I’m usually skeptical when TV folks come up to me and say they want to do a portrait caus i always feel misrepresented especially if they haven’t done their research and they keep repeating/asking the same “can we get to meet you” line but Seun did a good job-he actually went out of his way to show another side of me (is that patronizing?) anyways i heard they showed this piece on channels TV in Nigeria. No wonder folks kept on ringing to say they saw me on CNN (i ain’t joking). So enjoy, and thanks once again to www.a24.com
Backstage during Felabration 2011. It was fun hanging around friends and fellow artists. The vibe is always exceptionally positive no ego tripping we just celebrating the man himself FELA. The shrine crowd is something else they party hard -taking no prisoners stylee. I’ll be posting some shots of our show later in the week.
Photo session with Uche James Iroha in Ogba, Lagos.
We decided to go for something raw and urban that represent our WaFunk aka West Afrikan Funk.
We’re going to the cinemas thanks to Nigerian film maker Andy Amadi Okoroafor’s “Relentless”- the movie stars Jimmy Jean Louis, Gideon Okeke and musician/singer Nneka Egbuna. According to Okoroafor it is “a haunting story about loneliness, love and self-discovery that explores Africa’s throbbing megacity Lagos, and the effects of war and loss.”
I was privileged to have seen Relentless at the maiden edition of the African International Film Festival in Port Harcourt earlier this month and i must say i was highly impressed. It’s the ultimate Lagos movie, a well executed arthouse piece of cinematic beauty.
The soundtrack also features Tony Allen, Oranmiyan, Nneka, General Pype & Keziah Jones
More infos: http://weblog.liberatormagazine.com/2010/06/relentless-staring-nneka-egbuna-teaser.html
Backstage images from Felabration 2010 right before Adesiji & i hit the stage with my 10 piece band. Our performance went well we all left the building with one hell of a grin. It’s been quite an intense 2 days with little sleep. Shows run from 5pm till about 5 am with an average crowd of about 3000 in attendance. It was fun seeing Nneka, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Siji, Ayetoro, Keziah Jones & Amp Fiddler jam and rock Afrobeat to new frontiers.
Interacting with future mental health professionals and psychiatrists at the University of Lagos, department of social science ( i was invited to give a lecture on “Entertainment & psychology”). Guess it’s high time we addressed the taboo topic of mental illness in the performing arts. There is a need for students to explore how a science like psychology can apply to the arts for there is no direct, real world application of psychology research findings to strengthen, compliment and improve the lives of artists.