Controversial reggae star Sizzla has declined to apologise for homophobic lyrics in some of his songs.
Sizzla Kalonji, real name Miguel Collins, was forced to scrap five UK performances earlier this month after pressure from the gay rights group Outrage!
Sizzla, who is currently banned from entering these shores until the Metropolitan Police’s Racial and Violent Crime Unit analyse the content of his songs, spoke to Robbo Ranx on BBC’s 1Extra from his home in Jamaica.
In the interview he remained unrepentant, saying: “They can't ask me to apologise. They've got to apologise to God because they break God's law.”
His song ‘Pump Up’ contains the line: "fire fi di man dem weh go ride man behind". An angered Outrage! rendered the patois as roughly meaning “burn the men who have sex with men”.
However, Sizzla claims that people misconstrue his lyrics, saying that his music poses no direct threat to gays and lesbians. He added: "I sing "fire burn for homosexuals" and sometime in some street I walk, I see them and me no touch them.
"If I don't like what you're doing I don't come there, if you don't like what I'm doing or what I say you don't come where I'm at.
"Everyone's entitled to life, freedom of security and person."
Homophobic lyrics have caused controversy more than once this year. In September, fellow reggae stars Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel were banned from appearing the MOBOs because of the content of their songs.