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Are Kisumu artistes planning to boycott Diamond’s show?

By HILARY KIMUYU January 26th, 2016 1 min read

Kisumu artistes are reportedly planning to boycott a show that will be headlined by Tanzania’s bongo star Diamond Platinumz in the lakeside city.

The artistes claim they were subjected to mandatory auditions by the show’s organisers to determine who was good enough to curtain-raise for Diamond. They feel the move is demeaning.

The more than 30 musicians drawn from the lakeside city met to vent their displeasure with the way manner they have so far been treated.

Diamond’s show is scheduled for 13th February.

“I find it disrespectful. Mombasa artistes fought for their space, now it is time for Kisumu artistes to claim tehir space,” said Mkwanja Xpat, a Kisumu-based artiste.

Mombasa-based musician Nyota Ndogo added her voice by stating; “Upumbavu gani huu nausikia Kisumu? Eti promota awafanyisha wasanii wakisumu audition ndio waeze kupafomu kwa show ya diamond?diamond nisawa?”

The CEO of Vybez Awards, one Alex, supported the the artistes.

“Our very able and capable artistes cannot be subjected to audition nor be influenced to accept demeaning platforms. It is time Kisumu artiste be respected,” he added.