FUJI: A Opera is a 5-Day culture explosion celebrating the history of Fuji Music and its rich sub-culture.
From Monday 14th to Saturday 19th December, FUJI: A Opera will explore the belligerent past of a genre that started as Ajiwere, folk music for Islamic worshipers at Ramadan, and its transformation to reference sound for contemporary Nigerian pop music.
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Date: Mon, December 14, 2020– Sat, December 19, 2020
Venue: Alliance Française de Lagos / Mike Adenuga Centre / Maison Eric Kayser Ikoyi, 9 Osborne Road, Lagos.
Fuji counts as one of the most eclectic forms of indigenous music, combining vibrant drums with a philosophy of fun, making it the ideal music choice for a large number of people worldwide. However, for all of Fuji’s influence on popular culture and lifestyle, its impact is rarely documented with the respect and vigour it deserves.
FUJI: A Opera hopes to start some needed conversations. For 5 days, come try Fuji out, breath in a space that is expansively furnished to reflect everything –a scene that’s no stranger to tabloid headlines, sonic brilliance, fashion, popular impact, an imitable evolution – that makes the genre the heavyweight it is.
Highlights of the FUJI: A Opera week will include:
A rich multi-visual exhibition of Fuji sub-culture seen through archival recordings, costumes and memorabilia. The exhibition will serve as the official launch of the FUJI: A Opera merchandise collection;
‘An Audience With …’, presented in partnership with FUMAN (the Fuji Musicians Association of Nigeria). This will be a 2-hour lecture exploring the evolution of Fuji Music – Past, Present, and Future;
A Live Music Showcase – an Invitation-Only live set, featuring two icons of the genre – King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall and Saheed Osupa.