Nigerian-American recording artist and record producer, Jidenna Theodore Mobisson has expressed disappointment that he was not able to perform during the ‘One Africa Music Festival’. He attributed his inability to perform on ‘African time’, even as he castigated the organizers. Jidenna, who is signed to Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records label and distributed through Epic Records made this known in a video shared online. Jidenna blasts organizers of One Africa Music Festival.
He insisted that it was not by his choice not to perform, but due to mismanagement of time. According to him, no one is to be blamed but Africans need to learn how to be on time.
The ‘One Africa Music Festival’ had the likes of top Nigerian music stars – Tiwa savage, Psquare, Davido, Olamide, Flavour, Phyno, M.I, Awilo, amongst others who performed on stage to a large crowd. The festival was hosted by Banky W and held at the weekend in London.
Jidenna blasts organizers of One Africa Music Festival
But Jidenna, whose inability to perform at the event had come under backlash on social media. In a video clip he shared on his Instagram page @Jidenna, he said: “Cheers to the artists and organizers of #OneAfrica! it was an epic and historic occasion. I want to apologize to all my fans and supporters who came out to support me and the others. I was supposed to perform but the show was cut off as I waited backstage. I’m disappointed that London wasn’t able to see me 2night. I was not on stage not by my choice but apparently because we ran out of time.”
Speaking further, he said, “I’m not here to point any fingers at One Africa but something went wrong. If we truly believe it’s our time as Africans, we have to be on time, on our clock especially in a city where we have Big Ben watching over us. Regardless of who is to blame, to make this our time we must be on time #OneAfrica. ”
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The 32-year-old, in 2015, released two singles, “Classic Man” and “Yoga”, promoting Janelle Monáe’s label Wondaland Records’ compilation EP. His debut album, ‘The Chief’ was released on February 17, 2017.