Kenyan musician turned MP, Jaguar, has called out Tanzanian hitmaker Harmonize for refusing to perform at the inaugural Chaget Festival in Eldoret.
The Wasafi Records hitmaker was set to thrill his eager fans at the Eldoret Sports Club Grounds, but differences with the promoter over unpaid performance fee saw him refuse to perform.
As a result, chaos erupted from the thousands of fans who had paid advance tickets for Sh500 and VIP for ShSh2, 000.
Harmonize, who was also held for fours hours at the Starbucks Hotel on Sunday afternoon over unpaid bills, took to social media to condemn the promoters of the event, Shado Events Initiative.
“Binafsi najua kiasi gani pesa inatafutwa kwa ugumu but kwa mapenzi yenu mlijitoa kuja kuni support sio kwasababu mie ni special sana…Ni kwa upendo wenu tu ila kilichonisikitisha ni promoters kuchukua pesa za watu then wakashindwa kuja kumalizia payment iliyobaki na kukimbia. Hii inaumiza sana,” he posted on social media.
However, despite having a credible reason not to perform, Jaguar has faulted Harmonize for disappointing his fans.
“Ni tukio la kuhuzunisha lakini mimi namshutumu sana Harmonize….wakenya wamemsupport sana, wamesupport wasanii wa nje sana. Wengine wanatumia pesa zao kupiga simu, kurequest nyimbo zao,” Jaguar told Mambo Mseto’s Mzazi Tuva.
The Starehe MP explained that if he was in Harmonize’s situation, he would have gone ahead to perform and settle other matters later.
“Mimi mwenyewe siwezi nikakosa kupanda stage sababu ya balance ambayo promoter amebakisha na ni kitu nilikuwa nafanya. Kwanza nadeal na mafans wangu. Kama Mimi ningekuwa Harmonize Saturday ningeenda kwa stage niambie watu samahani nimechelewa lakini kwa sababu mumenifikisha mahali nimefika saa hii mimi nitaperform lakini promoter hajanilipa…vitu zingine nitadeal nazo baadaye sababu bila nyinyi nisingekuwa Harmonize pale niko. Unapata kuna fans wametoka mbali hadi Eldoret kwa sababu yake. Sometimes unafaa kuangalia mafans kwanza,” added Jaguar.
During the interview, Jaguar also said he will table a bill in parliament next week seeking more airplay and better pay for local music acts.
He added that he will lead a team of young MPs who will ensure that Kenyan broadcasters comply with the Programming Code, which requires that local broadcasters carry at least 40 percent local content in music and build up to 60 percent in four years.