Malawi’s rapper Tay Grin and R&B singer Theo Thomson have responded to hip-hop artist 3rd Eye’s online ridicule on the two, mocking them for “begging votes” to perform at the Africa Unplugged Music Festival in the United Kingdom.
The biggest African music concert in Europe, the festival is scheduled to take place on the 27 August, 2012 at Wembley Arena and Tay Grin, Theo or up and coming rapper Sean Focus will perform if they garner enough votes through the internet.
“We are at 329. Vote, vote, vote! We need to get 500 by midnight! Support @Tay_Grin to perform at Wembly Arena UK,” read one of the many status updates that have been raining cats and dogs via Limbani Kalilani aka Tay Grin’s Facebook and twitter space, according to other online media.
“Vote for meeee! Get me to Wembley…help the under-dog over achieve,” so pleads Theo as he is quoted on his status updates, going by the Thomson Tj Facebook page.
Further, the report says as the Facebook statuses continued to rain time and again, another urban music artist 3rd Eye, going by the Mandela Mwanza Facebook ID, resorted to spit a reaction.
“Us artists need to spend more time in the studio creating songs with global appeal instead of spending time on Twitter and Facebook begging for votes to win awards and perform at shows.
“How can you fail to get 500 votes when everybody is on the net and then expect to go to Wembley as Africa’s finest? Wayesa pa Wembley ndi pa Chichiri eti,” read 3rd Eye’s status update.
As the report claims, a questionnaire was sent to 3rd Eye to clarify his cyber sentiments and the rapper said his Facebook spark was the truth and he does not care who people think his remarks targeted.
“My view is general but it was inspired by the embarrassing attitude of our two ‘superstars’ Theo and Tay Grin through the social networks,” said 3rd Eye, further ruling out any element of inciting beef saying: “Doing so with the two is an insult to my global reputation”.
According to the ‘Taking kandy from a blind baby’ artist, the irony of wanting to perform at one of the world’s greatest stadia as Africa’s finest and that of asking for 500 votes was a coincidence that could not pass his ‘third eye unnoticed’. He however wished both Tay Grin and Theo luck as they target Wembley.
When Nyasa Times asked Tay Grin, popularly known as ‘Nyau King’, for his take on 3rd Eye’s cyber attacks, the ‘2 by 2’ rapper said he could not waste valuable energy on retrogressive individuals.
“Third Eye is bored. What global appeal is he referring to? The day he is worth talking about I shall put my energy in discussing his void points. He has been around longer so I hear but has nothing to show for it,” said Tay Grin.
And in his reaction, Theo responded: “that’s his [3rd Eye’s] opinion, I can respect his point of view. We need it, thrive of it and my fans are supporting me and encouraging me so who am I embarrassing?”
Claiming he is leading in the votes, the ‘Gypsy’ star, who is currently in the UK said it was a great opportunity to perform on a world stage. “So why not? Unfortunately no Malawian artists were invited and this is a great way to get my name known by people that otherwise might not come across my music.”
Added Theo: “Singing in front of a webcam can be seen as breaking reputation but then there’s artists like Justin Bieber who made it work for them, no one is too cool for exposure.”
The Africa Unplugged Concert will feature 20 acts drawn from 15 African nations under 1 mic and seeks to educate, motivate and inspire all by shedding light on mother African and the issues she faces. It also seeks to celebrate the spirit of Africa through music, comedy and dance.
Meanwhile, the line up of artists to feature at Wembley includes 2 Face (Nigeria), Zahara (South Africa), Cabo Snoop (Angola), Chameleone (Uganda) and Mc Inity (Zimbabwe), among others.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :