Nigerian acts should consider a few factors before hitting the highway. Here are a few questions to help put this issue in a proper context:
DOES THE PROMOTER HAVE A GOOD REPUTATION?
The artiste and members of his team should conduct due diligence before deciding to work with the promoter.
SIGN THE CONTRACTS
Talents must make sure all engagements to perform at shows are identified, terms negotiated, and all relevant contracts are signed. In the absence of a signed contract from the promoter, it is a lot more difficult to obtain any remedies from the courts if the promoter fails to deliver on his promises.
An experienced touring musician knows the important of a signed contract.
GET SIGNIFICANT COMMITMENT DEPOSITS
Talents should insist on receiving initial deposits for the shows before living their station. The payment of deposits solidifies commitment on the part of the organizers.
CONFIRM TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION ARRANGEMENTS
Early bookings of accommodation are important because hotel bookings and rates shoot up unexpectedly. Also it is best have all these well fit into your schedule.
Due to the nature of tours, Nigerian acts must get the right documentation for border crossing. All necessary Visa documents and border clearance documents should be obtained. There are countless stories of touring musicians both big and small that have been turned away at the border (or fully detained), causing them to cancel shows or an entire tour.
In conclusion, as the Nigerian Afrobeats movement gets bigger and wider global coverage, every touring Nigerian act must ensure that their interests are well protected. We think the tips highlighted helps with raising important issues that must be carefully evaluated before embarking on a tour.