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Keziah Jones brings the Funk to Lagos at Quirk & Glee! Concert



Quirk and Glee! are steadily gaining a reputation as some of the most of the most consistent concert promoters in Lagos. Their shows are well packaged, very organized events that feature great musicians, known and unknown. The shows are low on pomp and high on fun.

The jam session that ended the Keziah Jones concert is a great example. It was a wonderful moment to behold as an array of talented musicians took the stage to perform with Keziah. Mike Aremu appeared with his sax, Joey Ducane played bass, Wura Samba led the quartet of percussionists, Duro Ikujenyo (long time keyboardist for Fela Kuti) played piano and Keziah of course held down the electric guitar. Up and coming singer from Cobhams Asuquo’s studio, Bez then ran upstage and took vocal duty on his very own take on Fela Kuti’s Water, followed by a young unknown by the name of IBK who crooned for a bit before launching into a rap that had the crowd in a frenzy and then leading the entire audience in an electric slide like dance. It was a raucous and energetic ending to what had already been an amazing night.

The relatively unknown Vincent Ezelle opened the show with softly sung lyrics about life in Lagos; simple, folky songs that are likely to be all over radio pretty soon. Keziah Jones on the other hand was a startling presence, mesmerizing the audience with his fierce guitar skills and easy, likable rapport. Ladies went ballistic when Keziah whipped open his shirt to display some stellar abs, not bad for a guy in his forties!

His performance had to be seen to be believed; from performing with the guitar behind his back to his percussive, half strumming, half drumming performance, he was simply stellar. We look forward to more shows like this. The Lagos nightlife, bubbling as it is, can always use more great live music performances. Check out the Quirk website for more information on their shows:

BN Upclose @ Quirk & Glee! Presents Keziah Jones


  1. plastiQ

    June 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Hmmm, nice pictures…met Keziah on the Bez Idakula video shoot…cool dude.
    One question, the Chuck Taylor’s that he is wearing in this picture….I want ! How can I
    get one ? Saw some on the Bez shoot too…..Hauwa Mukan?

  2. 'Kayode

    June 17, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    cool coverage !

  3. fokasibe

    June 18, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Looks like they had lotsa fun…..

  4. Ijé

    June 18, 2010 at 8:41 am

    love it! tres artsy cool

  5. honeyB

    June 18, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Yup! Those shoes are HRM’s by Hauwa Mukan.

  6. Debo Ade

    June 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

    sad i missed this show…. the ASA show was d bomb…. Bez is d man and am proud of u cousin… keep talking Quirky to me…

  7. Blossom

    June 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Why is someone wearing glasses in almost all the pictures? SMH

    Pretty Hauwa!

  8. Blossom

    June 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Wait a second… Did Tokini go to Atlantic Hall?

  9. M M A

    June 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Doesn’t Keziah look like an older version of GT Tha Guitarman?

  10. Afronubia

    January 25, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Loving the converse! where can i score a pair?

  11. lalaroses

    June 17, 2016 at 1:30 am

    What’s with the emphasis on unknown unknown.. Is that not how one becomes known. Stop the discrimination. Every known used to be an unknown

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