The human rights and Palestine solidarity organisation BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) South Africa says it welcomed the news that Black Motion are not going to be performing in Israel.
The award-winning duo, Thabo “Smol” Mabogwane and Bongani “Murdah” Mohosana, were listed on the line-up for the Meteor Festival, which is being held in Israel from 6 to 8 September.
Their management company Spirit Motion has since told Channel24 that the duo will not be performing at the festival. Spirit Motion said they have emailed the festival organisers, stating that they don’t want their clients to perform at the festival and that they should be excluded from the line-up.
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BDS South Africa confirmed in a statement that they did reach out to the management of Black Motion, who graciously met with them and were open to the information they provided, urging artists to boycott Israel and not to perform at the Meteor Festival.
“We thank them for both their willingness to engage and their decision to not perform in Israel.”
BDS South Africa said Israel is becoming increasingly isolated as a result of the growing successes of the international BDS campaign launched by Palestinians in 2005 as a non-violent strategy to hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law.
Stevie Wonder, Lorde, Macy Gray, Roger Waters, Simphiwe Dana and Zakes Mda are among the list of international artists who have in recent years either cancelled Israeli gigs, backed the boycott of Israel or lent other similar support to the Palestinian cause.
Earlier this year, the house music duo was reportedly suing Comair, the operators of British Airways in South Africa, for R3,7 million over racism incident.
In July, South African model and TV personality, Shashi Naidoo was turned away when she tried to enter Israel for an educational trip after coming under attack for controversial comments on social media. Similarly, DJ Black Coffee was slated after agreeing to perform in Israel.