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Johannesburg Pride Boycotted for ‘Homophobic’ Performer and ‘Elitist’ Venue

The announcement of rapper Cassper Nyovest as one of the performers didn't go down well with some LGBTQI+ members.

This year's Johannesburg Pride march is taking place this Saturday. But some members of the LGBTQI+ community aren't impressed. Firstly, it's the uptown venue Melrose Arch, which some members feel isn't in line with the realities of the community the march is supposed to serve.


Speaking to HuffPost SA, LGBTQI+ activist Sekoatlane Phamodi, said, "The refusal of the organizers to engage more deeply and meaningfully with the political history and function of Pride events is not surprising."




Phamodi added that the event "has been commercialized and exploited in a pink-washing project by white-supremacist capitalists who serve the interests of other white, wealthy men who occupy a political identity by saying we 'serve' the LGBTQI community, and who celebrate the advancement they have made to the exclusion of those who haven't been included."

The announcement of rapper Cassper Nyovest as one of the performers also didn't go down well with some LGBTQI+ members.

Performance artist Siya Ngcobo, in a Facebook post, labeled the rapper as being part of "a larger network of misogynist/homophobic rappers."

Johannesburg Pride organizers defended their choice of venue in an interview with HuffPost SA. The website quoted Johannesburg Pride chairperson Kaye Ally saying, "There is a different kind of pride associated with being in a world-class complex such as Melrose Arch... it lets Pride have the same quality as [those in] New York, San Francisco [and] London."

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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