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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Duro Ikujenyo @ 60 concert holds Sept 2

Duro Ikujenyo will turn 60 on September 2 and to celebrate Bogobiri House and New Age Productions are throwing the musician a birthday with a concert on September 2 from 6pm to midnight.

To take place at Bogobiri House in Ikoyi, Ikujenyo’s latest album ‘Tribute to the Masters’ will also be launched at the event which will also have Scatter Vibration, Ire the Divine, Seun Olota, Show Boy, Lanre Edun, King Willi and P-nero perfroming.

Ikujenyo, the brain behind New Age Productions, is the founder and leader of the Age of Aquarius band.

A prince from Ijebu Mushin in Ogun State, he was born Durotimi Babatunde S.0 Ikujenyo on September 2, 1956, the fourth of seven children. He is a musician, bandleader and producer, who started singing at the age of three and became a chorister in his father’s choir and distinguished himself by winning the best singing prize three times between 1959 and 1970.

He attended various school between 1962 and 1974, St. Luke’s Primary School, Jos; St. Johns College, Jos; St. Paul’s (kufena) College, Zaria and CMS Grammar School, Lagos.

Found his career in music, after high school. Between 1974 and 1978 studied music conducted by Royal Music Board in London under the tutelage of music instructor, Kobina Crepy teacher of some of the most popular musicians in Nigeria like Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Segun Bucknor, Victor Uwaifor and a host of others.

Ikujenyo sings, reads, writes and harmonises four part vocal music and plays the piano. He studied popular music that includes jazz, Afrobeat, and highlife music. Joined Fela’s Egypt 80 band in 1979 after following Fela to the famous Berlin Jazz Festival in 1978.

He formed his band in 1985 he said, based on philosophy of change in the cosmic trend that has developed human discovery space age from the age of Pisces to Aquarius. He believes through a divine experience while playing in Fela’s band in June 1981 that new age of Aquarius will move the world into the global peace, harmony and end all forms of oppression, poverty, exploitation especially in developing world.


Ikujenyo at a recent Lagos concert     Photo: @terhagbedeh 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Oge Kimono all thanks on birthday, to jam in Lagos Oct 31

Still rocking her latest single, 'Mainchick' Oge Kimono was all thanks to Jah and those who remembered her birthday on August 14 with gifts, well wishes and prayers on social media.
Read her own words on Facebook and in patoi no doubt...

Meanwhile, the singer who daily inches far away from just being the daughter of a reggae icon to a queen of the genre in her own right willbe jamming in Lagos on October 31. 
It is the October edition of the monthly Jam Session and will also feature Sheyman, Yemi Alade, Tomi Odunsi and a host of others.
Venue is The Place by Papas.

Oge Kimono...  photo courtesy of the singer's Instagram page

Saturday, July 30, 2016

2016 very exciting year for Man Booker Prize - Chair of Judges

Chair of judges for the 2016  Man Booker Prize for fiction, Amanda Foreman, has said that 2016 is a very exciting year for the prize.
She made the declaration upon the announcement of the longlist of 13.
‘This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at times, passionate debate, challenging our expectations of what a novel is and can be," she said.
She explained that from the historical to the contemporary, the satirical to the polemical, the novels in this list come from both established writers and new voices.
Foreman added that while the writing is uniformly fresh, energetic and important, the longlist is one to be relished.
The other judges this year for the prize first awarded in 1969 are Jon Day, Abdulrazak Gurnah, David Harsent and Olivia Williams.
Worth £50,000, it is open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK. The panel reviewed 155 submissions published in the UK between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016 to xome up with the list.
Four debut novels made the longlist: David Means (US) – 'Hystopia' (Faber & Faber); Wyl Menmuir (UK) -'The Many' (Salt); Ottessa Moshfegh (US) – 'Eileen' (Jonathan Cape) and Virginia Reeves (US) – 'Work Like Any Other' (Scribner UK).
The others are: Paul Beatty (US) – 'The Sellout' (Oneworld); J.M. Coetzee (South African-Australian) – 'The Schooldays of Jesus' (Harvill Secker); A.L. Kennedy (UK) – Serious Sweet (Jonathan Cape); Deborah Levy (UK) – 'Hot Milk' (Hamish Hamilton); Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) – 'His Bloody Project' (Contraband); Ian McGuire (UK) – 'The North Water' (Scribner UK); Elizabeth Strout (US) – 'My Name Is Lucy Barton' (Viking); David Szalay (Canada-UK) – 'All That Man Is' (Jonathan Cape) and Madeleine Thien (Canada) – 'Do Not Say We Have Nothing' (Granta Books)
A shortlist of six will be announced on September 13 at a press conference at the London offices of Man Group, the prize’s sponsor. The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book.
The 2016 winner will announced on October 25 in London’s Guildhall at a black-tie dinner.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Crown Troupe ends 20th anniversary celebration with weeklong carnival

