Africans Unite Concert Cancelled over Burna Boy’s Inclusion
By Dipo Omoware
Organisers of the Africans Unite Concert in South Africa which had Burna Boy and other top acts billed to perform have cancelled the show due to fears over xenophobic concerns.
According to a report by South African media house, Timeslive, the show was cancelled because of the outrage it caused. Timeslive also reports the show organisers discussed with Burna Boy’s management, withdraw him from the concert and cancelled his show.
A statement put out by the organisers read "The decision to cancel the Africans Unite Concert comes after the call from the Tshwane Entertainment Collective to boycott the Africans Unite concert in Tshwane. With the increasing threats of violence from other unfortunate segments of the public and without any government intervention, Phambili Media and Play Network Africa were prompted to take the threats and warnings seriously, as the safety of all artists and attendees could not be guaranteed. We then decided to cancel the concert. The safety of all attendees, artists, and crew comes first."
Recall that South African rapper, AKA had asked Burna Boy to apologise over his comments in the wake of the xenophobic attacks that rocked South Africa and affected some Nigerians living in the country.
AKA had tweeted, “I am willing to swallow my pride and put an end to this division. @burnaboy Are you?”
“... all we want is an apology. We know South Africa is not perfect. But we took you in as our own before you reached these levels. You say you are an AFRICAN GIANT, prove it.”
Burna Boy in an earlier outburst had promised to stay out of South Africa until the government addressed the xenophobic issues in the country.
“Today after watching the killing of my people in South Africa the same way we have all watched it happen a few times in the past. I personally have had my own xenophobic experiences at the hands of South Africans.
“And because of that, I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes up and really performs a miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.”
The African Unite Concert was scheduled to hold from November 23-24 and other acts that would have performed were Jidenna, Kwesta, Sho Madjozi, DJ Maphorisa, Busiswa and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Part of the proceeds from the concert would have gone to victims of the September Xenophobic attacks.