The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Inc. had to scramble at the last minute to find another entertainer for its annual coronation ball Friday evening after one of the musicians scheduled to perform suffered an injury.
In a Facebook post, Zulu President Naaman Stewart said that representatives for Fantasia contacted the organization on Thursday afternoon saying that the R&B singer had suffered a torn meniscus and wouldn’t be able to travel for her performance at the ball.
“We asked them to reconsider, we even asked them if they would allow her to perform while seated on stage,” Stewart said in the Facebook post. “They expressed that the doctor’s orders were for Fantasia not to travel and to rest her leg. While unhappy with their decision, I understand some things are beyond our control.”
The organization went into “crisis mode” and reached out to BBD, who had worked with the club last year, Stewart said. The group agreed to perform and flew to New Orleans.
“No contract, no signed agreement, just a text message between friends and it was done,” Stewart said on Facebook.
Stewart apologized to those who had wanted to see Fantasia but said that “in spite of all the challenges we faced, I believe the ball turned out nice.”
Fantasia posted a message to New Orleans on Instagram Friday, saying that it “breaks my heart to let you guys down but I’m under strict orders from my doctor.” She thanked the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Inc. for the opportunity to perform.
Other performers at the Zulu ball included EnVogue, Rebirth Brass Band and DJ Captain Charles.