Montreal jazz festival cancels Slav production over criticism

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Singer Betty Bonifassi agreed to cancel the remaining Slav performances

The Montreal International Jazz Festival has cancelled performances of a controversial show heavily featuring African-American slave songs.

The festival announced cancellation of the show Slav on Wednesday over criticism of cultural appropriation.

The show features a white lead artist and a mostly white cast.

The decision came a day after one musician dropped out of the festival in protest.

In a statement, the festival said its “team has been shaken and strongly affected by all comments received”.

“We would…

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