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Orlando Julius & Grammy Winning Musician Marcus Miller set the 2013 Lagos Jazz Series stage Ablaze with Live Performances

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Lagos Jazz Series 2013  - BellaNaija - December2013004This year’s Etisalat-sponsored Lagos Jazz Series was a thrilling feat as guests were treated to five hours of snazzy performances by renowned jazz legends – Nigeria’s Orlando Julius and America’s, Marcus Miller, at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.

Miller, who has won numerous Grammy awards including for Luther Vandross ‘Power of Love’, lifted the hearts of the guests to Motown when he performed ‘Detroit’, to the Middle East when he performed ‘Blast’ and back into Africa when he performed ‘Tutu’. The highlight of Miller’s performance was when the multi-instrumentalist proudly showcased his all-Nigerian drum crew, who were recruited barely 4 days before the concert.

The concert featured other performers drawn from across the world, including South African Pianist, Nduduzo Makhathini and Kenya’s Sara Mitaru who opened the concert. The Lagos Jazz Series 2013 also featured instrumentalists from Nigeria, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Boston, Texas and London.

Acting Chief Executive Officer at Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, said supporting the Lagos Jazz Series was the brand’s way of sharing its passion for life with customers and also bringing nothing short of top quality music performances for their pleasure.

The Lagos Jazz Series follows other concerts activated by Etisalat, this year such as Mary J. Blige Concert, MUSON Classical Concert and the Cloud 9 Series.

Check out photos from the event.

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Afro-American Performer, Latoya Aduke Ekemode

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Ebi Atawodi

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Sara Mitaru (from Kenya)

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Marcus Miller with Nigerian Drummer Sam

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Nduduzo Mathakini (from South Africa)

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Mathew Willsher, Hakeem Osagie-Bello and Highlife Maestro Orlando Julius

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3 Comments

  1. Tee

    December 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Now this is what I call Muziiiiik,not all those gbagbatigba I feel alright copycat song all over the place with no creativity,no lyrics,no image sef.I don’t understand why music has to be about beat/noise alone with no content.hmmmm oya mediocrity lovers make una start to fire me.

  2. Ed

    December 18, 2013 at 1:28 am

    I’m so happy to see that naija is beginning to embrace the international music festival culture. Hopefully a lot more like this will start to spring up and naija artists will be given a platform to showcase what they have to offer. There are so many talented musicians in this country and I’m not talking about dbanj, iyanya and flavour (no offense to them. I respect their hustle and think they are also really talented). Nigeria has some world class jazz pianists or classical music maestros, all that are not being given the avenue to shine. Festivals like these are what even countries like South Africa use to encourage homegrown talents.

  3. Ed

    December 18, 2013 at 1:34 am

    *talented artists

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