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Naija Chronicles and a New Release: ūüí≠ SiLenT ThOuGhTs ūüí≠ – #BringBackOurGirls

Hello Friends,

Heartwarming greetings from my African sunkissed heart to yours ūüôā and a Happy new month of August to you!

I just arrived from my home country of Nigeria the past month of July, promoting my debut album “Organically Singing”¬† and ¬†garnering¬†some press/media presence and on ground performances. Follow me at ¬†@Tosinger on instagram¬† to have a sneak peak of that journey, see a few pics below. Thank God for His mercies, grace and favor and thank you Lagos for your hospitality.

Singing at Jazzhole, Lagos
Interview with Tosyn Bucknor of Top Radio 90.9 FM
Performing at Freedom Park, Lagos with Seun Olota
Interview with Harry Itie for TVC Channel “On The Town”
After radio interview with Olabisi Omidire of EkoFm

 

RhythmFM 93.7 interview on Celebrity Live Wednesday
With Etuk Ubong and the band at Jazzhole

I am also delighted to present to you a creative product of my visit to Nigeria which is officially released digitally today. I worked with the multitalented Producer/Musician – FloRocka– on my latest project, an audio drama/spoken word titled ‘Silent Thoughts’.

Meeting the talented Florocka 6 years after. Prior to this, 6 years ago, I did digital artist promotions and social media marketing for his very first project – The OverFlo
With Flo and Rapper DMSquared

‘Silent Thoughts‘ is an Audio Drama/Spoken Word/Storytelling Project with an afro-theatrical edge addressing the issues of our times. As a spoken form of art on a musical backdrop, ‘Silent Thoughts’ intends to provoke and inspire thought towards change. Things have been quiet lately about the Chibok Girls. Whatever happened to #BringBackOurGirls? What is currently happening?

Download here

Subscribe to my email list at www.tosinger.com  for a link to download on your mobile.

Watch ‘The Making’ of Silent Thoughts

In other news, do take a moment to read my interview with The Guardian NG

Thanks for your love and support.

Blessings to you and yours this new month and beyond!

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…
Tosinger
Singer I Songwriter I Storyteller

Artivist mode ūüôā
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Fashion News – #LeadingLooksLike & #LFDW2015

Loving ¬†the social campaign integrated as a marketing effort by¬†the fashion retail site ‘The Limited’ tagged ‘The New Look of Leadership’.¬†Brands are now developing ways to connect on the “real ¬†human” level with potential consumers/clients. Thanks to the new media age for making this easier and more effective.

TheLimited.com put together a selection of women from different fields, expressing a message of the perception of what  #LeadingLooksLike :

Limited.com says:

Leading is a way of approaching life‚Äďand in today’s world, there are infinite shapes it can take. It’s time the definition fit them all. So we’re calling on leaders of all types to help build a vibrant community of inspirational women. Together, we will re-create the picture of empowerment to reflect the authentic, modern leaders we see every day‚ÄĒanswering the question, “What does leading look like?” with you. And her. And us.THE POSSIBILITIES ARE UNLIMITED.

The Limited is on a mission to redefine leadership. So we’re creating a community of leaders Рcelebrating real and inspiring women who lead every day, in every way. Want to be part of it? Go online and tell them about the ways you lead in your life for a chance to be featured in their upcoming campaign.

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In other news,  my social media feed has recently been saturated with lovely & delectable designs from the just concluded Lagos Fashion & Design Week which took place towards the end of October, 2015. LFDW is a premiere fashion event which brings together media, industry, buyers and consumers to view the current collections of designers in Nigeria, West Africa.

The platform aims to cut across geographic and culture barriers and position itself as a business of fashion and design event targeted at showcasing the best of the fashion and design industry, drive the Nigerian fashion industry and ultimately uplift its profile within the economy. Lagos will play host to the fashion and exhibition led event that will feature: Runway shows featuring new season collections from the best talents in the fashion industry; exhibitions featuring fashion products and accessories, textiles, design elements, photography and art installations workshops and master classes that will facilitate knowledge transfer, information exchange and networking opportunities across board. Another attraction is Lagos itself ‚Äď a metropolitan island that features an interesting mix of people, cultures and is fast becoming the melting pot for business in Africa. Participants, designers and visitors alike can expect a diversified and interactive platform to maximize their exposure within and beyond their industry circle and open gateways for more business opportunities.

For the past 5 years, LFDW has remained dedicated to the growth and promotion of creatives in the industry by nurturing, fine tuning, rewarding their skills and providing them with a solid platform for achieving their goals.
This vision is primarily centered on providing on-going support to designers via mentor ship, education and capacity building as well as opportunities to present their work before an audience that facilitates commerce.

