By Jeoffrey Mukubi
NIGERIA is heavily populated and although there are a million places to see, one particular place stood out. Bogobiri House situated on Victoria Island in Ikoyi Lagos, would often go unnoticed as the stree would remind one of Katutura. Upon doing research before actually going there, Bogobir is often unnoticed. It is simply a double story house with broken glass as tiles on the walls, with African art pieces hanging everywhere. Bogobiri has dedicated spaces for live bands or spoken word artists and other musician art forms. Some of the names that have played there include guitarist Keziah Jones and hip hop soul singer Nneka, as well as Afro Pop pioneer Orlando Julius, whose track record includes collaborations with Hugh Masekela and Motown producer Lamont Dozier. It is described as a space that brews new and up-coming talent as well as a refuge of art and misfits. The likes of 2face Idibia and Wizkid would go there without security just to watch and awe the atmosphere. “Many big promoters in Nigeria flock to Bogobiri House to scout for talent and if you are lucky you may just go viral,” said Job James Tudu, who is a radio presenter in Kaduna, Abuja and the festival director of Chong Dovatail Festival. It hosts regular music nights featuring a house band that would give many Namibian bands a run for their money. Thursday nights are open mic nights at Bogobiri, with the house band playing popular tunes from all over the world and even popular South African tunes which hits very close to home. The audience is a mix of people from all over Africa who are besotted with contemporary live music, while sipping on Palm Wine, beer, cocktails, coming from a fully stocked bar and some eating traditional Nigerian dishes, including Jollof Rice and Pounded Yam. Experiencing a truly Pan African environment will make you feel at home and the music will surely keep you on your feet for the whole night.
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