Revealed: How Coronavirus is hitting the Nigerian music industry
The Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic which was first discovered in China in December, has had sweeping effects in the public health, business, and travel sectors, among others. And while the consequences for the entertainment industry may seem to pale in comparison to the clear threat the virus poses to human life, the ripple effects do have implications for the people around the world who make a living via the entertainment industry.
Goldenvoice, the organizers of Coachella, one of the largest annual music festivals in the US, announced on March 10 that the festival would be postponed due to concerns about the outbreak. Another Goldenvoice festival, the country music-oriented Stagecoach, has also been postponed.
In the home front a lot of music concerts and gatherings have been cancelled and postponed.
TheNewsGuru had reported on Wednesday 18th of March that popular entertainment spot, New African Shrine has suspended all programmes as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID19.
The Davido Concert
Back in February 21, 2020, Davido commenced his A Good Time tour in Edmonton, Canada. The last location played was Denver, Colorado, US before the tour was cancelled on March 13, 2020.
The show was meant to happen in Dallas, Texas, US on March 14, 2020.
However, Davido announced the cancellation via his Instagram page
“I’m saddened to halt what has been a fantastic sold-out tour so far, but postponing is the right thing to do. The health and safety of my fans and staff is most paramount and nothing else matters. Be safe and see you all soon! God be with us all!”
Sinach Live in Concert postponement
Fans of popular Nigerian gospel singer, Sinach were distraught when she announced that her Sinach Live In Lagos Concert has been postponed. It was slated for May 22, 2020. But due to the spread of coronavirus, the event was postponed till October 18, 2020 on March 6, 2020.
A press statement obtained by TheNewsGuru written by her management read in parts :”Sinach loves her fans, it is for that reason this decision was made to ensure that everybody including our Foreign team, Special guests, Sponsors and the entire public are carried along to execute an Excellent and World Class Concert.
“Sinach thanks everyone who has already purchased tickets. Tickets purchased for the event are still valid and will be honored on the rescheduled date. Thank you and God you bless you all richly.”
In the same vein, she also postponed her South Pacific Tour
Asa three-city LUCID TOUR cancelled
Sensational Nigerian singer, Asa on March 6, 2020 announced her LUCID Tour with a stop in Lagos. That concert was tagged Asa Live In Lagos. She was meant to perform at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on April 11, 2020. Other stops on the tour included, London (March 29, 2020) and Abuja (April 13, 2020).
But on March 18, 2020, she announced via her social media pages that all tour dates had been cancelled and all tickets will be refunded. This was due to coronavirus.
Stay safe my love. We will get through this. ❤️🦅 pic.twitter.com/dDbnGuNL53
— Asa (@Asa_official) March 18, 2020