By Kampala Sun writer
Nigerian Afrobeat singer Kizz Daniel was jailed and later released in Tanzania after he failed to show up for a fully paid concert on Sunday night in Dar es Salaam.
The “Buga” hitmaker did not show up to perform though he was paid his full fees, which we have since learnt was in the region of $60,000 (Sh 232m).
Kizz Daniel had just landed in Tanzania and was slated to perform at the Summer Amplified concert at the WareHouse arena. Revellers had paid Tsh20 million (sh 30m) for VVIP tickets and Tsh50,000 (sh80,000) for regular ones
Upon arrival in Dar es Salaam with two of his managers, the singer was booked at the Johari Rotana Hotel.
It’s at Rotana that he told the event organisers that he would not take to the stage without one of his gold chains that was in his luggage that was misplaced at Julius Nyerere International Airport.
“He only said he could not perform because the airline didn’t bring his bag which had his gold chain, yet he had another gold chain on his neck,” said a livid Steven Owa, the main financier of the concert.
“But he wanted everything. Harmonize came to help with the jewels, I brought him different clothes, but he refused, saying just because the airline didn’t bring one of his bags he could not perform without his gold on his neck.
I feel so bad. My company (Str8Up Vibes) is new here and we are just trying to set it up. My associate from America, whom I booked Kizz Daniel from, cried all night, begging him to go to this show.”
After he refused to perform, police were called and Kizz Daniel was picked up from the hotel and taken to the Oysterbay Police Station.
He was released later around 10pm and was expected to pay for the damages before returning to Nigeria.
“Kizz Daniel has been released. His legal team will, however, report back to the police tomorrow while he will subsequently return to Nigeria,” the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission tweeted at 10.03pm
As news reached concertgoers that Kizz Daniel would not be performing, angry revellers left and demanded a refund.
Str8Up Vibes also put out a public statement apologising for the inconvenience caused and promising fans who had paid that the promoter would “make sure that they are taken care of”.