Having being barred from performing in the United States for five years, it appeared that Reggae superstar, Sizzla Kalonji was nearing a return to the country with an impending tour there set to start. That return has now hit a sudden snag.
Reports Tuesday confirmed that Sizzla has been denied a visa application to enter the U.S. just days before the highly respected singer was due to begin a month-long tour across the U.S. this Thursday, until December 22.
The tour would have seen Sizzla travel cross-country, with shows set in New York, Virginia Washington D.C. and Colorado to name a few.
International Artists Agency, the booking agency for the tour, say they have no choice but to postpone, hoping to reschedule to tour around February or March of 2014.
Sizzla has not held a U.S. visa since 2008. Perceived ‘gay-bashing’ in his music over the years has triggered protests of his shows from gay rights groups in the United States, Canada and Europe in the past, including cancellations to shows in Toronto and Montreal thanks to protests by members of the Stop Murder Music coalition.