A reggae band from Switzerland was canceled in the middle of a concert after attendees complained about “cultural appropriation” by white members of the group who have dreadlocked hair, according to reports.
Lauwarm, an artist from the capital city of Bern, describes his style as “dialect reggae peppered with pop, indie and world music.”
Lauwarm and his backing band were reportedly asked to perform on short notice at Brasserie Lorraine in Bern on July 18.
During their set, the group was interrupted by organizers after several audience members reportedly voiced their “unease with the situation” over some band members’ hairstyles.
“After a conversation with the band, we decided together to cancel the concert,” management explained on social media.
“We are aware that the responsibility lies with us. After all, we invited the band. Therefore, we would like to apologize to all the people for whom the concert has caused bad feelings. We have failed to deal with it in advance and to protect you.”
Jetzt mal ehrlich. Wenn Du Dich “unwohl” fühlst, weil weisse Menschen Reggae-Musik machen, könnte es dann sein, dass DU das Problem bist…? pic.twitter.com/2SNIDlI4Ih
— Tom Berger (@TomCBerger) July 25, 2022