Rhumba star General Defao held in a Mombasa hotel over a Shs20K debt

A local promoter deserted him

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Congolese rhumba artist, General Defao (real name Lulendo Matumoa) in Mombasa. He says he is stranded after his promoter failed to pay for his accommodation. PHOTO: ELKANA JACOB/THE STAR

Congolese Rhumba artiste General Defao is at the moment stranded at an apartment in Nyali, Mombasa after his promoter reportedly abandoned him.

Rashid Osundwa, the owner of the renowned Bobs Bar along the Mombasa-Malindi highway, allegedly failed to pay for Defao’s accommodation for two days, an amount that has accumulated to Sh20,000.

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The apartment’s management has been forced to detain the artiste due to the unpaid bill.

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According to Defao, Osundwa brought him to Mombasa for a show on Saturday July 30, for which he was to be paid Shs90,000.

“I was supposed to leave for Nairobi on Thursday [August 4] but Rashid asked me to stay for another show on Wednesday,” Defao said on Saturday, August 6, as as quoted by the Star.

But the artist did not perform on the said Wednesday, as a call he was waiting from the management never came.

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The report also suggests that Defao did not receive the agreed Sh90,000 for the Wednesday show.

Attempts to reach Osundwa for comment proved futile because his phone had been switched off.

When approached on the issue, management of Bobs Bar said they did not have authority to speak on the matter.

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Defao also said he missed a show in Nairobi on Friday, August 5,  because of the detainment.

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He says he loves Kenya and has been doing several shows a month in the country.

“After the Koffi Olomide debacle in Kenya, your country was rated highly due to law enforcement. But this guy now wants to spoil that,” he said.

Via the Star