The question of whether Nigerian Musician Burna Boy will go to South Africa for the Africa Unite Concert or not is now a thing of the past. The organisers of the concert have announced the cancellation of the concert on Wednesday, 20th November 2019.
This will surely be good news for South African rapper, AKA and some of his Twitter followers who have been insisting that the Nigerian Afrobeat singer should not come to their country unless he apologizes.
They have always wanted him to apologize for saying he would never come to their country again until the government fix the issue of Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other Africans in the country.
But, the singer insisted that he rather die than not attending the African Unite Concert which was suppose to hold on November 23 and 24 this year in South Africa.
The controversy didn’t stop on Twitter, some group of musicians in South Africa submitted a petition to the government; the group said that the event was a financial exercise that would benefit Burna who has been saying negative things about the country. Hence, they wanted him removed from the lineup of artistes billed to perform at the event.
While confirming the cancellation of the concert in a statement, the organisers Phambili Media and Play Network said they had to cancel the concert because they have taken the threats flying around seriously. They said they could not guarantee the safety of all artists and attendees; and the safety of all attendees, artists and crew comes first.
We stand behind Burna Boy
The organisers say: “We do, however, stand behind our decision for the initial inclusion of Burna Boy in the Africans Unite Concert 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.”