DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival have issued a statement after Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage announced the cancellation of her upcoming South African show due to the xenophobic attack which was billed to hold on September 21.
Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, announced the cancellation of her upcoming South African show due to the xenophobic attack which was billed to hold on September 21.
“I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK. For this reason I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this,” she tweeted on Tuesday.
The organisers of this year’s DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival have responded to Tiwa’s decision.
In a statement issued, the organisers of the festival said they were aware of her decision and were in discussions with her management.
“DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival is aware of Tiwa Savage’s tweet, and is in discussions with her management. As a festival, we have always been an inclusive event with our gates open to everybody, irrespective of where they come from.
“We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and will continue to ensure that the festival is a safe and inclusive place for all,” the statement read.
However, Nadia Nakai and Prince Kaybee slammed Tiwa’s decision, calling it an “insensitive” tweet being a celebrity.
We should be! She has a big following, tweeting things like that can influence more violence against ALL Africans…. power of influence, don’t act like her or the other artists don’t have it… they shouldn’t be tweeting stuff like that. It’s putting fuel to the fire. https://t.co/QDlyzDo25O
By all means get offended, but what I can tell you is that there is no sensitive issue like Xenophobia that will run smoothly when discussed, people are bound to get offended because its a serious issue that has gotten our men and women killed‼️
— THE 4TH REPUBLIC (@PrinceKaybee_SA) September 4, 2019