Thomas Wesley Pentz, a.k.a. Diplo of Major Lazer was in Nigeria a couple of months back. He opened up about his experience, his African tour and other issues in a recent interview with GQ Magazine.
He revealed that he was advised not to come to Nigeria by Shaggy and Sean Paul who had performed in Nigeria in the past. He said:
Everybody always warned me not to go to Nigeria to do shows. All the reggae artists—I remember having a conversation years ago with Sean Paul and Shaggy about Nigeria. Sean Paul’s like, I was going through Nigeria and they put these cactuses up in front of the stage. People just stood on the cactuses trying to get onstage until guys with guns batted them in the head to get ’em off. And Shaggy’s like, I got a better story. My first tour in Nigeria, they had a fence up around the venue, and the crowd was so crazy, they were shaking the fence. The police were afraid, so they sent the dogs out on the people to break up the crowd. And then one dog came back over the fence dead. They killed the dog and threw it back over the fence. So that was what I knew.
He talked about how amazing the music scene in Nigeria is with the diversity and compared Lagos to Altanta. He referred to the rain which disrupted the show he was performing at as one of the hardest moments of his career.
Check out the full interview HERE