|THE BOSS-AYOOLA SADARE|
Citypeople Entertainment recently celebrated Inspiro productions CEO and NAIJAZZ (Nigerian Jazz Project) Founder Ayoola Sadare in recognition of his contribution in the Jazz, Entertainment and Arts/Culture sector. The event tagged ‘An Exclusive Evening with Ayoola Sadare and His friends' was an eclectic time of live Jazz, Spoken Word, Comedy, Art and more at one of the Nation’s rave culture hotspots Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos.
The event turned out to be a mini Jazz festival held Alfresco as the rains were held back. The stage was professionally designed, set up and well lit with crystal clear well mixed sound from ace sound engineer Sesan Kazeem (Pangolo). A sizeable number of people came to celebrate with the man fondly referred to as ‘Shaddie Bobo’ by all. They filled the entire venue designated for the event and spread into the courtyard. The guests roll call included The Consul General of South Africa Ambassador Monaisa and his wife, staff of the SA High commission in Lagos, Accomplished musician T-Mac, Yinka Davies, Keziah Jones, Joey Ducane, Stella Monye, Tintin of igrooveradio, Jahman Anikulapo, Makin Soyinka,Toni kan, Deji Toye, Victor Ehikhamenor, Toyin Akinosho, Femi Odugbemi and his wife, Bimbo Nzeh of Mona Matthews, Chief Kole Adeniyi-Williams, Messrs Taslim & Bankole Animashaun, Femi & Yewande Abimbola, Schullz of Classic FM, Cordelia of Metro FM, Nseobong of Thisday Glitterati, Sam Ukpong and wife, Dr Ola Balogun, Tosin Ajirire, Tony Ogaga, Seye Fadahunsi, Ayo Olumoko, Muyiwa Majekodunmi, Theo Lawson, Iyabo Aboaba, Mr. Ola Fajemisin of NTA, Sadare’s family which included his brothers and sister, lots of his friends, colleagues and associates from way back and a host of others.
The outdoor ambience of the venue helped enhance what the evening was designed to achieve, a showcase of some of the leading and emerging Jazz musicians, poets, writers and culture practitioners. On parade were performances from Deni, Irawo the female Talking Drummer, Nesta, Smooth Jazz guitarist Femi Leye, OBA, Ayodele the lyrical poet, Afro Jazz pianist Dapo Dina, Ace trumpeter/percussionist Victor Ademofe, Imole Afrika and Nigeria’s No 1 bassist/Director of the SPAN academy of Jazz and contemporary music Bright Gain amongst others.
|Seye Kehinde (publisher Citypeople Media Group) and South Africa Consul General Ambassador Monaisa|
|Veteran Musician T-Mac and son|
In his response Sadare thanked Citypeople and all who came, citing that the celebration was a platform to recognize all who have one way or the other contributed to helping him on the journey to fulfilling his dreams saying that no man is an island, no man can succeed alone, no man can afford to stand alone. He also gave reasons for pursuing the NAIJAZZ dream saying “I believe that for long we have pursued other forms of music to the detriment of developing our own kind of music. rich, diversified and instructive. NAIJAZZ music is refining and restoring Nigerian music to its glorious position. There was a golden era of Nigerian music and the diversity was our strength. Beautiful music was being made all over the country from Lagos to Lokoja, Kankia to Okrika. Other countries have musical ambassadors to the world playing music in their mother tongue refined, packaged and presented to the world. This has brought not only the musicians fame and recognition but their country’s image has been enhanced. You can’t beat others at their own game, bring on your own game. We too can play our music and get global acclaim to the Glory of God and for our country Nigeria. This is the NAIJAZZ dream, this is what we are pursuing, this is what we will achieve in Jesus name. I believe one day in the near future, NAIJAZZ artistes will bring home the Grammy to honor Nigeria and Glorify God.’’
The event was supported by Freedom Park and its management, La Casera, Tasman, Musikal, Pomat Peters, Steady Pace Concepts, PDR media, Barollo, Effrakata, 1 Smooth Event, One Management, House Of Dreams, Q8 Consulting, Talents@gidi, Jazzhole, Efizzi, TomideSpeaking , Omo T prints, Nine Plus Afrika, Clickhouse, Pure links, DJs Lami, Lati and Ray Bee Brown, Celebrite, Sesan Pangolo, igrooveradio, Metro FM, ARTZERO, David Bebiem and various print/broadcast media houses.