Burna Boy performing in South Africa this month. Economic Freedom Fighter’s boss Julius Malema is looking forward to receiving and being entertained by his ‘brother’ Burna Boy.mid objections by South African artists objecting to Nigerian artist
On Thursday, the controversial Julius Malema took to social media to say that, “Looking forward to receiving and being entertained by my brother Burna Boy here at his home called South Africa. There’s no mascot that can stop him from performing, he’s one of our own and we will protect him. We must resolutely oppose regionalism led by political illiterates.”
“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. Africans Unite, it’s bigger than all of us,” said Burna Boy on Saturday.
Local artists do not want to share a stage with singer Burna Boy at the Africans Unite Concert.
The Tshwane Entertainment Collective penned down a letter to the Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa to object his inclusion at the anti-xenophobic concert.
In the letter to the minster, the group raised a number of issues including the lack of financial support for artists from Tshwane 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.
In September, Burna Boy caused a stir on social media after saying he would boycott the country because his fellow Nigerians were being treated badly.
In a now-deleted tweet, Burna Boy said he would never set foot in the country again unless the government “wakes the f**k up and really performs a miracle,” reads part(s) of the letter.
Burna Boy also told local rapper AKA to beef up his security, before giving him the middle finger.
The Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture has since distanced itself from the event, saying they had not allocated or granted funding for the event.
A spokeswoman for the department Asanda Magaqa said that their logo was erroneously used on the poster advertising the event.
Rapper AKA wants Burna Boy to apologise before coming to South Africa.