There are reports circulating on social media that the planned show “Africa Unite Concert” which had Burna Boy and South African rapper Kwesta as headliners has been canceled.
It would be recalled that South African artistes protested against Burna Boy performing at the show and also queried the exclusion of local artiste at the expense of Nigeria’s Burna Boy who they have accused of inciting hatred against South Africa, in the wake of the recent xenophobic attacks.
According to South Africa’s media house, Timeslive, the organizers decided to cancel the show because of the outrage it had created.
It also reports that the organizers of the show talked with Burna Boy’s management and decided to withdraw him from the concert and cancel his show.
“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,” the statement reads.
Here is the statement released by the event organizers: