Friday, 2 February 2018

3 music venue every Lagosian MUST visit

The sounds of Afrobeat are worldwide. Wizkids's latest album features international stars like Drake, Major Lazer and Chris Brown; whilst YCee and Mr Eazi are hitting up to 30 million views on YouTube per music video. But before they went international, Lagos had always been their first port of call, being the base of Nigeria's internationally acclaimed music scene. DJ Obi, speaking to Vice, even proclaimed Lagos to be 'the New York of Africa'. So really, there's never been a better time to be get out to venues and see some of Nigeria's up-and-coming and varied talent perform. Here's our recommendations for where to hit for Afrobeat, jazz, and big name artists in Lagos right now.

For Afrobeat: New Afrika Shrine
The Shrine is a must-play venue for every rising Nigerian artist. Run by Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's daughter Yeni, this venue in Ikeja holds so much legacy; whilst still maintaining a relaxed and authentic vibe about it. Fela Kuti's son Femi also plays regular weekly slots, meaning you're always in with a chance of hearing some world class music. It's open seven days a week, so you can get down to the Shrine without booking most days; however, keep an eye out for the date announcement of 2018's Felabration. The hugely popular festival celebrates the music of Fela Kuti, so getting tickets as soon as they're released means less risk of getting duped by fake ticket resellers and a guaranteed booking to the hottest festival in Lagos. 

For jazz: Lagos Jazz Hole
Fronted by a vinyl, CD and book store,  with a cafe to the rear, the Jazz Hole is actually the number one spot for local and international jazz and cultural music. Tucked away in the Ikoyi suburb, the venue hosts musicians, artists, poets
 and writers during the day. But by night, it becomes the hub for soul and jazz in Lagos. The family-run venue's aim is to preserve the musical and cultural history of Nigeria through modern times, and share it through performances and a feeling of community. Perhaps one of the most inspiring places in Lagos, it's definitely one to see even if jazz isn't your thing. 

For big name Artists: The Eko Convention Centre
One of Lagos' largest venues, The Eko Convention Centre has played host to international stars like Trey Songz as well as local talent. Holding up to 6000 people, it's been a great platform for Nigerian artists to assert themselves as worldwide artists in their own right; with Chris Brown's concert in 2012 featuring a surprise appearance from WizKid. If there's going to be a big name playing in Lagos this year, it's going to be at the Eko Convention Centre. 
No matter your music tastes, the eclectic music scene has so much to offer; and all imbued with a sense of history, heritage, and culture. Whether you've been recommended some artists to go see, or just want to explore the music scene yourself, head into Lagos during the evening; and you'll be met with great music, inspiration, and good vibes. 


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