Tribe One Festival flop: Nicki Minaj walked away with R10m
Last week fans across the country were left angered as organisers' of the Tribe One Festival decided to pull the plug on it.
It's been a mud-slinging battle between the City of Tshwane and festival organisers', Sony Music South Africa. The organisers have claimed that the municipality did not get the infrastructure ready on time but the municipality hit back denying the claims.
City Press has lifted the lid on the millions of rands pumped into the festival, which has now gone down the drain.
The newspaper has reported that the municipality spent R65million on the bash so far. Of this amount a whooping R10 million was paid to Nicki Minaj and is a nonrefundable fee.
The city has since taken the matter to the court in an attempt to salavage the festival, which was dubbed to be 'Africa's biggest music festival.'
Tribe One spokesperson, Derrick Kafmann confirmed to City Press that the company had been paid R25 million by the host city.
"This money was used to secure deposits for the artists. Nicki was paid in full and has been really nice about the whole situation. The only thing that had not been confirmed was travel and accommodation for her and her entourage," he explained.
However, Nicki may have been the only artist who was paid in full by the festival. Many local artists told the newspaper that they were partly paid or not paid at all. Before the festival was cancelled, many managers were getting restless as there was no communication and even threatened to pull their artists from the music fest.