Edaoto Interview at ICRadio

Edaoto Interview at ICRadio


About this episode

Edaoto and the Afrogenius Band, led by Agbeniyi Edaoto; is a 5-piece band that plays Afrobeat. Afrobeat is a music form that has over the years ascended the apex of world music charts, because of its originality- propagation of African aesthetics and a blend of intellectual engagement that has culminated into a strong subset of world culture.

Since the band was established a decade ago, we have traversed the length and breadth of West Africa nations performing our art to standing ovations. A few of the fora in the culture calendar of Nigeria at which we have become regular performers are: French Cultural Center-Nigeria Television Authority’s 2009 World Music Day celebration.

We were part of the team of artistes that performed at the opening ceremony of the under 17 FIFAWorld Cup Nigeria 2010, French Cultural Center Showcase 2003, Goethe Institut- French Cultural Center’s 2011 World Music Day celebration; Ife Poetry Festivals, NaiJazz 2008, WordSlam’s Poetry Festivals etc

Edaoto was an international guest at the Harare Int. Festival of the Art (HIFA2012)Zimbabwe; Yoruba youth Congress, 2012, Detriot, MI, US. Bayimba International Festival of the Art, Kampala,Uganda 2012. Felabration Festival 2013 and a tour of Ethiopia (Dec 2013-Jan 2014) The Lagos Life Series is an evening of Afrobeat performance by our band that comes up every second Saturdays of the month, at specified venues.

Our Afrobeat songs have over the years become household-anthems, favoured by all and sundry. Our following continues to expand at unbelievable digits. This pedigree was entirely the outcome of our finesse and display of true understanding of the Afrobeat genre.

Indeed, our band has since transcended a commentary once made some years ago by an art critic that says: “Edaoto and the Afrogenius Band is a bomb awaiting explosion” (the Guardian Newspaper). We have not only blossomed, we are flourishing.