MAKE MUSIC LAGOS 2018 KICKS OFF ON A HIGH NOTE
Make Music is a global event which happens in many countries across the world in celebration of the World Music Day. Lagos State joined and had its first Make Music Lagos edition in 2016, since then the show has progressed with the 2018 edition set to be the biggest one so far. Powered by Showgear Limited and proudly supported by Lagos State government, the Make Music Lagos edition has had musicians across all genres of music perform on the stage in the past editions.
The 2018 edition started on Sunday 17 June with the Mass Appeal at the JTT Park Alausa Lagos. It was the pre-event which will prelude the World Music Day slated for June 21st. The Mass Appeal which is a fusion of African and Western instruments such as Violin, Talking Drum, Bata, Bass Guitar, Saxophone etc, started by 3pm with brief rehearsals by all band groups. There were at least 8 music groups, namely Alternate Sound, Elite String Quartet, Dream Catchers, Association of Professional Drummers of Nigeria (Lagos Branch) The Bandits, Melodies, Sammy Konga, Footprints of David. The music conductor is Gbenga Saxstreams, with Temisan Ikomi as the MC, and DJ Sypha on the wheels of steel.
After the rehearsals’ the event was opened by the Elite String Quartet, who thrilled the audience with an array of jazz sounds, followed by the Dream Catchers, a dance group. The Dream Catchers a part of the Dream Nurture Foundation founded by Seyi Olaola which became a global group after getting a shout out by Rihanna on IG and a visit by Naomi Campbell, wowed the audience as these beautiful and talented kids danced with stunts that excited the audience. After them came the performance of the APDN (Association of Drummers) which was making their second appearance at the Make Music Lagos event, rendered the National Anthem with local instruments and afterwards thrilled the audience with good Yoruba songs using some local flavour, of course the crowd danced.
The array of musical instruments which was used by each group created beautiful sounds of music and the audience danced and sang to their hearts’ delight. The highlights was when the Association of Professional Drummers invited the audience to test their dance skills with the famous shaku shaku dance. After these dance exercises came the moment everyone has been waiting for, the official theme song of the 2018 Make Music Lagos, it was created by the Alternate Sound and performed by all bands present. It was a combination and fusion of instruments which brought tears to the eyes of some of the audience and officially opened the Make Music Lagos event. Make Music Lagos 2018 T shirts were also sold at the event and the proceeds would be used to equip music laboratories in government schools in Lagos.
On the 21st, the Make Music Lagos 2018 would hold in over 15 centres simultaneously across Lagos with over 300 artists and counting billed to perform. It will be a concert like no other, heralding he grand finale which is tagged ‘Lagos Shutdown’ happening with the best music acts and DJ’s in Lagos on Sunday June 24 at Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island.
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