The BBC has defended Radio 1's decision to play a reggae dancehall hit from Jamaica which appears to advocate chasing down gays and burning them alive. The song is too popular on the island to ignore, the corporation said. It is coming under attack from the gay and lesbian movement, however, for allegedly promoting violence against homosexuals. It is widely acknowledged, however, that "chi chi man" is slang on the island for a gay.
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Murder Inna Dancehall is a website that exposes the violent and disrespectful lyrics conveyed in dancehall music towards the gay and lesbian community. Although you might find it difficult to understand the lyrics which are written in Jamaican patois batty man, chi chi man, funny man, fassy, faggot , they are all, nonetheless, pejorative appellations for gays. Burn them!! Those who drink in a queer bar Blaze the fire, let's kill them! Kill them!! If they bring it to us, hold on, lots of bullets are going to fly Bullets fly, take up every calico and rat-tat-tat Rat-tat-tat, every queer has to die Die! Me and my niggas will make a pact Queers must die and that's a fact.
BBC plays 'burn gays' reggae hit
Gay and lesbian activists in Jamaica and throughout the Western world have spent years trying to slow the spread of murder music. The going is tough: Banton, a four-time Grammy nominee who has collaborated with renowned Haitian singer Wyclef Jean and the punk band Rancid, is but first among equals in a genre deeply rooted in Jamaican culture, whose stars include celebrated musicians like Beenie Man, Capleton and Sizzla Kalonji. The Stop Murder Music campaign is an international movement with activists on nearly every continent who urge sponsors to pull funding from offending artists, pressure venues not to book them, and organize boycotts and protests when they perform.
The group's origins can be traced back to the early s while the members were still attending school. After voicing some tracks for local record producer Stephen Craig's label Nuff Records, they signed a recording contract with Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare 's Taxi label in , and released their first single, "Hit Them High", which had little impact. The latter tune was popular, climbing the Jamaican dancehall charts, and earned them a contract with VP Records. Since emerging on the scene in the early s, they released numerous hit songs and albums.