UB40 dismisses advertised SA tour as 'not genuine'

2014-02-24 20:33

Johannesburg - UB40 has not been scheduled to perform in South Africa, the band said in a statement on Monday.

"We would like to make it known to all UB40 fans in South Africa that the current shows being advertised at several venues in South Africa as UB40 shows are not genuine," said the five remaining founding members of UB40 - Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, James Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan.

The band said three former members of UB40 had made an announcement about several live performances in the country.

"Three former members of UB40, Ali Campbell, Astro and Michael Virtue, are fraudulently masquerading as UB40," the band said.

UB40 said Campbell left the band six years ago citing issues with the band's management and had since pursued a solo career.

"While their actions are highly immoral, they are also illegal, and we are currently pursuing the matter through the law courts," UB40 said.

The band said it was in talks with Big Concerts promoter Attie Van Wyk to perform in the country.



  • UNITY - 2014-02-24 20:43

    Hello! We already bought tickets! Can some promoter or something respond ? Anyways Ali Campbell is the original singer.. The other members wouldn't make the cut on their own.. So I would rather watch him sing.

      Mike Pocock - 2014-02-24 22:47

      UB40 featuring Ali Campbell is coming to South Africa and performing at Val De Vie in Paarl on the 4th of April and Emmarentia Dam in Joburg on the 5th of April. I have tried to upload the official press statement confirming the legitimacy of this tour but Channel24 keeps deleting it because it counters the above article.

      Eugene Ncube - 2014-02-25 06:18

      Channel 24 is being irresponsible by deleting comments purporting to explain the situation. There are people who have bought tickets for this show and they deserve to know what's happening. Who ever wrote this article is up to mischief, UB40 has toured with out the other members of the group before.

  • Koos Hendriks - 2014-02-24 20:48

    As long as ub 40 don't bring in politics in their next tour I will go.... Their last tour with the politics tour I lost all respect... They don't live here.... Neither stay here... So either music bono or go home!

  • Andrew Terr - 2014-02-24 20:50

    Without Ali Campbell it's not UB40.

      Siobhan Harper-Nunes - 2014-03-04 11:35

      I have to say I fiercely disagree - Ali Campbell did not build this band - he didn't write - he didn't compose - he just stood at the front. UB40 is the music.

  • Nwanawavhathu Jaycksen - 2014-02-24 21:18

    ali campbell is UB40

  • Mzwandile Jola Dlamanzi - 2014-02-24 21:30

    UB40 is a decent band and hopefully anything that tries to derail this brand wont go succcessful.

  • Mike Pocock - 2014-02-24 22:43

    I would love to know why the official press statement form the promoters who are bringing out UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, the original voice of UB40, keeps getting removed form the comments section.

      Lesley Travers - 2014-02-25 12:32

      I believe the original press statement is fraudulant and deceitful, and should be removed especially as legal action has now begun.

  • thuli.mbene - 2014-02-24 23:43

    Hey, if you're gonna throw a fraudulent gig, where better?

  • Se├ín Roger Thompson - 2014-02-25 01:21

    Channel24, actually amazed at how you could post something as stupid as this, than removing comments that prove your article is complete BS.. you are a NEWS page ! Head in the game, Also fire whatever idiot wrote this article

  • thuli.mbene - 2014-02-25 01:31

    They should change their name to UB 44 000 000 for this show, as a show of solidarity to the saffas also seeking the unemployment benefit.

  • Chabane Shimane - 2014-02-25 08:24

    The band is having too much politics,i m one fan of UB40.I will like to see the band performing this year in South Africa chabane shimane(facebook)

  • Michael Sigamoney - 2014-02-25 08:54

    Ali and Astro ... Is there a "Rat in the kitchen" ... Well they will still rock ... See you guys there

  • Shaunicus Singletonius - 2014-03-03 18:21

    Ali Shambles more like....Its only a matter of time before everything catches up with the fool!!!

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