Mixmag and BUDX are heading to Lagos next from June 26 through 28 for three full days and nights of informative music panels, workshops and parties with local and global speakers and artists.
Day 1 Wednesday, June 26
Bridging the cultural gap between the Africas and the Caribbean
Ahead of his headlining performance on the first night of this unique Lagos experience, the innovative DJ-producer Jillionaire - a former affiliate of the American dancehall trio Major Lazer - will discuss the impact that afro house and reggaeton have made on the mainstream music industry. During the panel, Jillionaire will examine the evolution of this phenomenon and how he believes it will impact dance music moving forward.
The evolution of afrobeats in Nigeria
When exploring Nigerian music it’s impossible to miss the distinct sounds of afrobeat. Taking Fela Kuti’s uniquely Nigerian Afrobeat sound, the genre has been called upon as a source of inspiration for a multitude of genres, both electronic and otherwise. Here we’ll sit down with key figures of the genre today to explore its undying legacy and how artists are continuing to push the sound into the future.
Paul (Rudeboy from Psqaure)
The longest DJ set of all time with DJ Obi
Marathon DJ sets occur all over the world and extended sets are preferred by most ravers. World renowned DJs like The Martinez Brothers, Joseph Capriati, Ben Klock and Solomun regularly play for longer than 10 hours, but a Nigerian artist named DJ Obi took the idea of a marathon DJ set to new heights when he broke the World Record for the longest DJ set ever at 240-hours, a staggering 10 days. Now, he and his team team of loyal supporters will tell us the full story of how he fought sleep deprivation, hallucinations, hunger and fatigue to accomplish this astonishing DJ feat.
DJ Obi and his team
Smallz The DJ
Day 2 Thurday, June 27
Nigerian Fashion Pushing The Boundaries of Street Culture
Fashion in Nigeria has steadily evolved to reflect the population's diverse taste, fusing traditional garments with contemporary designs and streetwear that is bringing forth new forms of self-expression. Here we’ll explore the evolution of Nigeria’s fashion scene as well as its connection and influence on multiple aspects of Nigerian culture.
[Photo: Nengi Nelson]
Women leading the next wave of the Nigerian music industry
While gender inequality is an aspect of Nigerian society that’s changing, a crop of homegrown female artists are helping to make even more progress for equality in the realm of music. Here we’ll talk to the women breaking ground in Nigeria’s music industry to reveal their stories of overcoming obstacles to seize their moment.
Teni The Entertainer
Nigerian filmmakers inspiring a nation
Nigeria’s film industry, from music videos to Nollywood, has surged in quality and prestige throughout the past decade. Today, the country's community of filmmakers is as strong as ever. Here we’ll sit down with two of Nigeria’s most iconic directors and storytellers, Kemi Adetiba and Banky W, to uncover the unique vision behind their award-winning projects and discuss why local auteurs play an essential role in putting a spotlight on Nigerian talent.
Teni The Entertainer
Day 3 Friday, June 28
Nigerian dance trends going viral
A unique aspect of Nigeria’s music industry is the emergence of popular dance trends. In recent years, viral dance videos have exploded in popularity and are leading the charge in shifting dancefloor dynamics in both Lagos and beyond. Here we link up with popular Nigerian hip hop artist Zlatan and the urban afro fusion dance company Westsyde Lifestyle NG - a group and movement that plays a key role in setting these trends. In addition to getting a full choreography demonstration from the troop, we explore why the connection between dance and music is a key part of Nigeria’s scene.
Westsyde Lifestyle NG
Nigerian artists infiltrating global mainstream music culture
While homegrown Nigerian music has largely remained local, in recent years a few artists have transcended the African continent to spread into mainstream hip-hop culture around the world. Here we’ll sit down with the industry-leading artists to hear their stories and learn how they are helping to shine a light on Nigerian music.
Female DJs guiding Nigeria’s club scene
Female talents throughout the Nigerian capital are stepping up to the decks and taking the reigns in leading Lagos' club scene into stylish and refreshing sonic territories. Along with a DJ masterclass and workshop from local selectors DJ Lambo and Nana, we sit down with them to discuss this new movement to explore how women are shaping the future of their country's musical landscape.
DJ Crowd Kontroller