About Afropolitan Vibes
Afropolitan Vibes is a monthly live music concert which exists as a platform for alternative music: a place where music lovers congregate to watch contemporary singer-songwriters and musicians perform mostly original works that are firmly rooted in African musical origins of Afro-beat, Afro-funk, Afro-hip-hop, Afro-pop and Highlife music.
A host of talented artists gather each month to rehearse and then perform with Bantucrew on stage at Freedom Park’s Amphitheatre in Lagos, Nigeria. The show is held every third Friday of each month. Show starts promptly from 8.00pm-10.30/11.00pm.
Ade Bantu is a Nigerian-German musician, music and film producer. He is the front man of the 13-piece band Bantu- an award winning group known for their eclectic fusion of Yoruba and hybrid diaspora sounds. Ade Bantu is the creator of Afropolitan Vibes and the co-producer of Elders Corner, a documentary film on the history of Nigeria told through the lives and times of its musical icons. Ade Bantu has developed and executed numerous performing arts and cross-cultural projects like Framewalk and BornTroWay. He has also produced short films and documentaries. He is currently working with Bantu on their 5th studio album.
ABBY OGUNSANYA is a film and theatre buff, avid reader and lover of all genres of music. A marketing consultant by profession, Abby has been running her own company Purple PR for over ten years consulting for some of the biggest companies in Nigeria and abroad. She returned ‘back to base’ in Nigeria in 2001 having spent the best part of two decades studying and working in the UK.
Abby is camera shy and can often be found lurking behind the stage at Afropolitan Vibes. When not co-producing Afropolitan Vibes, Abby continues to earn her living as a Marketing Consultant and is also working as co- producer on several projects including Elders Corner (www.elderscornerfilm.com) – a documentary about the history of Nigeria since independence as told through the experiences of its foremost music legends.
Olasunkanmi Adebayo, Actor and Director, was best-graduating student of his Theatre Arts class at the University of Ibadan where he majored in directing. He won the Zulu Sofola memorial prize and the Nigerian breweries prize as best student director in the University.
He has also directed and written television commercials, documentaries and TV shows. Olasunkanmi was content director and writer for Malta Guinness street dance Africa, Nigerian Idol, Celebrity takes two, MTN Project Fame West Africa and Amstel Malta Box office as well as Post-production co-coordinator on the talk show, Moments with MO, produced by Inspire Africa for M-net Television
He is passionate about film and theatre and loves to teach and impact knowledge. A practical oriented thespian, resourceful and willing to learn more and push the frontiers of arts and culture in Nigeria. He is comfortable teaching, acting and directing for television, film and stage.
Ayodele OgundareAudio Engineer
Ayodele Ogundare is a professional sound engineer who studied Electrical Electronics at the Lagos State Polytechnic (OND) obtained a BSc in the same discipline at Kingdom Audio College.
He is a member of AES; He has completed numerous training programs in the United State including MAIDAS PRO SERIES OPERATIONAL AND TECHNICAL TRAINING in Las Vegas, NABB SHOW and more. Ayodele is a certified user of MIDAS Digital console and has functioned as an application engineer in NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES.
Ayodele has engineered lots of events and has over the years provided excellent sound reinforcements for event organized by some of the most prominent companies in Nigeria including Etisalat Nigeria, MTN, Airtel, Keystone Bank, Marketing World, Total Consult, Awesome Treasures, French Consulate and Goethe institute and The Fashion Association of Nigeria.
Aderemi AdegbiteDirector Of Photography
Born in Lagos – Aderemi Adegbite is a documentary photographer/video artist. He considers photography as a tool, to engage society in discourse. His photo “N65,” won the Emerging Human Rights Activists award of the World Youth Movement for Democracy 2012 Photo Contest. And with this, he participated at the Seventh Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy which held in Lima, Peru in 2012.
Aderemi’s photographic and video works have been exhibited at the LagosPhoto Festival in Nigeria, FRAMES Projecting International Photography Festival in Scotland, Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt, One Minutes Foundation in Amsterdam, Slade Centre for Electronic Media in London, Skoto Gallery in New York, Centre for Contemporary Art in Poland among others. His latest work was featured as a solo exhibition “Through My Eyes” during the recently concluded Bundesfach Kongress held in Mannheim, Germany. Also, he was the official photographer of the international theatre festival: Schwindelfrei Theater Festival held in Mannheim in September, 2014.
Graeme ArendseGraphic Designer
Graeme Arendse has been a doodler since he could clutch a pencil. Over the years he has developed his skill in design and illustration, with particular influence from his love for the art of comics. He currently applies this in a more professional setting as the design editor at Chimurenga (www.chimurenga.co.za), and also provides design and illustrative work for a number of clients including Afropolitan Vibes, Sauti Za Busara, Ake Arts and Book Festival, District Six Museum and Botsotso Publishers. His passion for music (which sees him occasionally appear as alter ego selector Boeta Gee) has led him to provide poster designs for a number of music related events, such as the Pan African Space Station, Jazz In The Native Yards, Fong Kong Bantu Sound System and Future Nostalgia. He has however never abandoned his doodling.
View a selection of his design and illustration work at his Facebook page, Boeta Gee.
Listen to a selection of his mixes at http://www.mixcloud.com/graemearendse/
Bantu aka Brotherhood Alliance Navigating Towards Unity is a 13-piece Afrofunk/Afrohiphop/Afrobeat musical collective founded by Nigerian-German brothers Adé Bantu and Abiodun.
Bantu’s music is an eclectic fusion of the rich cultural heritage of the Yorubas and the hybrid sounds of urban Africa and the diaspora; their Afropean origin is reflected in the band’s lyrics. Social consciousness and the daily personal and political struggles of the disenfranchised constitute an essential element of their message and music which they use to mobilize, motivate and inspire both the minds and hips of their listeners.
Bantu emerged on the Nigerian musical scene in 1999 with their catchy dance single, “Nzogbu”. Since then, the collective has had a string of radio hits which earned them a loyal following and fan base both within and outside Nigeria. They where awarded the Pan African Kora Award in 2005 for their album “Fuji Satisfaction”. Their last CD release was in 2011 -“No Man Stands Alone” -an album of duets and a tour de force of Nigeria’s contemporary urban music soundscape. Bantu are currently in the studio putting finishing touches to their fifth studio album. Their latest single release is “Oya Oya”
Bantu has collaborated with UB40, Gentleman, Patrice, Nneka, Harry Belafonte, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Orlando Julius, Asa, Soundsultan & many others
Bantu’s live performances merge the energy and vitality of Afrofunk, Hiphop and Afrobeat with universal sounds and styles to create an exciting listening and dancing experience. They have toured Nigeria, Sweden, England, Germany, Uganda, Ghana, Holland, Tanzania, Denmark and France.
Since 2013 Bantu have been hosting “Afropolitan Vibes” a monthly live concert series at Freedom Park Lagos.