Thursday, July 9, 2015
ARTMOSPHERE, a leading monthly platform for the revival of a vibrant reading culture and the promotion of creative expressions in literature and the arts amongst Nigeria’s teeming youth is set to host renowned music maestro, performing poet and social critic, Segun Akinlolu also known as Beautiful Nubia on Saturday July 18, 2015.
Curated by WriteHouse Collective since July 2011, ARTMOSPHERE has consistently incorporated the classic ideals of artistic erudition with the innovations of performance practice and contemporary culture. The event offers an eclectic mix of creative dexterity from leading and emerging culture practitioners in Nigeria. Book readings, poetry performances, panel discussions, music and art exhibitions are creatively fused together to make each edition a memory to be relished.
The evening will commence at 3pm with Blogger and Screenwriter, Seun Odukoya opening the stage with readings from his debut fiction, Saving Dapo. This will be followed by a series of readings, performances and conversations with Beautiful Nubia, singer, songwriter, poet and founder of Nigeria’s foremost contemporary folk and roots music group, the Roots Renaissance Band.
Born in Ibadan in 1968, Beautiful Nubia’s songs are built on rich folkloric traditions and native wisdom but his message is universal in thrust and theme: value life, respect nature and learn to live in peace with others. The music speaks for the voiceless and champions the dream of a balanced society where individuals are truly free and equal. It preaches love and tolerance but also urges people to stand and defend their rights when trampled upon anywhere in the world.
EniObanke, his music production and marketing company has over the years organized the leading folk and roots music festival in Nigeria, the EniObanke Music Festival (EMUfest). Beautiful Nubia has released over 12 musical albums, a novella and several poetry publications and recordings. Poet and literary critic, Gabriel Bamgbose will close the July edition of Artmosphere with selected readings from his debut poetry collection, Something Happened After the Rain.
ARTMOSPHERE comes up by 3pm on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110, Iyagunku Road, off Alalubosa GRA, Ibadan, Nigeria. Additional information about the event, together with details about how to get to the venue are available on ARTMOSPHERE’s fanpage: www.facebook.com/writehouseng.