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'Music industry in Nigeria requires urgent attention'

30 September 2013, 11:32

Abuja - The chief executive officer of Green36 Concerts, Dapo Ajeniya, on Sunday said the music industry required urgent attention for it to grow and impact the country’s economy.

Ajeniya, who co-founded Loopy Music Record Label with Jude Abaga, popularly known as M.I., made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

"The entertainment industry in Nigeria is constantly being exploited by massive piracy, and artistes are constantly loosing from the fruits of their hard work.

"There are daily cases of piracy which cannot be fought due the advent of I-tunes and downloading free music from the internet.

"Musicians that work very hard to record and produce an album alternatively require shows and concerts to make ends meet,’’ he said.

Ajeniya described his approach of changing the face of entertainment in Nigeria as a "democratisation."

"I intend to address these areas by democratising the business concepts of the music industry through staging various concerts across the Nigerian and African globe.

"By democratisation I meant the producer, the musician and the fans will have their reward in full,’’ Ajenioya said.

Ajeniya said that these concerts would follow the likes of Woodstock Arts and Music Festival, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivals and the Lollapaloozas festivals annually organised in the U.S.

"We have the capacity to bring at least a total of 300 000 fun seekers to watch their artistes perform and thrill them with their songs,’’ he said.

Ajeniya added that the first Green36 event took place on July 19, at the Aquatic Hotels Ikeja, and artistes like Ruby, Loose Kayon, Pryse graced the show.

 Others, who also strutted their stuff at the concert, are Victoria Kimani, EFA, Falz, Iceberg, Slim, Kayswitch, and M.I. performed to the delight of the fans.

"More events are already being lined up for Lagos, Abeokuta, Benin, Dublin in Ireland, Kigali in Rwanda and Freetown in Liberia to begin in October.

"We are currently working on the logistics and finalising arrangements with the various artistes that will perform,’’ he said.



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