In what seems to be a growing and disturbing trend, our local musicians are getting mistreated at concerts at the expense of international artistes. Let us break down this annoying and disturbing phenomena. Promoters please pay attention!

Earlier this month, Kenyans had the pleasure of being graced by the presence of Omarion. Not only did he give a lackluster performance, but it seems some of our artistes like Fena Gitu were mistreated while they were curtain raising.

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She recently opened up about the humiliation local acts were subjected to by the security team and organizers at the Omarion concert. According to her, she was personally approached when the security team refused to allow her backstage to gather her things and leave.

She explained what happened.

“Event organisers should accord local artistes respect. During the Omarion concert that was held recently, I had to let my frustrations known. There was a lot of commotion backstage when he was ushered in, everything changed. Artistes on the lineup were not allowed to go back to their tent to get their stuff including me. I was frustrated because I was at my own concert which I had performed and I should have been allowed to go back to my tent. This was not the first time it happened and I’m pretty sure it will not be the last one. I hope in the Wizkid concert there will be order. For me there is a certain courtesy you extend to an artiste who is performing at that kind of platform.”
And now another case of local artistes being mistreated by promoters has emerged.

In the past weekend all roads led towards KICC for the Barbeque Live, where music revelers thronged to see Nigerian superstar, Wizkid perform alongside a handful of slated Kenyan artists among them popular boy band, H_art the band.

Turns out behind the curtains the boy band was subjected to mistreatment by the event’s organizers. In a long post the band narrated the incident on their social media pages. They wrote;

“Last Saturday Night, these NinjAs were on top of the World ready to rock the stage at BBQ LiVE ( @bbqliveke ) Yaani ,we were so excited – it was going to be a good night or so we thought 😟 We didn’t know exactly what time we were performing – sounds unprofessional yes ?!? Truth is since the day before we had tried to inquire but no one was willing to tell – we were being taken round in circles *inserts merry-go-round pic* 🎡 No worries, no one was going to kill our good vibes 😃 At 7pm we get a call from an anonymous person that we are supposed to be on stage in 5min 😱 Ps: we are still at home so we request for some time because there’s nothing we can do – Kayole-leshwa hakuna Uber-chopper apparently 🙈it’s then that This person threatens to cancel our performance if we don’t get there ASAP 😱”

“We get there and from the main entrance the security officers start bad mouthing us_& talking trash ⚠OMG;!;! The Hater shades almost came off for a second ⏰ We readjusted them ,swallowed a huge lump of hate _& put our chins up – nothing else mattered now but the show ahead😣 Normally, such disrespect is followed by some Kayole-leshwa street madness but we had saved our energies for a better purpose🌻 The drama doesn’t stop here😶At the backstage entrance ,the person handling the artist decides to freeze our whole team 😱 Apparently, she doesn’t know why we need a Drummer for the performance aTi, the backstage is for artist’s only ⚠*Beep Beep* Bad Vibes Alert⚠We sense bad vibes _& so, we tell our team of camera-men, videographers _& management to chill outside💥it wasn’t worth all the fuss to try to get in.”

This is getting to much. Event organizers should accord respect to all our local artistes. International artistes should not be the only ones getting the right treatment at the expense of our own.

We will investigate this story further just to find out exactly what is going on.