The Lagos International Jazz Festival showed the world a different side of Nigeria. 1 venue, 2 nights, 4 stages and over 30 Nigerian and international musicians combined to make the Lagos International Jazz Festival an amazing experience.
The festival, held in 30-31 May 2014 at Freedom Park, Lagos, provided a great opportunity for music enthusiasts to mingle and listen to some of the best jazz and alternative artists. Ayoola Shadare, CEO of festival organisers Inspiro Productions, told Fascinating Nigeria her goal for the event: “We see it as our social responsibility to project the image of our dear nation to the world, for them to see us in another and better light. Through jazz music and other music genres, Nigeria can send its own message to the outside world.”
It’s safe to say the festival did that and more.Artists performing at the festival included Victor Masondo from South Africa, Tee Mac Itseli, Bright Gain, Daniel and Dotun Bankole, Ara, Fadabasi, Bemyoda, Ese Peters, Tonie and Aduke.
Another highlight was the Steve Rhodes Exhibition, featuring images and memorabilia from the life of the late music impresario. Great music. The warmest, most welcoming of environments. And the discovery of a side of Nigeria too few see. All I’d ask for the next event is more time to savour everything on offer – because this is one jazz fusion worth taking your time over.