezzanine is a private venue. It is not a public, federally owned space. The owners of any venue have the right to deny any performance they believe will injure their repuation as a business. Sure, in theory, you can say what you want in “Americia”, but who’s gonna be there to hear you if you don’t have some private property (night club in this case)to say it on? If it makes you feel good to belive you live in a “free country” I guess keep on believing that. But the fact is if you don’t have cash or property your “rights” are pretty useless. And as far as some dumb ass homophobe’s rights are concerned, hey..he has the right to go stand on the public street corner and shout his hate speech with all the other crazies if he wants to. But what freedom really means in this country is the freedom to do what you want with your property. If Mezzanine’s owner doesn’t want him their he has the freedom to turn him away. That’s(sadly) much of what American freedom amounts to.


  9. CHECK IT (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 6:04 pm

    That’s true, that why the Buju show in LA was cancelled and rescheduled for another venue on the same day. I heard the boulder colorado show had 900 patrons and 9 protesters. No violence and no one was beat up. Anti-buju protesters should check out his show before tryin to ‘bun him’ for his music (which is very roots since 1992).


  10. Audio1 (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

    Buju/Assasin show moved to Historic Sweets Ballroom in Oakland.

    http://www.inticketing.com/evlist.php?events=search&v=187

    See ya there Todd X. Aint no one gonna shank you!


  11. Todd X (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

    No shanking? Then what’s the point? Oh, wait, was that not a euphemism for a more enjoyable activity? Ha ha.


  12. Richard (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

    Who knows what the real story is here, I love the FUD though.

    http://www.jonathanmack.com/events.htm

    Claims it was moved to accomodate a larger crowd.


  13. marcia (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

    my darlings,

    if this man were preaching any kind of hate besides hate against faggots, you would have a big problem with him coming to your town to spread that hate. it’s just that hate against faggots is still acceptable, apparently even at the “love parade”. sad.

    xm


  14. marcia (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

    **
    “Do you know anyone who used the N-word, or Rice, Beaner, or Spic, Jew (derogatorily)or other hateful language/words? Did you kick them out of your house or stop talking to them? Not buy them dinner or go to the club with them? Let’s check ourselves here. I think that’s enough for now.”
    **

    there’s a difference between calling someone a faggot and threatening to kill that faggot, erric. i’m not saying that hateful language is ok, but i *am* saying that mr. banton does more than use words. apparently, he uses his fists as well.

    xm


  15. denise (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 10:02 am

    People please contact johnathan mack and see how you can help. The notion that Buju Banton will incite violence against gays today is completely ludicrous. They might as well just come out and say this is a revenge thing to bring the man down for a song they find offensive (that’s all it is really). Buju Banton has 99% peaceful, inspirational and postive music and it is ignorant in the extreme to ignore this over a lie (buju inciting violence in the US, please grow the hell up and get lives).

    JONATHANMACK@AOL.COM


  16. Ashanti Etoile (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

    First of all try and get your facts straight if nothing else. There is a huge contingent of Conscious (Spiritual)Reggae Music Fans around the globe to whom Buju Banton is the next best thing to Jesus Christ. To those for whom this music is religion and culture, Buju burning out a chichi is not to be taken litterally. He like many of his contemporaries say burn out dirty religion, burn bad parenting, burn out bad mind, burn out filthiness, burn out wickedness, in deference to religious teachings gleaned from the Bible and Christian religion. So if you have a beef with the Bible then take it up with the proper authorities. In all my years on the scene, I can’t say I’ve witnessed a more futile, innane waste of time as with these efforts to attack this single individual for something that he did not start and with whose demise not a single thing will be accomplished in any real sense. Honestly, I work very hard trying to survive in the expensive and elite Bay Area and am ecstatic at an opportunity to witness an artists of this Caliber as I’m always somewhat miffed that the cream of the crop artists in the genre who I most want to see (Not small town acts like Katcha fire) all avoid playing the Bay Area like the plague preferring to play all over the world without incident. Even in Europe they play more large, successful shows than you would believe. I know because I have been there, especially in France and Germany. I hesitate to say the community you defend is more sophisitcated over there to get too involved with what they don’t see as any real problem, but I digress. Despite the little Capleton, Beanie Man Riff, this music can not be stopped. In fact it is growing especially in Italy and Germany, not to mention its mind boggling success is Japan. Rastafari, can’t be stopped. Clean up your hearts and come. You will see the fans are as peaceful as you would find anywhere and most don’t have the time or the inclination to leave a nice and pleasant, spiritually uplifting, musical stage show that inspires pride and respect for our history and go out and hunt gays…I mean for what? That, like this frivilous campaign to cancel these music concerts, would be an utter waste. In the end what does it really accomplish for you guys that fact that you proved a point. We’ll that goes far I’m sure in getting you the right to marry. I’m just tired of having to drive 6 hours to LA or flying to Atlanta or New York or Europe to get a chance to enjoy the best artist in the genre that I and my family embrace as a culture. Give us a break will you. We don’t care enough about the gays in generalyto invest the time or the energy to rise up against them in a litteral sense. Speaking for myself…to each his own. Simply take Buju and kin for what they are, performers in reggae music. So if anything come to the show, cool out, and enjoy the concert of a lifetime. As a first step at getting correct information upon which to base future protest should you deem it worthwhile, start with noting that the photo that accompanied the original post here is not even Buju…This speaks volumes to how miscontrued this campaign is. If you really want to defend your community you need to target the Washington and Sacramento, the seats of real power. As for Buju and his purported ‘threat’, go check out his performance on Def Poetry Jam Season 3 and get a real clue. Buju Banton is the least of your problems.

