Ethic Crew, the group famed for the song ‘Lamba lolo’ have sent out a public outcry following mistreatment at Koroga Festival, where they performed on Saturday.
Ethic Crew cries out following mistreatment at Koroga Festival
In a message they shared on Instagram, Ethic said that Koroga invited them to perform and after their performance, they were treated with hostility, a move that left members of their team with injuries.
According to them, their DJ, Hypeman, driver and Ethic’s Zilla were harassed and beaten security personnel from K9 Security, who had been hired to provide security at the event that ran late into the night.
In their statement, the Figa singers said that they will take legal action against Koroga and K9 security for compensation on medical bills used to treat the four members of their team.
They also promised to champion for better treatment of Kenyan artistes by event organizers, insisting that if it was artistes from other countries, they would have been treated better.
“It’s with deep regret that we have to post this. Koroga festival called us and told us to perform as the headliners for the Koroga festival Saturday edition. We’d done one event with them previously and since we had no issues the last time and also because it is a huge platform, we obviously jumped at the opportunity to perform again. This time, However, the treatment we got from them was more than hostile. As we speak four of our members including our Dj, hypeman , Zilla and our driver are all in hospital, brutally injured by Guards from the K9 security company and other festival organizers. We want to state that we will be seeking legal redress as we need due compensation from Koroga and K9 security group for our medical bills et al. As we push Kenyan music to the world we hope that one day,Kenyan artists will one day be treated the same as artists from other countries. The Saturday event this time surpassed all expectations and is definitely going to surpass their Sunday one. You know why? Because we Kenyan artists have worked our asses off to finally get Kenyans to support their own. And this is an agenda we’re willing to push to the very end. To all our loyal fans we’re simply asking that you support our cause. #Justiceforethic#RespectKenyanartists”
Koroga Festival organizers are yet to issue a statement on the same.
Kenyans on Twitter have also started a hashtag #JusticeForEthic as they seek to know truth of the matter, on what really happened, on Saturday night.
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