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Jamaican Dancehall/Reggae music artists are charging up to $5.2 million (JMD) per show in Africa

by DRW

Jamaican Dancehall/Reggae artists charging up to $5.2 million (JMD) or $60,000us per show in Africa.

Promoters of dancehall and reggae music in Africa are being charged up to $5.2M (JMD) per show by some Jamaican dancehall/reggae music artists.

I was speaking with a popular promoter from Africa (who will remain nameless for the time being) about dancehall and reggae music in his country. It was very distrubing some of the information which was passed on to us here at -- "On average how much would it cost for you to bring a top dancehall/reggae act to Africa?".

Promoter-- "Its a shame that Jamaican artists do not treat African Promoters the same way as they treat European promoters! for us they demand a lot of things including a very high fee!. I have spoken to a lot of artists about this and it is a shame that European who are looting in Africa gets better treatment from Jamaicans, who always called us Brothers and Mother-land.

He continued by saying "We get no sponsors because of the stigma associated with ganja by corporate, and the Jamaican artists treats us like we are second class". Give me some figure being banned about by some of these artists?.

Let me tell you! "A top reggae band can charge between US$15,000 to US$30,000 for a show in the United States, but in Africa its $60,000 excluding other costs. To booked a top dancehall/reggae artist it cost between US$30,000-$40,000 per show in Africa. And most of these bands and artists wants to bring full band, plus technical crew of up to thirteen (13) people".

At the end of the interview he said to me, "Neco! there is a tour called "Three Wise Men", one of the artiste on that tour is asking for US$60,000 per show!. He said I object that fee as I feel that we (African promoters) are been cheated and exploited.
This is something which they don't dare do in Europe. We need to name and shame these greedy dancehall/reggae artists".

He quoted lot of artists names to us and also their asking prices, but for legal reasons we did not publish them.

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Jan 09, 2019
be wise
by: Anonymous

money should not kill the link between jamaica and africa. the prophecy should fulfil, when an artist is on a high he should give back to his fans now and then, there fans is all over the world! especially in africa. be wise don't let money kill the tree bob marley helped planted. be wise. don't let them european thief uno culture! with di money!

Nov 16, 2018
Cheating African Promoters
by: Anonymous

This very bad for honest dancehall artist, and extremely damaging to the culture. For those who are guilty of this they need to stop. If they cannot grow a heart and refrain from doing this I agree we name Shame and we will put them on a "DO NOT BOOK LIST" as a group collaborating promoters between Jamaica, Europe, US and Canada.

Feb 09, 2017
Time for Artist to Get Paud!
by: Mark Sakdeba

Pay the Piper!!!

Aug 04, 2016
by: Anonymous

What do they use this money to do ?how dem from di ghetto and dem nuh help to uplift it?Jamaican reggae artists with the exception of a few is into living like the very babylon they burn everyday.

Jan 01, 2016
over changing people
by: Anonymous

That it very bad makes it hard for artiste like me tying to put my self out there oh my god that's terrible kmt

May 18, 2015
Give to Ceasar his dues
by: Anonymous

Its a bit hypocritical of this particular African country to be complaining about fees ask by top dancehall artists, when US based and European artists are being accommodated with no fuss.

Let the figures show what is made as a profit after these shows and then let the proper dailogue begins.

Do not take side as to talk about about namimg and shaming, Jamaica produces the best in all forms of reggae and dance hall music.


Nov 22, 2013
I love this Article
by: Anonymous

Well look problem solve but you should consider Trinidad reggae/docs and calypso artist. We probably not know as high status dancehall artist but they have a great few.

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