By Lukman Omikunle
Global Fuji music icon, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, popularly known as K1 has reacted to claims alleging him of cancelling the much-publicised tour of his band to some states in the United States of America, saying he owes his fans across the globe a “high level of respect.”
He said his band trip to the US has not been cancelled.
Newsheadline247 understands that the highly anticipated trip to the United States tagged, 2021 Adè Ori Okin Unleashed US Tour, was slated to kick off last September but was put on hold due to constraints in the process of required documents that permit foreign entertainers going to the US.
The King of Fuji music had in September on his Facebook page announced to his US-based fans that the band was set for the trip adding that the entire members of the crew would be taking COVID-19 vaccinations before embarking on the musical tour.
He wrote, “Greetings, to all my fans and well-wishers in the USA, Due to the continuous global outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, it’s only right that we must take all necessary safety precautions to remain healthy and safe. Therefore, my entire band and I will be taking vaccinations before embarking on the 2021 Adè Ori Okin Unleashed US Tour.
“We’re still securing appointments for the entire band to complete their vaccination shots and tests before heading out to the USA. As a reputable brand, we plan to give our fans in the USA the best quality and taste of Fuji music during this tour, so we can’t afford to leave any of the band members behind.
“We are not cancelling any shows but will be rescheduling some dates to cover any shows that were missed. My management is doing its best to expedite all arrangements.
“On behalf of K1 De Ultimate and my Intl Management Orbit Ent. Group LLC, we apologize for the delay and will see you all soon! #K1DeUltimate #USATour”
However, on Monday, talks about the cancellation of the trip originated and circulated on some social media platforms, accusing the fuji music maestro of aborting the trip despite the assurance of the presence of his band in the U.S.
This subsequently sparked heated debates over the position of the versatile fuji musician on the issue.
Reacting in a statement he wrote on his Instagram page, K1, the Mayegun of Yoruba land, maintained that the trip has not been cancelled adding that “All that is necessary to make the trip a success was put in place.”
Despite negative narratives about the matter, he said, “I’ll still not join issues with non-concern persons or groups other than those respected individuals and organizations who are dealing with us directly.”
Read the full statement below
Very recently, the issue about my band going to perform in America erupted some negativity which was communicated to me by concerned friends who come across a post where my name was been dragged into dealings with many sub show promoters in America.
Firstly I will like to state here that, I owe my fan’s across the globe a high level of respect, hence the need for my explanation recently.
That my band trip to the United States has NOT been cancelled
All that is necessary to make the trip a success was put in place.
Work permit, flight arrangements and other necessary things, except the RIGHT OF VISA approval for those members of the band who needs to obtain that before we proceed.
Surely am not in control of approving that Visa but the American embassy here in Nigeria.
I can understand agitation from many fan’s and music lovers across, but patience is required to get all this bottleneck sorted out with regards to the applicable laws that permit entertainers coming to America.
I’ll still not join issues with non-concerned persons or groups other than those respected individuals and organizations who are dealing with us directly.
Social media is free for everyone’s usage, but we are not deviating from the real issues because of some detractors.
No form of hanky-panky is played out concerning this issue as I collected no money from anybody.
Orbit LLC is the main PROMOTER, not me.
Once again as I stated earlier, I owe my fan’s and patrons some degree of respect which gives reason for these explanations again and again.
A nice word speaks volumes of your intentions rather than being bossy to the instruments that form your rise up to stardom.
Let us refrain from the usage of insulting words in the name of aggression.
We have integrity to protect, hence we will not defraud our fans and friends all over the globe.
Agents of the 3rd hand parading themselves on social media should stop making issues out of nothing.
You can’t change what God Almighty has already ordained.
We look for peace from your end too, regardless of your intentions towards us.
Thank you all.
K1 De Ultimate (Adeori-Okin)