So any Nigerian(or anyone interested in soul music) in Atlanta this past weekend heard about Asa’s scheduled concert at the Atrium on sunday, and for those of us that took time out of schedule to go to the show can say that we got the greatest disappointment ever. No, I’m not talking about the show being bad. I’m talking about the show not existing at all. Yes, the show was cancelled.
Now I’d like to personally express my disappointment in the whole organizing crew, and Asa’s crew also. I’m not sure who is to blame the most in this whole fiasco, but from a fan’s standpoint, it doesn’t matter to me. Folks have heard everything from bad sound to Asa being a Diva to less than average set up for the show, and it really doesn’t matter. I paid money and sacrificed my time to see a show and it was never held. This is not the first time we as Africans have been disappointed with no-shows or less than impressive shows – no-show from 2face, no-show from Awilo (twice), no-show from Tony Tetuila, no-show from Basket Mouth & I-go-die, less than impressive performance from Eldee in Ottawa, and finally no-show from Asa.
This has to stop at some point. How many more times will we as fans get excited about our favorite artist or performer coming to perform in our local city only to be disappointed? At some point we have to start demanding more from Artists, Perfomers, Promoters, and anyone investing some interest in organizing shows & concerts.
Now, to be completely fair there have been good shows put together by Nigerian promoters – Femi Kuti in ATL, Eldee in ATL & Houston, 9ice in DC & Chigaco, Julius Agu in Atlanta, just to mention a few, so I can’t say all promoted shows have been a bust. This particular incident however just brings back memories of all the no-shows we’ve had in the past, and quite frankly it’s shameful. I’m almost scared to believe anything about a show until after the show is over.
Hopefully, no one takes offense to any of this article. I’m not saying anything people aren’t already saying.