Tuesday 27 November 2012 was live! It was “Taruwa presents Ese Peters”
Taruwa is a Hausa word which means ‘gathering’; it is a monthly event which gives artists a much needed stage for expression. On Taruwa Tuesdays, there are singers, instrumentalists, poets and spoken word artistes, actors, authors and dancers. Really, any form of art will find a home at Taruwa. So many Nigerian artistes have been featured on Taruwa such that it has become a rite of passage for the Nigerian Entertainment Industry. MI, Omawumi, Obiwon, Cheidu Ifeozo, Sage Hasson, Rooftop MCs, Cobhams, Modele, Ibiyemi, Bez just to mention a few have all performed at the event. Def Jam Peoetry Alumnus Bassey Ikpi was also featured earlier this year so you know Taruwa is a big deal.
November edition was celebrating a fresh talent in the music industry; an alternative rock singer, a talented singer-songwriter, gifted with a distinctive, understated but emotionally resonant vocal style; Ese Peters. I remember listening to Ese Peters for the first time and I was so sure he was from out of this world. When I heard he was Nigerian I was very excited that such sound was coming from this part of the world. For someone who produced his songs himself, they sound very composed like a sound track to an Oscar-winning movie. If you have not heard Ese Peters I suggest you should if you really love good music.
When I got to the venue I found that there were a lot of people seated in the hall apparently eager to get a good seat. I was wondering what time they left their offices to be there seeing as I had to deal with over one hour of island traffic to get there (sigh, yes Lagos). Regardless of my inability to get a seat, I still had a great time. The show was hosted by Tosyn Bucknor and she did a great job of carrying the audience along. The first performance was from rapper Boogie; I had heard him on MI’s Illegal Music mix-tape so I was looking forward to his performance and he impressed. He performed a song with Evaezi who also wowed the crowd with her performance; such a deep singer. Seun Olaniyan gave a good performance that had everyone applauding at the end.
Ese Peters came up for his first set and he introduced his parents who were sitting in the audience. It was such a happy sight seeing them come out to support their son and he must have made them proud. He performed songs from his EP which was released last year and the theme song to a Richard Mofe-Damijo-starring cinema release “Touch My Heart”, which premiered in London in 2007. After that first set it was time for singer Saeon to perform and she gave a great live rendition of her new single ‘Jara’. Nayosoul performed with Ese Peters and gave us a beautiful live performance of Lauryn Hill’s ‘Killing Me Softly’. I might be using the word ‘live’ a lot, pardon me, I am a sucker for live music and I am a lot more enthralled when it is done beautifully like I witnessed at Taruwa.
It was then time for spoken word artiste, Tofarati to perform and he did great. I got to talk to him after his performance and he told me he is also a rapper and writer. Impressive. Ese Peters came up for his second and last set to round up the performance for the evening and ended with a performance of his new single, Omote which he said was about his niece. All I can say is that Ese Peters is one artiste to look out for because his material is brilliant and definitely worth a listen.
Taruwa was fun! The crowd was lovely. Beautiful people, art lovers and they appreciate good stuff. Kudos to Lydia Idakula Sobogun, who has been doing this for more than five years and still going strong. It holds every last Tuesday of every month at Bogobiri; 9 Maitama Sule street off Awolowo road, Ikoyi, Lagos. You can check them out on gbagyichild.com.ng and contact them for information and enquires.
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