Wizkid replacement gig goes up in smoke

HARARE - Nigerian music star Wizkid’s failure to perform at Old Hararians Sports Club on Friday night even though he was in Harare has left the organisers of the ill-fated gig in a quandary.  

So intense has been the confusion among the organisers of what was supposed to be the internationally-acclaimed Nigerian artiste’s maiden gig in Zimbabwe that two conflicting press statements were issued on Saturday night within a space of five hours.

At 1853, the organisers of the Wizkid Zimbabwe Tour, who have conveniently hidden behind their hired publicist Larry Kwirirayi, announced in a statement that the Nigerian would perform at the Harare International Conference Centre yesterday.

“We are committed to making sure Wizkid makes his maiden performance in Zimbabwe and as such have arranged for a show on Sunday April 10 at the Harare International Conference Centre. Gates will open at 12pm and he will be on stage at 3pm.

“All fans with wrist bands and unclaimed tickets will be able to attend the show for no further charge. Otherwise the show will be $10. Wizkid is excited about this show and will deliver a top notch performance,” read part of the statement signed by Kwirirayi.

But at 23:20 the Nigerian artiste’s fans, who were hoping that at long last they would see the Ojuelegba hitmaker whom they had paid between $20 and $100, were left dejected once more after another statement from the Wizkid Zimbabwe Tour organisers.

The statement, again signed by spokesperson Kwirirayi, announced the indefinite postponement of the replacement gig that was set to take place yesterday.

“The show that was scheduled for yesterday, April 10, 2016 has now been postponed. A date has been secured but cannot be revealed at this time until statutory requirements have been met.

“This is after valid concerns raised by a significant number of fans who had travelled from other parts of the country and beyond, did not see the Wizkid in action.

“We do not want anyone to be left out. We understand the frustration of the fans but it is because of you the fans that these arrangements are being made. 

“As the organisers, we are keen to give you the show you deserve. As stated earlier, we do not want to be seen taking advantage of your good nature.

“Wizkid has committed to performing on the new date and will be making a statement of his own to the fans and other stakeholders.

“Everyone with tickets that have not been claimed or wristbands, please hold onto them. We will be issuing a statement in the morning on what to do with them,” read part of the second statement.

Interestingly, the organisers of the botched Wizkid Zimbabwe Tour continue to hide behind their hired spokesperson Kwirirayi who appears to be unfairly getting all the flak.

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