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Make Music Lagos Goes Virtual For The 2020 Edition

By Editor 15 June 2020   |   11:00 am

  • 2020 schedule of events, which comprises of returning & new events, announced
  • Set to launch COVID Took My Job initiative to support industry professionals

“The pandemic may rage on but the music must keep playing,” so said the Make Music Lagos 2020 organizing committee, comprising of Showgear and its partners, as they announced the schedule of events for MAKE MUSIC LAGOS 2020 as part of the buildup to the upcoming celebrations of WORLD MUSIC DAY in Lagos which will run for a week from Monday 15th June to Monday 22nd June.

Make Music Lagos, which is now in its fifth year of existence, is going to be exclusively online for the first time following the restrictions on large public gatherings by the Lagos State Government. A move and experiment, by its organisers, that promises to be interesting and could possibly offer a solution to the near collapse of activities in the Nigerian music and associated industries.

The Chair of the organizing committee and COO of Showgear, Mrs Deola Akinyemi, had this to say about the announcement, “The 2020 edition of Make Music Lagos had been in the works long before the pandemic struck and many feared that we would not be able to pull through with this edition, but I am thankful for the tenacity of my team and the availability of the technology to power a virtual edition. We are in uncharted waters, but we believe that we can make a positive impact in the lives of music enthusiasts as well as in the industry as we go on this exciting journey.”

The MML 2020 organisers have also announced that they will be launching the COVID Took My Job initiative to provide support to select industry professionals whose livelihoods have been adversely affected as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

This fifth consecutive edition of Make Music Lagos kicks off on Monday 15th June with a two-day LEARN TO PLAY event in partnership with Rainbow Fingers, The Saxophone School, Chrysolite and host of other music schools/teachers. The event, which will take place simultaneously across multiple free-to-access digital platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Zoom Skype etc., is designed to provide music instrument lessons to as many music fans as possible at no cost.

Another learning event for people to look forward to is the LEARN TO DJ event, which comes up on Wednesday 17th June on the Zoom and Instagram platform. In the past years, MML has collaborated with A-list DJs like DJ Jimmy Jatt and DJ Magnum to teach and inspire the next generation of DJs, and 2020 will be no exception as DJ Nana, DJ Obi and DJ Cypha have already confirmed their participation.

And next on the lineup on Thursday 18th June on the Zoom/YouTube platform is the MUSIC BUSINESS CONFERENCE, a new addition in 2019 that was a surprise hit. Expect hard-hitting conversations from industry insiders and influencers on the Nigerian music industry during and post-Covid-19.

While on Sunday 21st June, which is World Music Day, Make Music Lagos is going to be hosting a variety of FREE ONLINE MUSIC EVENTS to get the music fans super excited. There is the HOME STUDIO, a new addition to the lineup, which will have leading music producers (like Music Magnate, Olaitan Dada, Mr. Wols, Crackermallo, etc.) make beats from their home studio in real time. In the past, these beats would have been made on the streets of Lagos as part of the STREET STUDIO events. There are also the MAKE MUSIC LAGOS CONCERTS, hosted in collaboration with partners, which will give many upcoming acts the opportunity to perform to large audiences on YouTube and Instagram. And finally, there is the DJ ONLINE PARTY, another addition to the lineup, which will have a leading DJ and Hypemen hosting a high-energy online party.

Last on the list of events for the 2020 edition of Make Music Lagos is the LAGOS SHUTDOWN CONCERT, hosted by L’avenida Multipurpose Centre, which historically has had the largest audience and some of the biggest names in Nigerian music on stage each year, on Sunday 21st June on YouTube.

The full schedule of activities for MML 2020 and other exciting content from the pre-event activities and past editions are available on the Make Music Lagos website (www.makemusiclagos.org.ng) and social media pages @MakeMusicLagos.

Make Music Lagos 2020 is a member of and endorsed by the Make Music Alliance (the global body promoting the World Music Day with HQ in New York) and supported by TVC, Max FM, and a host of other partners. And the organizing team is led by SHOWGEAR and its partners: IMPREVA, IPC EVENTS, LEGACY PLANET, and ZANNOZA ENTERTAINMENT.

Our Media Partners are TVC/MAX FM, Accelerate TV, COOL FM, Guardian. We welcome more partnerships.

And as it is the global practice of Make Music Day, ALL EVENTS ARE FREE. Meaning that you do not pay to attend or perform at any of the events. It is open to all without any strings attached.

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