Music lovers, especially jazz aficionados, turned out in their numbers for the recent Afrojazz Festival, which took place recently at the Jabi Boat Club in the capital city of Abuja.
The organiser of the event, Tosin Salako, stated that the festival was inspired by the need to give jazz lovers a treat. He said, “The idea for the Abuja Afrojazz Festival was to have a small event for my fans and lovers of jazz music. After months of preparation with my band (the Afrocollectives), we decided to make it an elaborate event. Having held a sold-out show at the Fridge Concert series in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, sometime last year, we were confident that Abuja music lovers would have an experience of a lifetime.
“The event was attended by about 2000 people drawn from the diplomatic community, corporate circles and the general public. The guests were treated to a night of scintillating music laced with folklore and true vibrations of art and culture, creating an atmosphere of nostalgia and euphoria.”
Some of the artistes that performed at the event were A’Sian, Fewa, Fade De Great, and Afro4Band, among others.
Defining his music, Salako said, “Following the footsteps of the greats that have gone before me, I would say my music is a wholesome blend of Jazz and African cultural music, in form of Yoruba folk songs; and I shared it all at the Abuja Afrojazz festival.
“My music experience transcends stage performances. I write most of my songs and also arrange the various parts of the music, and this ability has brought about various collaboration opportunities.”