- The Africans Unite Concert has been cancelled amid all the drama around it
- Many are relieved and feel the concert was just making xenophobia matters more tense
- Local muso Sho Madjozi feels the concert was about making money, not uniting Africa
The Africans United Concert has been cancelled after getting a lot of backlash, especially from South Africans.
The alleged aim of the concert was to unite Africans but seemed to cause more friction and unhappiness.
Local singer, Sho Madjozi, feels that the concert was more about letting money roll in than it was about seeing the continent united.
She pointed out that the organisers used Burna Boy, who is currently shrouded in controversy, to headline the planned event - a sign that they wanted to use him to promote it, and not in a positive way.
Briefly.co.za noticed that Sho shared a long and interesting thread on social media in which she expressed her opinion on the matter and how she has hope for a better future for all Africans.
Here's some of what she had to say:
"That was my worry when I declined to perform. Just from the headline act they chose, it was clear that they wanted a controversial figure more than someone, eg Wizkid, who was engaged in the issue in a constructive way.
"As we got closer to the day, the concert was generating even more hostility than unity and the organisers were doing nothing about it.
"That was further proof that xenophobia was just a way for them to make money. Which is disheartening for those of us who genuinely believe in a united Africa.
"Let me just say that xenophobic attitudes are too widespread in SA and it is a problem. However, it is also a problem to say people were murdered when they were not. Truth does matter.
"It is also a problem and super ironic to threaten to physically attack someone (AKA) in the name of *ending* violence. To then have an artist who has done both of the above booked without taking any of that back shows the organisers were not at all engaged with the actual issue at hand.
"But we will overcome this stupidity. African artists do so much to unite the content all the time without the umbrella of a corporate money-making trick."
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