Ghanaian songstress and songwriter, Sista Afia, recently faced disappointment during her debut concert at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale. The concert, which took place in May 2022, was intended to be a groundbreaking event for the artist, providing an opportunity to connect with her fans in the Northern Hemisphere and showcase her talent in a new region.
Sista Afia, who rose to prominence after her hit song ‘jeje’ featuring dancehall artist Shatta Wale, had high hopes for the concert. To ensure a memorable event, she enlisted the participation of various top-notch artists in the Ghanaian music industry, such as Medikal, Kwame Yogot, Mr. Drew, Sefa, Lasmid, Ataaka, Wiz Child, Fadlan, and Lil Win.
However, much to her dismay, the concert faced a series of challenges that significantly impacted its success. Notably, the event experienced an abysmally low turnout, and technical issues disrupted the performances, eventually leading to an abrupt end while Sista Afia was still on stage.
In a candid interview on 3Music TV, Sista Afia, also known as Queen Solomon, expressed her belief that the concert had been deliberately sabotaged by fans of popular Northern artists, Fancy Gadam and Maccasio. According to her, the absence of these two artists from the concert lineup was the primary reason for the sabotage.
“The whole show was sabotaged because I didn’t have Fancy or one other artiste on the bill. So they kept removing the plugs. When I stepped on stage, after 2 seconds, they took the plug, and all the lights went back off. They kept doing it even before I went on stage,” Sista Afia revealed.
The artist further explained that she had made efforts to include Fancy Gadam and Maccasio in the lineup by reaching out to them directly. However, despite negotiations and attempts to meet their financial demands, communication with Fancy Gadam went unanswered when she was about to finalize the deal.
Sista Afia’s accusations have shed light on the challenges artists may face when organizing events in regions with established stars. The incident also raises questions about the potential impact of fan rivalry and how it can negatively affect the growth and collaboration within Ghana’s music industry.
In the aftermath of the concert, Sista Afia has shown resilience, vowing not to be discouraged by the setbacks and to continue pursuing her passion for music. As she learns from this experience, she remains hopeful that future events will be better received and that her music will continue to reach fans all across Ghana and beyond.