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Events 2017 flips and flops

This year, the 254 was host to some of the world’s great show stoppers. Some lived up to their god-like statures, giving tantalising acts. Others, however, sought to bring the term ‘fail’ to life…

Jidenna

The Classic Man’s gig at the Carnivore late June was nothing short of that. Despite not starting on time (which one ever does anyway?), the well-attended show lived to its billing with performances from guest artistes like Nyashinski making the event even merrier.

Tekno Miles

Ngong Racecourse Waterfront is where the mess went down. The Nigerian star who was the highlight of the Wave Concert showed up late to the stage. He had kept fans waiting and his performance was not even worth the wait!

Tekno even blamed Dj Crème after his non-synchronisation melee with his band. He lasted thirty minutes and Kenyans had coughed hefty sums just to see him perform. He failed and dragged his promoters along with him. Thank God for the Kansol and Camp Mulla who made it worthwhile.

Wizkid

The organisers bore the full brunt for this one in April. The prices were ridiculously high and not worth it. Wizkid, however, gave a great performance and affirmed his Best African Act title from the BET Awards. The Nigerian entertained the crowd at the KICC but it was the level of disorganisation by Barbeque Live that left tongues wagging.

Burna Boy

Probably, he will be remembered for his tweef with KOT more than his actual performance. The bitter social media row lasted more than his 20-minute act on stage this year in April.

After his under whelming performance, Kenyans took to social media to express their frustration. That was where it all started and ended as ‘Burner Boy’ called us peasants but got to face the full arm of the KOTDF (Kenyans on Twitter Defence Forces).

Hilllsong

Despite the fact that they were not the original Hillsong Australia, congregants braved the rainy September weather and thronged Citam Karen, the popular venue for most Gospel acts.

They even sat on the floor spaces along the pews. Hillsong sang their hearts out with their band. The night was filled with worship as the South African Hillsong team left the stage way past the scheduled 9pm.

Don Moen

This was one of those proverbial Old is Gold kind of shows. The worship don lived up to his legacy. Age did not put him down and the praises definitely went up.

Don Moen’s concert was attended by his loyal fans from way back. It was a chill concert with occasional dancing and clapping as most of it had Don and Leny LeBlanc lead the congregants in worship and prayer.

Israel Houghton

Houghton came with his band and lit the place up! He is a big name but despite this, the turnout was poor. Citam Karen was not filled and even at 8pm, you could still spot parking spaces.

The turn-up though, was amazing! They can really sing and those that attended got their money’s worth. Houghton kept the audience on their feet for more than two hours — and they kept time!

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