TOP ARTISTS PULL A NO-SHOW AT ANC EVENT
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.