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Friday, October 21, 2016

42nd Afropolitan Vibes features Bez, others

Bez, Ishola and Olofin
The 42nd edition of Afropolitan Vibes will this evening feature Soul singer/songwriter Bez, the king of Apala music Musiliu Haruna Ishola, Afro-Hiphop singer Jazzman Olofin and all female singing group Adunni & Nefretiti.
Venue us Freedom Park, Lagos Island, Lagos
These performers will be joining the 13-piece Bantu collective band on the main stage at former colonial prison now entertainment hot spot and theme park.

What is more, there will be an after party with DJ Java & DJraybeeBrown 

Kcee to perform in Owerri Oct 30

Kcee                                                                                                  photo courtesy BHM
Kingsley Chinweike Okonkwo better known as Kcee will be returning to the Legend Real Deal Experience this weekend, Sunday, October 30th, in Owerri.
Kcee returns to the tour joining others like Timaya, Oritsefemi and 9ice who have on the Real Deal Experience tour visited Okokomaiko, Onitsha, Umuahia, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Ikorodu.
 After shutting down Onitsha and Umuahia with his performance, Kcee has expressed enthusiasm about going to Owerri to once again thrill his ardent fans.
“I’m so happy to be meeting with my core supporters again... It’s always a blast being around them. I’m grateful Legend gives consumers the experience to not only have a good drink but also enjoy great music. I’m ready for Owerri and I’m sure they’re ready for me too!” Kcee stated.
The concert will feature acrobatic cultural displays by dance troupes, local hip-hop acts and amazing onstage stunts by other entertainers at the Old Township Stadium.
The Legend Real Deal Experience will also feature a full-sized rotating bar as well as exciting game shows resulting in freebees for those who attend.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Leuba’s Ethnomodern opens at Art21 Oct 30

Art Twenty One Lagos will from Sunday, October 30, host the solo exhibition of Swiss-Guinean photographer, Namsa Leuba, entitled ‘Ethnomodern’. The exhibition will be open till Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
A statement from Art Twenty One said that “as the first large-scale solo exhibition of Leuba’s work, this exhibition brings together the artist’s diverse photographic practice that spans documentary, fashion and performance”.
Leuba’s photography examines the representation of African identity through Western imagination, creating a visual image that explores the signs and symbols of her cultural heritage, from rituals and ceremonies to statuettes and masquerades.
Whether executed on location in the artist’s ancestral hometown of Guinea or in the constructed studio environment, Leuba’s projects combine an anthropological interest in traditional customs with an aesthetic that is informed by fashion and design sensibilities.
Adopting a theatrical approach with careful attention to props, colours and gestures, Leuba questions the relationship between fact and fiction, action and representation, and the sacred and the profane.
Ethnomodern will include Leuba’s newest series, NGL, which was undertaken during the artist’s residency with Art Twenty One in Lagos in 2015.

Opening reception is 4pm on October 30

Ego-Alowes to present book on civil war

A new book, How and Why the Yoruba Fought and Lost the Biafra-Nigeria Civil War written by Jimanze Ego-Alowes, will be officially presented on Thursday, October 20 at the Best Western Starfire Hotel, GRA Ikeja, Lagos.
The book, which focusses on the roles the regions and their lead personages played in the events of and leading to the civil war, has been described as ‘controversial’, with a potential to becoming the book of the year 2016.
It re-evaluates the roles of major characters in the war and the events that followed, including Generals Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and Yakubu Gowon, Obafemi Awolowo, Professors Wole Soyinka and Ben Nwabueze, among others.
The consensus among previewers is that this is a brave new re-interpretation of our history in the light of strict logic and universally-accepted axioms.
The book launch is expected to attract the cream of Nigeria’s intellectual and journalistic elite, including Gbolagbo Ogunsanwo, Eric Osagie, Odia Ofeimun
Ego-Alowes flanked by columnist, Tola Akogun Adeniyi (left) and poet, Odia Ofeimun, at the presentation of Economists as Assassins: The Nigerian Connection
, Ikeddy Isiguzo, Henry Boyo, Steve Nwosu, Tony Onyima and Onuoha Ukeh.
Ego-Alowes is the author of several books, including the Minorities as Competitive Overlords, which has been critically well-received as a major contribution knowledge across the several disciplines of sociology, economics and history. Others are Economists as Assassins: The Nigerian Connection and Corruption in Africa: Resolution through New Diagnosis.

The author writes a popular and well-received column, ‘The Turf Game’ for The Sun newspapers. In the words of the author, the purpose of the book is to awaken Nigerians to the need for “never finishing the tale”. “No great narrative” in his words, “has an end”. “History never finishes.”

