The Africans Unite concert has been cancelled following controversy with it’s lead act, Burna Boy. The concert was meant be an anti-xenophobia show where some of the profits would be donated to victims of such violence.
Phambili Media, the organizers confirmed the news this Wednesday after talks with the newly Grammy nominated Nigerian artist’s team. They took the decision to cancel both legs of the concert.
In a statement released, Phambili Media pointed to threats of violence as the reason for the cancellation.
“With the increasing threats of violence from other unfortunate segments of the public and without any government intervention, Phambili Media and Play Network Africa were prompted to take the threats and warnings seriously, as the safety of all artists and attendees could not be guaranteed. We then decided to cancel the concert. The safety of all attendees, artists and crew comes first.”
Phambili Media stated that they standby their choice to have Burna Boy in the line-up.
“We do, however, stand behind our decision for the initial inclusion of Burna Boy in the Africans Unite Concert line-up. As one of the artists at the centre stage of the xenophobic attacks uproar, we saw fit to engage him to be a part of the Africans Unite campaign that aims to ultimately change the current negative narrative to that of solidarity and unity. It seems we have failed in this regard.
“As organisers of the Africans Unite Concert, we continue to advocate for unity and peace. Moreover, we condemn any form of discrimination, violence or aggressive behaviour towards any person due to their gender or nationality.”