And as is my custom with fashion weeks, here’s my 7 favorite designer selections from the¬†showcases at the Heineken LFDW2015. All photos are via LFDW ¬†(Follow at¬†@LFDW_NG)¬†Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

NKWO

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The use of a denim pant as gele is such an eclectic idea. I love the unusual and this is such a welcoming one, something I would do. Brilliant!

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

LANRE DA SILVA AJAYI

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The headpiece, the flow of the fabric!

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

MAI ATAFO

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The mustard color, the styling..

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The work of an artist friend Laolu Senbanjo was incorporated in this fabric design. Kudos!

SUNNY ROSE

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The simplicity, the flow, the vibrancy, the fabric texture combos.

REVAMP O

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna)

The bohemian look :), the vintage feel, the nudes..

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna)

ONALAJA

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The girliness, the playfulness, the cuteness..

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

Last, but not least

ORENTE AYABA

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The Art, the artsy backdrop..this is not just fashion, this is art on canvas.. very eclectic!

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

These are my personal preferences and in no way serve as an endorsement out of the about 25 designers who showcased at the event, check out the other designers to see their work.

Beautifully Dreaming…Positively Doing!

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Organically Singing the album, now available for download here!

Artist Spotlight – Seyi Voice (@VoiceSeyi) New Music Release

Seyi Voice, a Nigerian Gospel Music Artist releases two new singles today titled ‘Champion’ and ‘He’s Able‘ in anticipation of his upcoming album ‘Sound Of Victory’. Produced by ‘Dr Groove’ and recorded at G-Zone Studios, ¬†‘Champion’ has an African highlife swing to it, a danceable rhythm with inspirational lyrics for everyone from all walks of life, to let them know that¬†they can make it and to be assured that¬†God is not a respecter of persons; “if you ¬†believe that you are a champion (in Christ), you¬†are on your journey to success”

Listen and download here

 

About Seyi Voice

Seyi Voice is a dynamic worshiper, music director, singer/songwriter and a music producer. All his life he has been all about¬†good music. He owns God’s Zone recording studio. Presently, he runs an outreach program called “Unusual Worship” which comprises of a collective of powerful anointed song ministers . His upcoming album is titled Sound of Victory due to be released at a date yet to be announced. He travels nationwide to ¬†minister in churches and events.

Seyi Voice says:

“Having gone through a lot and seen a lot, I discovered that pain is¬†inevitable when birth is about to take place in one’s life. God’s people, I want you to know that in every situation, God shall always remain God”

Connect with him on Facebook

Follow him on Twitter at @voiceseyi

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Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti: The Mother of Afrobeat and Spokesperson for Women in Africa’s Movement for Independence

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© James G. Spady and Akinyemi Bajulaiye 2015

Nobel Prize Winner, Wole Soyinka of Nigeria, makes the role of women like Funmilayo clear when he states, ‚ÄúI have always insisted that American or European feminism has little to teach¬†most¬†other societies ‚ÄĒ- here is proof [For Women and The Nation: Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti]¬†in this portrait of a remarkable woman in¬†remarkable times, brought vividly to life in a work that¬†explores¬†the often neglected crevices¬†of history.‚ÄĚ

Fela Remembers Being Introduced To His Excellency Kwame Nkrumah By His Mother

There are many who see Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti as not only the mother of Fela Ransome-Kuti and the Afrobeat Musical Movement but also as the mother of the modern African women’s resistance movements in the 20th century. Scholarship on the crucial roles played by women in their independence movements and in anti-colonial movements in Africa is still underexplored. What do we know about the relationship of a Nigerian leader like Mme. Ransome-Kuti…

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Each Passing Day – Photo Exhibition at The Lagos Photo Foundation

The Lagos Photo foundation will be hosting an¬†opening reception of Akintunde Akinleye’s solo exhibition entitled¬†Each Passing Day, which will take place on¬†Sunday, April 19th, 6PM¬†at the Red Door Art Gallery, 51 Bishop Oluwole Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Nigeria.
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Each Passing Day is a careful selection from the hundreds of thousands of single images, extracted from different documentary projects and spot news events, which were inspired by the Nigerian space during the last decade and now. 

This exhibition showcases Akintunde’s photography documentation of Nigeria by bringing together photographs categorized to reflect series of unrelated events and activities of the daily lives of ordinary citizens in Nigeria. 

