TANTALIZERS FROM MASA 2016
Nigeria’s Adegoke Odukoya, aka Ade Bantu, leader of BANTU, negotiating the 4,000 seater ampitheatre venue for his band’s performance on Friday with the festival Technical director, Lotere Gomis.
The amphitheatre was newly added as an adjunct to the main theatre facilities at the Palace du Kulture, and was specifically built for the MASA — Market for African Performing Arts. An inspiring space for any professional artiste, the facility sits regally on the lagoon in the south-most wing of the vast Palace, almost like the Lagos Marina.
The Culture Palace with five distinct halls for dance (1400 seaters), drama (700 seaters) and story telling/poetry (400 seaters) halls, itself was recently rebuilt and primed ready for the huge volume of performances (over 300) by the 42 countries participating in the 10-day festival.
The contemporary dance company, Ijodee Dance led by Dayo Liadi, also arrived today, ready for their first show on Wednesday. The widely travelled troupe had been billed as one of the privileged troupes to open the festival yesterday, and a lot of people had wanted to see them but their flight was reportedly mistakenly booked for today. Nonetheless, so many of the participating artistes and guests were asking after them.
Afromusic band, Extasi, led by Seun Olota are expected to arrive Wednesday for their slits on Thursday and the weekend.
Source: Jahman Anikulapo/Culture&Art Dispatches… www.masa.ci