Music | Lagoooos Jump!

December 5, 2011
Lagos has been interesting and I remember one of my concerns when I first arrived was not fitting in socially. The scene seemed different than I expected and there was this overwhelming sense of pretentiousness everywhere that I felt I didn’t want to be part of.

Over the next couple of weeks I was occupied with catching up with friends, a heavy bout of Malaria which knocked me out for eight days straight and a couple of rather pleasant dates. I can’t say the overwhelming air of pretentiousness faded away but I came to a realization that I wasn’t and didn’t necessarily need to try and fit into any social scene.

A lot of the type of events I used to go to in California like art exhibitions, book readings, wine tastings etc are open to every one but in Lagos while they are open to everyone it’s obvious that a lot of people come not to enjoy the art but as some kind of status label. To be honest it’s not my business, I’ve come to realize it’s up to me to live and enjoy my life as I please.

Soon after this realization, I saw a flyer for an event “Ade Bantu Live @ The Life house” I was faintly acquainted with him and if you know me you know I LOVE afrobeat so I didn’t need to be told twice. I decided to invite my parents, because they both love music and my Dad is the reason I love Afrobeat so much. Best decision ever!

Me dolled up for the show
Apologies for the bad quality but here’s what I wore

My amazing parents who came separately and ended up matching! too cute. They had such a great time!

 Ade Bantu on the far right 🙂

The oh-so amazing drummer. peep the cool Fela painting behind. 🙂


dancing 🙂

It was absolutely amazing, I really can’t explain it! The Bantu crew was just, sigh. Ade Bantu and his 12 piece live band gave it everything! considering the small space. I was too happy.

Some videos, although nothing can really come close to the live performance!

Love and afrobeat,

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