The Lagos International Jazz Festival 2015 (30th April – 2nd May)

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The Lagos International Jazz Festival 2015
‘Jazz In The Megacity’
Tomorrow Thursday April 30th 2015 – May 2nd 2015<-
At Freedom Park Lagos
Tickets 1000Naira ONLY

Leading the pack are Nigerian-born United Kingdom-based two-time Grammy Award winning mega-percussionist Lekan Babalola; United States-based multi–instrumentalist Adeniji the ‘Heavywind’; Bass virtuoso and director of the Span Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music, Bright Gain; veteran musician and classical clarinetist Tee Mac; vocal sensation Ego and neo-highlife musical icon Nomoreloss amongst a long list of other accomplished and upcoming musicians.

Various genres of music ranging from traditional Jazz, Naijazz, Afrojazz, Fuji, Afrobeat, Apala, Highlife and Naija-Hiphop will all be represented on 5 stages named after prominent Nigerian musical icons of blessed memory namely the Fela Kuti, Elder Steve Rhodes, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Osita Osadebe

YAKLECH Entertainment Presents: DRUMS ENSEMBLE

Drums Ensemble is an intriguing concept developed by YAKLECH Entertainment – a duo made up of young Nigerian artistes Yaki Musa and Alechenu Abel. A fusion of rhythms and creativity of traditional African era and 21st century society, Drums Ensemble will deliver an exciting evening of prime traditional drumming, with a variety of other traditional instruments in accompaniment.

The aim of Drums Ensemble is to bring children, youth and the older generation in touch with tradition in this technological age. The show is a great way for the Jos community to interact and the two producers, students of the University of Jos, are excited to reinvigorate traditional African culture through its most iconic instrument – the drum. Also expected are about 10 well-travelled and experienced drummers who will perform their magic with a host of drums differing in shapes and sizes.

The Drums Ensemble train will be taking off from Jos and moving to other parts of the country, so be on the lookout, your city may just be next! Culture and tradition are coming with an explosion of sound and rhythm, are you ready?

Date: 24th of April 2014
Venue: Open Air Theatre, University of Jos main campus, Bauchi road, Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria.
Time: 4pm
Fee: N200

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Official Press Release: Mc Bluetooth Presents Resurrection Laughter On Easter Sunday

The Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) Our Lady Queen of Nigeria pro-cathedral Abuja in collaboration with Bluetooth Entertainment storms the city of Abuja with a Night of comedy, music and dance “RESURRECTION LAUGHTER ON EASTER SUNDAY”

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DATE: easter sunday 20th of April 2014
TIME: carpet opens 4pm prompt
VENUE: The lawn tennis court Area 3 pro-cathedral, Abuja, Nigeria.
TICKETS
REGULAR: N1,000
GOLD: table for four (4) N7,000
DIAMOND: table for six (6) N10,000
PLATINUM: table for eight (8) N20,000

For ticket details visit:
http://www.olx.com.ng/resurrection-laughter-on-easter-sunday-iid-613746329
http://flingnow.com/category/274/Events/listings/9967/Resurrection-Laughter-on-Easter-sunday.html

Or call:
Pius 08069465625
Lucy: 08172886116
Martins: 08057715136

Tickets can also be purchased at the venue

GET MORE INFORMATION ON:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mcbluetoothccfr
Twitter: @Mc_bluetooth
And McBluetooth’s blog: http://www.mcbluetoothccfr.blogspot.com

CURIOUS ABOUT RESURRECTION LAUGHTER?

RESURRECTION LAUGHTER is a comedy, music and dance show organized in celebration of the season of Easter. A celebration of life with family and friends in an entertainment packed environment. RESURRECTION LAUGHTER ON EASTER SUNDAY features the best of all worlds, with hilarious stand up comedy performances from the best in the industry, dance moves to rock your world, music to soothe the soul, not forgetting the additional health benefits that comes with the programs partnership with health organizations such as SCAF (sickle cell aids foundation) and the state department for public health. The event will provide free genotype and blood group test and general health awareness

RESURRECTION LAUGHTER is Proudly supported by:

African Renaissance Theatre & Entertainment
Elixir entertainment
Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF) of Nigeria
100 Majik Monkeyz
MOTA
647 Concept

French Institut of Nigeria Presents: Festival du Film Documentaire

Vous cherchez une excellente façon de passer vos soirées? Pour la dernière semaine de Novembre de l’Institut français du Nigeria a obtenu votre couvert. Si vous êtes un amateur de films alors ne manquez pas ça!