    Peace.


  17. Todd X (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    Peace to you, too, Ashanti.

    This is from Wikipedia:

    Banton has incited a considerable amount of international controversy because of his 1992 song “Boom Bye Bye” which calls for violence against homosexuals — including shooting them in the head, pouring acid over them and setting them on fire. As a result, Banton was forced by his label to issue a statement; nevertheless he refused to apologize, citing his Rastafari religion, citing the Bible (Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13) as the basis for his beliefs. Banton still performs the song, notably at the Smirnoff Festival in Negril, Jamaica 8 August 2004. As a consequence, Banton’s concerts are often met with protesting crowds and calls for cancellation. His most recent scheduled performance in Seattle in the diverse neighborhood of Capitol Hill was canceled due to local outrage from the LGBT community.

    I would hardly say that we are unique in the Bay Area.


  18. Ashanti Etoile (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 4:07 pm

    Never said the Bay Area was unique per se, but San Francisco IS considered the sort of beacon of the Gay World in terms of banning Reggae artists. Therefore most top reggae artists just don’t want to play here often deciding that it’s far more trouble than its worth when they can do so successfully elsewhere with much less’fanfare’. It is just senseless to me that Buju is getting roasted for something he did back in 1992 when he is so phenomenally talented. Can we just give it a rest already. This guy’s artistry is legendary and unsurpassed in reggae music today and this has been true since he hit the dancehall scene in the late 80s (or maybe early 90’s) with all of his over-the-top slackness, which is the name given to an artist that, like an eminem, holds nothing sacred and pushes far beyond what are the generally accepted norms, sort of like the hardcore gangsta rappers with all the gratuitous violence, bling, and girls. Some of his early stuff is pretty funny actually in its outlandishness, but his lyrical ability remains yet unmatched. He has since changed a great deal from those days and has gone on to stake his claim on releases like ‘Til Shiloh, which is truly a classic and is like my daily bread. The fact of the matter is that there is always two sides to every story and this vilified image of our beloved Buju Banton is not the whole story. This Buju as evil incarnate is being wayyy too overplayed. There is so much more to this artist that is unknown beyond those of us who hold him dear. Below is a short from another post written by the producer of the cancelled S.F. show. And as an aside, I wouldn’t rely too heavily on Wiki for actual facts, but. And speaking of actual facts, here is the Real Buju. The picture you posted initially was not Buju but Sizzla.

    Buju then…

    http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:TLscraBdWo-pxM:http://ozaking.tblog.jp/images/bujub.jpg

    and now…

    http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:pjALJ1efLx7WlM:http://www.bigupradio.com/newsimages/BujuA20030308.JPG

    The thing of it is is that Buju grew up the youngest of FIFTEEN in hovel in rural JA, can you imagine? I know I can’t..and he survived it, a large part of why he is so beloved because of how far he has come. He’s managed to scrape his way to where he is now, and he uses what little he earns from his little music career ( I say little relative to those who don’t have to work to eat), to build schools in his community which is STILL dirt poor. He has a lot of people’s survival tied to him and he does a lot of good in Africa and his native Jamaica and there is never anything at all said anywhere about any of that. This is just my two cents. I am primarily selfishly motivated because I just want to see tha dang show and I don’t want it to be cancelled. The other thing is that even if it is…it will go on elsewhere even more successful because of the publicity so who then is the real winners here?

