This year in Lagos, the celebration of the International Music Day, otherwise known as World Music Day held annually on June 21, will be hosted on the local scene by the National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN) and in an-other development, by three major members of the EUNIC Cluster Nigeria; namely, Goethe-In-stitut, British Council and Alliance Française. For its special programme tomorrow, fore-most cultural unit, NTN has put together musi-cal performances and a lecture on “Music as a Social Calender”, to be delivered by wind instru-mentalist and music teacher, Biodun Adebiyi (a.k.a Biodun Batik) of the Music Department of the Lagos State University, LASU.
NTN also announced that Oritz Wiliki, veteran musician and chairman of the Musical Copyright Soci-ety of Nigeria (MCSN), will chair the occasion scheduled for the Cinema Hall 2 of National Arts Theatre, Iganmu. However, a musical per-formance by kid sax sensation TJ Sax and the Paceli School for the Physically-Challenged band will precede and end the NTN-organised World Music Day event
Similarly, the three EUNIC members are the cultural arms of the German, British and French governments, respectively who, late last year, signed a pact to work as a network under the aegis of the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in Nigeria.
Art Lounge sources at the Goethe-Institut office in Lagos informed that for tomorrow, musicians from Europe and Nigeria would render jazz, pop and indigenous music at the New Afrika Shrine venue of the event.
The musicians include: Seyi Solagbade, Xvol, Christine Ben-Ameh, Caste of a Lead Dynasty and Hyperactive Kid, a jazz band attending the event all the way from Germany.
There will also be an open mic session where up-and-coming musicians, who must have regis-tered beforehand, would perform. Hyperactive Kid, which comprises of Chris-tian Lillinger, Ronny Graupe and Philipp Grop-per, is an internationally-acclaimed jazz band from Germany.
This trip is part of their tour of African countries sponsored by Goethe-Institut. In addition to the performance at the shrine, they would be part of a one-day workshop organised by the Goethe-Institut Nigeria in cooperation with MUSON Centre for jazz students today.
World Music Day, which began as a French event (Fête de la Musique) in 1981, is today a massive international event embracing and unifying the continents of the world.