On the 27th of May 2017 Lagos State will turn 50 years and this milestone has not gone unnoticed by stakeholders in the Jazz community. Inspiro productions, a leading creative industry promotions outfit and organizers of Nigeria’s premier Jazz festival – The Lagos International Jazz Festival (LIJF) and her partners are rolling out their drums to be part of this year’s Golden Jubilee celebration. This year’s festival themed 50:50:50JAZZ will have 50 Lagos Jazz & Jazz related musicians performing 50 Lagos songs for Lagos@50.
Inspiro CEO & Lagos International Jazz Festival founder/festival director Ayoola Sadare in an issued statement said “we are excited at the progress Lagos State has made in the last 50 years. Lagos is Nigeria’s center of excellence, the melting pot of Nigeria’s various ethnic groups, Africa’s no 1 entertainment capital, the 5th largest economy in Africa among other achievements.
As a first among equals in many respects the state has every reason to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its creation. Furthermore the excellent strides of the current Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration with his tourism, hospitality, entertainment and porting excellence (T.H.E.S.E.) vision is commendable and worthy of support and celebration. Lagos International Jazz Festival’s 50:50:50 JAZZ Lagos@50 special edition seeks to showcase the best of Lagos in music and further establish the mega-city as a globally recognized jazz tourism destination and eventually make it the No 1 Jazz Festival in Africa. 50:50:50JAZZ is our birthday gift to Lagos and Lagosians as it turns 50.” “The event is expected to run between 28-30 April 2017 with JAM venues and performing acts to be announced later.