Oh, here’s a surprise! Local artists were apparently disrespected at the Durban Youth Hip Hop Festival on Saturday (2 May).
This seems to be a trend now, hey? The show featured international rapper Rick Ross, while local acts Cassper Nyovest and DreamTeam were also part of the line-up. Durban-based group DreamTeam took to Twitter to share their views about what happened. They revealed that the disrespect was “horrific”.
With all that said the disrespect to local acts was horrific...each act got cut off during performance #YHHFfacts— #WhatsYourName (@DreamTeamDBN) May 3, 2015
We have done many international openings and the more you do them the more you realize how they belittle our own acts!— #WhatsYourName (@DreamTeamDBN) May 3, 2015
Things were so bad that the group is now considering joining rapper AKA, who stopped opening for international acts.
Maybe we should join our brother @akaworldwide and stop doing these international openings...— #WhatsYourName (@DreamTeamDBN) May 3, 2015
Having a bigger platform is still a loss if you get the resources stripped away from you.. The way some artists wasnt acceptable— #WhatsYourName (@DreamTeamDBN) May 3, 2015
Although the treatment was bad, Cassper will not stop doing these shows. He wrote on Twitter:
I'll never stop opening for American acts. I enjoy those big crowds and the sound. Promoters might treat us like shit but the crowd doesn't.— Cassper Nyovest (@CassperNyovest) May 3, 2015