News of Nigerian superstar Burna Boy’s inclusion in the upcoming “Africans Unite” concert is being protested against by local South african musicians and event organisers.
The umbrella organization, The Tshwane Entertainment Collective has objected to the Nigerian artiste inclusion at the anti-xenophobic concert, claiming the star incited hatred with his twitter posts on South Africa.
The group wrote an open letter to South Africa’s Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa.
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.
Their major concern is against Burna Boy’s inclusion. 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,”
You will recall we brought you news of Burna Boy’s reaction on the xenophobic attacks by South Africans on blackbforeigners in September 2019, urging black foreigner nationals living in SA to defend and protect themselves against xenophobic attackers. In a now deleted tweet, he also threatened to beat up SA rapper AKA whenever they meet. And swore never to step foot on South African soil again.
AKA recently posted he is looking forward to attending the Africa Unite Concert, to see if Burna Boy will keep to his threats.