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Monday, September 19, 2016

Art X Lagos will internationalise African art - Silva

Bisi Silva has said that Art X Lagos is one of the key ways in which the art sector in Africa can begin to develop and internationalise as well as add value to the incredible work that is being created across the continent.

“I am extremely excited to be part of this pioneering initiative. I believe this art fair can become one of the key ways in which we begin to develop and internationalise the art sector in Africa as well as add value to the incredible work that is being created across the continent,” said Silva, who is the artistic director for the new fair.
Silva and Peterside                                                                                                      photo courtesy RandB PR

She said further that staging the event can develop an art ecosystem that contributes to the visibility and sustainability of artistic practice as well as allows for collaboration and partnerships across the continent and further afield.

“During Art X Lagos visitors will be presented with a dynamic programme of curated projects, live events, as well as a vibrant talks programme. Our goal is for Art X Lagos to deliver an exceptional, uniquely designed experience spread across all three floors of the Civic Centre,” Silva explained.

Art X Lagos, founded by Tokini Peterside, who runs TP-Collective, is a three-day art fair scheduled to take place from Friday, November 4 to Sunday, November 6 at the Civic Centre in Lagos.

A statement released by Lagos-based R and B PR said the art fair has been created to consolidate the role of the visual arts as an important component of the creative industry and contribute to the increased visibility of contemporary artists from Africa. It is also to create a vibrant art market and position Lagos as an emergent cultural capital on the continent.

It will feature a selected group of invited art galleries from Nigeria, across Africa and the Diaspora, showcasing the most innovative contemporary art by over 45 established and emerging artists. Exhibitors at ART X Lagos will include galleries such as Art House – The Space (Nigeria), Bloom Art (Nigeria), SMO Contemporary (Nigeria), Goodman Gallery (South Africa) and Stevenson Gallery (South Africa), amongst others. Included in the overall programme will be interactive projects and presentations that entertain a broader audience, including live areas for performance artists, illustrators and graffiti artists.

Peterside, who said she is encouraged by the interest and support they have received so far from all quarters, explained that this affirms the decision to go ahead with such an ambitious project.

“As Nigeria and its neighbouring countries seek to diversify and expand their economies, our investment in the creative industry via Art X Lagos, offers a vital platform for growth and increased visibility to artists and galleries. Our aim with Art X Lagos is to encourage greater patronage of artists across the board in Africa, and to inspire young people and the future generations of artists. We are very happy to be working with the acclaimed international curator, Bisi Silva, who is working closely with the galleries as well as developing a dynamic programme of exhibitions, commissions and talks,” Peterside stated.

‘Green White Green’ to open Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival 2016

 Abba Makama’s ‘Green White Green’ (2016) will be the opening film for this year’s edition of Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival, the organiser’s have stated. The film, which only recently had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), will screen alongside over 20 films at the sixth edition of the festival from September 30 to October 2.

Venue is Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

The festival will premiere Ed Keazor’s ‘Lagos: 1861-1960 The Growth of a City of Style’ which documents the changing sounds and faces of the megacity through time. ‘In Intore’ (2014), director Eric Kabera examines the healing power of dance as Rwanda reeled from the genocide. American filmmaker Ron Wyman puts the spotlight on a contemporary musical genius Tunde Jegede in his hour-long film simply named ‘Tunde’ (2011).
Guests at last year's edition                                                                                                                                                           photo courtesy of the festival's website

Ghana’s rising acting star MaameYaa Boafo of ‘An African City’ fame shows her versatility in Alfonso Johnson’s Olive (2016) and ‘The New York I Love’ (2016) directed by Nigerian-American filmmaker Iquo B. Essien, who two years ago was at the festival with ‘Aissa’s Story’ (2013).

“We’ve got an eclectic mix of features, shorts and documentaries, comedies animation and social commentary to share with you over three days of free screenings,” said a statement from the organisers.

The organisers said that “because we all have a song that makes us happy or sad, one that makes us want to jump on our feet or a tune that reminds us of a cherished person or moment,” that is why the theme for this year’s edition is ‘Music Makes The People…’

The festival which will also hold free film interactions, host a colorful souk of African crafts and other ideal gifts items, live music, and a bevy of thrilling performances.

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.