Midwestern commits to culture, tourism with MUSON jazz fest sponsorship

Posted: October 19, 2012 in travel & tourism

(L-R) Mr. Ayoola Sadare – Inspiro, Sola Omole of the MUSON and Engr Adams Okoene of the Midwestern Oil and Gas, at the media briefing unveiling schedule for the jazz festival which Saturday at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos in 2 shows

After hosting a successful jazz/highlife session that had two of Nigeria’s legendary and iconic musicians Victor Uwaifo and Victor Olaiya perform on stage at the MUSON Jazz Festival 2011, Midwestern Oil and Gas an indigenous company is yet consolidating its stake in the culture and tourism sub sector of the Nigerian economy as the firm throws weight behind this year’s MUSON Jazz Festival 2012.

Scheduled to run as part a broader package for the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Festival, which commenced Thursday, October 18 and will end on Sunday 28, the jazz festival on its part will be a one day jazz event on Saturday, October 20 to include two shows.

As a musical society set out to grow and develop Nigerian musical talents alongside organizing classical concerts and festivals, the MUSON festival annually showcases the a variety of artistic offerings which include classical, Jazz, Choral, traditional and contemporary music as well as drama.

Powered by Inspiro productions, the planned jazz festival is expected to feature an all Nigerian line-up of both international and home-based Jazz and jazz related (NAIJAZZ) musicians playing at 2 shows at the Shell Nigeria Hall Muson Centre.

The artistes include South Africa-based guitarist, Ayodel – the tungba Jazz master; South Africa-based bassist Mike Ebere; Germany-based piano Virtuoso, Dapo Dina; El Jazz; the blues guitar maestro; Saxtee, the Saxologist; Victor Ademofe, Trumpeter Extraordinaire; Adesuwa, the eclectic jazz vocalist; as well as Imole Afrika.

The annual MUSON festival has featured in its past editions Grammy award winning jazz artistes like Al Jarreau, Smooth jazz exponent Earl Klugh, Jimmy Dludlu and Lagbaja.

Chairman of the Festival planning committee, Mr. Kitoye Ibare-Akinsan who gave the details of the MUSON festival schedule of events, at a press briefing earlier said that the opening which is themed; My Kind of Music, will feature four highly accomplished people in the society who share their passion for music in general, their specific preferences and musical choices.

The idea of the MUSON Festival originated in the late 90’s and has become a major calendar item which lovers of arts look forward to each year.

The festival grew out of three consecutive nights of varied concerts at the MUSON Centre, by visiting artistes from Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow in January 1996. These concerts were successful and were called “Mini Festival”. This led to the birth of the first ‘MUSON Festival of Drama, Art and Dance in February 1997.

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