After months of planning, it has been announced that Make Music Day 2022 celebrations will kickoff across Lagos and other Nigerian cities (Abuja, Uyo, Ibadan, Owerri & Ado-Ekiti) on 16th June and run till 26th June 2022 with a host of FREE Concerts, Open Mic Nights and other exciting FREE music-related events (Learn to Play, Learn to DJ, Music Business Conference, Songwriting and Artist Bootcamps etc.) to electrify music fans. Full list of events available at the Make Music Lagos website.
The announcement was made in Lagos on 9th June at a well-attended press conference organized by Make Music Nigeria, the organization saddled with the responsibility of overseeing Make Music Day celebrations in Nigeria, and its partners (Showgear, Zannoza Entertainment, IPC Events, Schullz66, and IMPREVA International)- with support from TuneCore and Slice Media.
The event, which are held in commemoration of the World Music Day (21st June), is now in its 7th consecutive year in Nigeria, and promises to be extraspecial as it also marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the global celebration which was first celebrated as Fête de la Musique in Paris in 1982 under the direction Jack Lang (then Minister of Culture of France) and Maurice Fleuret.
Team Lead, Make Music Nigeria, Adeola Akinyemi had this to say, “Early in the year, we promised a scaled-up version of the Make Music Day celebration for 2022 and we are excited to be able to deliver on our promise with these landmark celebrations.
Our desire is to deliver unforgettable experiences and boost the music culture in Nigeria and the rest of Africa so I encourage fans and industry insiders not to miss out on the events this year.”
Fans can expect a packed roster of Make Music Concerts across major locations through the period of celebrations. The biggest concert (and event), as usual, is the Shutdown Concert on 26th June at Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island (Lagos) which would have Johnny Drille, Magixx, Cavemen, Helen Ibe, Mike Abdul, and Sunkey Daniels performing.
Gospel fans can look forward to an inspiring time of worship with Folabi Nuel, Tosinbee, Jodeep, IBK, Anendlessocean on Sunday 19th June at the Make Music Pop Up Worship events at Harvesters Church (Anthony, Lagos) and Insight Bible Church (Uyo, Akwa Ibom). And if you fancy testing out your vocals, then you can make your way to any of the two (2) Make Music Open Mic Nights in the Yaba area of Lagos on 21st June.
Those looking to develop themselves as music industry players or professionals, would want to check out the Learn to Play, Learn to DJ and the Music Business Conference events which offer opportunities to network, learn and gain valuable knowledge and insights. Ace Nigerian DJ, DJ Nana will be dispensing insights and skills at the Learn to DJ event at the Palms Mall Lekki, Lagos on 25th June. The Music Business Conference (MBC), on the other hand, will be held on 16th June and 24th June at the Red Carpet Victoria, Lagos and Tiger Bar Lounge, Uyo respectively. Speakers are Gem Uduka (Universal Music), Emmanuel Babalola (Bundle), Chioma Onuchukwu (Tunecore), Akinyemi Ayomikun (High Tower Solicitors), Ekuwe Edwards (Marvin Records) etc.
Other opportunities for industry development and networking are the Songwriting Bootcamp to be hosted by TYbello and NOSA at the Kairos Hub on 18th June, and the Artiste Development Bootcamp to be hosted by “The House by Primero New Label Company Ltd” on 22nd June.
And you would want to tune in for the New Music Marathon on 21st June on the African Movie Channels (AMC) and Max FM on 24th June for fresh (never-aired) music from the Make Music community.
Whatever your taste or status is, there is something for everyone at the Make Music Day celebrations 2022. So, join the movement and celebrations.
Make Music Nigeria (Make Music Lagos) is a member of the Make Music Alliance (the global body promoting the World Music Day with HQ in New York). The organizing partners for 2022 are Showgear, Zannoza Entertainment, IPC Events, Schullz66, and IMPREVA International. Collaborators are Bolutife Awakan, Creative Cultura Media and Alien Nation. Supporters are TuneCore and Slice Media. Media Partners are African Movie Channel (AMC), TVC, Max FM, and City FM.
For more information about the lineup of events and partnerships, please visit www.makemusiclagos.org.ng or the official social media pages @makemusiclagos.