Mama Rainbow and Iya Awero, both veteran actresses, danced together as musician Shina Peters performed at the annual Olojo Festival, which was recently held in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
On Friday, a video of the movie star competing for the best dancer while a veteran musician sang was uploaded to Instagram.
Guests at the event stormed the stage to spray money on the women as they demonstrated their dancing skills.
The new wife of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who attended the event with her husband, also demonstrated her dancing skills.
Rauf Aregbesola, the interior minister, and Benedict Alabi, the deputy governor of Osun State, among others, were also in attendance.
Idowu Philips, also known as Mama Rainbow, will turn 80 on October 16 while Lanre Hassan, also known as Iya Awero, turns 72 on October 3.
In other news, The Lagos International Jazz Festival, organised by Inspiro Productions in collaboration with SloweGanzi USA, GQ Acoustics, and Zome International, has set December 28 and 29 as the dates for the “LAGOS GLOBAL AFROBEATS KULTURE FESTIVAL- LAGOS GAKFEST LAGOS 2022.”
On Friday, September 30, this information was released in a press release.
According to the founder and festival director Ayoola Sadare, “Lagos Is The Afrobeats Capital Of The World & since it is also one of the fastest growing music genres currently on the global scene now, its imperative that the city hosts a festival worthy to showcase that status. From a tourism point of view, people want to know where the Lagos mentioned in many Afrobeats hits is and visit same.
“For example quite recently it was part of the title of Wizkid’s global awards winning MADE IN LAGOS album. Afrobeats is to Lagos, Nigeria what Kingston, Jamaica and New Orleans, Louisiana are to Reggae and Jazz aficionados respectively and are attracted to those cities. December was chosen to kick off GAKFEST because it’s the year end and also the holiday season when a lot of travelling takes place and people would have the opportunity to attend the event.”
Sadare who had been organising the festival since 2005 added: “Although Afrobeats is also now played by many other pop musicians in other African countries, its pioneers and trailblazers are undoubtedly Nigerians with Lagos being the bastion of Afrobeats as over 80% of its proponents’ reside in the city. Starting from Lagos the music has moved to the African continent and exploded globally in places like London, the US and is rapidly spreading to other parts of the globe. GAKFEST is planned as a multi-city touring event to showcase the genre in these other cities. Our technical partners SloweGanzi USA led by GAKFEST Executive Vice Chairman Mr. Wole Akande are integral to making this happen.”
“Afrobeats artistes are fast gaining recognition and reshaping the sound and texture of pop music globally winning global awards like the Grammy, BET and others. They are also touring globally, selling out at never before done venues like the London 02, Paris Accor, Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl, New York Madison Square Garden among others. This phenomenal rise is so evident that the Grammys recently announced that the genre is being considered given a category at the influential annual musical award. Its Afrobeats Moment and we plan to also showcase it in our city!”