We’ve come to expect this kind of insane nonsense from academia, especially at an elitist liberal school like Hampshire College.
AMHERST – Shokazoba’s cancellation from the Hampshire Halloween event Friday night at Hampshire College, after one band member said they were criticized of being “too white” to play Afrobeat music, is reverberating on social media.
Shokazoba keyboard player Jason Moses said on Saturday that the entire incident has upset the band, which he said was the target of an online campaign by approximately 30 people – a campaign that led to the band’s ultimate cancellation from the annual event.
Moses said the firestorm started when someone posted an inflammatory comment online about Hampshire College hiring an all-white band to play Afrobeat music for the event. He said the band is not all white, and race should not be an issue anyway.
“It’s not important to us. Music and art has the opportunity to transcend all that,” Moses.
The decision to cancel the band was made by the Hype Committee, which puts on Hampshire Halloween.
The Hype Committee wrote on its Facebook page on Oct. 24: “Due to concerned students voicing their opinions about the band Shokazoba, we held community dialogue to hear what individuals had to say. As a result of the dialogue, and discomfort expressed by members of the community in person as well as by email, Facebook, and other means, we have removed Shokazoba from the lineup for Hampshire Halloween.”