Inspiro Productions, organisers of Lagos International Jazz Festival, has unveiled a list of performing acts for this year’s edition of the show. Tagged Jazz in the Megacity, the organisers say that the intention is to celebrate Nigerian Jazz and Jazz related musicians who play the genre of music in various fusions and with an indigenous flavour.
Artistes for this year’s bill which runs from April 30 to May 2 at The Freedom Park includes two-time U.K.-based Grammy award-winning Nigerian International mega-percussionist, Lekan Babalola, U.S.-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.
Festival founder and director, Ayoola Sadare said; “our dream is to make the Lagos International Jazz Festival not just another entertainment event but as one that adds value to both the Lagos Megacity as a tourist destination, contributes to its GDP and presents an international platform for our indigenous musicians. We believe that the festival should be one of the leading Jazz festivals in Africa in the near future and are working tirelessly to fully integrate Lagos into the global jazz tourism circuit. We are satisfied with our eclectic lineup of artistes who will be playing this genre and other related ones with traditional Jazz, Naijazz, Afrojazz, Fuji, Afrobeat, Apala, Highlife and Naija-Hiphop all represented on 5 stages aptly named after prominent Nigerian musical icons of blessed memory, namely Fela Kuti, Elder Steve Rhodes, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Osita Osadebe and Bala Milla.”