SA Artists Threaten To Boycott & Shutdown If Burna Boy Is Allowed To Perform At The Africans Unite Concert

SA Artists Threaten To Boycott & Shutdown If Burna Boy Is Allowed To Perform At The Africans Unite Concert. South Africans wanted Nigerian rapper Burna Boy who spoke ill of SA and xenophobia to apologize last week. Unfortunately the award winning musician decided against apologizing and stated that he has nothing to apologize for.

In September, Burna Boy urged black foreigners living in SA to defend and protect themselves against xenophobic attacks. He also told SA rapper AKA to tighten 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”.

In a change of mind Burna agreed to perform at the African Unite Concert set to take place this coming weekend he even proclaimed that he will donate some of his earnings to the xenophobia victims.

Last week a number of artists lodged complaints to the Department Of Arts & Culture for their contiubtuokn in funding the event. The Department denied being part of the event and providing funding.

Tshwane Entertainment Collective representing artists : “We call on the MEC of economic development and the premier in Gauteng to ensure that any and all funding support endorsement by Gauteng Tourism or any state entity be withdrawn from the Africa Unite Concert immediately,” the group demanded.

It also called on musicians and fans to do their part by boycotting the event.

“We encourage all local artists, whose livelihood is attached to the success of our industry, to stand in solidarity with our cause for justice and due process by withdrawing from performing at the concert. Our cause should be a shared one as the outcomes benefit us all. We encourage all members of the public to return their purchased tickets to the event for a refund.”

They warned that failing to do so would may result in “an unavoidable shutdown” of the event.
“We are concerned that failure to comply to the terms above will result in an unavoidable shut down which may require physical enforcement. As such, we do not deem it advisable for the public to avail themselves to attend,” the statement read.

Furthermore, they called for President Cyril Ramaphosa to “suspend minister Nathi Mthethwa pending investigation into the Mzansi Golden Economy Funding Program and institute measures to ensure local artists and event organisers are supported, funded and prioritised”.

Aphelele Peyana

Aphelele Peyana is a seasoned journalist at SA Hip Hop Mag. You can contact her on sahiphopmag@nine80.com

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