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South Africans Protest Against Burna Boy’s Inclusion In South Africa Concerts

Posted by: On November 13, 2019 || Categories: News


Artists slam Burna Boy on Africans Unite concert line-up, government distances itself from it

Nigerian
rapper Burna Boy is set to perform at a concert in SA later this month
after promising to never set foot in the country again.

Nigerian
rapper Burna Boy is set to perform at a concert in SA later this month
after promising to never set foot in the country again.
Image: Joseph Okpako/WireImage

Local
musicians and event organisers have objected to Nigerian rapper Burna
Boy’s inclusion at an anti-xenophobic concert, claiming the star incited
hatred with his comments on SA.

In a series of tweets in
September, Burna Boy urged black foreigners living in SA to defend and
protect themselves against xenophobic attackers. In a now deleted tweet,
he also told SA rapper AKA to beef up his security, before giving him
the middle finger.

He promised to never set foot in SA again until the government “wakes the f*ck up and really performs a miracle”.

A
month later it was announced that Burna would be performing in SA as
part of the Africans Unite line-up to “unify all Africans and speak out
against femicide”.

Ticket listings and promotional material for
the event claimed the concert was sponsored by the department of sports,
arts and culture and is organised by Play Network Africa, which,
according to its website, is based in Nigeria.

Musicians and
event organisers, under the umbrella of Tshwane Entertainment
Collective, wrote a scathing letter to the minister raising objections
against the concert and calling for the department to pull its
sponsorship of the event.

The group questioned the exclusion of
artists and event organisers from Tshwane in the process, the lack of
financial support for artists from the area, and claims that communities
affected by xenophobia are located far from the areas where the concert
will be held and cannot afford the ticket prices for the event.

The
chief concern was against Burna Boy’s inclusion, and the group labelled
the event a “financial exercise to benefit the very artists who have
our country in a negative light based on false claims”.

“Whoever
may have deemed that the country needs a PR exercise of this nature
would have done so largely as a result of the callous, misleading and
unwarranted incitement by this very artist. Not only did he spread
falsehoods through his extensive platform, he literally incited violence
and hate,” the letter said of Burna Boy, suggesting that government had
succumbed to pressure from him.

Meanwhile, Burna Boy has
announced he will contribute a portion of the proceeds from the concert
to the victims of xenophobic attacks.

“I really hope we can all
keep contributing in our own way to make the world a better and safer
place for each other. Africans unite, it’s bigger than all of us,” he
wrote on Twitter.

Rapper AKA responded to the decision by
suggesting that most of those contributions will then go to South
Africans because they were the biggest victims of the violence.

“So for the most part, he’ll be donating to South Africans. Weird,” he wrote.

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