One of the biggest annual music and arts festivals in the world, Coachella came to an end on Sunday, April 22. The highly successful event saw electrifying and unforgettable performances from some of the world’s favourite musicians.
Africa, in particular, was buzzing when it was announced Nigerian afrobeat star Wizkid was billed to perform at the event.
Wizkid at Coachella! I’m attending this one Coachella pic.twitter.com/5wLeN22LqJ
— Troy Mesh. (@olaoluwatroy) January 3, 2018
His set was however postponed to the final weekend of the festival due to some visa issues his band was facing.
We are sorry to announce that Wizkid is unable to make it into the country to join us this weekend but will be performing next weekend.
— Coachella (@coachella) April 14, 2018
His absence left some fans and people on social media wondering why he did not perform. Take a look at some of the reactions. Some were hilarious though.
whatever happened to Wizkid’s supposed coachella performance this past weekend ?
— Man Like (@Bayoir) April 23, 2018
D’banj got the first globally recognised track ‘Oliver’. However that did nothing to take the genre global. That was a singular moment. WizKid’s out here carrying a whole genre on his back. That is why he wouldn’t do Coachella without his band. He knows the task he’s undertaking.
— SwissHBC (@Swissinho) April 20, 2018
Did Wizkid do his set this weekend at Coachella?? I’ve not heard anything.
— Onion. (@_KingJane) April 23, 2018
lol Coachella should get it together and respect Wizkid’s request
— Ayodeji Ajayi (@AyoJaguda) April 21, 2018
Coachella: Are you not coming to perform this weekend?
— JAGS (@EtniesJags) April 20, 2018
No Coachella for Starboy, Wizkid.
— SOUNDCITY AFRICA! (@SOUNDCITYtv) April 23, 2018
So just like that, Wizkid did not perform at Coachella at all. Are we at least going to have an explanation? What’s the reason this time?
— Paola Audrey. (@PaolaAudrey) April 22, 2018
Wizkid will not be performing this weekend at Coachella pic.twitter.com/35zOilASux
— OneTribeMag™ (@OneTribeMag) April 20, 2018
Wizkid’s camp and Coachella organizers are yet to release a statement on his inability to perform.
In as much as the Starboy was greatly missed, other African artists/ artists of African descent including South African DJ Black Coffee, Nigerian-American singer Jidenna, Ethiopian-Canadian singer The Weeknd, Moroccan-American rapper French Montana and Ethiopian-American singer Kelela, graced the stage.