Shenseea says ‘safety concerns’ were to blame for a canceled performance at the Sababisha Festival in Nairobi, Kenya, which had been set for August 26, 2023, but rescheduled to a later date.
In an Instagram response to a disappointed fan who had already paid for the concert, she explained, “Due to safety concerns that were brought to my attention, I was told it was best to reschedule.”
Although she didn’t specify, in the weeks leading up to the concert, there were reports of political unrest and protests in Kenya over the rising cost of living and the introduction of new taxes, according to Al Jazeera.
In her Instagram post, Shenseea also mentioned that she opted to refund her deposit and that the event promoters had assured her they would refund ticket buyers. “I chose to refund my deposit [rather] than hold on to it without a date being set. The promoters assured me that all monies would be refunded to patrons as well,” she said.
She added: “I look forward to performing in Kenya soon! Thank you to all my supporters for understanding!”
In August 2023, the organizers of the Sababisha Festival released a statement apologizing for the postponement.
“We are deeply sorry to announce that after long consultations between our ground team and Shenseea management team, we have made the decision to postpone the Sababisha Festival,” they said.
“This decision that has not been easy on both parties. We acknowledge the disappointment you may feel, especially those who had locked in the date. However, we seek your patience and understanding during this time as we shall bounce you back to a thriving and vibrant experience soon.”
They added: “We are currently working and coordinating with all stakeholders to secure a new date and it sure will be one worth the wait.”
Tickets for the Sababisha Festival had ranged from Ksh 3,000 to Ksh 20,000 (about US$20 to $130).