Ghana’s Blakk Rasta
Ghana’s Blakk Rasta has said that, in his opinion, being gay is unnatural and a mental or genetic disorder.
One of the country’s leading reggae stars, the controversial Rasta made the comment in an interview with GhanaMusic.com.
“It is not the normal concept of life. Every man must sex a woman and not otherwise. Homosexuality is a mental/genetically disorder, in my opinion,” he said.
“I do not incite violence against gays and lesbians. I believe it is a disorder which we must empathise with and not otherwise,” he added.
“I will never take human life. It is a sin against Jah. We burn fire on homosexuals to cleanse them spiritually because fire signifies purity. It is not a physical fire.”
Amnesty international said that Rasta’s comments “perpetuate a climate of discrimination and intimidation against LGBT people”.
It added: “Sadly his comments reflect a growing rise of homophobia across Africa and those prevailing attitudes need to be challenged.”
A number of reggae artists, including Jamaican stars Beenie Man and Buju Banton, have been accused of homophobia for including extreme anti-gay lyrics in their music.