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On Thursday in Lagos, Spotify brought together influencers, media, creatives and visual artists in an experience showcasing the intersection of music, art and food through an experiential event called #SpotifyMoments as it launched its VIP programme.
The event could be described as a creative fusion of Naija Spotify playlists, good food and a great atmosphere.
The Red Door Gallery, Victoria Island the event featured thirty-five artworks and a menu inspired by five different African playlists on Spotify, Alter-NATIVE, Naija Bars, Naija Traffic Jams, Hot Hits Naija and African Heat.
During the meeting, Victor Okpala, Spotify’s Manager of Artists and Label Partnerships in West Africa, said across Africa that Spotify has crossed over with other cultural elements that enhance the music listening experience.
He said: ”Nigeria’s contemporary art scene is gaining global recognition as is its music, and we are committed to creating a platform for collaboration between music, art and other cultural elements that will enliven Nigerian music”.
Artworks by young talents in the Nigerian art scene, Chinaza Nkemka, James Adebayo, Chijioke Anyacho, Kenter Kachina, Odinakachi Okoroafor, Abigail ‘Esoterica’ Oghene and Sotonye Jumbo span classical, contemporary and postmodern art.
Each piece tells a different story inspired by other songs on the Spotify playlist. One of the artworks, “Monday Morning on 3MB”, was inspired by the Naija Traffic Jams playlist, and told a story about the joyous and chaotic nature of traffic in Lagos.
Beyond the paintings, the night combined music and food, Chef Benedict prepared a ten-course menu for guests to enjoy the best of Afro-cuisine and Nigerian music.
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From technique to impeccable presentation and delicious flavor profiles, the chef had guests singing along to his menu, accompanied by a Spotify playlist. Each menu item was inspired by a song and infused with Nigerian ingredients to further showcase the intersection of music and food.
The guests were also treated to thrilling performances by one of Nigeria’s finest violinists, Tenaviolinist, who serenaded the guests upon their arrival at the event, and DJ TohBahd, who provided the soundtrack for the event. The two rocked their guests with some of Spotify’s hottest playlists in Nigeria.
It can be recalled that earlier this year, Spotify also created a #SpotifyMoments in South Africa, a confluence of music, food and wine, with a Top Chef Wandile Mabaso who thrilled guests with beautiful dining accompanied by music.
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