Looking for a great way to spend your evenings? For the last week of November the French Institut of Nigeria has got your covered. If you’re a lover of films then don’t miss out on this!

Dans le cadre de son « Festival du film documentaire » L’Institut français du Nigeria vous propose un sujet chaque soir à 19h00 à l’IFN, du lundi 25 au vendredi 29 novembre 2013.
Les projections auront lieu en plein air.
L’entrée est gratuite.
Soyez les bienvenus.

In the framework of the Documentary film festival, the French Institute of Nigeria presents a movie every evening at 7pm, from Monday 25th to Friday 29th of November 2013.
Outdoors screening.
Free entrance
You are most welcome.

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New Music from Naija: LSMK in “LoveLove” and “Welcome to the World”

LSMK is an up and coming artiste of the R&B, rap and alternative genre. A Lagos based crooner of eclectic music. His previous works include the self produced All The Women and Roll Up produced by Fiz (@_Fizzz_).

Follow him on Twitter ( @_lsmk_) and Instagram (LSMK)

Welcome To The World is a ballad/rap hybrid about a child’s destiny unfolding as he or she is brought into the world. This is produced by LSMK and Fiz. LoveLove is a graphic interpretation of Love and Obsession exploring contextual themes such as fashion, drugs, regret, lust and so on. Produced by LSMK. Be sure to be enlightened as you listen. ENJOY!

Click here to listen to or download LoveLove

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Click here to listen to or download Welcome to the World

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My Name My Identity: Femi Amogunla from 30 Nigeria House Project

Femi Amogunla

In Conjunction with

Theatre Royal Stratford East London and Bank Of Industry

Presents

My name, My identity

An Award Winning Project (30 Nigeria House), 2012

Oruko mi ni Olorunfemijuwonlo Amogunla

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Watch the video “My Name My Identity” here.

My name is a song;
I can sing it as I want;
in Soprano High or Bass deep.
O-lo-run-fe-mi-ju-won-lo
Oh! It jars your ears.
(beat) I should shorten it?
I won’t. I will not reduce my name to F
A letter. And call it a nickname.
Or funkify it as P-h-e-m-m-y spelt P-h-e-m-m-y
Why?
Or change it to Famozo
…or its other version Famoshi
So that you might feel it?
My name is my identity.

My name is history.
History of valiant Yoruba men and women in battle.
Moremi, Ogunmola Afonja Kunrunmi
My name is their victory.
Amogunla, son of that famous warrior who killed an elephant with his cap
Kindred of Uthman Dan Fodio
Nnamdi Azikwe
And Achebe
Yes, that’s me!

I am every African who fought
And who still fights to keep his names
My name is history of a generation.
I lose it; we lose a story.
A string.
A line.
It becomes distorted.

My name is a symbol.
A symbol that rises early in the morning when my mother screams: Fe-mi.
It’s a sign of control, of power.

My name tells where I am from
That I am a Yoruba
That I am a Nigerian
That I love being both at once
Like an identity card
I don’t need to show it. It shows me.
I don’t have to shout it. It shouts me.
Shouts Yoruba, proclaims Nigerian.

My name has meanings.
It is freedom.
It is power.
It is love.
Love for myself.
For every part of me
Seen. Unseen.
Known. Unknown.
Written. Unwritten.
Loved. Unloved.

My name is like my dansiki;
I wear it as I want
In the sun or in the rain; it does not smell.​
I wear it in the cold or in the harmattan,
I stay warm
I can wriggle it as it pleases me
As I do bata dance

Bata drum with voice:
Olurunfemijuwonlo,
Iwo nko? Iwo nko?​3x

Let me sing as I want,
Let me wear it as I want.
Let me dance as it suits me
But never will I change it

Oruko mi ni Olorunfemijuwonlo Amogunla.
Ki ni oruko tire?
What is your own name?

