Zimbabwe: Of Musicians and Homophobia

Published: December 3, 2013

Stephen Brush of International Artistes Agency, a known American music promotion company, is upset at the cancellation of Sizzla’s long awaited US tour, which was scheduled for November/December, after US authorities denied him entry. Brush issued the statement below to explain the cancellation :

"In 15 years of agenting and working with international artistes from every area of the world, I have never seen anything so screwed up as this mess with Sizzla’s immigration. Sizzla, myself, his lawyer were all promised the moon and the stars when we began booking this tour. We were so careful that we allowed a three-month leeway to secure all the appropriate visas beyond when the immigration attorney said she would have them. He was given his I129 and O1-B Status and all was presented as well. In short, the interview did not go well and they denied his entry into America.
"It is not a dead issue, but I am no longer comfortable waiting and seeing. What I would like to do is postpone the tour and look at rebooking it for February and March 2014."
He went on to say:
"I am deeply saddened by the news and I can say this is one of the worst weeks in my career. I would like to speak with each and every one of you and welcome a call. For the sake of alleviating some stress right now, I am at a loss for words and very upset. My company worked very, very, very hard and was given some unfair guidance and as a result we as you are left holding the bulk of this disaster. I am confident in Sizzla and I do really like him and his management team. They are good people and we expect that this will be a very lucrative tour in March and April. We are hoping to have his clearances overturned in the coming week or two. I really need to be extra careful and limit any more last minute cancellations."
The tour was scheduled to run from November 21 through to December 22 with seven shows in Virginia, Washington, DC, New York and Colorado.
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