(Amherst, MA) — Social media has been buzzing over the last-minute cancellation of a music performance at Hampshire College. The Afrobeat band known as “Shokazoba” had been contracted to play at the annual Hampshire Halloween bash Friday night. But it was taken off-the-schedule Thursday after some students complained that the band was “too white” to play that style of music. In an official statement, Hampshire said the real reason the band was cancelled was because people from off-campus had chimed in on the controversy inappropriately on Facebook, making the event organizers feel disparaged and marginalized. Shokazoba, a 17-piece band which features a black lead singer, says the group’s racial makeup is irrelevant.
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