Lagos to host modern music festival

Lagos MMFest will feature workshops and concerts

Lagos is preparing to host the second edition of Lagos MMFest, a modern music festival organised by the Light Orchestra of Lagos.

Taking place between August 22-26, the festival will have an educational component, with music workshops, and an entertainment component one with several live performances due to take place at Praia da Luz.

The 33 hours-worth of workshops will take place throughout the five-day runtime. Coordinated by Edgar Caramelo,  they will allow participants to choose between vocals, piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums, guitar, bass, and double bass, with the possibility of learning flute, clarinet, vibraphone, among other instruments.

The activities take place at Escola Básica de Naus and are aimed at beginners as well as those who “aspire to expand their musical knowledge”.

Registrations are open for children aged 12 or older and adults until Saturday, August 12 through an online form.

Throughout the day (from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm), a series of lectures and discussions will be presented on various topics encompassing music developed from the 20th century onwards, such as “history, cultural movements, instrumentation, and aesthetics”.

The live performances will take place every evening from 7.30pm onwards at the Praia da Luz fortress.

Several styles and genres will be represented, ranging from the “vibrant sound of Jazz and Bossa Nova to the infectious rhythm of Reggae, Funk, Hip Hop, and Pop”.

The list of performing artists includes: Sunset Jazz Session, Lana Gasparotti, and Panda Collective (August 22); José Martin, Oll Small, and Mistura Fina + Edgar Caramelo (August 23); Ricardo Jesus Duo, Aruguá, and Joydan (August 24); Sunset Jazz Session, Dixie’s Land OLL, and Light Orchestra of Lagos (August 25); and Marta Lima and Os Compotas, as well as a performance from the event’s workshop participants (August 26).

Lagos MMFEST – Modern Music Festival is organised by the Light Orchestra of Lagos with the support of the Lagos Council, the S. Gonçalo, Luz, and Odiáxere Parish Councils, the Regional Directorate of Culture of Algarve, and the Gil Eanes School Group.

By Michael Bruxo

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