The Lagos International Jazz Festival 2019 has come and gone, but echoes of the experience live on. Inspiro Production, ably led Mr Ayoola Shadare, put up a commendable show despite the obvious lack of funding support.
However, the show went on fine, as lots of home based and international jazz and contemporary musicians took turns to thrill the crowd. One of them is FADABASI, the iconic pioneer of Rock music in Nigeria. A consummate songwriter, singer, guitarist and poet, FADABASI has been scarce on the music scene for a long while. “I took time off the scene to undergo a spiritual rebirth” he says. FADABASI assures his teeming fans that he has returned to thrill them with his unique brand of Rock music, Afro Highlife Rock. To buttress this point, FADABASI’S performance for the night was electrifing and captivating as he held the audience spellbound throughout. Kicking off with “I NO WAN TROUBLE”, a new Afrobeat style Rock music, he connected with his audience with a catchy call/response chorus that all sang along. “JOWO”, a rock highlife ballard followed and once again the crowd sang along “oh oh oh omoge o ma she fi mi s ile jowo” “IDIM UWEM”, (Stream of Life), a song in praise of the life-giving power of water and stream of consciousness, then followed. FADABASI rounded off his blistering stage performance with his global renowned soul stirring epic classic, “ABASI MI AYAIYAH”. A still spiritual atmosphere enveloped everyone at the venue, Freedom Park, Marina, Lagos, as FADABASI sang sonorously to serenade, plucking his green acoustic guitar. The audience took to the catchy chorus line, “Abasi mi ayaya oh ayaya….”, a song First City Monument Bank (FCMB) once adopted for the soundtrack of it’s advert.

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