We see this issue often across Africa. It is a topic I have stayed on since 2007. Should local celebrity acts take the back of the bus seat for prestigious or perceived prestigious international artists who perform in their countries? I have said, for me, the answer is “no.”
We’ve seen this issue come up in Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon. Recently, in Ghana, the well known R2Bees pulled out of a concert that would pay Nigeria’s P-Square four times the amount they would pay them, plus they were to open for P-Square.
Here in the USA and in very recent times, R &B Singer Keyshia Cole lashed at Bay Area’s 106.1 KMEL for attempting to have her open for an emerging artist The Weeknd, in her home territory, Oakland.
Last year, I said on Ladybrille Magazine website, that The Weeknd was an artist to watch and while he had not caught the attention of American label heads and music fans, we should watch out. He is so talented and it is good to see him, literally make it to my backyard. In one short year, his videos that have been up on You Tube for a while now have now gone from thousand views to double digits million views. Now that’s the business!
But, should an artist of Keyshia Cole’s caliber be opening for him? Read an excerpt of the story below:
“Keyshia Cole is sorely mistaken if she believes she got bumped to make room for a singer named The Weeknd at a concert in Oakland this week — at least according to the San Fran radio station behind the show … because fact is, she wasn’t headliner material to begin with.
Keyshia went off on Twitter Monday night — the same night as KMEL 106’s Holiday House of Soul concert — claiming she bailed on the show because KMEL contacted her last minute to tell her she’d be opening for The Weeknd … instead of headlining the show herself.
She wrote, “EVERY F**KING YEAR I do something major for my city! @KMEL has the nerve to tell me at the last minute they want me to open for the weeknd.”
She added, “No disrespect to the weeknd. Why the hell would @106KMEL ask me to open for him in My home town! Where I give back! Where IM FROM! #NO” . .”
The Weeknd (Amazing, beautiful music)
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