The Lagos Jazz Series Hosts Independence Party at The Cellar


Guests celebrate Nigeria’s Independence with jazz-inspired performances from Sesu & Keziah Jones

The Lagos Jazz Series hosted a wine & cheese independence party on Saturday evening featuring performances from Afro-soul artistes, Sesu and Keziah Jones. As guests arrived at The Cellar, an old-fashioned coffee shop & wine cellar in Victoria Island, they were serenaded by the voice of new jazz act, Sesu Tilley-Gyado, who performed songs in English, Yoruba and Portuguese.

She was accompanied by soul guitarist, Phil, performing a series of covers and original songs including Bob Marley’s Redemption Song, Sergio Mendes’s Mas Que Nada and Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours. Guests included LJS founder Oti Bazanu and Babatunde Jeje, Classic FM’s Tintin Imevbore, Hauwa Mukan, Keziah Jones and Patrick Koshoni. The event was covered by international media outlets including the New York Times and the Huffington Post.

About The Lagos Jazz Series (LJS): The 2nd annual Lagos Jazz Series will be held in November 2011 across four primary stages in Africa’s most populous city, Lagos. Over 3 days, renowned jazz artists from across the globe will play for select audiences from lovers of fine music to people who enjoy the good life. The event is sponsored by Promasidor, Quintessentially, MTN, the German High Commission, Guardian and Classic FM.

November is the official Jazz Month and to highlight this music genre, the Lagos Jazz Series will bring center stage soul and jazz acts including Hugh Masekela, Erykah Badu, Marcos Mella, Asa, Bez, Kaline, Sesu and a host of other surprise artistes. Where Nigerian jazz connoisseurs have had to travel to Paris, London and New York to enjoy live jazz performances; LJS now gives them an opportunity to enjoy the same music and lifestyle here in Lagos. The Lagos Jazz Series will feature performances at the picturesque waterfront of the Federal Palace Hotel, in the beautiful Muri Okunola Park and the fourth stage is in the private and exclusive German Consulate Garden, a demonstration of jazz’s ability to bring people together regardless of the continental boundaries.

About Sesu: Brigitte Sesu Tilley-Gyado is a British writer, musician and the founder of The Rosebush Foundation, an independent consultancy which promotes social inclusion of young people. She is of Nigerian and Brazilian heritage and read Languages at Cambridge. She enjoys cooking and visits to nature in her spare time.


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