#OldSchoolFriday: Bobby Benson’s ‘Taxi driver’

Hey guys,

Another Friday is here and here’s this week’s Old School track.

Originally performed sometime in the 50s, this highlife song tells in an interesting and funny manner, a story of man who’s fed up of a philandering woman and who no longer cares what she does! I really love the instrumentation as well.

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Have a great weekend guys!

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A Review of the Lagos International Jazz Festival 2016.

So if you read my blog late last month, you’d remember we talked about three places you could celebrate the International Jazz Day. Well, I was at two of the events. Got a couple of free tickets for the Runway Jazz (thanks to Smooth Fm). So I attended that on Friday evening, and then I did Lagos International Jazz Festival on Saturday.

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High Points
Let’s start like this; the event was fun for me! Like most events in Freedom Park, there was space to stroll around, less ‘paparazzi’, and it was all free (Of course I loved that!) Loads of bands and artistes were also there to perform, so there was a wide variety of activities. The performances were also very ‘LIT’. In the usual fashion of the Lagos International Jazz Festival, there was more than one stage and I was mostly at the bigger stage which was somewhere around the second gate end of Freedom Park.

This stage was where most of the action was happening as most of the crowd was here. The event kicked off really well with ‘Tonie the Emperor’ as he delivered an awesome solo acoustic session. It then continued to gain momentum with various bands coming up the stage to perform live. Anyone who knows me already knows that my heart is sold out to live music, and any show that encourages artistes to perform live already has my heart. This event has my heart 100% for this. From the ‘Empress’ to the 15-man band called ‘JAYA BAND’, down to ‘Tayo Konga’ and his band, all the performances were very lively and energetic. I would say it was an enjoyable show!

Low Points
The thing about it however, is that I expected more! I believe since it was called ‘Lagos International Jazz Festival’, there should have been more jazz than what we had there. A lot of the acts that featured there were afro-beat acts.

Now, I know someone would say to me that afro beat is a ‘baby’ of jazz. Yes, I agree. Jazz is a major influence on what afrobeat has become today but I do also think that there is a clear distinction between both genres and for an event that was a celebration of jazz, the afrobeat could have been a lot more downplayed. I had to take a little stroll to the second and smaller stage to which less attention was paid to begin to experience some jazz. There was this amazing three (or four)- man band whose name I didn’t get that was really amazing and the drummer totally killed it. The Survival band who performed on the larger stage were also very awesome and they gave us good jazz too.

Sometime last year also, I listened to a radio show last year where I learnt that Lekan Babalola (the legendary percussionist) was supposed to curate the event. Apart from the music, the event was supposed to delve deep into the culture of Lagos; the food, the dance, the art etc. All these heightened my excitement and expectation. Well, I didn’t see any of these. Everything I was looking forward to was nowhere in sight and I wasn’t very impressed about this.

If you were at the event in 2014, you probably remember what the event was like. There were like 6 different stages or so (named after various veteran artistes) with various jazz artistes and bands, and even the other genres were well blended into the program, such that no one genre was pre-dominant. That year, I was somewhat confused on what stage to watch from because there was great music coming out of all stages. I also hear (even though I wasn’t there), that the 2015 edition was like that as well. Even though the show had a very beautiful and dramatic end with very spell-binding performances from ‘Tari-Guitari’ and the opening act ‘Tonie the Emperor’, I would describe it as a watered-down version of the 2014 and 2015 events.

All in all, I do love the idea of the ‘Lagos International Jazz Festival’. It is a fantastic innovation and it should definitely continue. But not without a few necessary improvements. Thumbs up Inspiro Productions on the success of 2016 edition. Thanks for giving us this great show. Would I be there again in 2017? Oh yes! Definitely!

#OldSchoolFriday: Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe’s Osondi Owendi

Hey guys,

It’s time for another old school track! Let’s go down to the east and have a feel of Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe’s ‘Osondi Owendi! This track dates all the way back to early 80s.

osita osadebe

This song places a lot of emphasis on instrumentation (as most old school highlife songs do). I especially love how it has a ‘spoken word-like’ beginning. I learnt the phrase ‘Osondi Owendi’ means ‘What is cherished by some is despised by some’. Quite profound!

