By Jeoffrey Mukubi
DAVID Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, who is scheduled to perform at the MTC 081Every1 Fest on 11 August at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, this week had many of his Namibian fans in a frenzy after it emerged that the artist may be double- booked on that date. This was after an event poster of the Nigerian mainstay pop musician, also billed to perform at the One Africa Music Fest in New York on the same day, went public on social media. According to the website oneafricaglobal. com, the One Africa Music Fest is the most prestigious leading platform in showcasing Africa’s best and brightest talents, with the sole aim of solidifying Africa’s position within the entertainment industry on a global level. … ‘He will honour his booking accordingly’ A poster advertising Davido as the main act for the One Africa Music Fest in New York, scheduled to take place on 11 August The One Africa Music Fest is one of the biggest Afrobeat festivals celebrated at least three times a year in various western countries. This year’s hosting cities include London, Dubai and New York. The London edition of the festival was held on 2 June 2018 where Davido and other Africa A-List pop stars descended on the SSE Arena at Wembley. The New York edition is scheduled for 11 August, which is on the same day as the 081Everyone Fest. MTC Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer Tim Ekandjo has however, assured Namibians that the ‘Banana’ hit maker will be in Windhoek for the 081Every1 Fest. “He will honour his booking accordingly, flights have been booked and we will have a great 081Every1 Fest,” Ekandjo said. He said MTC expects Davido himself to assure his Namibian fans via his social media handles that he will indeed be in the Land of Brave come 11 August. Davido has previously bailed on highly paid gigs in some southern African countries. One such incident was when he was paid US$90 000 (about N$ 1.2 million) by Zimbabwean megastar Jah Prayzah to perform at his album launch in Harare on 13 October 2017 and at another gig in December 2017. Davido also pulled out of the ‘Fact Durban Rocks’ event at the Moses Mabhida Peoples Park in December 2017, preferring to perform at another event held in his home country, Nigeria. Ekandjo said on Tuesday that there will be no need to refund anybody as the festival is well on track. He said this at a press conference held to announce that Coca Cola Bottling company had bought two N$10 000 tickets for the 081Every1 Fest. Furthermore, Ekandjo announced that since there was a demand for VIP tickets, MTC will avail 200 VIP tickets, which will be sold for N$1000 each. Because of the growing security concerns, about 400 security personnel will be deployed at the concert venue. Other international acts billed to perform include Runtown, Jah Prayzah, Busiswa and Heavy K. The local acts include Gazza, Kalux, Oteya, KP Illest, Sally Boss Madam, Adora, One Blood, PDK, Afroberries and 4×4 Too Much Power. The artists are set to perform for crowd of about 15 000 people. 5 000 tickets were sold in the first week, with a ticket going for N$25 via web tickets or at any Pick ‘n Pay outlet na t ionwide.
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