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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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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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