Muso union, MK veterans urge boycott of 2010 concert

2010-04-07 15:50

THE Creative Workers Union of SA (CWUSA) and the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) have called on all South Africans to boycott the Fifa World Cup concert because of the exclusion of local artists.

“As part of exerting pressure to Fifa and the 2010 LOC [Local Organising Committee] to adhere to our demands, we call on ... citizens of South Africa in general and Gauteng in particular to boycott the planned concert at Orlando Stadium because of the exclusion of their favourite artists and entertainers,” the two movements said on Wednesday.

They also plan to march on the LOC offices at Nasrec next Wednesday.

“In this mass action we will be joined by members of the South African Football Players Union and MKMVA, and progressive formations in attendance,” CWUSA said.

The union said artists in South Africa and Africa were “brutally exploited” for years and they refused to be “undermined by Fifa’s ruling oligarchy with their capitalist-inclined motives, when our local and African creative workers are being denied an opportunity to display their artistic skills and talent on a world stage”.

The likes of Alicia Keys, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Amadou & Mariam, Angélique Kidjo, BLK JKS, Juanes, Shakira, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré and Vusi Mahlasela were announced as the line-up for the concert, which will be held on June 10 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Last month Cosatu expressed its support for the artists’ union, saying that it was a scandal that only three local artists were included in the line-up.

The union is demanding 80% participation of South Africa and Africa’s creative workers in all World Cup cultural events, as part of job creation and consolidation of national unity and cohesion agenda. 

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