There’s been some stirrings in the entertainment industry. Events are essentially the hallmark of the entertainment world and it seems Kenyans simply cannot get it together. A lot goes into staging even a small event. A ton of precision and other logistical details are involved. With all the events that have been put on in the country you would think that by now these things would have some sort of order.
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Rapper Kristoff along with Everlast and Naiboi were all set for a show in Eldoret on Saturday March 4th 2017 at Club 411. Posters were printed and the event was hyped up in the town and on show night, the artistes got conned by a cunning promoter. Kelvin Mukoma, the man in question slighted the musicians by being cheap with accommodation and disappearing with their money after they had already performed. The sum of the money is reportedly Sh.64, 000 that Everlast’s lawyer had instructed the promoter to pay. A quote from the lawyer’s letter reads, “By an artiste performance agreement dated 15th/02/2017 that provided our client was to perform at your event and where you were to pay for the said services, bearing in mind the same, you have neglected to pay our client the balance of said performance fees, despite numerous reminders to do so.”
Strangely enough just last week Khaligraph faced the same fate in the same town, at the very same club but he was prudent enough not to go along with the performance. In an apology video posted Instagram he says, “kulikua na ka-misunderstanding and you know how the industry is, you gotta be wise out here when you sense that there are people out there that wanna take you for a ride.” Writing on the caption, “the organisers of the Show have the full information as to why it couldnt happen.”
Apparently our ineptitude has encroached onto international artistes too. The highly successful Dobba Fest that went down on 18th March 2017 was an absolute blow out, so why are there murmurings that all the headlining acts were scammed out of their money? A mysterious post by blogger Fredrick Mirikau, although hard to verify states, “This is how renowned Reggae artists Richie Spice, Luciano and Etana were shortchanged by the managers on the Saturday Reggae Concert upon signing the government contracts,” the amounts were, “Richie Spice was to receive an equivalent of Ksh 4.5M, he received Ksh 2.5M. Etana was to receive Ksh 2.2M, but was paid Ksh 1.2M. Luciano’s Ksh 3.5M was shortchanged to Ksh 1.5. So sad!”
This is how renowned Reggae artists Richie Spice, Luciano and Etana were shortchanged by the managers on the Saturday…
Another case happens to be the Darasa show that had been hyped up so much we were sure it was going to happen. The ‘Mziqi Festival’ as it was dubbed reportedly did not happen because the venue was booked for the Dobba Fest, but aren’t these thing usually booked weeks in advance? Which is odd because in a statement to host Willy M Tuva, through media reports, Darasa alleged that money was the bigger issue.
This is all in the span of one month. If this is any indication of how the year is going to be, it’s set to be a rough one.
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