Shortly after it was announced that Burna Boy would no longer be performing in South Africa this weekend, Sho Madjozi spoke out and slammed the Africa Unite organisers for failing to live up to their mission

On paper, the Africa Unite concert was exactly what South Africa (or indeed Africa) needed. The intentions were literally spelled out in the name of the concert (i.e. to bring Africans together) and the idea was to invite three big musicians, one from Mzansi, another from Nigeria and one from the African diaspora, to headline a show that would send a clear message to the continent: there is no tolerance for xenophobia.

Unfortunately, in real life things didn’t quite pan out this way.

One of their headline acts, Burna Boy, was more divisive than unifying and on Wednesday, after he pulled out of the show leading to the cancellation of the controversial two-city concert, Sho Madjozi spoke out to reveal why this initiative didn’t deserve our support.

In typically eloquent fashion, the John Cena singer and African Studies graduate explained why the organisers were using recent xenophobia crises for capital gain rather than trying to achieve unity

She tweeted; “It was so clear that the issue of xenophobia in South Africa was being used more as a marketing ploy by the organisers of the “Africa Unite” concert than as a way to effect real change.”

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She also explained that she turned down the opportunity to perform at the show when she went on to add:

The Limpopo-born muso did take a moment to acknowledge that xenophobia is a real issue in South Africa when she said, “Let me just say that xenophobic attitudes are too widespread in SA and it is a problem. However, it is also a problem to say that people were murdered when they were not. Truth does matter.”

She concluded her thread by condemning Burna Boy’s actions before praising African artists who are making a difference:

Do you agree with Sho Madjozi’s sentiments about the Africa Unite concert?