The pictures depict a truthful rendering of each passing day in the life of resilient Nigerians and show the political, social and physical landscape in which we exist.

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Akintunde Akinleye, is the first Nigerian Photographer to have been awarded a prize in the prestigious World Press Photo, Netherlands in 2007 with an iconic photograph of a man rinsing soot from his face at the scene of an oil pipeline explosion in Lagos, December 2006. An award fellow of the National Geographic Society- All Roads photo project, Akintunde currently lives in Lagos and works for Reuters covering breaking news, documentary pieces and human interest stories.



The Akintunde Akinleye Exhibition is brought to you by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria with its joint venture partners and the LagosPhoto Foundation.
 

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LAGOSPHOTO FESTIVAL 2015 (@LagosPhotoFest) : TALENT CALL

LagosPhoto Festival is the first and only International Photography Festival in Nigeria. LagosPhoto is on the lookout for photographers working in Africa and from the African Diaspora telling unique and interesting stories.

  • send ¬†5 low res images (preferably from one project), project synopsis, your CV+ bio + date of birth to: outreach@lagosphotofestival.com The subject line: Talent Call_your name
  • Submission policy: Due to the high volume of submissions, they¬†¬†will contact you if they are interested in working with you. They¬†are interested in all genres of photography. Get in touch!

For more info, visit their site at http://www.lagosphotofestival.com/news/article/lagosphoto-talent-call-2015

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ABOUT LAGOSPHOTO
Launched in 2010, LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria. In a month long festival, events include exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions and large scale outdoor prints displayed throughout the city with the aim of reclaiming public spaces and engaging the general public with multifaceted stories of Africa. LagosPhoto aims to establish a community for contemporary photography which will unite local and international artists through images that encapsulate individual experiences and identities from across all of Africa. LagosPhoto presents and educates about photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical and contemporary issues, the sharing of cultural practices, and the promotion of social programmes.

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HAABRE, THE LAST GENERATION- “H√Ę√Ębr√© is the same word for writing/scarification‚ÄĚ in K√ī language from Burkina faso. Scarification is the practice of performing a superficial incision in the human skin. This practice is disappearing due to the pressure of religious and state authorities, urban practices and the introduction of clothing in tribes.” ¬© Joana Choumali.

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The Supreme Price – Trailer

Produced and Directed by Joanna Lipper, ‘The Supreme Price’ is a feature length documentary film that traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Following the annulment of her father’s victory in Nigeria’s Presidential Election and her mother’s assassination by agents of the military dictatorship, Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria’s most marginalized population: women.

Hafsat Abiola   

About Joanna Lipper

Joanna Lipper
Joanna Lipper is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and author of the nationally acclaimed book, Growing Up Fast. As a Lecturer at Harvard University, she teaches Using Film For Social Change. Her work as a documentary filmmaker has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation/Just Films, ITVS, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Women Make Movies, IFP Spotlighting Documentaries, and Britdoc Foundation. ‚Ä®‚Ä®In 2013, Gucci commissioned an extended trailer from her film The Supreme Price to launch their Chime For Change Campaign at TED 2013 and globally.‚Ä®‚Ä® In 2012, Joanna Lipper won the Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award for The Supreme Price. Previous films she has produced and directed include Inside Out: Portraits of Children, Growing Up Fast and Little Fugitive.‚Ä®‚Ä® Lipper’s book about teen parenthood, Growing Up Fast, was published by Picador in 2003.‚Ä®‚Ä® “Compelling and important…this book adroitly illuminates a social crisis.” (Publisher’s Weekly) Her photographic series, Seaweed Farmers in Zanzibar was featured in Economica: Picturing Power and Potential, a group exhibition presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and The International Museum of Women in Summer of 2010. This series along with a related multimedia installation was featured in a solo show at Photo De Mer in Vannes, France in 2011. ( Culled from her website http://www.joannalipper.com/)

Watch Trailer

The Supreme Price – Trailer from Joanna Lipper on Vimeo.

The Washington Post Press Review 

“….Some of the best documentaries tell inspiring stories of people overcoming the unthinkable… With an uptick in kidnappings and killings, the situation in Nigeria is looking bleak. How exactly did the country get to such a state? Joanna Lipper‚Äôs film looks at the pro-democracy movement in the corrupt African nation but also gives a helpful tutorial on Nigerian politics….‚ÄĚ ‚Äď The Washington Post

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Season Finale of @NdaniTV ‘s Gidi Up 2

Gidi Up is a Nigerian television and web drama series starring OC Ukeje, Somkele Iyamah, Adeyemi Okanlawon and Titi Sonuga in lead roles. The series is created by Jadesola Osiberu and executively produced by Lola Odedina. It is produced by Ndani TV and sponsored by GTBank. Episodes are first aired online through Ndani.tv web channel and the first episode was aired on 20 February 2013.

