Popular Nigerian musical artist, Burna Boy seems to have landed in a messy situation. This is just as reports have emerged that a US Supreme Federal Court in New York has slammed an injunction against him from performing at any event venue or any form of recording anywhere in USA & Canada for the time being unless he settles with the New York- based promotion company, Vibesland Entertainment, LLC, founded by promoter/producer, Niyi Fatogun. Court bans Burna Boy from performing in US, Canada till further notice.
The singer, born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly known as BurnaBoy, was sued in the Federal Court by Vibesland Entertainment, LLC, on allegations that he signed a contract for 2016 USA & Canada Tour, failed to turn up, postponed the tour which put the promoter Vibesland Entertainment, LLC, in serious debt in the United States. Vibesland Entertainment, LLC, was said to have invested up to $25,000 US Dollars in preparation and facilitating the tour.
Court bans Burna Boy from performing in US, Canada till further notice
The issue started after the promoter, Vibesland Entertainment, LLC, obtained USA Work Permit approval visa for Burna Boy, then Burna Boy failed to honour the contractual agreement. According to the promoter, Niyi Fatogun, he hired professional entertainment lawyer, Takena Barango to represent Vibesland Entertainment, LLC, on Wednesday May17th, 2017, at the Supreme Court in New York.
Following the court sitting, the judge ordered a court injunction on Burna Boy outside US Tour, until Burna Boy Ltd settles the promoter for the financial loss Vibesland Entertainment, LLC, suffered due to breach of trust.
Burna Boy is an independent artist signed under the Burna Boy Ltd and released his OAS LP under Spaceship Entertainment label that presently holds the copyright to all his music.
Meanwhile, Burna Boy’s PR team has released an official statement following the development.
The statement reads: “Burna Boy fans and the general public are hereby informed that Burna’s current US tour and all upcoming shows are going forward as scheduled and that any website or article containing information to the contrary is patently false and misleading.
Vibesland Entertainment, LLC, Burna’s former promoter, has initiated a misinformation campaign designed to mislead the public about recent court proceedings in the New York federal and state courts. In a recent press release Vibesland has dishonestly represented that it has received an injunction barring Burna from playing his upcoming shows.
There is no such injunction or court order, and it is a matter of public record that all attempts made by Vibesland to prevent Burna from performing his upcoming Outside Tour shows has been unequivocally rejected by the courts.
On May 5, 2017, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York swiftly denied Vibesland’s application for an emergency injunction and dismissed his Complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, but not before the Chief United States District Judge, Dora L. Irizarry went out of her way to condemn the tactics of the vexatious promoter for trying to stop Burna on the eve of his performances.
Vibesland, in an apparent second bite at the apple, sought to enjoin the next three concerts on Burna Boy’s U.S. Outside Tour, this time bringing its claims in the New York Supreme Court in Brooklyn where Vibesland failed, yet again, to disrupt Burna’s tour when Vibesland’s second application for a temporary restraining order was summarily denied.
To date, Burna Boy has successfully defended against two frivolous Temporary Restraining Order applications filed by Vibesland Entertainment, LLC. Burna’s shows scheduled for D.C. on May 19th, Dallas on May 20th, and Chicago on May 21st are proceeding as scheduled.
The orders of New York State Supreme Court Justice Donald S. Kurtz, dated May 17, 2017 and that of the Eastern District of New York Chief United States District Judge Dora L. Irizarry, dated May 5, 2017 are available on request.