Sizzla set for U.S. return in August

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SizzlaInternationally acclaimed reggae star, Sizzla Kalonji will be headlining his first show in the United States for several years as he has been advertised to perform at Reggae On The River, set for August 4-7 in California.

The entertainer is featured on a bill for the summer show that includes Protoje and the Indiggnation Band, Assassin, Kranium, Yellow Man, Jah9, No Maddz, Dubtonic Kru, Anthony B, Keznamdi and many more.

Sizzla, whose given name is Miguel Collins, has not held a U.S. work permit or visa since 2008, when it was revoked by American visa officials. He has long come under fire from LGBT rights groups in the United States for his continued rebuking of homosexuality, with songs such as Murder Dem and Nah Apologize particularly adamant against it, containing lyrics deemed violent against the homosexual community.

In 2013, it appeared Sizzla was back in business in the U.S. as he was set for a month-long tour there, with scheduled shows in New York, Washington D.C. Colorado and other cities. However, Sizzla was denied a work permit to perform there just days before the tour was due to begin.

Shows in Canada and Europe have also been hard to come by for the Grammy-nominated singer, as LGBT rights groups in those regions have also spoken out against him, forcing cancellations of shows due to his lyrics and stances against homosexuality; stances the entertainer has refused to waver on to this day.

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