    From ebar.com

    …..Reached in Hawaii, the show’s promoter, Jonathan Mack with Angel Majik Productions, refused to be interviewed by phone but did agree to respond to e-mailed questions. Mack wrote that “Angel Magik does not, in any way, condone violence or discrimination against any race or person for religious beliefs, personal preferences or sexual orientation.”
    He said his company “creates events and a place for people of all creeds to get together in unity and enjoy spiritual uplifting music.” As for working with Banton, Mack wrote that he has received more than 1,200 requests for him to perform in San Francisco and that he “is a legend” and “one of the biggest names representing reggae today.”
    As for the antigay lyrics, Mack wrote that it is only two songs out of the artist’s 150 released and they were written when Banton was 15 years old. While he does not condone anything that promotes killing, Mack added, “I can forgive a 15 yr [sic] old kid for making a mistake and writing controversial lyrics, and if you were to ever to listen to his music from 1994 onwards, you would realize Buju Banton has produced some of the greatest lovemaking and socially conscious music ever known to man.”


  19. Todd X (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 5:00 pm

    So, did he not perform the song a mere two years ago? I, too, have reservations with Wikipedia, but I also can’t dispute the claim because I simply don’t know. As for the photo, well, blame google images. I’ll change the photo for the one you listed.

    What I don’t understand is why cannot people protest if they want? I chose not to give my money to this promoter or the venue and asked that others do the same. I think that it’s all preaching to the choir anyway. If you like him, you’ll go see him. If you don’t, this is reason enough not to see him.

    PS Your dismissal of Katchafire was a little harsh. :) I can tell you they are very popular in Hawai’i where reggae music is extremely well regarded and concerts draw entire communities. So, I am familiar with the music. As I said, there are consequences to one’s actions. It’s that simple for me.


  20. Ashanti Etoile (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 5:32 pm

    No dis to Katchafire…it’s just that as a life long reggae enthusiast, I don’t really know too much about them and assumed them smallish since all the artists I DO check for are pretty large and most are widely known. In any event, more power to them. I was simply saying I would like the priviledge of seeing more toppa top, as we say, artists performing in my back yard. I would save enormously in travel time and costs as I also write reviews for various reggae publications so this stuff adds up for me real quick. In any case, you DO have every right to protest. In fact I encourage anyone to speak out on issues and for what they believe in, but make informed decisions based on as full an understanding of the issue as is possible. Do the homework, check reliable sources…and then decide. I don’t condone jumping bandwagons just trying to be down and basking in the glow of the thrill of something like shutting down a harmless music concert. Big Whup. Not that big of a deal if it’s gonna go on the next day down the street. To have the most impact we should all aim legitimate protests at those in a position to act meaningfully. Think big and march on Washington or something if your issue is that serious. It just seems to me the ones that suffer most because of these protest against these little(relative to the really powerful) reggae artists are the wrong players to target in this game. In the end it seems kind of fruitless for everyone concerned, esp. at this level; nevertheless it is our right to do so. So should the show go on tomorrow it would be nice for a lot of literally starving reggae music fans who rarely get to witness a show of this caliber without at least going as far as Garberville for Reggae on the River once a year since the gays pretty much put the ka-bosh on what used to be a pretty hot music scene here in the Bay. It would be yet another loss to chalk up in our column. What happens in Oakland tomorrow could determine if that scene could ever have a prayer of being revived. I remain hopeful, and feel diversity is a good thing, but I guess we shall see.


  21. Todd X (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 5:40 pm

    Okay, then, we agree. The real changes don’t need to occur at the concerts but at the level of governments, religions, and, I fear, corporations (since they have become so powerful).

    So, my best to Buju. I hope he has a moving and powerful concert full of love, peace, and music to move your soul. And, I hope he, too, respects the diversity of all people.

    Aloha.


  22. Ashanti Etoile (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 2:32 am

    Well, Gay Bay you won. Hope you feel vindicated. Hope you feel triumphant in the face of thousands of oppressed BLACK people whose only hope was for just ONE night of an unimpaired night to be who we be. So congratulations for singe handedly killing the Bay Area Reggae Scene… Do you feel empowered now? I hope it feels good. Please know that all you have accomplished is driving the dancehall community underground. Please believe me when me SEH! the battle is lost but the war’s outcome is yet to be determined. All I can say now is that we have been quiet, but please believe me when I say YOU Ain’t SEEN Nothin YET!


