EniObanke Music Festival: “the reinvention of African folk music”

by Sola Fasasi

This year, the first ever EniObanke Music Festival (EMUfest) will hold in Nigeria. EMUfest is a platform for “authentic folk and roots music from across Africa and the World; celebrates diverse cultures through support for traditional multi-arts (various artistic disciplines); and creates a platform for free expression of artistic talent and initiatives,” says Adebimpe Balogun, EMUfest’s sponsorship associate.

This year, the festival, themed “Music as an agent of Change – the reinvention of African folk music”, will take place from Thursday, 25th November to Sunday, 28th November in various venues across Lagos, Ibadan, Ile-Ife and Osogbo.

Several Nigerian artists from home and abroad will be featured live in concert at the festival. These include Tunji Oyelana and the Benders (from London, England), Orlando Julius Ekemode and His AfroSounders, Jimi Solanke (Baba Agba), Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band and many other great artistes.

EMUfest have decided to make the event a “fan-driven festival”. Sponsorship will come from lovers, friends and fans of African traditional, folk and roots music who can “provide small amounts of money out of a sense of duty and respect for what the festival entails,” Balogun says. To this end, EMUfest requires sponsorship amounts from N5000 and above from supporters, with no upper limit on the contribution. Contributing to EMUfest provides you ‘partner’ status and free entry to all the festival events.

For further enquiries, please contact Adebimpe on 08060776077 or Oyin on 08034549778

More information is also available on the festival website www.eniobanke.com

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