Legal Drama, Music Business

New World Nigeria Breaks Down as Seun Kuti Concert Goes VERY Wrong: Security Bouncer Takes Over Stage, Leaves Fans Angry

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AML Industry,  I’mma keep it 110% (like I have a choice?). Industry, folks we gotta nip this nonsense in the butt. Promoters, event organizers, y’all really need to put a halt to disorganized events,  poor planning and the inability to handle crisis, many of which your actions or in-actions create.

Also, if you are in Western countries, for AML Nigerian and other African owned event organizations, the standards are different. You will and should be sued if you deliver services that are below par in the industry and contrary to what you promised in your legal agreement you would do. Ahn ahn!  There are way too many people claiming to be promoters/event organizers that have no business doing so and when you think things should be better because we are growing, it’s like folks wanna take us 10steps back.

What’s the deal here? In a nutshell, the situation here should not have happened. Granted event organizers pulled off a show with no drama that involved about 16artists. Nevertheless, given it is Seun Kuti, his brand of music, his fan base and personality, all of the drama that happened was foreseeable and should have been avoided. It is bad image for all involved from the Country you purport to represent to the many involved, beyond the aggravation to fans.

Here, event organizers appear to have skipped the most fundamental part of planning for an event i.e. the right location/ venue.

Who picks a venue that fans are restricted from dancing for an African concert? Worse, who does that for a Femi, Seun or Fela Kuti related concert? *Confused face.* You are asking for trouble and drama.

Also, what’s with the security company that was hired in the current case? Did dude just jump on stage to meet Seun? Because why? *Blank stare followed by irritated face.* How is his jumping on stage helping the situation? It only exacerbated it. Oti sun mi, really. We gotta get this part together.

AML TIP: Promoters, do your due diligence. Further, if there is a confusion as to what the standard ought to be, feel free to take a page from fellow industry head i.e. organizer Ropo Akin of Cokobar.com. Also, do note that problems do arise in putting events together. That is perfectly understandable but there has to be a quick and already planned way to handle crisis that may arise.

There are so many issues with the clip below which hosts Adesope of Factory 78 and the Factory 78 team did a good job of capturing. I’mma stop here for now.

NOTE: Organizers of this event may have a legal claim of discrimination, depending on the facts i.e. do white concert promoters and artists show up,  and their fans dance with no restrictions?

See story below. I’m irritated over this because after so many years, we should really get our act together on event production and execution. *Trial lawyer hat comes back on. Please carry on o. Don’t mind me. :)*

“Nigerian super star performer Seun Kuti and youngest son of Afrobeat legend late Fela Kuti was scheduled to perform on the last night of music showcase during the New world Nigeria event holding in Stratford London. Due to late scheduling and no fault of his own, the renowned saxophonist who was the headline act got on stage an hour later than expected but was determined to fulfil his hour long set to his fans. From the minute his performances started and the adoring fans couldn’t help but get on their feet dancing to the songs the security guards at the Theatre were quick to move in asking the fans to sit down and remain sited.

Noticing what was going on, Seun Kuti spoke up reiterating his reasons for being on stage was to please his fans asking the audience to get up on their feet and rock on. This led to a rapturous applause from the entire auditorium leaping to their feet with joy. Once this happened, the security guards moved in and Seun Kuti stopped the music saying “I am here to make my fans dance, if they are not going to be allowed to do this then I will not perform”. Instantly one security guard jumped on stage to ask that Seun Kuti stopped performing and the show was cut short.”

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