- Burna Boy is out - he has cancelled all his gigs in Mzansi as a result of multiple threats
- Mzansi peeps threatened to boycott the Africans Unite concert and some even threatened Burna Boy himself
- The hate stems from Burn Boy's comments made on xenophobia in SA
Burna Boy, a Nigerian artist, was supposed to take to the stage in Cape Town and Tshwane. However, organisers have made the announcement that performances have been withdrawn.
There was an extensive meeting with Burna Boy’s management team after which organisers made a media statement on Wednesday. They have taken the decision to withdraw the controversial Nigerian artist from the concert and to cancel shows.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the decision came after the Tshwane Entertainment Collective made the call to boycott the Africans Unite concert in Tshwane. There have been numerous threats of violence from other sectors of the public.
Having no intervention from the government, Phambili Media and Play Network Africa collectively made the decision for the safety of artists, crew and the public attending. The organisers have taken the threats seriously and decided to cancel the concert.
After Burna Boy’s inclusion in the line-up was made public, it was widely criticised due to the post he made on social media in September. The tweet was urging black foreigners living in SA to defend and protect themselves from xenophobic attacks.
He added to the tweet that AKA should take precautions and beef up his security, following by him giving him the middle finger. The tweet has since been deleted.
He went on to run down the SA government and promised he would never set foot in SA until the government woke up. It was only a month after this that he announced he would be part of the Africans Unite line-up in the bid to, as he put it, unify all Africans and speak out against femicide.
There were hundreds of people calling for the show to be cancelled and to boycott the artist until such time he apologised for the remarks he had made. Julius Malema and Babalwa Mneno defended the star. Burna Boy has since refused to apologise.
The organisers stated that they will continue with their efforts to advocate for unity and peace, however, the entire concert has now been cancelled.
A full refund will be made to those who have bought tickets by contacting Computicket call centre.
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