South African Artists are Against Burna Boy Performing at Upcoming 'Africans Unite' Concert
This reportedly comes after the 'African Giant' got into a heated Twitter exchange with rapper AKA during South Africa's xenophobic attacks.
Burna Boy is set to take the stage at the "Africans Unite" concert alongside Kwesta, Jidenna and Busiswa (among several others) in two weeks. Part of the proceeds of the concert will be donated to the victims of South Africa's recent xenophobic violence towards African foreign nationals in an effort to bring everyone together. However, South African artists are reportedly against Burna Boy being a part of the lineup following his heated Twitter exchange with rapper AKA.
The Tshwane Entertainment Collective recently wrote a letter to the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, wherein they urge him to prevent Burna Boy from performing in the country citing a number of reasons:
"We first inquired to the minister and to the department to say, what is this all about? How is this happening? How are you guys supporting this? Then further to that we asked how are you supporting an event that also includes... so not only are you failing us with funding but you are also supporting an event that includes an artist who has threatened violence to fellow South African artists."
Watch the Tshwane Entertainment Collective speak more on the matter to eNCA below:
SA artists call for a boycott of Africa Unite concert youtu.be
During South Africa's xenophobic violence, major Nigerian artists including Tiwa Savange cancelled their scheduled performances in the country. Burna Boy then took to social media and announced that he would never set foot in the country until the government had put measures in place to prevent the violence. Admittedly, there was a lot of fake news doing the rounds. However, after YCee pulled up an old tweet that AKA had posted a while back about losing a soccer match to Nigeria, everything went haywire.
And @MI_Abaga it’s Fuck @akaworldwide from now on. And if you down with him, it’s Fuck you too. I respect you too m… https://t.co/lAlxS2PBKY— Burna Boy (@Burna Boy) 1567536480.0
AKA has said that Burna Boy should apologize to him and "prove" that he is indeed the "African Giant".