The long-awaited Wasafi Festival was finally in Nairobi for the New Year’s celebration. The event was, however, met by a lot of negativity just minutes after the Wasafi Crew took the stage.
It has been said, time and again, that Kenyans are a tough crowd, and this couldn’t be truer following the harsh messages posted online by fans who had high hopes for the big event. From the terrible performances done by the Wasafi crew to the controversial drama that followed after the Lava Lava groping video, the year is on to a rough start for the Tanzanian Bongo artists.
The Wasafi Festival was scheduled for the New Year’s celebrations at the Uhuru Gardens and everything was going as planned. But after the Wasafi crew took on the stage, it was clear that people were bored with their performances. This led to a big outburst of harsh tweets criticizing the Bongo Flava artists that went on for hours.
Imagine paying 2k for #WasafiFestival to go see Diamond twerking??
— @VOKEZZO (@VOKEZZO) January 1, 2019
The wasafis have made more money in that shitty concert that they would in a dozen concerts in Tanzania. No Kenyan artiste has made equivalent money in any concert. Wakenya tujiangalie. #wasafifestival
— Njeri (@Njeriwakamau4) January 1, 2019
— Vokkez™ 001 (@Djvokkez) January 1, 2019
Mbosso huko #WasafiFestival anaimba word Tatu alafu crowd inaimba a whole verse. who’s paying who here?
— KYALO?? (@jamlick__) December 31, 2018
Those who attended #WasafiFestival just wasted at least 6 hours of their 2019?
— MEMES DADDY!?? (@Larrymemes254) January 1, 2019
— Simon Snipper (@simon_snipper) January 1, 2019
Stop lamenting..Diamond is not reading any of your tweets ,he doesn’t know English.?#WasafiFestival
— OK (@bratha_bramwel) January 1, 2019
All was not lost, however, after Kenyan urban singer, Naiboi, saved the event and did an epic performance for the angry crowd. This was a great lesson for many music fans on the importance of appreciating local talent.
Naiboi is taking notes. Last time he was told he should improve his live performances, today he’s better than the whole wasafi guys who have perfomed. #WasafiFestival
— Grey Collins Kones (@colkon) December 31, 2018
Im sorry i said Kenyan Music is Trash.
I was young, Stupid and innexperienced.
Please forgive me kenyans!Tanzanian Musicians are the real CRAP!!!
THank You Naiboi For saving us at #WasafiFestival
— Nduta ?? (@ShazieKe) January 1, 2019
— DEREK (@Derek_j_o) January 1, 2019
Naiboi ended up taking all the credit for the Wasafi Festival and we can all agree that it was a well-deserved win for him.