African stars Wizkid (Nigeria) and Alikiba (Tanzania) last weekend (Saturday) had dominance, ego-fueled disagreement during Chris Brown’s Mombasa Rocks Music festival in Kenya.
According to reports, Wizkid and Ali kiba & were the remaining curtain raisers at the concert but none of the duo was willing to perform before the other.
Concerning the concert advertisement and announcements, Starboy was the main curtain raiser and as such was expected to perform last before Chris Brown stepped on stage. This meant that all East African Artistes including Ali kiba had to perform before Wizkid.
However, Ali kiba and his team didn’t comply with this. Their reasoning was that while Wizkid was A-list music brand across Africa, Ali kiba was more popular in Kenya, in Mombasa, precisely. Thanks to his Swahili music.
The organizers found a tough time negotiating with these 2 stars, both nominated in MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMA) 2016. Before now, a few months ago, when Diamond Platnumz was in Kenya to perform at the ODM 10-year anniversary, he was made to perform before Ali kiba, his bitter rival. When he realised that he had been duped to curtain raise for his rival, he reportedly threw a tan-trum and refused to exit the stage. It took the intervention of the organisers to persuade him to leave the stage.
Now, during the Brown’s concert the weekend past, organisers who were favouring Ali Kiba made sure that he would perform after WizKid. Kenyan media outfits report when Wizkid realized that he was being played to curtain raise for an artiste who was beneath his level, he refused to perform.
Ali Kiba on the other hand, argued that he was bigger than WizKid in Kenya and was so, bigger and better than WizKid. The back-and-forth spat affected the concert by delaying the duo performances. Brown’s appearance had to be pushed to past 11pm. after all had been said and done, Wizkid performed before Ali Kiba.
Sadly, minutes into his second song, Kiba’s microphone got disconnected. He had to leave the stage to make way for Brown’s 90-minute crowd smasher. Later in the night after Brown had left the stage, the organisers brought Kiba back to the stage to finish his performance.