Spanish reggae festival Rototom Sunsplash canceled a scheduled performance by singer Matisyahu after he declined to share his stance in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Organizers apologized Wednesday and reinvited him after being on the receiving end of criticism, according to The Associated Press.
Matisyahu was scheduled to perform Saturday before the festival organizers received pressure from a local Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS) chapter — a point Rototom initially dismissed but admitted to Wednesday.
The initial move to remove the singer from the lineup drew ire from both the Spanish government and the World Jewish Congress, which wrote Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to ask for an action against the “scandalous behavior” of the festival.
Matisyahu addressed the situation on Facebook Monday and said, “The festival organizers contacted me because they were getting pressure from the BDS movement,” he writes. “They wanted me to write a letter, or make a video, stating my positions on Zionism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to pacify the BDS people. I support peace and compassion for all people. My music speaks for itself, and I do not insert politics into my music.”
He has yet to announce if he will accept the festival’s new invitation to perform. For more, head to the AP.
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