The fifth edition of the Afrocentric Rhythms concert held on Friday, August 16, 2019, at the Freedom Park, Lagos Island, Lagos.
Powered by ‘The Closette’ and supported by Happenings Media, the biannual event is a platform for musical talents to showcase their Afrobeat skills.
This edition, like the previous four, was a night of fun and entertainment, as everyone was thrilled to great performances from strong talents.
Afolarammi Abiodun Olaoluwa, the sole convener of the concert, was an ecstatic man as he spoke to Happenings about the event.
"Afrocentric rhythms concert is all about live music and the promotion of live music in Africa. We also promote African rooted music weaved around a live band," he said.
"The concert is two years now, from 2017 to 2019 that we've been hitting it back to back shows to make sure that African music is promoted to standard level. We also take pride in showcasing and promoting talents.
"The second anniversary show was excellent and infused Afro-pop, Afrobeat, High life, Africalypso and Afrocentric music itself. We've been given a major back-up by people like Happenings Media (media partners), Ntel and Freedom Park.
DFunmi was one guest artist who thrilled the crowd with her sonorous voice. She also shared her excitement about being part of the event.
"It was fun all the way, from the audience down to the beautiful acts that performed on stage and my performance was exceptional.
"I performed two songs, the first was "oyibo" and the it was "jalajo". "Oyibo" talks more about our Africanness and the beauty that we share. And the fact that you never stop being who you are.
"We are black for a reason. We are gold and you know we are brown skin!"
"Afrocentric has been a wonderful thing and last year I was also here when we launched it out now we are celebrating the second anniversary," she concluded.
"I've been following Afrocentric from the first edition and this is the fifth one and its been an amazing show," Toyosi, an ardent follower of the concert, said.
"One good thing about the show is the originality, it's African, it's for us, and by us. We've seen the show overtime evolving. Tonight's show has been truly amazing and we've seen talents from across the globe performing and even the Nigerian army. So, I think it's an amazing show and I look forward to seeing the best of the show as it progresses.”
See photos from the event below.
Photo Credit: King Solomon Ekhaiyeme.