South African artists don't want to share a stage with Nigerian singer Burna Boy at the "Africans Unite" concert. The Tshwane Entertainment Collective has written to the Arts and Culture Minister to object his inclusion. Katlego Malatji, from the Tshwane Entertainment Collective explains. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - South African artists do not want to share a stage with Nigerian singer Burna Boy at the Africans Unite concert.
The Tshwane Entertainment Collective has written to the Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa to object his inclusion at the anti-xenophobic concert.
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.
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".
He also told local rapper AKA to beef up his security, before giving him the middle finger.