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Boston Rapper BIA Planning Fundraiser for UK Bombing Victims

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    A Boston rap artist, who was the opening act at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday where a deadly explosion occurred, is hoping to help the victims of the tragedy.

    (Published Tuesday, May 23, 2017)

    A Boston rap artist was the opening act at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday where 22 people were killed and about 50 injured in an explosion.

    Bianca Landrau, known as BIA and Perico Princess, tweeted that everyone she was on stage with was OK following the incident.

    The Boston area native, who graduated from Medford High School, is part of Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour, which began on Feb. 3, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona.

    “Last night she called she’s doing fine, scared but everybody got out there no problem,” said her uncle Anthony Tamasi.

    Since the bombing, Tamasi says family members have been eagerly waiting for updates.

    Grande reported Monday that the European leg of the tour would be cancelled but it was unclear if the remainder would go on.

    “Right now we don’t know if the tour will continue, it’s up to the team,” says Tamasi.

    He also says that’s the last thing on his niece’s mind since she’s trying to help the victims and their families.

    BIA released a statement saying, “My heart is heavy today as I extend my prayers to the children and families affected by last night’s horrible tragedy in Manchester. We are sending our love to all of Manchester during this incredibly difficult time.”

    The 25-year-old graduated from Medford High School in 2008. Nick Kane, her former history teacher, says it’s not a surprise she’s trying to turn this into a positive.

    “She was always concerned about people around her in the room and she was always looking out for her fellow classmates,” said Kane.

    Her uncle hopes the music and BIA’s platform can make a difference, and help the victims.

    “My heart goes out to the people in Manchester,” said Tamasi.

    BIA’s uncle says the performers on tour are working on getting a fundraiser going for the victims and their families.