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Smooth Jazz up Lagosians

By Aina Iyabo
It was a night of captivating performances last Saturday when a fusion of local and foreign artistes serenaded guests in Lagos at a live jazz concert.

The concert which took place at the Eko Hotels, Lagos , featured Jazz artistes like Richard Bona, Mike Stern, Gerald Albright ,Angie Stone ,Bez Idakula, Pure & Simple, Iroko and Tiwa Savage

It was put together by Lagos based station, Smooth 98.1FM.

Richard Bona had arrived Nigeria on the Thursday prior to the event. As he was received by a host of media men at the Obafemi Awolowo International Airport, he expressed the joy of a first time visitor to Nigeria. He also promised to deliver on Saturday- and he did.

Richard is described as one of the best bassists on the planet, and an electrifying stage performer who has set a name for himself in the Jazz industry. He’s from an interesting background-having lived in  his village in rural Cameroon , making his own musical instruments, traveling to Paris and then New York.

Richard Bona has worked with an illustrious list of music legends including Larry Coryell, Michael and Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, Bob James, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Georges Benson, Bobby McFerrin, Brandford Marsalis, Sadao Watanabe (as a producer), Chaka Khan, and Harry Belafonte.

Another artiste who featured in the concert and set himself apart as one of the premier jazz and jazz_fusion guitarists and composers was Mike Stern. In his over three decades of performing, he’s engaged jazz greats too.


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