Video: South African artists object to Burna Boy performing in their country


South African artists do not want to share a stage with Nigerian singer Burna Boy at the Africans Unite concert.

The Tshwane Entertainment Collective wrote to the Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa to object his inclusion at the anti-xenophobic concert.

Burna Boy had said at the heat of the xenophobic attacks he will never set foot on the country unless the leaders do something about the xenophobic attacks.

He also told local rapper AKA to beef up his security, before giving him the middle finger.

In the letter penned to the minister, the group raised a number of concerns including the lack of financial support for artists from the area and the inclusion of Burna Boy in the line-up.

“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”, said Katlego Malatji from the Tshwane Entertainment Collective.