Expat Outing: Freedom Park

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The expats were out last evening at Freedom Park, Lagos to experience the music all 90s kids in Nigeria grew up on.

Getting into the Mood

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Arm Candy

The monthly concert of African music and social activism Afropolitan Vibes featured Sir Shina Peters, Ade Bantu, Simi, Show Dem Camp, Boj and Poe. The venue was packed and the vibe was chill. It was the perfect day to be out in the park, with a slight cool breeze, great music and the beautiful full moon.

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With the Founding Fathers, Freedom Park

My personal favourite was Simi who performed her hit singles and also an unbelievably great cover of Beyonce’s Crazy In Love. Her vocals and energy on stage were quite impressive and set the mood for the performances to follow. Show Dem Camp’s performance alongside Boj and Poe was super fun and had me ‘shaking what my mamma gave me’!

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 Sir Shina Peters

The final performance was Sir Shina Peters- veteran Afro Jùjú singer who had the crowd singing along and dancing. Jùjú is a style of Nigerian popular music, derived from traditional Yoruba percussion. While we couldn’t understand the lyrics in Yoruba (a language spoken in West Africa- Nigeria and Benin), it was a truly transcendental experience seeing the crowd in the grip of ‘Shinamania’!

Post the concert, the DJ played at Stage 2 and the crowd moved to party and get some Palm wine and local Nigerian food.

Afropolitan Vibes is a monthly live music concert at Freedom Park’s Amphitheatre. The show is held every third Friday of each month. Show starts at 8.00pm and continues till 11.00pm. Entry fee ranges from free to ₦500 ($2.5). Local Nigerian food is available and drinks include Palm Wine and Star. You can carry your bag and belongings to the concert.

See you guys at the next concert!

Long live Shinamania,

Mandira Popat

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