Crown Troupe of Africa, a youth focused group engaged  in dance, drama, music and visual arts will hold a weeklong carnival to close its 20th anniversary celebrations which have been on since February. Tagged Eko Theatre Carnival, it is to take place from August 1 to 7 at Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island.
“As part of events lined up to celebrate the attainment of the milestone age of 20, the Troupe has just completed a tour of some Nigerian Universities namely, Lagos State University (LASU), University of Calabar (UNICAL) and University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) with ‘Love at War’ an adaptation of William Shakespeare's ‘Two Noble kinsmen’ from February till April-as part of a British Council sponsored project,” explained a statement from the founder Segun Adefila.
In May and June, Crown Troupe also produced ‘As E Dey Go,’ an adaptation of Bertolt Bretch's ‘The Exception and the Rule’ as part of LagosLive Festival organised and sponsored by Goethe-Institut, Lagos.
Formerly known as the Bariga Open Air Theatre (B.O.A.T) Festival, Adefila said the carnival is performance-based and celebrates artistic excellence and a staunch belief in art as a viable tool for social engineering and empowerment.
The events for the carnival include, seminars, workshops, theatre, exhibitions, poetry, sports (boxing and football) concerts and an awards ceremony.
“The event will be viewed live by an attendant audience projected at 3,500 and reach over 10 million people worldwide via media partners and various social media platforms,” Adefila stated.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Deadline approaches for Short Story Day Africa Prize

Organisers of the Short Story Day Africa Prize have announced Sunday, July 31 as deadline. The prize is an African writing prize open to African citizens, permanent residents of African countries, or second generation Africans living in the Diaspora only.
Unpublished works between 3000-5000 words in response to the theme are eligible for the prize, which will award R10 000 (approx US$500) as first prize, R2 000 (approx US$125) as second and R1 000 (approx US$60) as third.
In addition, the organisers stated, three emerging writers will receive a 20-week online creative writing course.
“These will be selected from the long list or slush pile. The 21 long-listed stories will be published in the annual Short Story Day Africa anthology, and selected stories entered into The Caine Prize for African Writing worth £10, 000.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Falana holds second in Pop-up Concert series

Falana, a Nigerian-Canadian vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, will hold the second in her Pop-up Concert series at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA Lagos), Sabo, Yaba.
Date is Saturday, July 30 at 7:30pm and tickets can be obtained at the door for N5000.
Tagged Falana Uncover'd, the concert series invites audiences to explore the stories, style and sounds of Falana live in concert. Every month, in different vibrant spaces across Lagos, Nigeria, Falana intends to share pieces of her story and new music with her audiences.
The first edition, which those in attendance described as successful, took place at 16 Karimu Kotun, Victoria Island on June 24. The third will take place on August 30 at a yet to be announced location.
Raised, her website says, by Nigerian parents in Brampton, Canada, Falanas sound began falling together in her home. Despite describing her parents as non-musical, they introduced her to the sounds of Fela Kuti, and King Sunny Adé.
Noting pops prevalence at the time, she recalls writing love songs in the traditional pop style that she often heard on the radio. But it was upon listening to Lauryn Hill that her powerful and honest writing style really began to take shape. Her musical tastes expanded in secondary school. Sade, Maxwell, Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu were added to her playlists alongside Nina Simone, Etta James, and Duke Ellington.
But it was in Cuba where she would spend a year, performing, developing and eventually recording her debut EP 'Things Fall Together' she honed a sound that she calls Soul Fusion, her very own blend of jazz, soul, afrobeat and R&B.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Illuminaire Art Salon closes call for entries July 30

Illuminaire Art Salon is receiving entries until July 30. An initiative of the artist Ato Arinze, it has been accepting entries for a while now. Illuminaire Art Salon is a quarterly art show that is meant to promote while showcasing works of up-and-coming and mid-career artists with established artists appearing as guests.
The announcement requests interested artists to send in images of their works for a juried three days Art Salon in September 2016 at a Gallery space on the Lagos Island.
“Our aim is to exhibit original (no over flogged concept) works at affordable price for teaming lovers of arts and collectors all around the world through our gallery space and online platform.” Arinze stated.
Interested artists should email five to seven images of their works to and
They should keep in mind that paintings/original prints, miniatures and major works are to be no bigger than 36 inches by 49 inches. While sculptures/potteries, table pieces and big works should be no higher than 5 feet.
Artists should not forget to indicate name, title, medium, size, date, price and description of their works.
Those whose works are selected will be contacted on or before August 15 with details of the terms of contract.