Singer Nadia Mukami has expressed her disappointment with Valentine’s Jamboree organizers.
“First of all, I wanna say thank you for making me part of this that means you see the work we put it but allow me to point out some challenges we experienced tonight before I set my feet on stage. This is just a sober and mature realization, I mean we all disagree to agree,” stated the Naomba hit-maker.
Expressing how she was treated and concerns about the industry, the singer recalled how her team; official deejay, videographer and content Manager was mishandled when they arrived at the venue.
“First of all when we got to the venue with my whole team, the bookings manager, as usual, went to check in with the security team I was left in the car with my dancers, official DJ, Videographer and the Content Manager. We then realized there was a commotion and I told the Content manager to go check,” she continued.
“Later, the content manager asked for my security to be taken to my tent at the backstage and one of the guys was really rude and very hesitant.”
She was, however, assisted by a security guard and escorted to better spot only to be told that the tent was reserved for another artist.
"After a couple struggles one of few good security guys who is a fan agreed to take me to a tent only to be told when we got there; ‘Hii tent ni ya msanii X (allow me to reserve the name) na ile next ni ya International artists. You and your Content Manager kaeni hapa tutawapeleka kwa tent ya ‘LOCAL ARTISTS’ ( Kenyan artists) hapo kwa VVIP. That really hit me and the Content Manager told the security guy: Hatuendi mahali then he instructed me nisisonge!"
According to the singer, throughout the commotion, her team were being denied access to the backstage despite having tags.
"All this time my team; the dancers, DJ and videographer were being denied access despite having the tags to backstage (I mean we always provide a rider). By the time my dancers joined me at ‘international artiste’s tent’ they were already mad and stressed and we were being pressured to move to the ‘local artist tent’," she added.
After her performance, they realized all their belongings were moved to the ‘local artist tent’ and their drinks nowhere to be seen.
"We later got on stage (personally my energy levels were already low plus my team was just bored and feeling like we are just nobodies in our own country! We got on stage and killed it as usual. Coming back from stage, our sweaters and jumpers had already been moved to the ‘local artist’s tent’, and our drinks; I mean we need water after the performance, was nowhere to be seen!" She went on.
In conclusion, the 2019 PMVA award winner noted that her post was positive feedback for the betterment of the industry.
“I am not against any ‘international artist’ having high-end care but please let the treatment be fair also to us ‘Local artists’,” Nadia Mukami said.
“We work very hard to represent our fans and our country and I would request we get a little bit of respect. Just humble feedback and suggestion!”
The Jamboree Concert featured acts like Sailors, Nandy, Slimcase, Big Tril, Dj Malaika, Ethic and many more.