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MAKE MUSIC LAGOS

MAKE MUSIC DAY

Make Music Lagos | In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture, France dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, storefronts and mountaintops.

And unlike a typical festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join play music or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fete De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fete has turned into a true national holiday on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fete de la Musique.

The festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Lebanon, Ivory Coast, Australia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada. and Japan. 

In the United States, Make Music is celebrated in over 40 states. Makemusicday.org spearheads the events, sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.

In Africa, over 50 cities celebrate Make Music including Cote d’ivoire: Abijan, Benin: Cotonou, Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou and Togo: Lome.

And in 2016, Lagos joined the World Music Day Celebration.

In 2016, SHOWGEAR Limited (a supplier of musical instruments and audio equipment) teamed up with select Nigerian artists and brands to produce the first edition of Make Music in the city Lagos aptly tagged, Make Music Lagos. An entertaining edition that featured over 35 performances across 3 concert venues with over 5,000 in attendance, and thousands more tuning in online. Notable amongst the performers were BEZ, Cobhams, Wole Oni & Wura Samba. The venues were: Muri Okunola Park, Ozone Cinemas & e-Centre.

And following the success of the first edition, the Make Music Lagos team once again teamed up with select Nigerian artists and brands to present another edition in 2017. This time around, the number of venues grew to twelve (12) and over 120 artists performed to a live audience of over 6000. Some leading names amongst the performers were King Sunny Ade, Daddy Showkey, Adewale Ayuba, Omawumi, BEZ, Sound Sultan and Johnny Drille.

The venues were: Balmoral Convention Centre (Fed. Palace Hotel) which hosted the Grand Finale; Bogobiri; Select Cold Stone Creamery Stores around Lagos, Select Domino’s Pizza Stores around Lagos, e-Centre (Ozone Cinemas), Freedom Park & MUSON Centre.

FEATURED EVENTS

FEATURED EVENTS

MASS APPEAL

Over 200 instrumentalists and several band groups converged to play an original tune composed exclusively for Make Music Lagos to a live audience.

FLASH MOB

In 2018, Alien Nation Dance Crew and Imagneto Dancy Company; founded by Dance Instructor Kaffy organized two flash mobs at Ikeja City Mall and the Palms, Lekki.

LEARN TO PLAY

This initiative gives music enthusiasts and learners the opportunity to learn a musical instrument for free. This is held in several locations across the city of Lagos.

LEARN TO DJ

Music enthusiasts and emerging DJs get the opportunity to learn and pickup DJ skills from select leading DJs. Present at 2018's event were notable DJ JimmyJatt, DJ Nana, and Dj Magnum.

STREET STUDIO

The idea behind this initiative is for music enthusiasts to have access to world-class producers and top-notch gear for the purpose of making music.

MML CONCERTS

In 2018, 11 Concerts were held and hosted across the City of Lagos on June 21st(World Music Day) giving music enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy live music for free. It also gives upcoming and established artistes a platform to showcase their skills.

LAGOS SHUTDOWN

The World Music day celebrations culminate with a grand finale concert. As usual, the event brings thousands of music fans together in person and watching online. The event features pulsating performances from A-List artistes throughout the evening.

WHO CAN COME

WHO CAN COME?

ALL MUSIC LOVERS!

Make Music Day is a FREE day of music. The concerts are FREE and are open to the public to attend. The FINALE EVENT, however, requires prior REGISTRATION ONLINE. Click here to 

Most of the events are designed to be family friendly, and care has been taken in selecting the venues. Click here for a full list of events and venues.

Do join our communities on social media (InstagramTwitter & Facebook) @MakeMusicLagos for updates. Also subscribe to our YouTube channel.

GET INVOLVED

GET INVOLVED

VOLUNTEER

Help out at a Make Music Lagos event.

ATTEND

Attend a Make Music Lagos Event or Performance

PERFORM

Perform at a Make Music Lagos event.

HOST

Host a Make Music Lagos event at your venue.

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