The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Professor Jay in Concert Fee Drama

Tanzanian rapper Professor Jay is in the middle of a tussle involving his Mombasa manager and Kenyan promoter. The rapper was booked for two Christmas shows at Jamboree Resort and Quetu Beach Resort.

Apparently Professor Jay wasn't paid in full for his second show and thus he was given a Nikon D3000 camera as collateral.

After the show, Professor Jay jetted out of the country and his crew was left with the camera. Now the organisers are claiming that they settled the bills in full and yet the rapper's crew has reneged on their promise to return the camera.

Elijah Ngirimani of Black Slate family told Word Is, "Event organiser Sammy Onyango aka the Bishop settled the balance but the rapper's crew disappeared with the camera which was held as collateral for his balance which was paid for on December 25 before his second performance."

He added, "We learnt later that he had left and Musa (Mohammed his manager) did not have the camera and now claim that we owe them Sh120,000."

The matter has escalated to the point where one of the backup men who travelled to Kenya with Professor Jay had his passport held to prevent his leaving the country.

The organisers claim that they paid Professor Jay and his handlers a total of Sh252,000 "which is extra above what we had initially agreed on. Now they insist we owe them. We have been in this business and we always keep our word. In this case we have kept to the contractual agreement," Ngirimani said.

Musa Mohammed, who was managing Professor during his Christmas show, said that they had agreed on Sh220,000 for the two shows and the organisers owe a balance of Sh120,000.

"We have a written agreement on the amount they owe once they pay we will surrender the camera to them," Musa said.

At the time of going to press, the police were dealing with the matter. Professor Jay who was booked for a show at Jamboree on December 31 skipped the concert.

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