You can’t make this s*** up! Burna Boy has gone from zero to hero in the space of a few hours and South Africans aren’t quite sure what to make of one of the craziest days in Mzansi entertainment.
It all began with a rumour. Fans were first alerted to the fact that things could be about to change when a tweep wrote, “I just woke up to the news that the concert is cancelled”. We all knew which concert they were talking about and before long it became official. Phambili Media and Play Network Africa sent a press release to our inboxes that read:
“Following extensive engagement with Burna Boy’s management team, Phambili Media and Play Network have decided to withdraw Burna Boy from the Africans Unite Concert. As a result, both legs of the concert which were set to take place on the 23rd of November 2019 at Hillcrest Quarry, Cape Town and 24th of November 2019 at Sun Arena, Pretoria have now been cancelled.
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.”
Cue Mzansi Twitter Memes…
The hashtag #AKAsezi went wild on social media as fans laughed at the Nigerian singer for failing to turn up to a concert which, just a few days ago, he promised he was going to be performing at. The singer had clashed with South African rapper AKA in the height of the xenophobic drama in South Africa however AKA appeared to have won the battle when Burna Boy was dropped from the highly-anticipated Africans unite concert.
However, Burna Boy would go on to have the last laugh.
Just hours after it was confirmed that Burna Boy had been dropped from the lineup of the multi City concert, another announcement had his name in the headlines this time coming from Los Angeles.
Burna Boy made history as he became one of a select group of Nigerian artist to have been nominated for a Grammy award and the congratulations have been pouring in from all across the continent except of course from his critics in South Africa.
Burna Boy has been in a congratulatory mood ever since hearing the news. However, he has stopped short of pouring shade on his South African haters although knowing how petty he has been in the last few months we wouldn’t put it past him to send some salt in our direction
So SA Twitter might have won the battle but it appears as if Burna Boy might have won the war. Imagine if he goes on to win the Grammy we will never hear the end of it.
Will you celebrate for Africa if Burna Boy wins a Grammy next year?