Afropolitan Vibes

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Afropolitan Vibes is a live music concert series & annual music festival in Lagos, Nigeria. The show was created by Ade Bantu and Abby Ogunsanya in 2013 as a platform to showcase alternative music.[1] Every edition features three or four contemporary singer/songwriters, vocalists or musicians who perform mostly original works that are firmly rooted in African musical origins of Afrobeat, Afrofunk, Afro-hiphop, Afro-pop, and Highlife. All acts perform with the 13 piece BANTU collective[2] No miming is allowed at the shows. From 2013 to 2017 Afropolitan Vibes had a monthly residency at Freedom Park, a former British Colonial Prison on Lagos Island. In May 2017 the producers of the show announced a change of venue to Muri Okunola Park in Lagos and that the concert series would now hold every third Friday of each quarter[3]

Notable performers[edit]

A cross section of performers that have performed at Afropolitan Vibes at least once.

Afropolitan Vibes Music Festival[edit]

The maiden edition of a two day Afropolitan Vibes Festival was held on the 16th and 17 December 2016 in Lagos.[5]

Urban Sessions[edit]

The Afropolitan Vibe franchise also hosts smaller acoustic gigs called Urban Sessions. The show happens on an ad-hoc basis and has featured Afro-German singer/songwriter Patrice, Nigerian vocalist Brymo & Nigerian folk legend Blackman Akeeb Kareem.[6] Urban Session was also featured as an integral part of the Afropolitan Vibes Music Festival. Singer/songwriters Falana, Aduke, Ayo Awosika, Mary Akpa, Nosa, Tomi Thomas, Keziah Jones, Kaline, Sina Ayinde Bakare, Jinmi Abdul and female vocal ensamble Adunni & Nefertiti all performed intimate unplugged or acoustic set. The performing acts were all interviewed by Ade Bantu before their respective sets[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MITTER, SIDDHARTHA (20 July 2016). "Nigerian Pop Comes Full-Force to Brooklyn". The Village Voice. New York, United States. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  2. ^ Mark, Monica (29 July 2014). "West Africa Afrobeat uprising musicians Afropop big-band political spirit". The Guardian. London, United Kingdom. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  3. ^ IN, House (18 May 2017). "Afropolitan Vibes relocates to Muri Okunola Park". Music In Africa. South Afrfica. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  4. ^ Lucia (15 October 2015). "Burna boy, Adekunle Gold, Yinka Davies, join Afropolitan Vibes to celebrate Fela". sabinews. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  5. ^ IfeOluwa, Nihinlola (17 November 2016). "Nigeria: Afropolitan Vibes announces maiden festival". Music In Africa. Johannesburg, South Africa. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  6. ^ Adiele, Chinedu (23 February 2016). "Black Akeeb Kareem set to go live on stage at 3rd edition". Pulseng. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  7. ^ Banke, Caine (19 December 2016). "Afropolitan Vibes Music Festival: 8 Amazing Voices We Would Love To Hear Again From The Acoustic Sessions". Farabale Weekly. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 21 December 2016.

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