Jamaica homophobia: Hail reggae singer Mista Majah P’s lone crusade against ‘batty bwoy’ hatred

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This article by Peter Tatchell appeared in ibtimes.co.uk. Here’s an excerpt. For the complete report follow the link below.

Ground-breaking pro-gay Jamaican reggae singer Mista Majah P, aka The Maverick and the King of Tolerance, has launched a two-part stinging video rebuke to the homophobia and murder music commonplace throughout Jamaican reggae and dancehall scene.

The footage can be seen in two separate videos, available here and here (although viewers should be warned the clips contain graphic footage). In addition Majah P’s latest video single,Karma, is a warning to artists such as Bounty Killer and Sizzla that the hate and violence they sow will rebound on them; citing the personal disasters and disgrace that have befallen many of Jamaica’s leading anti-gay performers.

It points out that Buju Banton was sentenced to 10 years’ jail for a cocaine conspiracy. Bounty Killer had his luxury car seized by the taxman. Elephant Man was shamed over accusations of stealing electricity. Shabba Ranks’ career went into free fall after his declaration that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people deserve crucifixion. Sizzla was hospitalised by a car crash. Vybz Kartel got hit with murder charges.

Majah P’s support for the LGBT community isn’t a one-off, flash-in-the-pan. He is now working on a new album, Gays Belong In Heaven Too, which will be his third LGBT-affirming album since 2011. The previous two were Tolerance and The Closet Is Open.

Tolerance (2011) was the world’s first pro-gay reggae album. Featuring rainbow stripes on the cover, the album includes 13 catchy tracks, variously in support of same-sex marriage and adoption rights for gay couples, as well as attacks on homophobic bullying and the now-defunct US anti-gay military policy, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The songs also feature direct swipes at the anti-gay prejudices of reggae singer Beenie Man and of the former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

Majah P’s follow-up album, The Closet Is Open (2014), has another 13 infectious tunes, including a lead track and video with the same title.

The album’s songs urge LGBT people to come out and win acceptance. They also appeal to parents not to reject their LGBT children, and condemn the Jamaican tendency to blame gay victims for their own murders.

For the complete report go to www.ibtimes.co.uk/jamaica-homophobia-hail-reggae-singer-mista-majah-ps-lone-crusade-against-batty-bwoy-hatred-1494556

See also:

Pro-Gay Reggae Singer Defies Jamaican Homophobia www.voice-online.co.uk/article/pro-gay-reggae-singer-defies-jamaican-homophobia

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