Day pianist Dapo Dina thrilled at Mandela birthday Lagos celebrations

Posted: August 9, 2012 in arts/culture

The recently held Mandela day celebration in Lagos was a well attended event to honour the living legend Nelson Mandela fondly called Madiba.

The event organized by the South African High Commission in Lagos, in partnership with Silverbird was held at the Galleria in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Amongst the dignitaries present at the event were Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, Consul General South Africa High Commission Ambassador Monaisa, Seasoned broadcaster Soni Irabor and Chairman, Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr. Foluso Philips, to mention a few.

Part of the activities of the day was the revelation of German-based Nigerian pianist Dapo Dina, who left attendees spellbound as he and his band which included ace Saxophonist Segun Atoyebi and Bassist Joshua Fashina performed to the delight of the crowd.

Dina showed dexterity on his Clarinova piano which he specially brought to the event because of what he called its ‘weighted’ keys and in between the various activities on the programme of events for the day he was on hand to deliver both traditional South African tunes from Miriam Makeba, Abdullahi Ibrahim and also several Nigerian traditional standards.

His mastery on the piano left Professor Wole Soyinka thrilled as other notable guests also commended on his artistry as a musician.

Dina has over the last 5 years featured in many festivals abroad with his favourite performing spots being the European and South African music scene. Here in Nigeria, he is expected to feature prominently in the forthcoming ‘The Tale Of Two African Cities’ Fusion showcase between Nigeria and South Africa and The MUSON Jazz festival 2012 amongst other events.

The musician who draws his musical influences from musicians like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Gonzalo Rubalcalba is a set to release his latest work ‘wealth of Knowledge’ into the African Market under the auspices of Inspiro productions.

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