  23. Ashanti Etoile (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 3:12 am

    So i’m venting…I am even tearful. And belive you me, I speak for thousands. This is a said night indeed. I just left a venue where at least a thousand reggae fans bowed their heads in abject sorrow as the Buju show in Oakland has been cancelled. Why are you targeting our community when we are powerless? In any case, it is a sad night in Oakland thanks to you…all I can say from what I see here now is let the airfare ticket bidding begin…..


  24. BigDiceMajrmves (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 8:43 am

    I can’t believe (white) gays in the bay have so much power when it comes down to halting performances of black music they deem innappropiate, call me naive. To a point that they can go to a city hall and do phone ins and shoot off emails to shut down or cancel someones concert. Then, have the audacity to say power to the people? Please believe that if junctions like the Mezzanine and those that follow suit continue to bow down to such threats from ridiculous and ignorant groups of people, then maybe they need to be shut down for good as well by not patronizing their buisness. We need people with real spines not jellybacks who have no problem letting acts come into town and perform especially San Francisco which is the major player in the bay. POWER TO THE PEOPLE. UHURU


  25. Ashanti Etoile (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 10:10 am

    Believe it. But know also that the gay community in San Francisco is not exclusively white. There are strong indications that some of those at the forefront of this brutal attack are Gays of color. It is probably true that the white gays would not even have a clue about our scene if it were not for those among us who crossed over and now pledge allegiance to a brother from another mother. They went over there and translated what used to be indecipherable Jamaican patois language so the whites found out what the artists were saying, though the true message, completely out of context, was lost in translation so we get this skewed agenda targeting our artists for what they don’t really even understand but are listening to these embittered gays of color who for religious reasons are not free-to-be in our circle so they have conspired in these protests to prove a point. They have to have somewhere to go. They can’t go home to the islands or to their families here without feeling bad about themselves in the face of a culture that really does not accept them so they lash out. But they know as well as I do the *isht* will really hit the fan now that the scene will be forced to go underground because for one they are already excommunicated and two BUJU and the like will be more popular than ever now as the level of militancy increases ten fold in the face of these unwarranted attacks. So as I said earlier, ultimately the only thing that has been accomplished is the movement will exist underground and shows may not happen in the Bay Area at all. Funny how a rebel like Sizzla who sparks fire on every imaginable thing was allowed to play to a sell out crowd in San Francisco recently. While there may have been protests there, that show went on as scheduled right downtown San Francisco and to my knowledge I don’t believe anyone left that event with the express intent to go out and burn gays, shoot them, or pour acid on them despite the fact that of course Sizzla was sparking fires on all manner of bad mind all night long. The sad thing of it is is that of course there were gays in the house that night. Of course there are gays in our community but because of the spiritual and religious foundations of Rastafari, which is the culture that dominates the reggae scene they know how to comport themselves with less ostentation than to show up at a dance in a dress or what have you. But I know they are there. One Jamaican couple was even somewhat ostentatious at a concert on the Oakland underground a year ago and nobody really cared enough about them to say or do anything to them. Everyone was there for the spiritual food and chalked them up to lost souls. Lastly this will be good for those really small club owners because they will now be getting the overflow crowds that places like the mezzanine and sweets rejected, along with the greenbacks because this community is not broke and will spend heartily to see the artists they want to see regardless, so it’s their pathetic loss. Anyway, I’m better today and looking forward to seeing if the show gets cancelled in Santa Cruz, but even if it is not, Santa Cruz is not Oakland. Oakland has it’s own vibe and that of course will be absent anywhere else Buju might be ALLOWED to play in the Bay Area. And as before again, we shall see.


  26. djuni-t (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

    ban gay parties


  27. fyah burn (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

    ***VENUE CHANGE***
    New Venue TBA –

    This event HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED!! The location will be announced Saturday, 9/30, in the morning and the event will remain on the East Bay!!!

    Call Oakland City Hall and Thank them for suppressing freedom of speech!!!!!!

    THIS IS THE HOTTEST PARTY FOR 2006
    “THE ANGEL MAGIK 4 YEAR ANNIV WITH SIZZLA WAS THE BEST PARTY FOR 2005″

    PERFORMING LIVE:

    BUJU BANTON

    YOUR HOST: JONNY MACK (ANGEL MAGIK)

    SPECIAL VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE!!!
    All my VIP’s get ready!!!

    Bring a guest and watch Buju Banton perform from our exclusive VIP Balcony,
    Angel Magik Vip Lounge
    Hot “Free” Caribbean Food!
    Complementary Drinks!

