Music Society of Nigeria set for ‘New Horizons’

The Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON) is organising a weekend of concerts, screenings and symposia from 22 to 24 April. Tagged New Horizons 2016: New Worlds, a session will take place at the Agip Recital Hall located within the Muson Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. Other venues to be used for New Horizons 2016 include Jazzhole, Ikoyi and the Nigerian Film Corporation.

Tunde Jegede. Photo: BBC
Tunde Jegede. Photo: BBC

Although a sequel to the 2015 edition of the New Horizons series of concerts, the line-up of headlining performing musicians retains only composer and kora player Tunde Jegede, who is the Artistic Director of the Music Society of Nigeria. Since occupying the position, Jegede has blended the western conception of classical music with the African idea of same. To that end, the society has seen events with notable fusions included in its programme calendar.

According to the event’s official statement, “New Horizons: New Worlds takes us on a journey from the classical world of the baroque to the traditional music of contemporary Nigeria and South America.

“Featuring the international singer Diana Baroni, orginally from Argentina, with her haunting and evocative voice, and Nigeria’s foremost opera soprano, Ranti Ihimoyan, this concert is a meeting point between worlds and traditions. The program features Tunde Jegede, a 21st century renaissance man with the celebrated MUSON Ensemble and traditional Sakara musicians.”

Tickets are available in Lagos at the MUSON Centre, Jazz Hole, Terra Kulture. Tickets: 5000 naira ($25); Students, 2000 naira ($10); Children: ($5).

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