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Organizers cancel Burna Boy’s concert in South Africa, AKA reacts

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Two concerts in South Africa, expected to feature Nigerian star Burna Boy, have been cancelled following “increasing threats of violence”, a statement from the organisers says.

He had been scheduled to appear at what was dubbed the Africans Unite concerts in Cape Town and Pretoria at the weekend.

The announcement that he was going to appear had attracted controversy as in September, during a wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa, Burna Boy had vowed not to go to South Africa again until the government “wakes up”.

He tweeted that he had personally had his own “xenophobic experiences at the hands of South Africans ” in 2017.

Earlier this month, after changing his mind about going to South Africa, Burna Boy said he would donate part of the proceeds from the concert to the victims of xenophobic attacks.

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But the invitation of the Afrobeats star was criticized by some South African artists.

Last week, a group calling itself the Tshwane Entertainment Collective wrote a critical letter to the government over the concert.

“Whoever may have deemed that the country needs a PR exercise of this nature would have done so largely as a result of the callous, misleading and unwarranted incitement by this very artist,” the Collective is quoted as saying.

“Not only did he spread falsehoods through his extensive platform, he literally incited violence and hate,” it added.

Burna Boy, who had earlier in a now-deleted tweet threatened South African artist AKA, denied that he was inciting violence, and in a tweet called for unity.

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Announcing the cancellation of the concerts, Phambili Media said its decision came after the Tshwane Entertainment Collective’s call for a boycott and the “increasing threats of violence from other unfortunate segments of the public”. But the company did not specify what those threats were.

“The safety of all attendees, artists and crew comes first,” it added.

Burna Boy’s inclusion on the line-up was widely criticized after rapper, AKA took to social media to lead a campaign against him.

See AKA’s response and how other South Africans are reacting below….

Screenshot 2019 11 20 AKA South Africans jubilate as organizers cancel Burna Boys concert in the country

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I didn’t go for my BECE results because I knew I would fail – Obaapa Christy 

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Contemporary Ghanaian gospel singer, Christiana Twene, well-known by the stage name Obaapa Christy has recently revealed that she did not bother going for her Basic Education Certificate Examination results after completion. (more…)

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Late Ghanaian fashion designer Antoinette Pokua Poku laid to rest

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The Ghanaian fashion industry mourns the loss of a visionary as Antoinette Pokua Poku, a prominent Ghanaian fashion designer and creative director of the renowned fashion brand Poqua Poqu as she was laid to rest today, February 26, 2024. (more…)

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Afua Asantewaa says she didn’t hold on to Sing-a-thon result

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Ghanaian media personality and Guinness World Record’s longest singing marathon applicant, Afua Asantewaa Aduonum has spoken out about the release of the results of her sing-a-thon attempt.  (more…)

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Trigmatic reveals been officially divorced for three years

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Renowned Ghanaian singer and songwriter, Enoch Oduro-Agyei, professionally known as Trigmatic has reportedly disclosed that he and his ex-wife, Edith Schandorf, officially divorced three years ago.

In a recent interview on D-Black’s “Unkut” show, Trig explained that the decision to file for divorce was reached by mutual consent. 

“I am divorced. A lot of people don’t know; it’s not something I talk about… Yeah, it has been three years now, he said.”

He then addressed the idea that his line of work was involved in the breakup, stating that the COVID-19 pandemic’s height forced them to spend more time together, which exacerbated their unworkable differences.

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Trigmatic expressed appreciation for the lessons he has learnt during the three years following his divorce.

His message’s key themes were self-love, resiliency, and personal development.

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He has however, recently expressed that, should the proper person come along, he is open to the notion of getting married again.

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Celebrities are not living lavish lifestyles like politicians – Okyeame Kwame

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Celebrated Ghanaian singer and songwriter, Okyeame Kwame has spoken out about the misconception surrounding celebrities and their lifestyles, dismissing any perception about Ghanaian celebrities living lavish lifestyles.
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I’m not a member of Bawumia’s Manifesto Committee – Okyeame Kwame Clarifies 

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Renowned Ghanaian musician and entrepreneur, Kwame Nsiah-Apau, otherwise known as Okyeame Kwame, has made it clear that he is not a member of Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia’s Manifesto Committee. (more…)

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