Lagos Jazz Festival Good For Nigeria’s Image, Says Organiser

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Ayoola Sadare, the Chief Executive Officer of Inspiro Productions, a musical outfit, on Tuesday said that the forthcoming Lagos International Jazz Festival, would enhance and showcase Nigeria’s potential to the world.

Sadare made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos in which he unfolded the itinerary of the festival.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the festival with theme “Jazz Blows into Lagos Megacity”, would hold from May 30 to May 31, at Freedom Park, Lagos.

According to Sadare, the jazz festival is not just another show but tourism and music brand with the possibility of boosting what Nigeria has to sell to the outside world.

“It will add to the Gross Domestic Product of the states and Nigeria as a whole, when properly developed to attract visitors.

“We see it as our social responsibility to project the image of our dear nation, to the world, for them to see us in another and better light.

“Through jazz music and other music genres, Nigeria can send its own message to the outside world.”

He noted that it was a good forum for tupcoming jazz and other musicians to meet.

Sadare said that it was also a good platform to spot future stars, in an organic setting and have them interact with their international peers.

“We chose to bring a few international musicians to Lagos, not to the detriment of our home-based musicians who put the Nigerian flavour into the genre.

“This is what tourists want to see, a blend of home-based and foreign artistes, when they visit a destination city to attend festivals,” he added.

The CEO explained that he wanted to use the event as Nigeria’s premier jazz festival, designed to offer visitors and residents in Lagos world-class entertainment.

“I want the festival also to become a major Nigerian tourism and music calendar event, that will attract jazz and contemporary music lovers to the country.

“I want a long-term establishment of Lagos jazz/music destination just like Cape Town, Montreal, Montreux, New Orleans, London and Tokyo among others.

“Which are significant on the global jazz tourism calendar and have hundreds of thousands of people visit each year and experience the cities and enjoy good music,” he said.

Some of the musicians slated to perform at the evet include Victor Masondo from South Africa, Omatshola Itseli popularly known as Tee Mac, Bright Gain, Daniel and Dotun Bankole, Ara, Fadabasi and others. (NAN)

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