Wizkid almost failed to put up a decent show in Zambia at the weekend. The artiste who was billed to perform at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka last Saturday left Zambian fans baying for his blood after he failed to pitch up on time.
According to reports, when Wizkid eventually took to the stage during the wee hours of Sunday, most fans had left the venue. Show promoters, Transblast Entertainment apologised saying Wizkid’s failure to perform on time was because of a show he had in Sierra Leone the previous night.
“It’s every promoter’s dream to deliver to the people a fun filled concert and at the same time it’s every promoter’s nightmare to wake up to what we woke up to this morning.
“However, the problem wasn’t his (Wizkid) alone nor ours. He had a show in Sierra Leone on the 28th of April and needed to either return to Lagos on the morning of the 29th of April and proceed to Lusaka and arrive on the morning of the 30th of April. To achieve that, we required availability of commercial flights between Freetown, Sierra Leone and Lagos. However there were none on the 29th. . . We decided to charter a private jet from Lagos to Freetown and back, and proceed with a commercial flight from Lagos to JHB and again a private charter from JHB to Lusaka,” read a statement issued by organisers of the concert.
“Unfortunately and due to circumstances beyond our control, three of the Wizkid management including himself, missed the Lagos to JHB flight.
“Eventually we found an alternative and chartered a plane for him. He eventually landed in Zambia in the early morning of May 1 2016.”
As expected, fans who had bought tickets and left before the Nigerian performed were promised an afternoon show the next day to compensate for the previous show.
“We believe we did everything we could to host a successful show. Wizkid eventually arrived in Zambia and gave his best performance for a decent length of time though at the time the fans had been restless and exhausted.
“To all those with tickets but left the stadium before the artist’s arrival, Wizkid and the stadium are ready for us to re-host the show this afternoon, considering we started late. However we shall inform you as soon as possible the way forward.”
However, Wizkid managed to stage another show at the Heroes Stadium on Sunday evening where he attracted hoardes of fans.
South Africa’s much more professional Cassper Nyovest performed well at a show in Zambia’s Livingstone resort town at the weekend.