Controversial reggae star Sizzla has cancelled two concerts in Britain, after a police investigation was launched into his homophobic lyrics.

Sizzla is one of eight artists whose songs are being examined by officers, after gay rights campaigners in the UK complained about anti-gay lyrics.

He was due to perform in Milton Keynes tonight (3NOV) and Birmingham on Friday (5NOV04) during a five-date tour to kick off today - but missed a UK-bound flight last night (2NOV04), and both performances have been axed.

His gigs in east London and Bradford are expected to go ahead, provided he doesn't sing any homophobic, racist or sexist lyrics.

One Sizzla's biggest hits, PUMP UP, includes the lyrics, in Jamaican patois, "fire fi di man dem weh go ride man behind", which in English translates as "burn the men who have sex with men...".

Also under investigation are Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, CAPLETON, T.O.K, VYBZ KARTEL and Buju Banton. Police want "to determine whether any criminal offence has been committed".

03/11/2004 17:59