POP­U­LAR artists billed to per­form at the ANC man­i­festo launch on Satur­day were a no-show, al­legedly be­cause the party couldn’t af­ford their fees.

Stars in­clud­ing pop­u­lar hit­maker Master KG and tal­ented rap­per Kwesta were in­tended to per­form, but were told just a few days be­fore the event that the party couldn’t af­ford them be­cause its bud­get was “tight”.

Kwesta was of­fered not more than R35 000, which is not even half of his usual per­for­mance fee, ac­cord­ing to sources.

“This is strange be­cause some of the artists were given the pro­gramme in ad­vance. It is un­pro­fes­sional and un­ac­cept­able. Some of the artists didn’t ac­cept gigs else­where be­cause they were booked for the ANC man­i­festo. What is sad is that they were only of­fer­ing to pay artists from R10 000 to R35 000 and not more than that. So it was take it or leave it sit­u­a­tion,” the source said.

Master KG’s man­ager, Lionel Jamela, re­fused to com­ment on the is­sue.

Kwesta’s man­ager, Nh­la­mulo Baloyi, con­firmed that the rap­per had been look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing in Dur­ban, but they had to de­cline the book­ing be­cause they were not happy with “the of­fer”.

Mean­while, there was more than enough par­ty­ing go­ing on on the side­lines of the event, with celebri­ties and politi­cians rub­bing shoul­ders at var­i­ous nightspots around Dur­ban.

Among the rev­ellers were a con­tin­gent of Mpumalanga-based “slay queens”. One of them told City Press that she trav­elled by bus to Dur­ban with her friends to look for a blesser.

“My friends and I have been here since Thurs­day and we are not go­ing back with­out get­ting a man to bless our lux­u­ri­ous life,” said the 22-year-old.

Her friend added that they didn’t have a place to sleep when they ar­rived, but a “good Sa­mar­i­tan” had “blessed” them with ac­com­mo­da­tion at one of the city’s pop­u­lar es­tates.

— City Press.

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