A live unplugged celebration of African folk and guitar music across Nigeria, Ghana, Congo and Cameroon from 1930–1970 will be taking place at the Quintessence Gallery, Park View Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Sunday January 22, 2016. Ikenga will be performing live on stage the Waterside Session–The Confluence of African Rivers.

Ikenga is an African popular group originally called The Rhythm Project. It was formed in Lagos, Nigeria in 1995 by Nigerian solicitor and multi-instrumentalist Edward Emeka Keazor. He is a historian, a volunteer contributing writer for the Nsibidi Institute and has sat as West African Regional Editor for Music in Africa. Keazor also played for The Funkees, Fatai Rolling Dollar and Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra.

Ikenga served as a vehicle for exercising musical ideas and steadily grew around the Lagos area to gain much recognition in the Afro-jazz scene. The band comprised of members of some of Africa’s greatest bands such as Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80, Koffi Olomide’s Quartier Latin and Tabu Ley’s Afrisa.

The concert will feature some veterans such as; Papa Tino Batangisa, a vocalist/saxophonist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who played for Tabu ley Rochereau, Abeti Massikini and Ras Kimono; Eddie Offeyi, a drummer/vocalist and former member of the Professional Seagulls, Headzfunk and Christie Essien’s Goldtrain Orchestra; and Oscar Elimbi, who was born in Cameroon in the early 1950s and started his career in 1971, playing the guitar. He once backed up soul legend, Manu Dibango on one of his tours in Cameroon and has recorded with Afrobeat celebrity Tony Allen, and Damon Albarn. He moved to Nigeria in the early 1980s and pitched his tent as the lead guitarist of the Kabassa Band led by multi-talented Nigerian diva, Onyeka Onwenu.

The band will be performing the music of African folk guitar legends including Justus Domingo, Irewolede Denge, Essien and Tagoe, Joseph Wendo Kolosoy, Kwame Asare, Israel Njemanze, Julius Araba, Okonkwo Adigwe, Sally Young, Ambrose Campbell, Kwaa Mensah and Dikoume Bernard.

Quintessence hopes to re-enact their musical memories with the free event for all African folk guitar enthusiasts. Donations will be accepted to benefit the charity, Eruobodo House Orphanage.

Adedoyin Emmanuella Sowemimo studied Finance at the University of Lagos, Nigeria and holds a diploma in Administration from the Chartered Institute of Administration (CIA). She is passionate about music, enjoys writing and is open to new experiences and ideas.

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