Electronic soundscape 2 : franco-german partnership
From Saturday 8 to Tuesday 18, October 2016, in Lagos and in Abuja, the Institut français du Nigeria in partnership with the Goethe Institute - supported by the Franco-German cultural fund - have organized a double working group on electronic music, followed by a series of conferences and three concerts.
Selected upon application file (talent and motivation) the eleven participants, all young creators of electronic music coming from Lagos and several other cities in Nigeria, have had the chance to improve their technique and their knowledge of the main software programs in musical creation, alongside three professional musicians / producers : Pit Spector on behalf of France in Abuja, Daniel Haaksman on behalf of Germany, and Afrologic on behalf of Nigeria, both of them in Lagos.
During the first week each group worked on the creation of new pieces, accompanied by Nigerian instrumental musicians (percussion, trumpet), while also recording soundscapes in Lagos and Abuja.
The participants of the Abuja workshop have joined for the weekend those of Lagos’s and each of them have had the chance to benefit during 3 days of the experience of great professionals of the Nigerian and international music industry.
Amongst the interventions we shall note the contributions of the President of Sony Music West Africa, Michael Ugwu, the President of COSON (equivalent to SACEM in France), Chief Tony Okoroji, the General Director of Premier Music, Toju Ejueyitche, and several agents of renowned artists, managers of music labels, production managers, and lawyers specialized in intellectual property rights and royalties.
In Abuja as in Lagos closing concerts took place. The participants of the workshops had a chance to present their creation to the public.
In Abuja the five participants performed in front of one hundred people at the IICD Centre (International Institute for Creative Development) at the closing of the exhibition “Abuja Alive”
The concerts in Lagos were part of the Felabrations, the international cultural and musical event in honour of Fela Kuti, inventor of Afrobeat and the most emblematic Nigerian musician worldwide. Giving pride of place to Nigerian music and Fela’s music, revisited in accordance with the codes and rhythms of modern electro-music, the two concerts met a large audience, particularly enthusiastic.
This - added to the fact that the participants of the workshops have particularly appreciated the week in all its dimensions (practical, theoretical, eventwise) - comforts the French Embassy in Nigeria in its willingness to continue in this direction.
More widely it should be noted that this project coincides with the French Embassy’s wish to support creative industries in Nigeria and contemporary creation, and to develop its relationships with the new Nigerian musical scene.
The success of this project finally shows the strength of the Franco-German partnership and encourages us to continue to work together as well as with our other European partners.
Daniel Haaksman and Afrologic, the German and Nigerian facilitators
Parts of the attendees at the studio
promotion at Classic FM Radio
Final concert at Freedom Park