Seun Kuti cancels a concert in Morocco following the death of migrants

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Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, has canceled a concert in Morocco to mourn last week’s tragedy on the border of the Spanish enclave of Melilla in which at least 23 African migrants died.

Saxophonist and singer Kuti was due to perform at the Jazzablanca festival in the Moroccan port city of Casablanca on Saturday.

But in a video on Instagram, he announced “with great sadness” that he and his gang would not be attending.

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“It pains me to say that my spirit has been completely shattered and shattered” by the events of last Friday, he said.

“It’s impossible for me in good faith and good conscience to get on stage and party and have a good time when so many Africans have lost their lives. Someone has to mourn them.

Friday’s incident was the deadliest in years of attempts by migrants, mostly from southern African countries, to cross the heavily fortified border, one of the EU’s only land borders with Africa .

The UN has accused Moroccan and Spanish authorities of using “excessive force” against the migrants and demanded an investigation.

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Spanish media and online videos showed images of people on the ground, some with bloody hands and torn clothes.

Jazzablanca confirmed to AFP that Kuti’s concert had been canceled due to “a personal decision by the artist”.

Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke, Brazilian singer-songwriter and politician Gilberto Gil and Israeli folk rock artist Asaf Avidan are also on the programme.

AFP

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