Just days before Nigerian artist Burna Boy was set to take to the stage in South Africa, organisers have announced that the artist has been withdrawn and concerts in Cape Town and Tshwane cancelled.
According to South Africa’s media house, Timeslive, the organisers decided to cancel the show because of the outrage it had created. It also reports that the organisers of the show talked with Burna Boy’s management and decided to withdraw him from the concert and cancel his show.
“The decision to cancel the Africans Unite Concert comes after the call from the Tshwane Entertainment Collective to boycott the Africans Unite concert in Tshwane. With the increasing threats of violence from other unfortunate segments of the public and without any government intervention, Phambili Media and Play Network Africa were prompted to take the threats and warnings seriously, as the safety of all artists and attendees could not be guaranteed. “We then decided to cancel the concert. The safety of all attendees, artists and crew comes first,” the statement reads.
The decision to drop him from the line-up had inspired a strong reaction on social media, with AKA being dragged into it. An AKA inspired hashtag, #AKASezi, is currently trending at #1 on Twitter as his fans gloat about the latest development.
It would be recalled that South African rapper, AKA had demanded an apology from Burna Boy over his comments about the xenophobic attacks melted on Nigerians, before stepping into the country. Burna Boy dragged the South African rapper in his tweets months ago during the xenophobic attacks in the country.
He went as far as vowing not to step into the country. In a series of tweets, Burna Boy took direct shots at AKA for his stand on the Xenophobic attacks on Nigeria in South Africa.
On Tuesday night, September 3, 2019, Burna Boy took over his Twitter account, which has been handled by his management for the last three months to air his views about the raging Xenophobic attacks. In one of his several tweets, Burna Boy threatened to ‘deal’ with the South African rapper when next their paths crossed.