Revelers present for two major events in Rift Valley region during the weekend returned home with nothing but disappointments after the two shows flopped. Badly.
In Eldoret, ‘Chaget Festival’ held at the Eldoret Sports Club Grounds ended in chaos when Tanzanian singer Harmonize refused to perform having not being paid in full.
The singer and the promoter clashed over arrears which in turn saw him enjoy his night in his comfy hotel room instead of rocking fans who had anticipated seeing him on stage for months.
Police had to use teargas to control the rioting crowd — of at least 5000 people — as they destroyed property in and out of the venue.
Hundreds of music fans are nursing injuries after chaos erupted in Eldoret as Bongo finest, Harmonize failed to perform at the highly publicised Chaget Festival. #K24Alfajiri E-nteractive with @SerahTeshna @shikshaarora14 and @ShikoKaittany pic.twitter.com/XkVuOk9h4l
— K24 TV (@K24Tv) November 5, 2018
The promoter behind the show, Shado Event Initiative CEO’s Douglas Obobe Maina, was arrested.
“We arrested the organizer and owner of Shado Events Douglas Obobe Maina who is assisting us in carrying out the investigations. My officers dispelled the angry crowds who destroyed tents, plastic chairs and later on, blocked the Eldoret-Kapsabet road as they burnt tyres,” said Eldoret South Police boss Wilson Abduba.
Closer to Nairobi, Wizkid headlined Katika Festival in Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
Fena Gitu, Vivian, Khaligraph Jones and Le Band shared stage with the Nigerian superstar but, it’s one night they’ll probably reference in future when asked how they react when everything is to falling apart while on stage.
The event, which was organized by NRG Radio and Katika Fest, was marred with confusion and sound problems from the start.
Fans couldn’t enjoy any performance leave a lone Wizkid’s which ended up being acapella because of numerous sound glitches.
Wizkid also complained that the DJ behind the decks wasn’t in sync with his performance. The Nigerian ended up performing for only 40 minutes.
In Nairobi, however, Blankets and Wine, the most notable event last Saturday, took place at Ngong Race Course.
The event was celebrating 10 years in the business and provided an all-Kenyan all-star lineup that included Nyashinski, Muthoni DQ, Elani Musik, Blinky Bill among others.
To say the least, it was the opposite of what fans experienced in the other two events.
— Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) November 6, 2018