    DOORS OPEN 9PM
    SHOW STARTS 9:30PM GOES TILL 2 AM

    VICE MAYOR AND OAKLAND CITY MEMBER NANCY NADEL, falls under pressure from LGBT groups in Oakland and tries to use a supposed law never enforced or impossible too be enforced on concert promoters ¡§Angel Magik,¡¨ in Oakland. Only until Monday this week, the Buju Banton concert was moved to Oakland California from San Francisco. Then on Wednesday Sept 27th, after a LGBT groups contacted the Oakland City Council, they stated the new venue Suites Ballroom, needs a special permit to do events because there would be more than 500 people attending the event. Just for general public knowledge, it should be known if you don¡¦t already, that there are events every weekend in Oakland that carry more than 500 people without this ¡§supposed¡¨ special permit. Why is it now, after the venue was first contacted to cancel the show, and it should be known that they did not budge especially since there is a no cancellation policy between the venue and the promoter that the Oakland city council went out of their away to state that we now need a special permit for the show to go on.

    Below is what Vice Mayor Nancy writes in reply to their office trying to cancel the Buju Banton show:

    On Sep 28, 2006, at 6:59 PM, Nadel, Nancy wrote:

    He is not being banned (although I don’t support inciting to murder lyrics
    which he has sung as recently as 3 months ago), the concert didn’t have a
    special events permit. When an artist is controversial and promotes
    violence, promoters are required to apply for a special events permit to
    assure we have police on site and we cannot get that police coverage at this
    late date due to a shortage of officers. There are several LGBT venues near
    this concert venue and we must be sure that no possible fanatic followers
    might try to harm them.

    Nancy

    I am quite offended by this statement for many reasons:

    1] ¡§the concert didn’t have a special events permit. When an artist is controversial and promotes violence, promoters are required to apply for a special events permit¡¨

    In regards to “when an artist is controversial and promotes violence, promoters are required to apply for a special events permit”. Is there a written city municipal code that defines when and artist is “controversial and promotes violence”?

    Who has been assigned with the responsibility of deciding this? Seriously, I’m interested in knowing who this person is and how they can be contacted. Personally I can pinpoint over 20 concerts held this year with artists that are controversial in the Bay Area, I would like to see if this law was enforced or ever enforced. Secondly, I personally have done 5 years worth of shows with more controversial artists, I have never been notified of such a law. What can be more clearly shown is that under pressure from LGBT groups Nancy is creating and personally singleing Angel Magik out, (I doubt it has anything to do with it being a voting year, and the LGBT groups having some sway) falling pressure to LGBT groups. She¡¦s try to state that the reason for the show being cancelled has nothing to do with LGBT groups presure¡KLETS LOOK AT THIS EMAIL ƒº Jennie Gerard, Chief of Staff to Councilmember Kernighan writes:

    Dear Roundtable Members,

    Councilmember Kernighan has asked that I let you know the following:

    She is very pleased to announce that the BUJU BANTON concert scheduled for September 30th at the Historic Sweet’s Ballroom has been cancelled following discussions that Councilmember Nadel and she had with the operator of the venue last night.

    She’d like to thank everyone for the prompt call to action and rallying that occurred over this very important matter.

    Oakland residents will not tolerate individuals who promote violence against any member of our community.

    Jennie Gerard, Chief of Staff to
    District 2 Councilmember Pat Kernighan
    510.238.7023 (tel)
    510.238.2296 (fax)
    jgerard@oaklandnet.com

    HMMM! Is it me or does this evidence not slap you in the face? She is clearly stating that the reason the Buju show is being cancelled, is because Buju Banton offends the Gay community. Lets see could it be that Pat Kernighan is Gay herself that to appease and make her constituents happy, that she boldly and is pleased to announce the Buju show cancelled¡Khmmmm it gets juicer people lets read on..

    VICE MAYOR NANCY READS THE ABOVE STATEMENT AND THEN REALIZES, WOW THIS STATEMENT MESSES UP HER ARGUMENT, SO SHE ISSUES AN EMAIL STATING:

    Clarification: The concert was cancelled following my meeting with the venue operators, Barbara Killey from the City Administrators office and the police. The event did not have a special events permit which is required in cases of controversial performances so that the area can be policed appropriately. The police therefore would not permit the concert from continuing. (note this was written before the first email I presented)

    So, now lets make it juicer, Nancy tells us that we need a special permit, but they would not issue it to us. They then say that there is not enough police in Oakland to police the venue¡K.That¡¦s a whole other argument not enough police in Oakland ..:) This is the juicy part, we then ask if we can hire security or off duty policemen, they tell us NO. Thankfully, we run into a council member who himself likes Reggae music and Buju, and he tells us ofcourse you can hire security it is your event. We then tell Nancy of this and she stays quiet. Now this is the fact ¡§THEY ARE MAKING UP ANY EXCUSE OF WHY NOT TO GIVE US A PERMIT, IS THERE A LAW OF LYING TO US, AND TRYING TO STOP A SHOW B/C SOME OTHER PARTY DOESN¡¦T LIKE FREEDOM OF SPEECH!¡¨ I SURE HOPE SO!


