On the 28th of July 2017, something special occured in the bustling city of Lagos, something that may have a profound impact for the years come. There was a gathering, a sort of congregation usually associated with the birth of a revolution. A group of people who believe in the future, who believe that they have the power to define their own path and most importantly who believe in themselves assembled in makeshift bar in Lekki Phase 1.
The 90's baby sound off was unlike any event I have ever attended, pioneered by the brilliant Idris King (Founder of 90's baby). I rarely go out, I do not regard myself as a social person but when I first came across the poster for this event, even my anti-social self knew that I had to be there. The event was slated to start at 8pm, it didn't start till 10 (do not ask why, its a Nigerian thing) regardless there was healthy crowd already present and anticipating. Nobody seemed to mind the delay as long lost friends reunited with the collective expectation that they were in for a great night. I even ran into some old college buddies that either looked the same or totally different, it was good banter to be honest and it definitely added to the occasion.
When proceedings finally commenced, Tosan Wiltshre and Zay were charged with orchestrating the whole affair, and I must say they were brilliant. They never allowed the crowd to disengage, always aware of the energy levels in the room and made sure they stayed high. In short they were very capable. Speaking of 'energy', this a word that means a lot to me, as a firm believer in the spiritual, I never take it for granted. In truth, its been long since I felt such 'energy', although an abstract concept, energy was definitely in full force that evening. I hesitate to use the word 'spiritual', but what occurred that evening was nothing short of divine. From the open mic session to the featured perfomances, I noticed a common feature with every performance, every artist that evening displayed poise and maturity that you could no longer attach the 'up and coming' label to any artist. Performances from Dami Oniru, Odunsi, Ozzy B, D-O, Ajebutter, Idris King and many more were energetic, industrious and dynamic, at the same time offering an intense reminder to anyone that forgot that these 'kids' have already taken over.
PLEASE DO NOT BE DECEIVED, THIS IS THE NEW WAVE....
Ultimately, this was a night of celebration, a symbolic event that I am certain will not be forgotten easily. The day after, I checked my Twitter timeline to find glowing testimonials of what took place the previous night. it was comforting to know that I was not alone in my appreciation and awe.
It was truly a spiritual night.
Pictures courtesy of Mr Wentz, 90's Baby and my iPhone.