Talib Kweli Cancels Oslo, Norway Show Due To Venue Having Booked Taake


You may recall earlier this year that rapper Talib Kweli cancelled a show at The Riot Room in Kansas City, MO as a result of Taake having been booked for a show in the same venue at a later date. At the time Taake—in particular the band’s mastermind Hoest—found himself in the sights of not only Kweli on that trek, but also various Antifa groups, who took issue with Hoest‘s past.

More specifically they were upset with Hoest‘s decision to perform live with a swastika painted on his chest back in 2007. Ultimately the whole series of events led to Taake‘s U.S. tour being cancelled. Hoest for his part has denied the allegations of Nazism a number of times over the years. However, it’s not the only controversy he has faced as some have also taken issue with his allegedly anti-Muslim lyrics as well.

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This all leads up to today (November 19th) where Kweli cancelled his planned show at the Rockerfeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway upon learning that Taake are booked to perform there on April 19th as part of the ‘Inferno Metal Festival‘.

Kweli himself called out the venue on Twitter and has since been involved in various discussions over his stance on Taake today via his Twitter. Among his more pertinent tweets to this latest cancellation were the following:

Pitchfork reached out to Hoest on the matter and received the following statement:

“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.”

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