Afropolitan Vibes, the monthly gig hosted by musician Ade Bantu, held Friday May 16, 2014. May’s edition was billed to feature former Remedies member Eedris, but the rapper failed to make it because of a delayed flight.
Revelers were treated to the music of Sina Ayinde Bakare, Agberos, Mr. Bantu’s live band, Diana Bada and Vocal Slender, the man from the BBC documentary, This is Lagos.
Freedom Park, the gig’s regular venue, held an assortment of people Friday night. Prominent faces on the night included figures from the Lagos cultural scene. Sabinews spotted writer Lola Shoneyin, Victor Ehikhamenor, Eghosa Imasuen, and visiting Emmanuel Iduma; editors Anwuli Ojogwu, Derin Ajao and Ayodele Olofintuade; popular blogger Olori Supergal. Also spotted were, the writer Ayodele Morocco-Clarke as well as Marc-Andre Schmachtel, Director, Goethe Institut, Lagos.
Members of the expatriate community were also present. One of the regulars, Nella Hengstler, who claimed to have been to every edition this year save one, said to Sabinews, “I love it because it’s mostly a great crowd and a nice atmosphere.” Jubilant and clad in Nigerian print, she added, “If I go out once a month, it’s to this one, and I keep smiling for the rest of the month.”
Yet not everyone present Friday was a regular. Emara came for drinks at Freedom Park and got distracted by the music. Asked what she thought of Afropolitan Vibes anyway, she said, “It’s fun.” Mo Alatise, fashion designer, and regular attendee told sabinews that she likes “the vibe.”
On stage, Ade Bantu implored his audience to dance, jump and drink away an alleged 300 litres of palmwine available for the night, tapped and transported for the occasion. Copious quantities of the palmwine were passed around the audience in small calabashes as well as plastic and glass cups. The audience danced and jumped as directed.
Sabinews, however, could not determine if the crowd managed to consume all 300 litres of palm wine.