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Local musicians and event organisers have reacted to Nigerian rapper Burna Boy’s inclusion at an anti-xenophobic concert, claiming the star showed hatred with his comments on South Africa.
In a different tweets in September, Burna Boy urged black foreigners living in South Africa to stand and protect themselves against xenophobic attackers.In a now deleted tweet, he also told South Africa rapper AKA to beef up his security, before giving him the middle finger.
He made a promise to never set foot in South Africa again until the government “wakes the f**ck up and really performs a miracle”.
Few month later it was announced that Burna boy would be performing in South Africa as part of the Africans Unite line-up to “unite all Africans and speak out against femicide”.
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Ticket listings and promotional material for the event claimed the concert was sponsored by the department of sports, arts and culture and is organised by Play Network Africa, which, according to its website, is based in Nigeria.
Musicians and event organisers, under the umbrella of Tshwane Entertainment Collective, wrote letters to the minister raising objections against the concert and calling for the department to pull its sponsorship of the event.
The group questioned the exclusion of artists and event organisers from Tshwane in the process, the lack of financial support for artists from the area, and claims that communities affected by xenophobia are located far from the areas where the concert will be held and cannot afford the ticket prices for the event.
The chief concern was against inclusion of Nigeria artist Burna Boy’s , and the group labelled the event a “financial exercise to benefit the very artists who have our country in a negative light based on his false claims”.
Whoever may have deemed that the country needs a PR exercise of this nature would have done so largely as a result of the callous, misleading and unwarranted incitement by this very artist. Not only did he spread falsehoods through his extensive platform, he literally showed violence and hate, the letter said of Burna Boy, suggesting that government had succumbed to pressure from him.