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Ye crooner, Burna is set to perform in South Africa during an Africans Unite concert, weeks after he vowed never to set foot in the country, due to reports of xenophobic attacks
And South Africans under the umbrella of Tshwane Collective have kicked against Burna Boy’s performance in their country.
Recall that news of xenophobic attacks against foreigners, particularly Nigerians, in South Africa went viral. The attacks caused serious outcry on social media with several Nigerian celebs reacting to the reports.
Burna Boy, then vowed never to set foot in the country . In the now deleted series of tweets, the Ye star had also threatened to deal with SA rapper, AKA, as he warned him to beef up his security.
Well, he apparently has had a change of heart as he is set to perform during the Africans Unite concert to be held in South Africa.
He also revealed that the proceeds from the concert will be donated to victims of the xenophobic attacks. He tweeted: “The first of many! Part of the proceeds will be donated to the victims of Xenophobic attacks by me! I really hope we can all keep contributing in our own way to make the world a better and safer place for each other. #Africansunite , it’s bigger than all of us ”
The first of many! Part of the proceeds will be donated to the victims of Xenophobic attacks by me! I really hope we can all keep contributing in our own way to make the world a better and safer place for each other. #Africansunite , it’s bigger than all of us 🖤 pic.twitter.com/fpBrk4O1VG
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) November 9, 2019
However, South African artistes under the umbrella of Tshwane Collective, have strongly kicked against Burna performing in their country after his remarks on the xenophobic attacks.
The group claims Burna incited violence and hatred with his comments against South Africa. Excerpts from the open letter the group sent to the minister of arts and culture reads: “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 incited violence and hate.”
See the tweet below:
Dear Minister @NathiMthethwaSA
— HomeComing Events (@HomeComingEvent) November 11, 2019
There's been an outcry over a decision to allow Nigerian artist Burna Boy to headline the Africa Unite Concert. @CathyMohlahlana was joined in studio by @KMalatji from the Tshwane Collective. Watch on @Youtube: https://t.co/9LdLW6WfmZ #NewzAtPrime #Newzroom405 #KeepTheArtsPure pic.twitter.com/jGXRfCG63O
— Newzroom Afrika (@Newzroom405) November 12, 2019