Sizzla calls on Spice to pull out of Pride Toronto festival
Dancehall and reggae artiste Sizzla is calling on Spice to pull out of a scheduled performance at the 2022 Pride Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ festival.
"Don't do this show," the Take Myself Away crooner scribbled on a graphic reposted to his Instagram announcing Spice's performance, along with the caption, "We nah sell out, we nuh hungry. Jamaica full a good food and very nice people. Our African heritage and culture is rich."
In a lengthy disconcertment, he called the performance "wrong" and an affront to Jamaica's culture and people.
"Jamaican artiste already knew that our indigenous music bashes against homosexuals and lesbianism," he said. "We bash against anything that is corrupt and misleading to our people."
He called for Spice not to "mix reggae and dancehall" with what he termed as "evil, nasty ways".
"If I saw her going on a road that's not right for her, I'll show her; she is my Jamaican sister and a great artiste," said Sizzla.
On her own Instagram page, Spice shared her excitement about the coming event with her more than 3.8 million followers. "Toronto Canada, finally gonna see you 2022. I can't wait," she posted. The Queen of Dancehall will kick off the festival weekend and is one of three headliners, including House of Miyake Mugler and Symone, winner of Season 13 of RuPaul's Drag Race.
After a two-year hiatus owing to the global coronavirus pandemic, Canada's Pride Month and Festival Weekend begins June 1 and will feature a month-long slate of events. Events include the annual Trans March, Blockorama by Blackness Yes, Pride Parade and StreetFair. It ends with the annual festival weekend, which is scheduled for June 24-26.
When contacted, Sizzla declined to comment further. Efforts to reach Spice were unsuccessful.