South African artistes have sent a petition to the Minister of Arts and Culture of the country to kick against the inclusion of Burna Boy in the ‘Africa Unite’ concert scheduled for 23 and 24 November.
The Africans Unite concerts, a response to recent xenophobia in the country is organised by Play Network Africa, based in Nigeria, in partnership with Phambili Media SA and appears to enjoy the support of South Africa’s department of arts and culture.
It will feature, along with Burna Boy, artistes such as Kwesa and Jidenna. The first concert will hold at Hillcrest Quarry in Cape Town on 23 November and the second at Sun Arena, Time Square in Pretoria.
Times Live reports however that, Tshwane Collective, an umbrella body of the musicians questioned the exclusion of local artistes and Burna Boy’s invitation to perform at the concert, accusing the African Giant of inciting hatred against South Africa, in the wake of the xenophobic attacks.