The series follows the lives of four young adults (Obi, Tokunbo, Eki and Yvonne) who are pursuing success and independence in the city of Lagos, revealing the challenges they are faced with at every step of the way in their quest to achieve their dreams. The title of the series is culled from the popular term “Las Gidi”, a nickname for Lagos city.

The first season of the series was an eight-part web miniseries, with a length of approximately eight minutes per episode and used to be broadcast only online.The second season was however converted into a full 30-minute episodial television and webseries, with the first season combined together, re-edited and aired on television as the pilot episode for season 2. (culled wiki)

I got hooked on Season 2 and the season finale Episode 12 was published today. ¬†This will not be a review, or an expose on my favorite or least favorite characters because I will not like to preempt your thoughts about it. I must say it however gives you a good perspective of contemporary modern life of the young and upwardly mobile professionals in today’s Africa plus it’s great entertainment. The script/film¬†is quite impressive and the acting is on point. I have compiled the videos below for your easy viewing. Enjoy!

And if you want to watch a compact Season one, here goes

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Man No Die… Music No Die ~ Gone But Not Forgotten

When it comes to music¬†and general aura of the cultural creative, I am an old soul as evident in a¬†huge section of my music taste. So it was with sparked interest and melancholy that I heard of the news of the death of Nigerian highlife, afrogroove, afrofunk¬† musical legend ‘Bola Johnson’ who ironically, his discography included a title tagged¬†‘Man no die’¬†. I got the news of his demise, as posted on the wall of a fellow afro old-school music connoisseur who is a music historian, DJ & owner of ‘Comb & Razor’, Uchenna Ikonne. The news was broken to him this morning, however Mr Bola Johnson passed on recently,¬†April 6, 2014 to be precise. No further info on the¬†circumstances of his death. May his soul rest in peace. His music legacy lives on.

From the vaults of Philips in Nigeria comes this collection of mysterious trumpeter and bandleader Bola Johnson. Unmissable 60s and early 70s recordings for all highlife and Afrobeat fans. A missing jewel from a golden age of Nigerian music РVampisoul  Records

 Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beat

About Bola Johnson – as culled from a VampiSoul Publication which now links to Munster Records.

Up till now, Bola Johnson only seems to figure in the margins of the high octane Lagos music scene of the late 60s and early 70s. He may have never had the focus, the career longevity or the catalogue of titans like Afrobeat’s Fela Kuti, juju’s King Sunny Ade or highlife’s Victor Olaiya, but his music took its own magnificent route through the popular music of the time. His joyful treasure of a voice embellished every style in his repertoire, from the sweetly melodic heights of highlife and palm wine to the soulful skanking of Afro-blues/funk and Afrobeat; his red hot trumpet scorches its way to your yearning soul; his tunes vibrate with infectious hooks and undulating rhythms; he seems equally at home composing across the stylistic range‚Ķ Funk? Calypso? Highlife? You got it!

Bola Johnson was born in 1947 into a musical family. He attended Livingstone Academy in Lagos and, after that, the prestigious Eko Boys High School. In 1962 he dropped out of school to follow his musical destiny. His trumpet dreams were inflamed by his time playing with Nigerian trumpet-playing legend and highlife maestro Eddy Okonta, but he joined Eric Akeaze’s highlife band as a singer and maracas player in that same year, then resident at the Easy Life Hotel, in Mokola, Ibadan, which was the hub of the music scene in Nigeria in the 60s. When Eric Akeaze and his band left the Easy Life Hotel, Bola was asked to stay and set up the Easy Life Top Beats. They also toured the northern part of Nigeria. When Bola returned south, this time to Lagos later in 1968, he and his musicians were match fit and ready to make their funkiest tracks.

In 1964, while still only 17 years old, Bola had been signed to the Philips West African record label, and he recorded many of the rootsier tracks you can hear on this album as 7-inch singles. In 1968, in Lagos, he recorded the funkier material on his “Papa Rebecca Special” LP and later a rootsier album entitled “Ashewo Ajegunle Yakare”. Given how great he sounds, you’ve just got to ask exactly why more material wasn’t recorded. According to Bola, the A&R people at Philips in those days allowed sentiment for the past to override their judgment in promoting new artists, because they had highlife giants on their label such as Osita Osadebe, Rex Lawson, Victor Olaiya and Bobby Benson, and so it was hard for younger artists to get their attention, backing and consequent exposure.

