Grammy Award-winning Nigerian superstar Burna Boy has found himself at the centre of controversy as his much-awaited concert in South Africa has been cancelled.
The internationally acclaimed artist had initially rescheduled the concert from September 23 to December 16 due to low ticket sales, but now it has been officially called off.
The cancellation comes as a shock to many fans who were eagerly anticipating the performance at the iconic FNB Stadium.
According to popular entertainment blogger Phil Mphela, the concert had to be cancelled due to the promoters’ inability to fulfil their contractual, financial, production, and technical obligations. This includes the failure to pay production vendors on time and the inability to meet the agreed production standards for the venue size.
Burna Boy concert now officially cancelled.
Cited are “ inability for the promoters to fulfil their contractual, financial, production and technical obligations”
Production vendors had apparently not been paid on time.
Management conceded that the agreed production… pic.twitter.com/6E7YlhAaBR
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) September 21, 2023
TicketPro, the official ticketing platform for the event, has seized all sales of tickets to the concert. This news has sparked a wave of reactions on social media, with many users sharing their hilarious takes on the situation. However, it seems that Burna Boy’s controversial history in South Africa may have played a role in the concert’s ultimate cancellation.
Recall that the Nigerian artist had a heated Twitter battle with the late rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes. This public feud further strained the already tense relationship between Burna Boy and South African fans. Many social media users have expressed their belief that the cancellation is a result of the lingering animosity towards the artist. “We never never forget,” said many South Africans
Burna Boy’s Johannesburg concert at the FNB Stadium, South Africa has been officially canceled due to low ticket sales. Burna Boy sold out 1500 tickets out of 90 000. pic.twitter.com/cfjfqsdYeQ
— Man’s NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) September 21, 2023
We did it comrades .. Burna boy cancelled.
Minus one ikhwapha elinukayo 😂🔥 pic.twitter.com/OWqEENROuY
— ChrisExcel (@ChrisExcel102) September 21, 2023
Minus 1. He can host in Nigeria
— KatlegoZakes (@Katlego0512) September 21, 2023
AKA right now pic.twitter.com/aY7jQcUA4h
— N̸T̸S̸H̸I̸E̸N̸G̸🉐️ (@LeratoN_) September 21, 2023
He was correct we he said he will never set foot in Southy. Your own mouth is a dangerous tool. pic.twitter.com/jagS3Lr39A
— Rumani® (@RealMrumaDrive) September 21, 2023