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Some Words on My Name, My Identity

This thematic focus of this poem is the beauty of Yoruba/African culture as captured in the significance of a name, of my name. An African traditional name is more than just a name; it is more than just something we are called by or something that differentiates us from another. In fact, in the Yoruba belief system, what you are called, and how you are called goes a long way to affect what you turn out to be. In essence, African names define our cultural identity, lineage and on several occasions, the circumstances in which we lived and currently live.

In this award winning project by Femi Amogunla, he insists that he should be called by his name, the way it should be; not as an abbreviation or as a nickname because, it is believed that “whatever” you are called has a meaning.

The poet draws on personal examples of the challenges that he has faced when it comes to his name, and draws on how he has been able to keep bearing his name despite these.

The poem also goes ahead to show the challenges of holding on to this culture of naming in a fast changing world that seems to impose its change on one. The narrator refuses any other version of his name, and takes pride in what he’s called.

Rendered in English, this poem has a universal appeal, yet it is sprinkled with local Yoruba language, the poet calls the audience to a different language, to a different culture. It also makes use of accepted codes of culture like music.

Finally, it educates others about African lives, African pride and the struggle of the African past.

Check out our previous post on Femi Amogunla here.

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Download African Hip Hop: HENCH

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Sornen Ukoh is HENCH. Born and raised in Jos,Plateau State, this budding hip hop, spoken word and freestyle artist chose a career in music and liberal arts after graduating from Lead City University Ibadan where he studied Politics and International Relations. Inspired by top notch Nigerian acts such as MI Abaga, Mode 9, Jesse Jags and Ice Prince Zamani, Hench carves an artistic path for himself fusing golden age rap styles with imaginative poetry rendered over moving rythimic instrumentals. Hench is an avid reader, movie buff and art enthusiast who describes his artistic influences as “too many to list and forever evolving”. Currently focused on a mixtape project titled “Escape From Jay Town”, Hench lives in Lagos city.

Hench received recognition following his feature on MI Abaga’s Illegal Music 2’s hit track Ridiculous. Respected for his incisive lyrics and smooth flow, this is the dude who gave us the epic line: “if you ain’t tryna be rich then you ain’t broke enough“. The mixtape album’s title has gotten us curious and utterly excited!

Download and enjoy his new singles!

DOWNLOAD: Coming Soon

DOWNLOAD: U No Sabi Rap

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HENCH: the Man, the Rapper, the Poet

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Sornen Ukoh is HENCH. Born and raised in Jos,Plateau State, this budding hip hop, spoken word and freestyle artist chose a career in music and liberal arts after graduating from Lead City University Ibadan where he studied Politics and International Relations. Inspired by top notch Nigerian acts such as MI Abaga, Mode 9, Jesse Jags and Ice Prince Zamani, Hench carves an artistic path for himself fusing golden age rap styles with imaginative poetry rendered over moving rythimic instrumentals. Hench is an avid reader, movie buff and art enthusiast who describes his artistic influences as “too many to list and forever evolving”. Currently focused on a mixtape project titled “Escape From Jay Town”, Hench lives in Lagos city.

Hip Hop from Africa: HENCH

Hench rap artist

Nigerian hip hop… Scratch that! African hip hop, get ready! HENCH is coming for ya! On the 8th of June, this young hip hop artist, acclaimed as one of J-town’s finest, will be releasing 2 NEW SINGLES: Coming Soon and U No Sabi Rap, from his upcoming mixtape titled Escape From J-town.

Hench received recognition following his feature on MI Abaga’s Illegal Music 2 hit track Ridiculous. Respected for his incisive lyrics, smooth flow and intuitive freestyle skills, this is the dude who gave us the epic line: “if you ain’t tryna be rich then you ain’t broke enough“. The track titles have gotten us curious and utterly excited – and how about that mixtape album title, huh? We can’t wait to hear what this emcee has cooked up.