Enjoy this great Igbo highlife transaction below.

 

I definitely love this track! Do you?

TGIF!!

Love, Yemisi!

 

#OldSchoolFridays: Victor Olaiya- Omo Pupa

Hey guys,

TGIF!!! I’m always so excited when I see the weekend and even more excited to share the week’s Old School track.

So today’s track is ‘Omo pupa’ by Dr. Victor Olaiya which dates back to sometime in the early 80s.

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If you’re Yoruba (and you understand the language), then you already know that ‘Omo Pupa’ means fair skinned girl. The song tells a love story about a man in love with a fair skinned girl and who is about to travel to London; but hopes to be able to send her money to join him in London once he settles. I think the older generation of African men were romantic sha!

Short song, straight to the point, the use of the trumpet and percussion is impeccable and this song is evergreen.

Enjoy the highlife love song below!

 

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Have fun this Friday!

Love, Yemisi!

#HappyNewYear: Our Top Five Alternative Naija Songs for year 2015

Hey guys,

Welcome to 2016! We pray and hope that 2016 would bring us all the great things that our hearts desire and even much more..

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Thank you for sticking with us in 2015. Thanks for the love, all the facebook, instagram, twitter likes and follows. Y’all were awesome in 2015. We do hope and pray that in 2016, this blog will expand and grow and that the music will be good to us.

While we anticipate greater sounds for 2016, we thought we might share our own favourite alternative sounds for 2015. These may or may not be songs that were released in 2015, but they are great tracks that made our year in 2015.

5. I’m in love with the Coco (Cover) by Tonie the Emperor:

This is probably the cutest song cover we heard in 2015. Guitar boy ‘Tonie the Emperor’ makes the song sound more sane that it actually is. Very interesting one!

 

4. Faraway by Nana Aisha:

Ever been in a situation where it’s like you’re always in trouble and it just feels like nobody gets you? Oh well.. Our number six four tells it like it is.. This is a combination of great vocals and passion from soul artist Nana Aisha.. This is definitely a great song!

 

3. Sise by Femi Leye:

This is one of the songs off Femi Leye’s album called ‘ekaabo’ which we reviewed in an earlier post. Great great great song!

 

2. To Bernard by Falana:

We brought you a chat with Falana earlier in the year, such an amazing woman and a great artiste too. This song called ‘To Bernard’ is so heartfelt and deep.

 

1. Fall in Love ft. Stan Iyke by Isaac Geralds:

This song is just the perfect song to listen to over palm wine (if that’s how you roll). We just love the high life sound and the igbo thing is very lovely as well. And have you heard Isaac Geralds perform this song live? I never get tired of it!

 

What tracks would you add? Which would you remove? Please leave a comment, repost, share…

Thanks guys,

Happy 2016!

Love, Yemisi

 

 

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Hey guys,

It’s another amazing Friday to listen to good good good music! Today we’re talking about a good old highlife track which I’m sure many people know very well- ‘Joromi by Sir Victor Uwaifo’.

sir victor uwaifo

I’m not sure the exact year of the exact year this song was done but it definitely has to be long long time ago. This highlife track was done as a sort of praise for the great Joromi, who happens to be a great wrestler in ancient Bini (Benin) mythology, and who fought and won major battles. The ‘Kese-Kese’ I hear is like an onomatopoeia for ‘Kill them, defeat them and so on’. (You may confirm this if you know!)

I love this really relaxing subtle highlife sound which shows the legend’s proficiency in instrumentation.

Have a listen below.

You like? Be sure to drop a comment, repost, and share!

Have a great weekend guys…

Love,

Yemisi

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Hey guys,

So this is a new segment to the blog #OldSchoolFriday. This is a segment where we share with you an awesome tune from ‘back in the day’  that we love..

This week, we are throwing back to the early 70s during which time I wasn’t even born. This song called ‘James Brown Ride On’ was done in honour of James Brown during his visit/tour to Nigeria by the great Orlando Julius and his Afro Sounders.

orlando julius

This track from epic saxophone player and Afro Soul legend (and his afro sounders) remains beautiful and relevant.

Enjoy the great highlife/afrosoul/afrobeat sound below!

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Drop a comment below and share.

Thanks for stopping by.

Yemisi.