Nigerian musician and songwriter Divine Ikubor, better known as Rema, has addressed criticisms of his subpar performance at the Afronation concert in Portugal.
Rema commented that the sound arrangement for the first day of the event was poor because there were no in-ear monitors for the performers to monitor the audio being received by the audience.
On Sunday, Rema responded to a witness’s video on his Twitter page who claimed that Omah Lay and the singer did not sing during their performance.
Attendee claimed that during Rema and Omah Lay’s performance, nobody could hear their voices.
She said, “Why are you not singing? We came to see you live. You are a vocalist. Your main instrument is your voice.
“We came to Portugal to hear that voice live because we love what your voice sounds like on recording. Now we want to hear you live.”
Whoever came for Afronation Day 1 knew the sound was poor, Rema wrote in response to the video. The second delay was due to microphone feedback. There were no in-ear monitors available for artists to monitor the audio sent to the audience.
“Let’s not even talk about provisions they make for artists to come with ‘bands’. Still, I made use of live sessions at first and I cut it off and improvised because I wasn’t satisfied with the sound. I even complained on stage.
“One thing leads to another. Know this! But I just can’t watch people take shots at me and my brother, Omah Lay. Lastly, we’ll all learn, grow and do better as artists and organisers.”