African stars Alikiba (Tanzania) and Wizkid (Nigeria) were over the weekend (Saturday) involved in supremacy and ego fueled disagreements during the Mombasa Rocks Music Festival, held at MaMa Ngina drive, Mombasa, Kenya. Chris Brown was the lead performer at the show.
The two were the remaining curtain raisers but none of them was either willing or at ease with performing before the other.
As per the concert ads and announcements, Wizkid was the main curtain raiser and as such was expected to perform last before Chris Brown stepped on stage. This meant that all East African Artistes including Alikiba had to perform before Wizkid.
However Alikiba and his team didn’t agree to this. Their reasoning was that while Wizkid was the bigger music brand across Africa, Alikiba was more popular in Kenya, particularly Mombasa thanks to his Swahili music.
The organizers found a hard time negotiating with these two stars, both nominated in MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMA ) 2016.
At the end, Alikiba won. Wizkid performed first, followed by ‘King Kiba’ aka Alikiba.
But, Alikiba’s performance ended prematurely and Chris Brown crowned the night with a memorable performance.
MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMA )
In the MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMA ) 2016 , Alikiba is nominated in the category of Best Africa Act. He is the only East African Artist nominated in this category and tussling it out with South Africans and Nigerians. The other nominees are Black Coffee , Cassper Nyovest (both from South Africa), Olamide and Wizkid (both from Nigeria).