  28. Ashanti Etoile (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

    Can’t Be Stopped. The demand is too high right now, somebody is definitely going to be willing to cash in somewhere. Big Up Johnny Mack and Angel Majik.


  29. JUST A GUESS (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 6:43 pm

    Although there wasn’t any violence against gays (by reggae heads) before this anti-buju campaign, one wonders whats going to happen after this. Reggae is meant to to uplift and take the opressed out of their daily condition, and now you have a lot buju fans who might have that taken out of their hands. Its a shame cuz now you got two groups @ the bottom of the power structure fighting against each other. Gee thanks guys! Next time mind your own business and let people enjoy music in freedom! Never forget, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.


  30. Ashanti Etoile (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    The Buju Banton show went on as scheduled last night without a hitch. It was jammed packed to the rafters and was PHENOMENAL!


  31. Pamela Thornton (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 9:55 am

    We were quiet before and minding our own business, but now we gonna start makin’ some m*th*rf**kin’ noise!!!

    THE MOVEMENT TO SUPPORT REGGAE HAS STARTED!!!

    Oakland City Council Person Nancy Nadel States:

    “There are several LGBT venues near this concert venue and we must be sure that no possible fanatic followers might try to harm them.”

    WTF?

    Reply from Angel Magik:

    SHE IS BASICALLY STATING THAT, WE, THE REGGAE COMMUNITY/BUJU BANTON FANS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO GO OUT OF OUR WAY TO ATTEND A LGBT VENUE (I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT A LGBT VENUE IS ) AND THAT THERE ARE SOME OF US WHO MAY BE FANATICS AND TRY TO CAUSE HARM! IF THAT IS NOT OFFENSIVE TO YOU… PLEASE EMAIL HER!!! IT IS BLATANT DISRESPECT, AND UTTER BIGOTRY, AND IGNORANCE TO COMPARE REGGAE LOVERS TO FANATICS, JUST BECAUSE BUJU SANG A SONG IN 1992.

    THIS CLEARLY SHOWS US HOW IGNORANT VICE MAYOR NANCY IS, FOR HER TO EVEN CREATE AN IMPLICATION SUCH AS THIS, UNDERMINES OUR INTEGRITY AT ANGEL MAGIK, ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE WERE NO THREATS MADE PERIOD! IF THEY MAKE UP A THREAT AFTER THEY READ THIS, IT WILL ONLY FURTHER HIGHLIGHT THE MORALS OF THESE CITY OFFICALS.

    VERY IMPORTANT:::
    THE CITY OF OAKLAND STATES THAT THE SHOW SHOULD BE CANCELLED B/C THERE IS NOT ENOUGH POLICE FOR THE VENUE. BEFORE, THERE WERE ONLY LGBT MEMBERS CLAIMING TO PROTEST AND INCITE VILOENCE. WHY IS IT THAT THE GAY COMMUNITY THREATENS US, AND THEN OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL TURNS IT AROUND, AND STATES THAT THERE MAY BE REGGAE FANATICS OUT TO HURT LGBT MEMBERS WHEN THERE WAS NEVER ANY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THIS!!!

    THE ONLY EVIDENCE I SEE IS THAT IF OAKLAND TRIES TO CANCEL THIS CONCERT, THEY WOULD REALLY NEED POLICE SUPPORT NOW, B/C BEFORE THERE WERE ONLY LGBT MEMBERS POSSIBLY COMING TO PROTEST, NOW THERE WILL BE A REGGAE COMMUNITY OUT THERE WHO HAVE PAID TO SEE BUJU BANTON, AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE BUJU BANTON, ON TOP OF ALL THE WALK UPS…WE ARE EXPECTING OVER 1000 BUJU LOVERS TO COME TO THE EVENT. WHY DOES THE CITY OF OAKLAND NOT CARE ABOUT THE FRICTION THAT THEY WILL CREATE, WHEN THESE PEOPLE GO OUT OF THEIR WAYS TO SHOW UP TO A VENUE, SEE IT SHUTDOWN, AND KNOW THE REASON WAS B/C LGBT ACTIVISTS TURNED IT AROUND ON THEM AND MADE IT LOOK LIKE BUJU FANS ARE CRAZY FANATICS OUT THERE TO HURT THEM!!!!

