Xenophobia: Curtain comes down on local musicians’ global stage

2015-04-16 14:32

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The ongoing violent xenophobic attacks across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have had unexpected casualties: big names in the South African music industry.

Kelly Khumalo, Biz Nuz and Cassper Nyovest have had their international tours affected by calls for a South African boycott.

KwaZulu-Natal-based group Biz Nuz were set to perform in Zimbabwe tomorrow but have had to put their trip on ice after demands for the boycott reached fever pitch.

Speaking to City Press this morning, DJ Tira (whose real name is Mthokozi Khathi) said there was no way that Biz Nuz would perform in Zimbabwe, adding that the group would release a statement at a later stage.

Meanwhile Cassper Nyovest – who is scheduled to perform in Zimbabwe next week – tweeted yesterday: “I am going to Zimbabwe next week!!! I do not care who threatens me. I am going to perform for my people!!! My African people!!! My family!!!

A short while ago this was followed up with: “What’s happening here at home is mad disgusting but I am coming to Zimbabwe. I will not live in fear to be in the hands of my brothers.”

Nyovest was unavailable for comment.

Elite Promotions in the United Kingdom have also pulled the plug on pop star Kelly Khumalo, whose UK tour was supposed to kick off on May 1.

“We are postponing the Kelly Khumalo UK show until further notice in solidarity with the innocent victims of xenophobia in South Africa,” read a statement published on the company’s Facebook account.

“How can we entertain ourselves when we are in mourning for our Brothers, Sisters and children murdered so mindlessly? We want to call on everyone with morals and ethics to stand firm with us to challenge this callous and criminal behaviour.”

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