The Tourism Board of Kenya is currently facing a lot of backlash from Kenyan musicians following their announcement that South African duo Mafikizolo will headline the 2019’s Magical Kenya Open golf tournament this weekend.
Several artists complained that the Tourism Board was killing talent by letting foreign acts perform in such events as the main acts, and reducing local talents to curtain raising.
The attacks comes just a few months following musician’s fierce exchange with presenters accusing them of favoring foreign entertainers.
Anto Neosoul, who visibly lost his cool following the announcement, posted a sarcastic comment asking Kenyans to boycott the show.
“Thank you @magicalkenya and @KenyaOpenGolf for giving us Kenyan Artistes another chance to showcase how brilliant we are on stage! I just performed for 3 hours at #antoLIVE and can’t wait to watch my fellow Kenyans @MafikizoloSA sindio @danaceda ?. BOYCOTT THIS SHIT! F** ABSA! tired of being taken for a ride by these Kenyan corporates who hates themselves more than they’ll ever KNOW!” wrote Anto Neosoul.
Benga maestro Dan Aceda also joined the conversation saying “Thank you @magicalkenya and @KenyaOpenGolf for always putting Kenya culture front and center. Congratulations to Kenyan musicians @MafikizoloSA. Looking forward to a Brilliant performance.”
Outside artists, Kenyans in general weren’t also happy with the announcement.
Kenyan acts set to perform include Ciano Maimba, David Hunter, June Gachui Kaz, Silayio Chris Bitok among others.