Talib Kweli Cancels Kansas City Show Due To Taake Being Booked At The Venue

UPDATE:

The Riot Room in Kansas City, MO has now decided to cancel Taake’s show:

“We have decided to cancel the Taake event scheduled to be held March 31st at The Riot Room. Refunds will be processed immediately for anyone who purchased tickets. As a venue, it is our priority to provide a safe, inclusive, and enjoyable environment for all patrons, artists, and staff. This always has, and will always continue to be our primary goal.”

So far the band’s New York and Chicago shows have also been cancelled due to alleged Nazism.

ORIGINAL STORY:

As previously reported, allegations of Nazism against Taake have led to the cancellation of the band’s March 24 show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, NY and have also caused opening act King Dude to drop off their North American tour. Now, Billboard are reporting that rapper Talib Kweli has cancelled his show at The Riot Room in Kansas City, MO due to the venue booking Taake.

Talib Kweli commented:

“My position is that the venue should not want to host that band whether the band cancelled or not, and should issue an apology for even booking the band. The response I received was that the venue did not want to choose sides between a band that sympathizes with racism and bigotry and me. I think it’s time to choose a side.

I find it appalling that The Riot Room refuses to apologize for booking this band. I wouldn’t feel safe bringing my team, family, and fans into a venue that is sympathetic to white nationalism, so I’ve cancelled the show. It’s a shame because I was really looking forward to performing in Kansas City.“

The allegations come as a result of a 2007 incident when Taake mastermind Hoest performed with a swastika painted on his chest. He has since apologized for that multiple times. Aside from that, the band have also faced accusations of anti-Islamic lyrics as well.

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