Lagos Urban Music Festival Sets For Independence Day Debut


Pretty Okafor

The maiden edition of the Lagos Urban Music Festival scheduled to hold at the Freedom Park, Lagos Island, on October 1, will surely add beauty to the celebration of Nigeria 55th Independence Day.

The festival, which is being organised by the Performing Musicians Employer Association of Nigeria (PMAN) in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, will give music and art lovers the opportunity to watch their favourite Nigeria artistes perform live on stage for free. Over 50 artistes and 10 Disc jockeys are expected to be on stage.

Among the list of artistes on parade are 2Face Idibia, M.I, Eedris AbdulKareem, Sunny Neji, Reminisce, Falz, Patorankin and others
In his speech at the official unveiling of the project, PMAN president, Pretty Okafor, who guaranteed security of lives and properties of audience at the event, said, “it’s a major activity and we are happy to partner the Lagos State government and other corporate bodies. The event shall henceforth be celebrated annually to celebrate Lagos as a tourism destination. All Music and Entertainment loving Nigerians, corporate bodies and government agencies are welcome to the groove.”

The PMAN boss added, “we have a website for the festival where anyone can volunteer and will be paid to work at the event.”
Speaking with Journalist, ace singer Sunny Nneji reaffirm the commitment of Nigeria entertainment industry to job creation and contribute to GDP of the country.
“The entertainment industry has contributed to the GDP of Nigeria, and have remained an alternative means for Nigeria to survive without oil.”

The artiste said fans should be looking forward to a great event.
“Lagosians should look forward to a great event, the way concerts are suppose to be; not the way they are now. We are going to have three rotational stages, three major genre of music that is, Hip-hop, Afropop and Highlife. I am sure that by next year everybody is going to be looking forward to it.”

He also informed that piracy is a major concern for all artistes in the industry, adding that new PMAN administration presided by Pretty Okafor is determined to confront the ugly trend.
“We want to tackle piracy with technology, in a short while, every music release in Nigeria will be coded and back-coded, which will make it difficult to be pirated and will make everyone to do their business legally. Until now, government has not been taken the entertainment industry seriously, but now, they have different view because of the dwindling oil price; the government is looking for alternative means to fund projects,” he said.

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