Jamaican dancehall star Collin Demar Edwards, popularly known by his stage name as Demarco, was treated to a poor reception in Rwanda on Saturday last week during a concert held at the BK Arena in Kigali.
The show, which was set up at one of the biggest venues in the capital of Rwanda ironically recorded one of the lowest turn-ups in the recent past.
It was reportedly attended by only a handful of people, despite the arena’s capacity of up to 10,000 people.
Local artists who also performed at the event blamed the organizers for the poor organization while others decried an overflow of too many foreign artists performing at local shows.
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The flop was majorly blamed on poor organization, with the concert date initially being changed at the last minute.
Revelers also cited poor time management as one of the challenges.
The show was to originally go down on the 29th of December but kept on being postponed. Local artists who were also supposed to perform at the event kept withdrawing from the lineup.
Among those who dropped out of the concert citing poor organization were Chris Eazy and Ish Kevin, while Sintex, Spax, DeeJay Pius, Big Bang Bishanya, Dee Rugz, and Davy Ranks were on the lineup but never went up to the stage on the said day.
Some have also attributed the low attendance to the artist’s style of performance mentioning that he is “old-fashioned” and that he should embrace new trends to retain his audience.
“Demarco is a good artist but old-fashioned. There are many new school dancehall singers that can make a good turn up in Kigali. The likes of Dexta Daps, Kranium, Popcaan and many others can never do what Demarco did to Kigalians.” Stated one of the fans.
By Stella Anyango