Artistes cancel South Africa shows
Veteran comedian Basket Mouth has joined the league of celebrities cancelling their shows in South Africa due to the recent xenophobic attacks. He shared his loaded message in a post on his social media platform.
“I am not sure how and when we got here. I won’t be attending the Comics Choice Awards this weekend in SA as scheduled. It might sound like a whisper but together our voices and the right actions will hopefully make a true difference. And real change can begin. But for today, we stand,” the comedian wrote on Instagram.
Artistes from all over Africa have been irked by the ongoing attacks in South Africa with some cancelling their performances in solidarity with those who have been affected.
Nigerian singers such as Tiwa Savage and Burna Boy are among those who have boycotted their gigs.
The attacks seem to have boomeranged on some South African artistes too with Mafikizolo, Dr Malinga and Mlindo the Vocalist, who were billed to perform in Zimbabwe, expressing fear for their lives. Mlindo has already pulled out.
“I’m supposed to travel to Zimbabwe this weekend but I fear for my life since I’m South African. My country is doing so much harm to our brothers and sisters and I’ve no choice but to wonder what lies in another African country as an African,” wrote Mlindo on his Instagram page on Tuesday.
South African comedian Trevoh Noah also gave his sentiments over the attack. The Daily Show host said that he does not see a fellow African as a competitor but as a fellow African who is trying to make ends meet for their families.
“This is a complete displacement of anger, prejudice, and xenophobia built up out of inferiority complex created by decades of apartheid and oppression,” he said