    I ONLY KNOW WHEN LIES ARE CREATED, THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT…BY ANY MEANS NECESARRY!!!

    THE OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL IF THEY DON’T CHANGE THIER ACT SOON, THEY ARE GOING TO REALLY CREATE ANOTHER ANGRY MOB, FOR NO REASON!!!!

    PLEASE NOTE:

    THE BUJU BANTON SHOW IS HAPPENING REGARDLESS, IF IT DOES NOT HAPPEN IN OAKLAND, BUT WHY SHOULD WE MOVE IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

    EMAIL NANCY! BLOW UP THE CITY OF OAKALND!!!
    ITS TIME FOR US TO CENTRALIZE, MOBILIZE, AND BECOME AS ONE!!!

    THE REGGAE COMMUNITY HAS POWER!!!

    EMAIL THE FOLLOWING:

    NNadel@oaklandnet.com

    The next time they try this *isht*, it’s gonna be a whole different story.


  32. Adrienne Johnson (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

    For one, I am incredibly offended by the one-sided censorship of my favorite Reggae artist, Buju Banton. As a gay man, I am accepting of his political message without being personally offended. This is a horrible backwards step for the gay community. We have a lifestyle which other are free to disagree with, or even disapprove of. We all are autonomous decision-makers and no one person has the right to inhibit another’s freedom of speech.


  33. Ashanti Etoile (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

    A post from a different blog illuminates the issue further saying:

    ‘As for Boom Bye Bye [the song causing all this insanity] that was made in 1989 when he was 15, it is the norm that whatever is seen as a negative an artist will speak in Hyperbole so as to represent the ending of a concept that one has been shown as wrong. So it would be said in a very extreme manner.

    So if you wanted to say Apartheid must end in a song you would sey “Botha Fi get gunshot!”

    or for Big Business to stop exploiting poor people – “Jacket and Tie fi DEAD!”

    CIA to stop doing what they do “CIA fi get BOMB up!”

    An end to Hypocrisy “Hypocrits fi get shot inna dem head!”

    And yes it is a belief that the activity of homosexualty is wrong in Jamaica so “Boom Bye Bye”

    Now Buju at 15 was following what he saw around him but once he got into his own he has made nothing but some of the most uplifting, inspiring and uniting music to ever come out of any form of Music, the album ‘Til Shiloh is one of the greatest albums ever put out by any artist.

    He sees himself as a descendant of Zulus, Marcus Garvey and Peter Tosh, so his mission while on this earth is to help those who are oppressed and downtrodden.

    As a matter of fact he is the only Jamaican artist to start an AIDS hospice in Jamaica that gets money for those afflicted with AIDS and cannot afford treatment, it is funded by those same shows that the Gay community wants to boycott, in a time when AIDS is ravaging Jamaica and the Caribbean and unfortunately just like the AIDS relief concert in New York that Beenie Man was to perform on the Gay groups are getting them shut down and money is needed badly to deal with the epidemic.’


  34. tahoearmada (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 6:41 pm

    Massive respect to Jonathon mack for making this happen…
    even though you will undoubtedly lose money on your anniversery show (i wish i could mek it) you have earned the respect of thousands of patrons across Cali for not being a “weak heart promotor” like so many others. Big up yurself!


  35. Chimino (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 6:50 pm

    It’s sad, there is only one venue left to hold a dancehall-reggae stageshow, and it maxes out at 400 people. Long cry from the days of the Kaiser Center, Omni & Maritime Hall.


  36. rastaj (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 6:54 pm

    all the moving around, but big up to everyone involved in that show for sticking their ground and not caving to pressure from the gay lobby


  37. Chimino (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

    The show was wicked…considering the circumstances.
    We had to wait over an hour in line, some people longer, but we got in just in time to see Fenton finish his performance (thank god!).
    Assassin was not there, but someone else from Red Square Crew was there chatting over the latest riddims. Buju came out and did a nearly 2-HR set, not his best but much better than the last time I saw him in SF around 2003.
    Due to the behind-the-scenes controversy, most of the Carnival stuff like dancers & steel pan didn’t happen….but Angel Magik was on stage the whole time to remind people who was responsible for flopping his promotion, and urging unity in the reggae community against the LGBT’s and politrickians who are trying to suppress our culture. As everyone wa leaving the venue, he thanks & shook hands of everyone personally for supporting the ting.


