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Burna Boy Will No Longer Perform at the Jo'burg Edition of This Year's Afropunk

Afropunk organizers say that they've agreed that 'now isn't the right time for him to come'.

Afropunk recently announced that Burna Boy will no longer be part of the lineup for the Johannesburg edition of the event this year.

The news come just a month after the "African Giant" withdrew from performing at the anti-xenophobia concert "Africans Unite" which was then altogether cancelled shortly afterwards.


It seems Burna Boy may keep his word about never setting foot in South Africa again. His comments came after he and several other international artists including South African rapper AKA got into a heated Twitter exchange during South Africa's September xenophobic attacks.

While Afropunk fans have been kept in the dark for a while with regards to whether Burna Boy would perform or not, the organizers have finally confirmed the latter just ten days before the event is set to take place at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. W

Some South Africans have already "cancelled" Burna Boy and seem genuinely unbothered by the fact that he won't be performing at Afropunk anymore. Others have asked for refunds while some have asked the organizers why they're communicating Burna Boy's withdrawal only days before the concert itself. Back in 2017, Afropunk failed to communicate to fans in time that Solange Knowles would no longer be performing at the event due to an illness.


Additionally, there also have been requests to remove Sjava from the lineup following allegations of abuse from his former partner and fellow artist Lady Zamar in October of this year.


Check out the full line-up for the event here.

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You โ€” which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in โ€” received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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