Tekno tries to redeem himself at Kigali show

Wednesday September 20 2017

Nigerian musician Tekno at the My 250 Concert.

Nigerian musician Tekno at the My 250 Concert. PHOTO | ANDREW KAZIBWE 

By ANDREW I KAZIBWE
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Nigerian musician Tekno, real name Augustine Miles Kelechi, was trending last week after Kenyans took to social media to complain about his performance in Nairobi.

However, the artiste gave a winning performance at the My 250Concert on September 10, perhaps as a way of redeeming himself for the dismal performance in Kenya.

The Nairobi concert took place on September 9 and was titled The Wave with Tekno Miles.

The musician is currently signed to Made Men Music Group and his hits include Pana, Yawa, Rara, Duro, Diana and Be.

Kenyans took to social media to lambast the singer for a “lazy” playback performance, which was marred by disagreements between the artiste and Dj Crème de la Crème, Tekno accused the Kenyan DJ of messing his performance.

With the negative reviews going viral, many in Kigali thought his show here would also disappoint.

Those who showed up for the concert became even more skeptical after the singer failed to fly into the country on Sunday morning. A scuffle ensued between organisers and journalists who were tired of waiting for hours for the singer to arrive.

Tekno arrived later, with just an hour to the show. Organisers told journalist that his delay was due to the artiste “not feeling well” and having to take medication before heading to Kigali.

Kigali revellers, some as young as 16, flocked to the venue at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village as early as 5pm.

The My 250 Concert, which was organised by Brainwave and Positive Production, was marred by organisational issues, starting with the singer’s late arrival.

Setbacks

There were problems with the sound system plus the stage was quite small, making it difficult for those with regular tickets to see Tekno.

This saw some people in the regular section storm the VIP section, which was separated by barricades. The organisers made sure to show pictures and videos of Tekno arriving at Kigali International Airport on big screens, perhaps to reassure the anxious crowd.

Performances kicked off with Bruce Melodie performing for about 30 minutes. He sung some of his popular songs like Ikinya and Ndakwanga. Next on stage was Lillian Mbabazi.

The former Blu3 singer, who has relocated to Rwanda from Uganda, gave an energetic performance together with Burundian singer Kiki Toure and his band.

Tekno took to the stage at around midnight to an excited crowd. Diehard fans, mainly young women, were uncontrollable as they shrieked and screamed for the star, with some rushing to the stage and had to be restrained by security.

Tekno performed the first few songs live with his band but midway switched to semi-live performances.

He sung and danced for the crowd for about an hour and a half. He performed all his songs from Yawa, Samantha, Pana, Wash, Duro, Diana and concluded with the hit Rara which he performed twice.

Tekno did not do any soundchecks or rehearsals ahead of the show and so the possibility of a full live performance was unlikely. This disappointed some who had attended the show to hear a live performance.