The much anticipated Nairobi performance of Jamaican Reggae maestro Buju Banton has been cancelled.
Buju Banton’s management team, during a statement on Thursday, apologized to their Kenyan fans saying rescheduling of the performance was due to “circumstances beyond our control.”
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are disheartened to tell the fans of Kenya, that Buju Banton’s previous promoted show for February 8th, 2020 in Nairobi Kenya has been postponed,” the statement read partially.
The show had been slated for February 8 in Nairobi Kenya. The move by the Jamaican artiste has left his huge Kenyan fan base distraught.
NRG Radio confirmed the postponement blaming it on the death of retired president Daniel Arap Moi.
“We are forced to postpone the event following the announcement of a period of National Mourning. The viewing of the former president Moi’s body is slated for Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th at parliament which presents a logistical challenge to host the event at KICC,” NRG management said during a statement.
The management team added that they had worked diligently with the promoters of the show to execute a well-anticipated return to Kenya.
“We extended all possibilities to figure with the constraints the promoters faced. it’s with great regret to tell you that Buju Banton won’t be performing in Nairobi Kenya on Saturday, February 8th, 2020,” it added.
Postponement of the BUJU BANTON concert, Legends Edition – NRG Wave Nairobi. pic.twitter.com/njNg1zyjeA
— NRG Radio (@NRGRadioKenya) February 6, 2020
In December, Buju Banton announced on his social media platforms that he would be within the country for an unforgettable performance on February 8, 2020.
He has since taken down the video clip he had shared on his social media platforms.
Buju was initially slated to headline the #NRGWave Show in Mombasa on New Year’s Eve, 2019, but the show was postponed to the present weekend.
This is after a variety of Kenyans on Twitter requested the promoters of the show, NRG Radio, to make sure that the reggae maestro performs in Nairobi also.
The hashtag #BujuAkujeNairobi trended with fans keen to attend what would are the reggae legend’s first live show in Africa.
The organizers also confirmed the 2020 Buju concert in Nairobi.
The reggae star was last year signed by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company to its jam-packed roster.
Roc Nation announced the partnership with the reggae and dancehall king, whose comeback concert held earlier last year in his native Jamaica was one among the country’s largest shows.
More than 30,000 people attended the concert.
Banton, 46, will celebrate the new effect of a replacement music video release for his song Steppa.
The performer released his first album within the early 1990s and he’s among the respected acts in reggae. His last album, 2010’s Before the Dawn, won the Grammy for best reggae album.
Buju Banton was released in December 2018 after serving seven years in federal prison on drug charges.