Kenyan singer Tanasha Donna was forced to pay a makeup artist, identified only as Sylvia, Sh15,000 after TV presenter Dana de Grazia called her out for failing to do so. In a since deleted video, Dana accused the musician of refusing to pay Sylvia her dues for services rendered in November 2020 on Kalypso video shoot.
In a statement, Tanasha explained she personally never handles finances for her projects, but rather, her team, adding that the payment would have been done earlier if she was aware. The singer further apologized on behalf of her team, saying the delay was not deliberate since they have busy schedules.
“I usually don’t like addressing things online or justify, myself when I know my truth, but this is getting out of hand. Let me make one thing clear. It just came to my attention recently that one of the makeup artistes for my previous videos payment wasn’t made, as I never personally handle anything to do with finances for my projects myself.
“I have a team for that, however, I understand that my name is the one that will be jeopardized and obviously not my person handling my finances! Had I known this earlier, this would have been long sorted. I would like to state that the payment has been made. I apologize on behalf of myself and my team for my inconveniences caused., this was not done deliberately, our schedules have been extremely hectic recently, however, it’s no excuse,” said Tanasha.
Following Tanasha’s statement, Dana confirmed that her friend Sylvia had been paid, adding that her intention was not to attack the singer.
“Sylvia is my good friend for years and she asked me to speak up about it somewhere because I have a larger platform than her. It’s likely that if she had tried to do this herself she would not have been listened to. I deleted the post Monday because I don’t feel like leaving such negativity on my page. If you wanna hate on these videos fine, but it’s because the truth hurts. I am tagging media outlets as a gesture of goodwill to spread this good news.
“I am happy to confirm that after over two months and mounting public pressure @tanashadonna Has fulfilled on her word. I would like to re-state (I said it in my video) That this was never about attacking who she is as a person, it was about supporting my friend and I believe this message proves that our efforts worked. I cannot speak to the reason Tanasha or her “team” was unable to pay in a more timely manner but I am happy that at the end of the day, after the time and effort put in, promises were fulfilled,” Dana posted.