Wizkid fans in Oakland, California have expressed their bitter disappointment at the record label EME for cancelling a Wizkid concert which was to hold Friday, August 17, 2012.
On August 14, four days before the concert EME boss Banky W via micro-blogging site Twitter had announced the cancellation of the Wizkid tour;
- ‘Hey folks… The Cali and Canada stops on the tour have unfortunately been canceled. Due to circumstances way beyond anyone’s control’@BankyW tweeted.
- ‘Truthfully it takes a lot to put on a tour. A million & one factors go into it. Along the way, sadly, sometimes, inevitably, things go wrong. And when it’s out of your control, There’s not much you can do about it at that point but learn lessons & do better next time.. Truth be told, we take a pay cut while attempting something like this. A serious one. But that’s okay cuz of the love the fans have shown us. And the love we have for them in return‘, he explained
The tour put together by Royal Entertainment, DJ Slim and EME was also to feature Wizkid’s labelmate Skales and affiliate Rotimi.
Royal Entertainment’s head promoter Azazel Noble however does not seem to be calmed by Banky’s tweets as he angrily took to his Twitter account and bore his mind.
- ‘N***z think releasing some bull***t press release absolves them of all guilt.. U been dreaming bro..‘, Azazel Noble (@Echecrates) tweeted
- ‘Man how one label can just destroy concerts in Cali for a long time to come.. Nobody will believe any promoter doing a concert for awhile. Oh so it’s out of Control when it comes to California and Canada but when it comes to DC/ATL/Chicago control full ground. Man we got played. Lemme tell u what pisses me off bout this shit..Dem niggaz told us they wanted a thousand ppl in the buildin 4 the concert. That’s why niggaz was promoting like rapture was bout to come lol.. I’m not sure there are even a 1000k africans with Visas in Cali. So after all that promo dem wan leave homies with “somethinghugecameup”..Oloriburuku tinzz. Cancel all your tours and leave.. Cancel EVERYTHING!! Shey something came up? hit up ATL/CHICAGO/DC tell em the same thing’Noble continued.
Banky W has however assured fans that tickets would be refunded.
- ‘So our sincere deepest apologies go to the fans in Cali & Canada, who wanted to be at the shows.. You will get refunded 100% for ur tickets‘.
Last year a similar scenario happened; due to Visa acquisition issues, Wizkid and Skales missed out on what was to be their first ever US tour after promoting and selling tickets.
EME have not given a particular reason as to why the California tour has been cancelled. And fans are already buzzing on social media, with many commenting as it concerns them.
‘@Echecrates who’s giving me back my flight money?? Eme? Or you‘,? a fan @AdannaFromLA asked.
‘@Echecrates Bros face it, dey no wan take long journey to west coast & Canada. Simple.’, @IgboSocratesMD
‘@Echecrates Yes you guys have time and its good! They should be taught a good lesson so they(&other artists) think twice before doing such.‘, @skepticalsasha wrote.
‘Just imagining all my guys I forced to come to this concert! Chai! I have lost all my bargaining chips! Smh‘, said @adewus4real
The EME tour continues in other cities – Atlanta (August 18), Detroit City (August 25) and Chicago (September 1).