It was a bittersweet experience for some headlining artistes slated to perform at the recently held One Africa Music Fest Tour in Dubai.
An array of African stars were billed to take the stage at the musical festival, one of which was Ghanaian hip-hop star Sarkodie.
The rapper was, however, denied the chance to do so — not just once but twice.
The Ghanaian artiste was supposed to perform after Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, but couldn’t because Wizkid delved into his solo performance right after his ‘Ma Lo’ duet with Savage.
Sarkodie was then scheduled to go onstage after Tekno but it was dejavou all over again.
Davido, after performing with the ‘Pana’ singer, used the opportunity to proceed with his own performance.
The Ghanaian act later announced via his Twitter page that he would not be taking the stage any longer.
He wrote: “Sorry to fans in Dubai but I’m not performing… hopefully I make it next time.”
Sorry to fans in Dubai but I'm not performing… hopefully I make it next time … 🙏🏾
— HIGHEST ➕ (@sarkodie) November 16, 2017
Explaining the situation, a Twitter user @SHOLA_YPT said, “Banky W started introducing Sarkodie; talked about how he’s the African rap king blablabla, and then he was signaled to introduce Davido rather. Sad moments”.
Sarkodie will no longer perform because of time constraints.
Banky W started introducing Sarkodie; talked about how he's the African rap king blablabla, and then he was signaled to introduce Davido rather.
Sad moments, chale
PEPSI ONE AFRICA MUSIC FEST #NoShakinCarryGo2Dubai
— thebigtriceonline (@SHOLA_YPT) November 16, 2017
This won’t be the first time an artiste would be disappointed at the One Africa Music Fest due to mismanagement – neither would it be the first time Nigerian acts would misbehave publicly at the concert.
US-based Nigerian singer, Jidenna, apologised to fans via his Instagram page over his inability to perform at the Fest held in London, UK.
The concert had ended abruptly as a result of the poor management of time by the organisers, making it impossible for The Chief, as he’s fondly called, to get on stage.
Shatta Wale, a Ghanaian act, who has been bashing Wizkid of late, tweeted at Sarkodie over the Dubai incident.
Wale called out his fellow countryman, saying, “It is high time you respect your brand bro. They are using you too much. Don’t vex for the truth”.
@sarkodie doesnt listen ,its high time u respect your brand bro …they using u too much …dont vex for the truth ..Respek💪🏿🇬🇭
— SHATTA WALE (@shattawalegh) November 17, 2017
Sarkodie, who had remained mum since the incident, responded to Shatta Wale, saying, “Nobody plays with my brand”.
Nii wo kasa dodo lol agoro wo wani so … nobody plays with my brand and that be why we no step on that stage … I just feel for the fans that b why I tweet … you know me gyae ruff lol https://t.co/sOQhx23x5m
— HIGHEST ➕ (@sarkodie) November 17, 2017
Meanwhile, the respective entourage of Wizkid and Davido were said to have been involved in a scuffle after the concert.
The reported clash was said to have been ignited by a disagreement over which of the two Nigerian acts would perform first.
A video which surfaced online shows a commotion between agitated individuals.
The persons involved in the fight cannot be clearly identified, although NET reports that Wizkid’s manager, Sunday Are, may have prompted the commotion.
Are reportedly hit Tekno after the ‘Mama’ singer attempted to shake his hand.
TheCable Lifestyle has reached out to Are for a response on the claims made against him.
After all said and done, Wizkid performed and so did Davido – but Sarkodie, it appears, was the victim of the clash of egos and poor time management.
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