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Why Davido Concert in Kenya and Uganda Costs $1.2 Million

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Written by Teresa Mwangi

Davido concert in Kenya and Uganda is big news to East Africa after years of no-show to the region. He will be flying the Afrobeats flag high in this part of Africa where Nigerian music enjoys massive airplay.

His return to East Africa comes nearly a year after the release of his fourth studio album ‘Timeless’ which has enjoyed huge commercial success. It debuted at position 37 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 17,000 units in its first week after release. It then rose to position 10 on the UK Albums Chart, making it the second Nigerian album to ever debut in the top 10.

Now, his fans from Kenya and Uganda have an opportunity to join him for a live concert.

Where Will Davido Concert in Kenya and Uganda be?

Davido’s concerts in Uganda and Kenya in 2024 will go down in Kampala and Nairobi respectively. The two East African capital cities are already charged for the two music carnivals.

Where Will Davido Perform in Kenya?

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Nigerian Afrobeats artist Davido. Photo/Davido/Instagram

While on Davido concert in Kenya and Uganda; the ‘Unavailable’ hitmaker will perform at the Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi on March 30. He is headlining Raha Fest, one of Kenya’s biggest music festivals in 2024. The music fest seeks to give Kenyans a unique Nigerian music experience with a wholesome art and cultural feel on top of the musical performance.

Tunde Daniel, the organizer of RAHA Fest, expressed his excitement over Davido’s participation in the concert, describing it as truly ecstatic.

“We are ecstatic to welcome Davido as the headline act for RAHA Fest 2024. Davido’s energy, charisma, and musical prowess perfectly embody the spirit of RAHA Fest, and we are confident that his performance will be a highlight of the festival,” he said.

This will be the third time that Davido will be performing in Kenya since he debuted his music career in 2011. He last performed in Kenya in 2018 at the 30 Billion World Tour Concert and hasn’t returned in six years. In reference to his comeback to Kenya, the Nigerian singer expressed his excitement at the prospect of performing once more in Nairobi after an extended absence.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Kenya after a long absence, and this time I will be performing at Africa’s biggest festival. Kenya holds a special place in my heart, and I have always been inspired by its vibrant culture and social life,” he remarked.

Where Will Davido Perform in Uganda?

Lugogo Cricket Oval will host Davido for the Timeless Concert in Kampala on March 29. He will grace Ugandan airwaves with charming tunes from his fourth studio album, ‘Timeless’ which the Kampala concert is named after. The 17-track album explores different sounds ranging from dancehall, raga, Konto, highlife, and Afropop.

The ‘Timeless Concert Kampala’ will be Davido’s fourth appearance in Kampala in the last 11 years. He performed here in 2013, 2014 and 2019.

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Nigerian Afrobeats artist Davido. Photo/Davido/Instagram

How Much Do Tickets Cost for Davido Concert in Kenya and Uganda?

Ticket cost for Raha Fest which Davido will headline in Nairobi cost Ksh 6,000 for regular category, Ksh12,000 for VIP and Ksh30,000 for VVIP. To sum up Davido concert in Kenya and Uganda; the cost of tickets in Uganda for the concert range between UGX 150,000 and UGX 7,000,000.

How Much Does Davido Charge for a Concert?

Meanwhile, fresh details indicate that it cost $600,000 (Ksh600,000) to book Davido for one show. Surprisingly, his appearance in the Kenyan concert is financially backed by Kenyan President William Ruto’s son-in-law Alexander Ezenagu. Ezenagu is a high-flying Nigerian-born and bred tax law expert at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

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June Ruto with her bridegroom. [Photo: Zonka]

He married the president’s eldest daughter, June Ruto in a colourful wedding in 2021. According to Nairobi News, Ezenagu, together with a group of deep-pocketed friends are funding the return of Davido to Kenya after six years.  Further, among the few sponsors supporting the event are Martell, with Davido serving as an ambassador, Radio Africa Group, connected to Ezenagu’s network, and Zuri Health, affiliated with Ike Anoke, also known as Taurus Music CEO.

Additionally, Vanguard, a prestigious restaurant located in Westlands which Ezenagu owns is also sponsoring Raha Fest. Although it seems usual with the expected Davido concert in Kenya and Uganda, it calls for a massive investment.  His soaring global recognition has seen Davido increase his performance fee three-fold to $600,000 for one show.

In contrast, he charged a little less than $200,000 for a single show five years ago. He told American jewellery company Icebox in a YouTube interview in 2023 that many promoters cannot afford his asking price. He has fewer shows but they are all worth it.

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Teresa Mwangi

Teresa is a journalist with years of experience in creating web content. She is a wanderlust at heart, loves travelling and telling stories about tour and travel in Africa by every angle.

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