A Los Angeles
nightclub has canceled a performance by Buju Banton, a
reggae star whose violent lyrics about gays and lesbians
have made him a controversial figure, after receiving
complaints from patrons.
and phone calls from concerned customers prompted the
cancellation of the October 2 show, said Adam Manacker,
general manager of the Highland nightclub and
"We felt it was
the right thing to do after doing some research on the
matter," Manacker said. Full refunds will be given.
In July, concerts
featuring Banton and Beenie Man were canceled in
Britain after activists said both artists refused to stop
using antigay lyrics. Two of Banton's songs released
early in his career, "Batty Rider" and "Boom Bye Bye,"
glorify the shooting of gay men.
recent album, Too Bad, released earlier this
month, omits homophobic lyrics.
Banton has been a major star in his native Jamaica since
the early 1990s with brash dancehall music and, more
recently, a traditional reggae sound. His career has
been stunted in the United States because of his
attitude toward gays.
Banton was tried
and acquitted on charges that he participated in the
beating of six gay men by a Jamaica gang in 2004. (AP)