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Chai xalis! Are artists planning to boycott Open Mic over pay dispute?
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Chai xalis! Are artists planning to boycott Open Mic over pay dispute?

It is no secret that Open Mic is always embroiled in controversies. According to Gamvibes Info, some artists are planning to boycott this year’s festival.

A source said they want a meeting with the organizers to discuss pay raise.

But are the artists united to boycott?

Brikama rapper, ST told What’s On-Gambia that he is not joining a boycott. “I’ve not heart it from any artist. These people are just trying to make tension rek.”

When asked how much he was paid for his performance last year, the Aling Domo hit maker said: “around D10, 000.”

One artist that is very close to the organizers is Gee. He is also the numero uno rapper of the country. He said: “I would perform but at the right price and I'm also my album launching is the priority.  I would only promote it after my launching.”

“No comment!” was Mighty Joe’s response when we contacted him.

According to a senior event organizer, who prefers to be anonymous, there needs to be more communication between artists and the organizers, as well as transparency about pay.

“Sometimes, it looks like the artists have to beg for a place on the Open Mic lineup. The organizers are making more than D1.5m, so I cannot get why they should pay artists around D10, 000 each.”

Open Mic, organized by Black Lynx, is a celebration of Gambian music. It attracts more than 20,000 visitors every year.

 

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