Kenyan artiste Tetu Shani calls out AFRIMA

Kenyan singer Tetu Shani has referred to as out to the organizers of the 2021 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) what he described as “poor group and lack of range in his programmes”.

Shani was nominated within the ‘Greatest Artiste, Duo or Group in African Rock’ class for his hit tune ‘Furukazi’ on the awards ceremony that happened between 19 and 21 November.

The singer shared his expertise on the occasion held in Lagos final Sunday in a Twitter thread.

Shani mentioned the communication course of used was “irregular and customarily final minute”, complicated him and different Kenyan artists nominated at some factors.

Backing up his level, the artist mentioned he must pay $131 for his COVID-19 check in Nigeria solely a day earlier than his flight from Kenya to Lagos.

He additionally claimed that when he arrived on the Eko Resort, the venue of the awards ceremony, there was no correct association for lodging and refreshment for the invited nominees.

The musician claimed that he and others had been solely served breakfast and dinner throughout their keep in Lagos, including that they weren’t given lunch.

Shani additionally claimed that he endured a number of humiliating moments from the Eko Resort employees whereas staying on the facility.

He mentioned a waiter on one event accused him and different Kenyan performers “of making an attempt to cheat the system and eat twice on the buffet.”

The musician added that his “best shame” got here on the day of the awards ceremony when the restaurant receptionist requested him to pay for his meals earlier than he might eat there.

He mentioned this was although the organizers had clearly acknowledged in a letter that they had been accountable for the flights, lodging and all meals of the invited artists.

Shani additionally claimed that a lot of the facilitators utilized by the organizers throughout the awards ceremony had been Nigerians, whereas the problems mentioned didn’t signify artists from different international locations on the continent.

“I am undecided if the media was knowledgeable in regards to the pan-African nature of the awards as a lot of the questions I used to be requested had been targeted on Nigeria,” he wrote.

“Questions like “Who would you wish to work with in Nigeria?”

“What do you want most about Nigeria?”

And the one which aggravated me probably the most, “What’s your largest tune in Nigeria?”

“How on earth would I do know that and why is it related to my nomination?

“The subsequent day there was one thing referred to as the Enterprise Summit. Basically, it was meant as a collection of panels on the character of the music enterprise in Africa, led by main music professionals.

“This was a doubtlessly highly effective second for music professionals from each area in Africa to supply perspective and options to the distinctive challenges of artists and stakeholders within the particular person areas, however no. It was all Nigerian views.

“@AFRIMAWARDS please diversify your moderators. Additionally diversify your panelists. They can’t and shouldn’t be primarily Nigerian males. If every area is represented, you get a extra complete image of what the music trade in Africa appears like.”

He mentioned his place is to make sure organizers enhance the planning and conduct of the annual occasion.

“The place @AFRIMAWARDS has room for large enchancment is 1) its communication channels 2) it’s a lack of illustration from different international locations besides Nigeria in its programming and three) it’s a lack of coaching of its employees and companions within the artwork of hospitality ,” he added.

“@AFRIMAWARDS I repeat that I carry these points to the eye in order that subsequent 12 months there might be enchancment 1) honor your nominees no matter their nation 2) handle them 3) talk with them and 4) shield them from disrespect.”

AFRIMA has but to touch upon the singer’s claims on the time of this report.

Tetu is a winner of the Empawa Africa competitors, which is led by pop artist Mr Eazi, and is receiving funding to shoot and document a music video. AfricaSun was his submission and up to now individuals have described the tune as epic, inspirational, catchy and an anthem of Africa and its diaspora.

Tetu performed exhibits in Ethiopia, Uganda and Zanzibar, sharing the stage with artists reminiscent of Sauti Sol, Nneka (Nigeria), Toya Delazy (South Africa), and Grammy-nominated British recording artist Joss Stone.

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