This edition was special for a number of reasons, and every star showed up armed with great performances.
How can you describe something that combines art, networking & party with nostalgia and contemporary ‘waviness’ all in one place and at the same time?
After a longer break the Lagos Goat Club together with the great performances of Afropolitan Vibes gave Lagos a night to remember on Friday, September 19, 2017 at Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island.
The night kicked-off with attendees networking and partying at the exclusive networking mixer supported by Chi Farms, Toshiba, Pulse and RDM. Guests were also treated to a great time of bubbly, finger foods and a cool avenue to mingle with top executives from various works of life.
Guests at the event include the founders, General Manager Ringier Africa; Leo Stiegeler and Johannes Flosbach. other guests at the event include Managing Director of RDM Africa, Mark Slade, Pulse Ambassador; Rich Tanksley, Head of RDM Nigeria; Zubby Emodi, Bantu, Gbenga Oguntayo among others.
After which it was time for some musical explosion on stage. This edition was special for a number of reasons. Bantu, the band led by Adebantu, have a new album out titled “Agberos International.” The project has been launched and promoted around the globe, with live performances at pop-up concerts as part of the strategy.
Afropolitan Vibes offers them the opportunity to promote on their platform, a chance that they took in style. Power performances ruled the night from Bantu, with great interacting rhythms, bending genres through funk, Afrobeat, Highlife and Hip-hop. They whipped out the big tunes, delivered them in sweeping style, and drew the crowds from offices and houses in Lagos.
Lasgiidi, a young emerging performer, who had gotten a guest spot, filled the venue with energy, performing his single ‘Logo’, amongst others. He was brilliant, dancing, miming and showing deft skills with the band. The raving Mayorkun also had a crack at the crowd, putting through the paces of his songs including the hit record ‘Mama’. It was an experience watching the crowd sing along to this young man who is pushing for a top spot in African Music.
Simi was next up. The X3M Music singer is having a ball after releasing her sophomore project “Simisola”, and scoring great reviews across the continent. She showed up for what was essentially a victory lap, performing songs off the project as the crowd sang along to everything. ‘Aimasiko’ and ‘Joromi’, drew the best reactions – both records repurposed from evergreen legendary music.
But whatever the previous performers had done and served, they all paled in comparison to who came next. It was a historic reunion of Nigeria’s pioneer pop group, The Remedies made up of Eedris Abdulkareem, Tony Tetuila and Eddy Montana. The trio ruled the Nigerian music scene in the late 90s, paving the way for the urban music industry Nigeria has today.
They ruled the stage, performing their individual hit songs such as Abdulkareem’s ‘Jaga Jaga’, and Tony Tetuila’s ‘My car’. They quickly launched into their group records and poured out decades-old records to the people. At the end of their set, people begged them for more and pled for the show to go on.
But that was enough. Afropolitan Vibes had offered a rarity in Nigerian concert culture, and in December they plan to round off the year with another edition.
“See you in December!” Adebantu shouted, and the reaction from the crowd betrayed their one and only wish: They want December today.