Family, associates mark 10th anniversary of passage of Steve Rhodes with music prize

May 29, 2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of the renowned music impresario, broadcaster and art manager, Steve Omodele Bankole Rhodes. Born at No. 38 Igbosere Road, Lagos, on April 8, 1926, he died on Democracy Day, May 29, 2008 in a London hospital, where he had been admitted following a bout of illness.

To set the anniversary celebration ball rolling the Rhodes family has set up an endowment — the Elder Steve Rhodes Award for the Best Graduating Music Student from the University of Lagos. According to his third daughter, Jeanette Rhodes, this first award will be presented during the University of Lagos Convocation ceremony on February 20, 2018.

She disclosed further, “On the 20th February 2018, Freedom Park in collaboration with the family will display a photographic exhibition (initially displayed in 2014 to mark the 6th anniversary) and the public will have the opportunity to view the exhibition as well as watch a short documentary titled Metamorphosis directed and produced of Femi Odugbemi.”

The event of February 20th will wrap up with some musical entertainment, especially by a band that is competent in both highlife and jazz idioms – the two genres that were Elder Rhodes most preferred forms.

“All are encouraged to come and participate – established musicians and budding talents alike,” stated the Jeanette for the organisers.Remarkably, Freedom Park, the venue for these celebrations, is located at the site of the former Prisons on Broad Street, a stone’s throw from Igbosere Road, where the late Steve Rhodes was born, “so this is a fitting tribute to this great legend!”

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