Ever heard about Make Music Lagos? Yeah, sure you have, but what is Make Music Day?
Make Music Day is a free celebration of music, which happens around the world every year on the 21st of June in commemoration of World Music Day. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it has become a global celebration held on the same day in more than 700 cities in 120 countries.
Make Music is a multi-venue event, open to anyone who wants to take part. Musicians (young, old, amateur or professional) from diverse musical persuasions get a platform to share their music with the world. All events are free, Un-ticketed and open to the public.
Make Music Day in Lagos
Lagos joined the global celebration in 2016 as Make Music Lagos. Make Music Lagos is a member of the global alliance; Make Music Alliance with Head Quarters in New York, which promotes the celebration of the World Music Day globally.
The objectives of Make Music Lagos are as follows; to put Lagos in the world music map, promotion of music education through events that teaches how to play musical instruments and produce songs and contributing to the growth of the music industry.
Over the last 4 years, Make Music Lagos has given scholarships, donated labs and have had over 30,000 attendance to its event. Make Music Lagos is promoted by Showgear Limited (a supplier of musical instruments and audio equipment) in partnership with industry partners and government agencies.
The Make Music Lagos stage has been graced by veterans and artists such as King Sunny Ade, Daddy Showkey, DJ Jimmyjat, Adewale Ayuba, Bez, Waje, Cohbams, Vector, Omawunmi to mention a few; hosted by Muson, Bogobiri, Freedom park, Dominos Pizza and Cold stone creamery.
A handful of music businesses are now partnering with Make Music Lagos. Among them are Chrysolite, Tenstrings, Zannoza, Impreva, Perculiear Percussion, Alien Nation Dance Crew amongst others. Music Estate recently became a partner with Make Music Lagos.
Make Music Lagos 2020 Events
Organizers of Make Music Lagos 2020 in an online press conference on Wednesday 10th June 2020 briefed the media and partners of the plans for the 2020 edition.
This year’s Make Music Lagos event will hold from Monday June 15 to Monday June 23 2020.
Due to the on going Corona Virus pandemic, this event will be held online.According to Mrs. Deola Akinyemi, Chair of the organizing committee and COO of Showgear, Mrs Deola Akinyemi, “The 2020 edition of Make Music Lagos had been in the works long before the pandemic struck and many feared that we would not be able to pull through with this edition..”
The year 2020 edition will bes fifth consecutive edition of Make Music Lagos. The event kicks off on Monday 15th June with a two-day LEARN TO PLAY event in partnership with Rainbow Fingers, The Saxophone School, Chrysolite and host of other music schools/teachers. The event, which will take place simultaneously across multiple free-to-access digital platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Zoom Skype etc., is designed to provide music instrument lessons to as many music fans as possible at no cost.
All events marking 2020 edition has been broken down into 8 major segments.
Line up of events this year include;
1. Learn to Play
This is a platform where interested individuals have the opportunity to learn any instrument of choice from trained professionals for free. Make Music Lagos will kick off with this event on Monday 15th June with a two-day LEARN TO PLAY event in partnership with Rainbow Fingers, The Saxophone School, Chrysolite and host of other music schools/teachers
2. Learn to DJ
This is a platform where interested individuals get a crash course on DJ-ing from well-known performers for free. This event will come up on Wednesday 17th June on the Zoom and Instagram platform.
3. Music Business Conference
An opportunity for Artists who have New Songs or Songs that have never been heard on radio to air their songs during a 2 hour window. This event will hold on Thursday 18th June on the Zoom/YouTube platforms. Participants should expect hard-hitting conversations from industry insiders and influencers on the Nigerian music industry during and post-Covid-19.
4. Home Studio
Producers would make use of content (like beats, instrumentals, songs or sound) sent from volunteers to create a beat in real time but from the comfort of their home studios.
This is a global song swap! An artist learns a song of another artist and hears the cover of theirs. Videos will be recorded by the participating artists and uploaded on Instagram and Facebook with a hashtag #mysongisyoursong
6. Live From Home
Artists record and post a musical performance from home on June 21, and tag three friends to challenge them to do the same
7. Covid Took Our Job
This is a fund raising initiative organized to support out-of-work personnel in the music industry due to the Corona Virus pandemic.
8. Lagos Shut Down Concert
The final concert that marks the celebration of World Music Day with performances from popular artists cutting across all music genres in Nigeria. This will be the last event of the 2020 edition of Make Music Lagos. It will be hosted by L’avenida Multipurpose Centre on Sunday 21st June on YouTube.
Volunteers and partner are welcome to collaborate with the Make Music Lagos team.
I am Music Estate’s Music Director