Rema Prioritizes Health, Cancels December Shows Amidst Musical Triumphs





Nigerian Afrobeats sensation, Rema, has decided to put his health first, announcing the cancellation of all December performances through a heartfelt Instagram post on Wednesday. The artist, known for hits like “Calm Down,” expressed the need to recuperate after years of touring that led him to overlook his well-being.

In the Instagram story, Rema stated, “Breaks my heart to say that I won’t be performing anywhere this December. Been years of touring I’ve ignored my health & I need time to recuperate. 2024 we go again love.” This decision comes at a time when the artist has been riding high on a wave of musical success, marked by achievements such as his collaboration with Selena Gomez on “Calm Down.”

Rema’s global recognition soared as the song earned the title of the most Shazammed of 2023 worldwide and clinched the Best Afrobeats Song at the Billboard Music Awards. The track also made history by becoming the longest-charting and most successful African song on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, underlining Rema’s growing influence on the international music scene.

Despite the cancellation of his December shows, Rema’s year has been nothing short of spectacular. His impactful performance at London’s O2 arena, where he creatively highlighted the historical significance of the Benin Bronzes, showcased not only his musical prowess but also his commitment to raising awareness about cultural heritage.

The decision to cancel upcoming tour dates, including shows in Abuja, Benin, Lagos, and the Hey Neighbour Festival in South Africa, raises questions about ticket refunds and the potential rescheduling of these events in 2024. Fans, who have been an integral part of Rema’s journey, are likely to support the artist’s prioritization of well-being.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki’s plans to host a Homecoming Music Concert for Rema on December 21 may be affected by this development. Obaseki expressed his excitement about bringing Rema back to his roots, but the artist’s health takes precedence over any scheduled appearances.

Acknowledging Rema’s decision, fellow Nigerian star Davido praised his accomplishments, recognizing the toll that continuous touring can take on an artist. The music industry often demands relentless dedication, and Rema’s choice to step back momentarily serves as a reminder of the importance of self-care in the face of success.