Back in February, Taake were forced to cancel their North American tour due to alleged Nazism. During this time, venues faced pressure from Antifa groups and concerned citizens, including rapper Talib Kweli, who cancelled his show at The Riot Room in Kansas City, MO after the band were booked. Now, Kweli has also cancelled tonight’s (November 19) show at the Rockerfeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway after finding out Taake are set to perform there on April 19 as part of the Inferno Metal Festival.
For those unfamiliar with the situation, the accusations against Taake come as a result of a 2007 incident when mastermind Hoest performed with a swastika painted on his chest. Despite this, he has denied the allegations of Nazism multiple times over the years. However, the band have also faced accusations of anti-Islamic lyrics as well.
Kweli has since discussed his concerns via Twitter. You can find a couple of tweets from him below:
Hoest also commented via Pitchfork:
“He seriously thinks we’re Nazis? I have done nothing but deny this for the past eleven years, but this is what happens when Antifa run one of their slanderous campaign—there is always some jerk who takes them seriously. Personally I think it was an appalling thing to do both to his fans, and the venue, with which we have had good relations for the past 15 years.
I was a bit surprised to find he had booked this particular European show. I didn’t want to sink to his level by making anyone aware of it and spoiling it for him and his fans, even though that is something he himself seems to take great pride and pleasure in doing to other bands. Not sure if he is playing in any other venues in Europe where Taake also plays regularly.
At the end of the day I imagine this will now give venues world-wide pause for thought before actually booking and promoting him in case he is likely to agree to do a show and then pull out at the last minute because of other bands who have played there in the past, or who are booked to play in the future.”
[via The PRP]