Additionally, it was always difficult for him to own musical instruments, and bandleaders were the people who owned and supplied their musicians with musical hardware. Of course, you must factor in the civil war and the consequent decrease in popularity of highlife. Then the rise of juju, Afrobeat and the briefly fashionable Afro-rock. Classic and unique as Bola’s approach was, it didn’t seem to light the same kind of fuse for young Lagos. As his musical opportunities began to go off the boil, Bola went into broadcasting, firstly at Radio Nigeria Ibadan in 1970 and then he moved to the FRCN (Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria) in 1973. Sometimes he played at the Cool Cat in Ebute Metta, Lagos.

Bola Johnson  1947 -2014

Listen to¬†his “Lagos sisi” track

Boomkat product review of ‘Man No Die’ CD

The irrepressible Vampisoul label presents a wonderful overview of Nigerian legend, Bola Johnson. With all the attention afforded to Fela Kuti, Victor Olaiya and King Sunny Ade, Bola seems to have slipped by all but the most ardent collectors and Nigerian natives, that is until Kayode Samuel painstakingly researched and dug deep in the crates to collect these twenty two track, spread over two discs. As you’ll discover when dipping in, Bola was a charming personality who could adapt his charming vocals and trumpet playing to a range of styles, from Calypso to Funk, Highlife and Afrobeat. Disc 1 contains the Afrobeat spiced palm wine styles of ‘Asewo Ajegunle Yakare’, the frisky merengue-like rhythms of his house band Easy Life Top Beats on ‘Oro Aiye’, and the swinging highlife of ‘Iyawo Kokoro Mi Da’ with its charming soap opera intro. Disc 2 opens with the killer drums of ‘Mimo Mimo Loluwo’ (sample hunters beware), before firing up the deadly James Brown-debted Yoruba Funk of ‘Ezuku Bozo’ and ‘Lagos Sisi’, plus the infectious blues licks and conga shake of ‘Lagos Special’, and heartwarming rootsy Highlife in ‘Edumare Soro’. Once word gets out about this album, there’s gonna be a stampede from the Afrobeat lovers!

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Whatever happens to music royalties of legendary Afro musicians? What is the structure in place for African musicians to get what they rightfully and legally deserve when they are long retired or gone? or after foreign music tastemakers see the treasure in their work and take over representation/distribution, do they get what they rightfully deserve? This will be a great “look into” for future and I’ll be checking with my friend, Uchenna Ikonne, on his thoughts on that soon.

Talking about mysterious legends, this video documentary about William Onyeabor,the man and his music, intrigued me so much,¬† to say the least. It is interesting how the relevance of ‘old music’ is now catching and riding on the waves of the ‘modern age’. Watch this.

Keeping the legacy of afro music alive, and promoting and supporting talented indie afro~artists today, who make contemporary afrofusion music on the continent and in the diaspora, is a passion/project of mine tagged ‘Afrodreamfest’. Check on it and be in the know and kindly spread the word. Thank you!

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

FREE MUSIC DOWNLOAD #LAGOSLULLABYE FROM @SIJIMUSIC

My AfroSoulful ¬†-“brother from another mother“, (he just doesn’t know it ¬†yet or maybe he does ūüėÄ ) – just¬†released a new ditty so organic and so cool to soothe our souls from all the heat of the moment.

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He says:

I’d always loved Scorsese’s Taxi Driver particularly the scene in which the protagonist, Travis Bickle drives his cab around the mean and seedy streets of New York city’s Times Square.

Taking a cue from this timeless classic, I sought to take in and showcase the grittier side of Lagos in line with the songs candid lyrics. My kinsman and co-producer, Ade Bantu was on hand to capture me singing my heart away in the cramped backseat of our gypsy cab as it snaked its way past police check points, busy market streets, grinding traffic, admiring fans and petty traders, all of which make up this colorful and manic metropolis.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Las Gidi (Lagos) in all it’s rugged and funky technicolor glory. Kindly enjoy and remember to share this with all your friends globally.

‘Siji

I’ve always loved his sound and style and followed his project ‘Elder’s Corner’ for a while now. So it is with positive energy that I share his latest offering,¬†a free download. Enjoy Lagos LullabyE. Click on the pic to get yours.

LAGOS LULLABYE cover art

And here is the visual, feed your eyes (and ears) I love the capture and genuine incorporation of images from everyday Lagos

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xoxo

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