When booking artists for a performance, event organisers request a technical rider from the artistâ€™s management, which is the name given for the technical requirements that artist needs in advance before a show. This is usually followed by a hospitality rider which is a list for the comfort of the artist on the day of the show. Often, it consists of specific foods, snacks and beverages such as water and sometimes alcohol, fresh towels and transportation to and from hotels.
INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALITY RIDERS
International artists have often been reported to have very specific hospitality riders. BeyoncÃ© was reported to dislike old coffee pots.
DRUNK AMAPIANO ARTISTS
At the recent South African Creative Conference which hosts artists, creatives, music industry executives, promoters, and stakeholders, events organisers complained about the exorbitant and alcohol-drenched hospitality riders by South African artists. Botswana promoter Leko Kenosi says that DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Smallâ€™s hospitality rider costs more than their booking. "We have the amapiano artists that hardly pitch for events. They complain about flights, they are unprofessional and demand expensive alcohol that costs more than the booking," he says. "People donâ€™t want to see you drunk on stage. At the end of the event, they demand extra rooms, they bring girls and demand they be fed and given alcohol on top of what you provided and had agreed on." Leko adds that older and more experienced artists are more humble and respect their craft. "Then you get artists like Yvonne and legends who pitch up and donâ€™t ask for much. When you pay them, they take the same money and use it towards donating computers," he says.
Rashid Kay from the hip-hop festival Back To The City
NOMSA MAZWAI WAS TREATED BADLY
Poet, singer and chairperson at Music Creators South Africa Nomsa Mazwai says she has been shamed at events for asking for the bare minimum as a hospitality rider. "When I perform, I ask for water, lemon, and honey," she says. "I was shocked when I got to festivals in South Africa. I was treated worse than artists that had very exorbitant riders. The people at the festival think that the more wha-wha-whee your rider is, the bigger you are bigger." Nomsa says she was treated poorly even by staff due to this. "They were surprised that I asked for only water and honey," she concludes