Burna Boy withdrawn and concert cancelled amid outcry
Organisers of Africa unite concert announcing that Burna Boy withdrawn from event just few days before he was set to take the stage, they also cancel the event.
According to statement released from that organization, decided to withdrawn Burna Boy from their event following warnings of shutdown.
The Nigerian rapper was highly criticized by South Africans following comments he made against the country during xenophobia few months ago.
AKA together with some fans demanded the African giant rapper to apologise for comments he made against the country, but the rapper refused to do it because he thought doing so imply that no xenophobic attack happened in Mzansi.
“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 concert’s organisers stood by their decision to include Burna Boy on the show’s line-up.
“As one of the artists at the centre stage of the xenophobic attacks uproar, we saw fit to engage him to be a part of the Africans Unite campaign that aims to ultimately change the current negative narrative to that of solidarity and unity. It seems we have failed in this regard.
“As organisers of the Africans Unite Concert, we continue to advocate for unity and peace. Moreover, we condemn any form of discrimination, violence or aggressive behaviour towards any person due to their gender or nationality.”