Burna Boy will no longer be performing at Afropunk Joburg
It’s been three days since the news was made official: Burna Boy will no longer be performing at Afropunk Joburg. However, his fans from the South are still extremely upset by the news, with many wondering if they will ever get to watch him live.
This update was coming, it has to be said. On Friday it was announced:
“Following a joint decision by AFROPUNK and Burna Boy, we regret to announce that Burna Boy will no longer be part of the festival’s Joburg 2019 edition at Constitution Hill from 30 to 31 December.
We’re dedicated to working with Burna Boy and his team for his return to South Africa when the climate is right. We are deeply committed to providing music lovers and fans a safe space for all to express themselves. We are grateful to South Africa, our community, and to the many wonderful artists who will be with us on the 30th and 31st of December, and to the friends and colleagues that have made AFROPUNK Joburg 2019 possible.”
AFROPUNK organizers were keen to point out that the rest of the lineup would remain unchanged (We hope!) but the news of Burna’s exclusion was enough to have his fans in their feels.
A number of disappointed tweeps took to the timeline to vent their frustrations by writing:
I still can’t believe @burnaboy wont be performing at Afro Punk?
— Ghetto Snob? (@NeoRammy) ٢٣ ديسمبر ٢٠١٩
Burna Boy dropped from Afropunk concert in Johannesburg, tell me what is Afro there when the king ain’t there ??♂️..
Your loss guys! ?♂️ pic.twitter.com/dkjs9eAX3P
— SMILE ? Rey (@Zec_Reyzie) ٢٢ ديسمبر ٢٠١٩
Bought my @afropunk tickets for burna boy specifically ???? wuh this world and it’s problems??
— . (@Yogi_khanya) ٢١ ديسمبر ٢٠١٩
This is the second time in as many months that Burna Boy has pulled out of performing at South African shows. The African Giant was billed to perform at the Africans Unite festival, before strong backlash forced organizers to change their minds about his inclusion on the lineup. It seems as if the same pressure caused AFROPUNK organisers to reconsider his inclusion.