Following the controversy surrounding an alleged lifeless performance by musician Babes Wodumo, Buyel’Ekhaya Music Festival has released a public statement defending itself.
Babes brought her issues with the festival organisers to public notice after the singer addressed criticism form fans aimed at her poor performance on 19 December in East London.
Posting a video on Instagram, Babes accused event founder Nomahlubi Mazwai of abusing her verbally. In addition, Babes said Mazwai threatened to kill her moments. This was before she was bullied to go on stage with the help of security guards.
Subsequently, a lengthy statement posted to the event’s official Facebook page, Buyel’Ekhaya took shots at Babes, denying all her allegations. Through a 17 point response to the allegations made, the organisers explained how musician Babes Wodumo violated contract agreements after collecting 75% of her performance fee.
According to the organisers, Babes did not just miss her call time (01:35am), she also insisted on taking a bath even though she was late. When she finally got to the venue, she refused to perform.
An excerpt from the statement reads;
“10. On route to the stadium Babes Wodumo made a demand, to our artist manager Sharif Baker, to go to her hotel to take a bath. This was rejected as she had to get on stage immediately as the Venue Operations Committee had resolved to switch the music off at the venue by 04:30am. 11. On arrival at the venue at 03:00am, Babes Wodumo refused to perform.”
The singer was the closing act for the 24-hour music festival. However, she created a stir when she walked onto the stage and just stood there without showing off her usual dance moves. Thus, fans complained about the performance, leading to the controversy.