UI student nominated among three others in the Africa Thesis Award 2016

Seun Abimbola of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria has emerged one among the four nominees in this year's edition of the Africa Thesis Award. he got on the list for his thesis titled, 'The legend of Ajala’s travels and transnational backpacking in Africa'.
The jury of the award announced this year's final four nominees to also include (in alphabetical order):
Leonor Faber-Jonker, Utrecht University: ‘More than just an object. A material analysis of the return and retention of Namibian Skulls from Germany'; Silvana Gamboa, University of Groningen: 'Assessment and Optimization of energy systems in rural health facilities: A case in Rwanda'.
Tanja Hendriks, Leiden University: 'Home is always home. (Former) Street Youth in Blantyre Malawi and the Fluidity of Constructing Home', completes the list.
The winner will be announced on October 25.

When African Voices hosted Lekan Babalola

African Voices on CNN recently examined Africa’s music masters, who are performing at the top of their game.
The programme featured Mozambican hip-hop star, Laylizzy, Ugandan rapper Navio, with a public image that promotes others, and a two-time Grammy Award-winning Nigerian musician weaving traditional sounds into funky beats.
In Lagos, ‘African Voices’ meets jazz icon, Lekan Babalola, who is looking to change perceptions of the genre in Nigeria.
The programme learns that Babalola is using his upbringing in a Yoruba community to create an original sound which incorporates his own jazz style.
Babalola explains his love of music and influence of his parents to African Voices: “What I love most about my job is freedom of expression, that I can express myself… The influence of my parents is very strong, particularly my father. My father was a church choirmaster. My father is from the Muslim tradition; my mother is Church of England.”
It was while studying abroad that Babalola discovered his love for music, but also began to look at African culture from a different perspective.
Babalola tells the programme: “In Nigeria, I think we lost our ways in appreciating our own art, our own culture… I think being away from home, and coming across to discover now, the new African culture in the new world, helped me a lot, particularly the African-American culture. I think that helped me a lot to get closer to my Yoruba culture.”
‘African Voices’ learns that Babalola began working with several musicians, which led to success internationally.
In 2006, Babalola won his first Grammy with Ali Farka Toure on the album In the Heart of the Moon, and then in 2009 for his work on Cassandra Wilson’s Loverley.
Babalola reveals to ‘African Voices’ that these awards don’t hold much significance to him. “I didn't go into music for me to become a Grammy Award-winner. I think the Grammy is something by the side.”
‘African Voices’ reveals that Babalola has performed at the International Jazz Festival for the Governor of Lagos, and still finds time to be a practising Ifa priest.
The programme accompanies Babalola to a meeting with his long-time friend, Dehinde Harrison, before Babalola reflects on his hopes to make a better Africa.

He tells ‘African Voices’: “The impact I would like to leave on my Africa is I'd like my African people to be happy. To look within, so we don't look to Europe anymore… The unbroken community, the love. That's the kind of Africa I want.”


Aramide ready with new album

All is now set for the release of Aramide’s album. The Afro Soul Diva, who has over the years made her bones in the Nigerian music industry, is finally ready to release an album. The first since she started her music career in 2011.
“I’ve got the keys. I am finally ready to take you guys on a journey when I release my album this November,” the Afro-soul Diva tweeted.
Aramide is a pioneer of the Afro soul genre in Nigeria; over the years, she has been able to merge her sound with Afrobeat and jazz.
The multi-award winning Nigerian Afro-soul/Jazz artiste discovered the talents of singing and writing as a teenager and decided to nurture same.
While studying political science at the University of Jos, Aramide participated in the Star Quest talent hunt show, making her part of a band that finished third runners-up. Her ever-growing solo career took off shortly after graduation.
Aramide                                                                                    photo courtesy of artiste's website

She sings about love, betrayal, friendship, trust and the attendant joys and aches of womanhood. Her musical influences include Erykah Badu, Miriam Makeba, Sade Adu, Angelique Kidjo and other greats.
Aramide won the Alternative Artist of The Year award at the 2016 edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) and Best Vocal Performance (Female) Category at the 2015 edition of the Headies Award and is nominated for the Best Female Artist in West Africa and Best Artist in African RnB & Soul at the 2016 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).
She has performed at the various events in Nigeria, United Kingdom, Dubai, United States and Canada.

Her singles 'FunMi Lowo' featuring Sir Dauda and 'Love Me' featuring Adekunle Gold topped various charts for several weeks and are currently receiving massive airplay on radio stations within and outside Nigeria. This is in addition to her award-winning single, 'Iwo Nikan', which talks about unconditional love; 'I Don’t Care', an up-tempo rendition which tells off the haters of her relationship; 'Feeling This Feeling' that talks about love and friendship; and 'It’s Over', a soberer Afro-soul ballad.