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article imagePhoto Essay: Lagos Live Festival raises issue of content Special

By Samuel Okocha     Dec 15, 2012 in Entertainment
Up and coming music artistes must work on creating quality content if they want to grow and succeed in music, says programme director at Goethe Institute which recently hosted Lagos Live Festival to celebrate its 50 years of existence in Nigeria.
Held at the Freedom Park in the Lagos Island area of the Nigerian commercial capital, the weeklong international festival featured performance, dance, live art, video, photography & music.
Bantu, Fatai Rolling Dollars and Orlando Julius were some of the Nigerian music artistes that performed. Songs from these artistes lack the massive airplay mainstream recording artistes enjoy on local FM stations. Nevertheless artistes like Bantu, veteran Orlando Julius continue to remain relevant in the music industry. They have mastered their craft and content. And at the Lagos Live Festival, their performances excited the audience and forced local and international photographers to take photos.
Veteran singer and saxophonist Orlando Julius performing while sandwiched between two dancers  one o...
Veteran singer and saxophonist Orlando Julius performing while sandwiched between two dancers, one of them his wife African American Latoya Aduke (on the left).
Photographers capture moments on stage as artistes perform at the Lagos Live Festival
Photographers capture moments on stage as artistes perform at the Lagos Live Festival
Photographers enjoy the performance as they capture the action on stage. They share moments with the...
Photographers enjoy the performance as they capture the action on stage. They share moments with the rest of the audience who satyed up till past midnight on Saturday 8th Dec at the Lagos Live Festival enjoying quality content.
"If you want to be main stream in Nigeria, you don’t really necessarily have to think of content. That’s what so many people might think. But then again, there are lots of artists who are not main stream who work with Goethe institute, Alliance Francais and the British Council that are good and they are knowledgeable. They may not have the same money that these other people have but they have content,'' narrates Emeka Ajenyi.
"For upcoming artistes, it’s very good to know what you want. If you want to be rich, famous and everything, you go for having no content, but at a point you will definitely drop. But if you have content, you will grow and it might take time but you will definitely make it," he adds.
Emeka says the issue of quality content also applies to other players in the arts and culture sector. “I won’t go for an exhibition where the photographer does not know what he is talking about," he says. "It doesn’t just work. For me, it’s very important you have content and you are knowledgeable of what you are doing."
The Lagos Live Festival featured performances from the Flinn Theatre group from Germany. This photo ...
The Lagos Live Festival featured performances from the Flinn Theatre group from Germany. This photo shows members of the group performing at Freedom Park.
The Lagos Live Festival also showed Lagos possesses facilities which creative orgainizers of concert and festivals can take advantage of.
“People are beginning to see you can have a festival in Lagos and can have simultaneous events running parallel and people would be attending with people interested in moving from one position to the next position…This festival shows that Lagos has a lot of public space that could be occupied in a very artistic way,” explains Emeka Ajenyi of Goethe Institut Nigeria.
In this photo  a cross section of the audience enjoys the drama piece performed by members of the Ga...
In this photo, a cross section of the audience enjoys the drama piece performed by members of the Garmany based Flinn Theatre group at the Freedom Park in Lagos.
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