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Switzerland: Canceled concert in Bern because of dreadlocks and reggae

Last week, the Swiss band Lauwarm had to cancel a concert in Bern – now a heated debate has broken out in Switzerland. The Swiss dialect band had stepped in at short notice for the performance of another group. But some concert-goers didn’t seem to like it: Several people from the audience approached the organizer during the concert because they felt uncomfortable about the performance, the organizer described.

In the conversations it was about the accusation of cultural appropriation

gone, so that the Band adorn themselves with symbols that originally stood for oppression and the fight for freedom: visitors were bothered by the fact that the band, made up of mostly white musicians, played Jamaican music and some wore African clothes and dreadlocks. The organizer ended the performance early.

Misunderstanding about cancellation of concert

In consultation with the band, it was finally decided to end the performance – which in turn caused a lot of misunderstanding. If you break off the band’s concert with this reason, you can also remove focaccia and coffee from the menu, after all, they also come from other cultures, wrote one Internet user.

Against the accusation that The band also resists using a racist practice. “We treat all cultures with respect,” she wrote on her Instagram account. »But we also stand by the music we play, by our appearance and by the way we are«. One must discuss the definition and difference between inspiration and appropriation.

“We do not claim that we did the right thing by ending the concert,” the restaurant where the musicians performed justifies itself in a statement on Facebook. However, just letting it continue felt wrong too. However, they don’t think “that members of the band or white people are automatically racists”.

What is cultural appropriation? 72416247241624

This means that people use a culture that is not their own and whose power potential is inferior to their own. Music, clothing or symbols are often twisted during the transfer or robbed of their historical meaning. Blacks in particular identify with dreadlocks, for example. The hairstyle is associated with resistance to colonialism, racism and oppression.

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