The events culture in Nairobi is fading away and it’s just sad

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I decided to write an article about something that I’ve been seeing a lot in Kenya and that is the fact the even culture is fading away and very fast.

In the last two years, probably more there have been frequent complaints about promoters and how artists refuse to go on stage unless they are paid, with the latest being Gengetone Fest and NaiFest.

Personally, I don’t attend many events in this country because of all this drama, it has become extremely exhausting and you don’t get value for your money.

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I remember the days when I’d look forward to Blankets and Wines, The Mingle and those reggae events that used to be held at KICC because I knew you’d have a blast.

These days I have confined myself to watching live shows on YouTube and Instagram because at least I am aware that I’ll get to see the artist performing live.

Nowadays events are a big headache, and to be honest, this should not be blamed on COVID-19. Promoters in this beautiful country of ours are just shady and that is the plain truth.


The logic is simple. If you agree with an artist that they will get a certain amount in full before stepping on the stage, why is it so hard to honour your word. I mean, it’s plain and simple.

Now when the artists refuse to get on stage because they were not given their full payment some of their fans might even blame them for being arrogant or rude.

All of us know how shady promoters will refuse to pick an artists call after an even because they have already gotten the value that they needed off them.

As you can tell, maybe you can’t but I am angry as I write this article because they are killing the events culture that has thrived for long in this city. Anyway, enough said.

About this writer:

David Kingsley

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