Do African artists have to take a stand on political issues? DJ Black Coffee thinks not

Bridget Boakye April 04, 2018
Dj Black Coffee at Circo Loco DC10 Ibiza [Photo By Amarudacosta]

South African DJ and producer, Black Coffee, is in hot water for performing at a show in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The world renowned entertainer posted a video from his performance in the country telling followers that he “loved” Tel Aviv at the sold out gig.

This immediately incited social media outcry about Black Coffee’s support of Israel, specifically, its “oppressive law in Israel and to the killings of Palestinians.”

Followers accused Black Coffee of ignoring recent calls to boycott Israel by the BDS South Africa (a registered South African NPO and PBO) as well as growing tension between South Africa’s government and Israel.

According to South Africa’s Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor, South Africa intends to cut diplomatic ties with Israel in protest of its treatment of the Palestinian people. South Africa’s representative to the UN told the Human Rights Council that Israel is the “only state in the world that can be described as an apartheid state”. This came days after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party called for government ministers to strengthen the country’s visa restrictions with Israel.

Black Coffee responded as follows,

Which only caused further backlash as seen here:

As artists such as African American rapper Jay Z and athletes such as Collin Kaepernic become increasingly vocal about politics and take on activist roles, should we expect the same of African entertainers? Should Black Coffee be under scrutiny for his politics or, in this case, “lack there off”?

Share your views in the comments below.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: April 4, 2018


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