It was all about the music – afro, jazz and soul – at the 2015 ‘Night at the Kazbah’, organized by Smooth FM, Lagos, to appreciate their listeners. The anticipation had been building for weeks, four of Nigeria’s finest were expected and social media had been abuzz as fans did all they could to win tickets. A Kazbah is North African palace or city; for lovers of music in Lagos, it’s a place they get to visit once every year and are sure to be treated to the best of music.
The night began at 7pm with cocktails and small chops at the Federal Palace Hotel lobby, itself a fitting venue. Guests mingled and chatted as they waited for the doors to open, which they did about an hour later.
Sounds of contemporary African music played in the backgrounds as the first act for the night, Ruby Gyang was introduced. The Chocolate City songbird started off with covers of I feel Good, Jill Scott’s A Long Walk before moving on to her songs Down, Good Man, and Okay; her soulful voice resonating off the walls. She left a vacuum as she left the stage, one that was quickly filled by the unique voice of Brymo.
The award winning musician treated guests to Afrobeat with his band, the Lagos Touts. He performed songs from his previous albums, ‘Good morning’ and ‘One Pound’, but most songs performed were from his last album Tabula Rasa – Prick no get shoulder, Nothing’s Promised Tomorrow, My Grandmama. Brymo moved with every sound from the band as he danced like Fela in moves associated with Afro beat.
South African based jazz artiste Kunle Ayo was next and his performance pulled internationally renowned Nigerian singer Asa, and producer Cobhams Asuquo from their hiding place in the crowd to the stage to do a few dance steps.
The last act for the night was the jazz/rock star, Bez Idakula. Bez took the stage like he owned it, strumming his guitar, signature hat and glasses in place.
Bez sang, rapped and broke every language barrier with his popular serenade Zuciya Daya which had the crowd singing along to every Hausa word. Bez’ performance was the perfect topping to a full night.
The 6th edition of ‘A Night at the Kazbah’ was all that it promised and more.