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U.S. Consulate, MUSON finally hold Int'l Dance and Jazz Day
Finally the much talk about International dance and jazz day celebration has come and gone , as the show saw the coming together of Jazz enthusiasts, educators, organizers and performers climaxed with the international Jazz/dance artistes to mark the April long Jazz appreciation month day at the Agip recital hall MUSON centre Lagos.
Also, the event organized by the US Consulate General in Nigeria in collaboration with the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) was powered by Inspiro Productions.
International Jazz Day proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is observed yearly around the world on April to celebrate the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity and dialogue among people.
The International Dance day, is also known as World Dance Day and celebrated through promotions by the International Dance Council. The day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute.
The annually observed World Dance Day is to create an understanding of the importance of dance among the general public. Its goal is also to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education.
US Consul General Jeffrey Hawkins opened the event with a brief background on jazz in the U.S. and some influential jazz musicians in American history. He also spoke on youth and music development as tools for cultural diplomacy and international understanding.
The event featured workshops and performances by the 2013 OneBeat Program Alumnus Biodun Kuti, Dr. SheyiKehinde a lecturer at the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Sarah Boulos Executive Director of Society of Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN), students from the SPAN Academy of Jazz and students of the MUSON Center Music School.
The highlight of the evening was the Jam session conducted by Queen Anheva Anheva that had all the musicians come on stage and perform. This sprung up a lot of surprises from most that were in the crowd. Eko brass band kicked it off, Yinka Davis followed and was joined in dance on stage by Latoya Ekemode and Orlando Julius. Others who participated are the likes of Bright Gain, Dr. Sheyi Kehinde and more until the stage was practically filled with musicians and dancers and a rapturous applause from the crowd.