Lagos has always been a city filled with an incredible art scene, and in recent years there has been an explosion of events celebrating said creativity. On Friday evening, with its second incarnation, Sao & The Muse set out to do just that. Stocked with work from artists or rather ‘muses – Medina Dugger, Mr. Wentz, John Madu, Rotimi Williams, Niyi Okeowo, Daniel Obasi, Popartii, Ojuolapea, Frederick Archibong – expertly curated by Nicole Asinugo – Sao Café was beautifully transformed into an exhibition hall.
Each artist’s work brought something unique to the exhibition. The installations by Niyi Okeowo (with lighting from 512 Activity) and Painterabe were mightily impressive and had guests flocking to them, camera in hand, with their new Instagram pictures in sight. John Madu’s ‘Adam’s Apple’ offered an interesting interpretation of the story of the Garden of Eden. Medina Dugger’s portrait was stunning and made even more so as they people on hand bringing her piece to life. In love with Medina Dugger’s work, event curator, Nicole Asinugo’s hair style was inspired by it. Ojuolapea photographs beautifully captured Lagos and its inhabitants. There was also a crafts market on hand, stocked with beautiful bags, clothes, and accessories.
Show Dem Camp was on hand for a performance of songs from their EP – Palmwine Music. Technical difficulties threatened to disrupt their performance, but quick thinking and the support of the audience rendered the threat void. The chilled vibe of Sao & The Muse II offered an ideal backdrop for the ‘palm-wine’ groove of their music. With kegs of palm-wine dropping onto the stage, SDC performance managed to create tipsy atmosphere. Performing Independent Ladies, Tec serenaded a lady in the audience with his lyrics, much to her amusement. Each supporting act added something brilliant to the set – Funbi’s vocals left the girls swooning, Boj’s voice left the audience in a trance, Tomi Thomas’s singing left the audience moving, Poe’s flow upped the intensity, and the fan who knew the whole of Odunsi’s left everyone impressed – all combining to make a wonderful performance. Throwback single Feel Alright was perhaps the pick of the songs performed, as it left the audience hands in the air, fist clenched, slowly moving their waists to the music.
Sarah Okeke has something special in her hands with Sao Café and the event Sao & The Muse. Sao & The Muse II manages to improve on the mightily impressive first edition, and if I was a betting man, my money will most definitely be on Sao & The Muse III to push the envelope even further.