Despite being a top musician , rapper Olanrewaju Ogunmefu, aka Vector, has decided to perform free at this year ’s Make Music Lagos , which is a rare gesture by Nigerian artistes .
While speaking with Punch , he said when the organisers of the annual music event , which holds on June 19 to 24 reached out to him, he thought it was another case of fraud or deceit .
He stated , “Do you know how many people who claimed to do free projects and you would discover later that they made money? When I was contacted, I didn ’t understand why I should do a free show . After I read through their emails and we started a conversation , they won my trust. Though I will not be paid as an artiste , I was told there would cater for logistics. But the fact that I am ready to do a free show does not mean other top artistes will do the same .”
Another factor that made the rapper to embrace the project, according to him , is the global appeal . Make Music Day is held in more than 120 countries all over the world to commemorate World Music Day .
Vector said , “The event will be part of history a few years later. It feels awesome being part of the project because I have always advocated for musicians operating for a global audience . Even if we sing in Yoruba language , I believe you should make music for everyone. In the barracks where I grew up , my mother ’s best friend , a northerner, loved listening to Sir Shina Peters, who is a Yoruba man .”
One of the artistes also billed to perform, Johnny Drille , said since this year ’s venue had been moved to Muri Okunola Park in Victoria Island , Lagos , there would be more freedom of expression.
“The organisers must have learnt from the previous editions too ; so , it makes them better . More artistes are expected to perform this year also .
“For me, however , last year was amazing , it was held at the Balmoral Hall , Federal Palace Hotel , Victoria Island , Lagos . I loved the fact that the sound system was better than the first edition in 2016, ” the Mavin Records singer added .
Make Music Lagos is an annual music event organised by Showgear Limited . After holding some activities during the week , the grand finale event will take place on Sunday, June 24 , at Muri Okunola Park .