Burna Boy has been dropped from the Afropunk festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, with organizers stating that “now isn’t the right time for him to come.”
The Grammy-nominated singer was set to perform at the Afropunk festival in Johannesburg to be held later this month, but organisers took to their social media handle to announce a new development.
The organizer wrote on Twitter that after a joint discussion with the “Anybody” crooner’s team, it was agreed that “now isn’t the right time” for Burna Boy to come to South Africa. The Tweet read;
“Hey SA fam: After a joint discussion with Burna Boy’s team, we are announcing that he will no longer be part of Joburg’s 2019 line-up. We’ve agreed that now isn’t the right time for him to come. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused to our community.”
Hey SA fam: After a joint discussion with Burna Boy’s team, we are announcing that he will no longer be part of Joburg’s 2019 lineup. We’ve agreed that now isn’t the right time for him to come. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to our community. pic.twitter.com/SdCvYeCpkt
— AFROPUNK (@afropunk) December 20, 2019
This is coming a month after it was announced that Burna Boy had been dropped from performing at “Africans Unite” the anti-xenophobia concert which was scheduled to hold in South Africa in November. The decision was made following protests and petitions against Burna Boy’s inclusion in the concert. The concert was altogether cancelled shortly afterwards.
A statement released by the organisers reads;
“The decision to cancel the Africans Unite Concert comes after the call from the Tshwane Entertainment Collective to boycott the Africans Unite concert in Tshwane.
“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.”