The much-anticipated concert by legendary Congolese musical act Koffi Olomide will not be going down as planned.
The concert by Olomide, real name Antoine Christophe Agbepa, and the Quartier Latin International orchestra had been slated for December 11 at the Waterfront Mall in Karen. The event has since been postponed indefinitely, and tickets purchased by revelers ahead of the show will be refunded.
The gallery, VIP, and VVIP tickets were going for Ksh.3,500, Ksh.7,000 and Ksh.10,000 respectively. The event organizer, Aces and Lights Ltd, has said the hiatus will allow them to better organize for future concerts to ensure they meet the standards of all Kenyan musical lovers.
“Aces and Light commits itself to the highest standards of service provision to our partners, artists, and above all to our biggest clients who are Kenyan music connoisseurs across all genres. In keeping with this commitment, we are stringent in ensuring our events meet the high standards expected by the Kenyan public in terms of quality, quantity, and palatability to cater to the uniquely Kenyan palate,” the communication issued to the media by Aces and Lights Ltd read.
This development comes just a few days after Olomidde thrilling fans in neighboring Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. The show cancellation also comes at time top Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi is fighting tooth and nail to revive the lost glory of the Kenyan music industry. Part of his major aims is seeing no foreign artists perform in Kenya unless they are curtain raising a Kenyan music star.