….. As music bands trill audience
The recently organized four days iREP film festival themed ‘Rhythms of Identity Africa in self conversation’ held at cultural hotspot Freedom Park has finally come to an end .
The show presented some of the leading Jazz and Jazz related music performers in the country and kicked off with Adeh the fast rising Afro Jazz guitarist who played cover songs from classic and contemporary Nigerian musicians.
Before the next act came on, there was a brief presentation as the iREP organizers that included Femi Odugbemi, Theo Lawson, Makin Soyinka and Jahman Anikulapo who addressed the audience and gave their vote of thanks
Next on was the 12 piece Eko Brass Band, a big band ensemble put together by 2 time Grammy award co-winner and master percussionist Lekan Babalola. Their set was energetic and got the crowd dancing as they play popular Lagos music in the agidigbo and Fanti style and also several Afrobeat tunes by Fela.
SPAN academy of Jazz and Contemporary music director Bright Gain, an accomplished musician with over 100 compositions to his credit featured next with students of his academy. Their set was pure Jazz in the straight ahead and bebop style with Bright leading on a rarely seen instrument in these parts, the electric upright bass. Their performance included moments of almost celestial surrealism and rapturous solos that enthralled the audience who responded with a loud applause.
The final two acts for the evening were no less engaging. Segun Awe of the Afritonas fame who recently returned from the US presented a set that was a blast from the past. He led his 10 piece band and played original compositions from his past albums. A veteran in the trade, his energetic stage performance, singing, dance steps and dexterous guitar playing was reminiscent of the God Father of Soul James Brown of blessed memory. He sang most of his songs in the Ekiti dialect interlacing same with consistently modern grooves.
Femi Leye ended the night with two songs. His performance during his hit track ‘irawo owuro’ got him delivering intricately patterned solos and improvisations on the guitar to the crowds delight.
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