An Evening of Film and Music at The Africa Centre: Celebrating Lagos' Vibrant Culture Introduction

The Africa Centre is proud to present an enthralling evening of film and music, featuring the renowned historian, lawyer, author, and documentary filmmaker, Ed Keazor, along with a lineup of special guests. Join us on July 28th for an unforgettable experience that delves into the heart of Lagos' captivating music, fashion, and style. This event promises to be a celebration of Nigeria's cultural heritage, showcasing the city's rich history and the evolution of Afrobeat, AfroFunk, and Afro-Jazz from 1958 to 1988.

Ed Keazor: A Multifaceted Talent:Ed Keazor, a brilliant historian, lawyer, and author, is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. With books like '120 Great Nigerians You Never Knew' and 'The Federation Cup and Nigerian Football,' he has made significant contributions to Nigeria's cultural landscape. His acclaimed documentary 'January 15 Untold Memories of the Nigerian-Biafran War' garnered widespread acclaim, showcasing his storytelling prowess.

'Lagos: The Birth of a City of Style':The evening will commence with a screening of the captivating documentary, 'Lagos: The Birth of a City of Style (2017),' co-created by Ed Keazor and Muni King-Keazor. This visually stunning film delves into the music, fashion, and style that defines Lagos, Nigeria. As the city pulses with energy, the documentary showcases its vibrant culture and the influences that have shaped its identity over the years.

A Moment of Dialogue and Sharing:

Following the documentary screening, attendees will have a unique opportunity to engage in a question-and-answer session with Ed Keazor and Muni King-Keazor. This interactive segment allows participants to delve deeper into the film's themes and gain insights into the creative process behind its making. The event promises to foster a sense of connection and shared experiences among the audience.

The Lagos AfroFunk Collective:The celebration continues with a spectacular performance by The Lagos AfroFunk Collective in 'THE LAGOS JUMP SESSIONS: ORIGINS OF AFROBEATS.' This electrifying session pays homage to Nigeria's Highlife, Afrobeat, AfroFunk, and Afro-Jazz Revolution from 1958 to 1988. The Collective comprises alumni from some of Africa's most iconic Afrobeat/AfroFunk ensembles, such as Osibisa, Fela Kuti's Egypt 80, Femi Kuti's Positive Force, and more.

Special Guests to Grace the Stage:

The evening's performance will be elevated by the presence of esteemed special guests. Alexa Butterworth, a talented classical violinist from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and English National Ballet, will mesmerize the audience with her musical prowess. Ayo Odia, a seasoned saxophonist and bandleader who has collaborated with legends like Fela Kuti and Osibisa, is set to add his unique touch to the night's performance. Additionally, the event will welcome Ugoma Ebilah, the Executive Producer of 'Lagos: The Birth of a City of Style (2017),' whose passion for preserving Nigerian culture shines through in her work.

The Africa Centre invites you to immerse yourself in a captivating evening of film and music on July 28th. With the esteemed presence of Ed Keazor, the screening of 'Lagos: The Birth of a City of Style,' and an exhilarating performance by The Lagos AfroFunk Collective, this event promises to be an ode to the vibrant culture of Lagos, Nigeria. Join us for a night of celebration, reflection, and appreciation of the rich tapestry that defines Nigeria's cultural heritage.