  38. tahoearmada (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

    We bun a fiyah pon dem chichimon yard, and wit di fire mek wi bun dem!

    —ever forward—


  39. Ashanti Etoile (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 7:50 pm

    Blaze!!!


  40. imani for free speech (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 3:01 am

    Even before I accidentally came across this article, My friends and I have launched a campaign for me to meet The Great Buju B. He, just like Kanye West are heroes in my eyes. To say what MILLLIONS THINK ON A REGULAR and take all of the heat for iT, is amazing to me. Again, I can’t say enough how while I do not condone such behaviors as killing, burning or otherwise to those who chose to ignore what the Bible (and most other religions for that matter) is their personal business. Let their God/s Nongods deal with what will happen to their soulS. But I just have to remain true to my own take on this whole controversy. Freedom. or are we dumb to think that we are free? if you persecute him, you persecute me, a Jewish person, a hindu, arab or whatever don’t you? stop oppression of all kinds. Even if we don’t like what others are doing. jUDGE YOUr DAM SELVES. IF Buju Banton Wants to sing songs about Homosexuals, that is his business and if a man wants to cut off his penis and where women’s clothes, that is his business too. Live and let live. I have launched a campaign to meet the wonderful Freedom singer in person. All my friends, (gay and bi ones too) are helping me and if you know someone who knows someone who can make my dream a reality you can get in on it too. I have seen the man perform more than 14 times and believe me when I tell you that the shows are filled with love, peace and togetherness. Jah bless no man can curse.


  41. Ashanti Etoile (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

    The fire is not a litteral fire so no one is even talking about killing or burning anyone. That’s the whole point. It’s miscontrued by those who don’t know the culture. Now maybe in Jamaica it’s different, but even there it’s still about culture. And after meeting with Buju and hearing him speak after the Oakland debacle the other night, I think he is just sick to death of the whole thing and just wants to be left alone to do what he do. He is not the spokeperson for all of reggae even though he is a highly regarded and respected artist in the genre. And if you have seen him 14 times, you know already or should know by now our concept of blazing fire. But to illuminate further check out Capleton, who is probably even more popular with fans these days and is definitely more about fire than Buju is. He is even known and loved as the fireman. He defines it best saying:

    from http://www.reggaemovement.com

    “Is not really a physical fire. Is really a spiritual fire, and a wordical fire, and a musical fire. You see the fire is all about a livity [CULTURE]. But is people get it on the wrong term. People get confused. So when a man say ‘more fire’ him think that mean say you fi go light the cane field or go light the church.” Fire, is a way of reminding one’s brother that they are going astray. “That way a man know say him doing something wrong. That even give him the urge to know say Yo check up on yourself. What you’re doing is not right, or else him would not say ‘Fire fi dat,’ or ‘Burn dat’ or ‘More fire.'”

    “If we go check it back now, “fire is for the purification of earth, anyhow you check it. This earth itself have to even emerge from the literal fire also, which is the volcanic activity, we a talk bout lava. The hottest element to rise us in the morning is the sun. The water cleanse, but it’s still the support from the fire that burn the water, burn out the bacteria so the water coulda able fi cleanse. The herb heal, but it’s still the fire fi burn the herb so the herb coulda heal we also.”

    “Name one on earth weh fire no make, a fire make everything. Everything is fire. Even human being species. There is no life without fire. If you no have certain amount of fire, body temperature wise, then you can’t live. If a woman no have certain amount of heat in her system, she can’t even conceive a child. So there is nowhere people should get confuse with the fire. Caw even when you go inna the car and turn on your engine, a [pure] fire that. You see the meditation? Fire make everything move.”

    And for the record good luck meeting Buju, I think he is really just ready for this whole issue to die and move as far away from him as possible. He has so many other things dealing with right now. I suggest just giving it a rest already. To quote another religion’s text, it all boils down to: ‘To you be your way and to me be mine.’ Peace.


  42. Audio1 (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 6:55 pm

    http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=84780

    The show in Seattle also went off without a hitch. So much hate, for no reason. Shame on the gay community. Its hard to believe that LGBT community is more racist then regular straight folks. Grow up already. Alot of Germans supported the Nazi movement back in the day, We dont hold all Germans accountable for the Nazi attrocities nowadays, Do we? Chichi Taliban fi bun!


  43. Ashanti Etoile (unregistered) on October 5th, 2006 @ 12:59 am

    Hopefully this means they have finally seen the error of their ways and will just simply not go to shows featuring artists they don’t want to see. It’s really as simple as that.



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