Rema, and Omah Lay, the fast-rising Nigerian singers, have reacted to criticism that trailed their performances at the Afronation concert in Portugal.


The pair were among artistes that performed on the opening day of the concert on Friday.

But their performances were not well received by a segment of their fans who took to social media platforms to pour out their disappointment.

A female attendee had in a viral video called out both singers, arguing that they fail to live up to expectations as vocalists.


“My honest opinion about Afronation day one… beautiful place, amazing energy but my biggest criticism of this festival so far is my beautiful West African artistes that I saw yesterday, especially Omah Lay and partly Rema,” she had said.

“Why are you not singing? We came to see you live, you’re vocalists.. and your main instrument is your voice..we came all the way to Portugal to watch… honestly… I’m not satisfied.”

But in a Twitter post, Rema said the poor sound setup was responsible for the way things turn out at the event.


“Whoever came for Afronation day 1 knew the sound was bad. 2 second delay feedback from the mic, no in-ear monitors for artists to keep track of the audio the audience was receiving,” he wrote in a now-deleted post.

“Let’s not even talk about provisions they make for artists to come with ‘bands’ still I made use of live sessions at first and I cut it off & improvised cause I wasn’t satisfied with the sound, even complained on stage.

“One thing leads to another, know this! But just can’t watch people take shots @ me and my brother, Omah Lay. Lastly, we’ll all learn, grow & do better, as artists & organizers, peace.”


On his part, Omah Lay wrote, “Apologies to you and all the fans that feel this way. I woulda loved to give you better but I had to do this entire show without hearing myself cuz I wasn’t provided with sound on my IEM.”


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