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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ragga Muffins festival cancels Capleton's appearance

LONG BEACH - Capleton, the Jamaican Reggae singer has been removed from the bill of this weekend's Ragga Muffins Festival, organizers said.

Capleton was scheduled to appear on Sunday's portion of the two-day concert, which takes place at the Long Beach Arena. Advance tickets are $38 and $55, and Saturday and Sunday tickets are $45 and $60.

"We can't put people on the show who are advocating violence against any group of people," said Moss Jacobs, co-producer of the Ragga Muffins Festival.

Following Jacobs decision, other reggae promoters have cancelled Capleton concerts scheduled for Feb. 15 in San Diego and Feb. 20 in Oakland, Jacobs said.

Capleton, 42, born Clifton George Bailey III, has been criticized for lyrics his lyrics against homosexuals.

Ragga Muffin organizers first considered Capleton - who performed at the 2008 festival - for this year's Long Beach show about four or five months ago before signing him to a contract in December, Jacobs said.

At that time, organizers "did due diligence. We thought he passed
the scrutiny test," Jacobs said.

Since late January, activists have been pushing for Capleton's California concerts to be expunged. Those activists include England's Peter Tatchell, who works with the Stop Murder Music campaign, which watchdogs reggae music for gay hatred, and San Francisco blogger Michael Petrelis, have been pushing for Capleton's California concerts to be expunged.

SOURCE: Press-Telegram


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