Niran Obasa, Southbank Centre – review

Published: Monday, July 27, 2015 10:56 AM | Review by: Ronke Lawal | Afridiziak Star Rating:
Niran Obasa, Southbank Centre, 23 July 2015 © Joyful Noise Niran Obasa, Southbank Centre, 23 July 2015 © Joyful Noise

His band, were a delightful addition




Oh what an evening!


I am still smiling from the Niran Obasa experience. The old adage "if music be the food of life play on" was accurate throughout Niran Obasa's two hour set. The man should be famous and yet I am greedy...I want his music all to myself for just a little while longer. For when the moment comes that he does "make it" and sells out stadiums I will be just a solitary fan in a crowded room, content with just glimpsing the mastery of his talent from a distance. On July 23rd however I was up close and personal with this man and his piano.


He is not just a musician, not just a pianist, not just an entertainer, he is a man of humility, a man of the people. As he performed his piano suite dedicated to the girls of Chibok he reminded his audience that even when the media forgets music is immortal, and we can use it to always remember. The beauty of each piece of music that he played touched my soul, his music literally lifted my spirits.


Niran Obasa, Southbank Centre, 23 July 2015 © Ronke Lawal    Niran Obasa, Southbank Centre, 23 July 2015 © Ronke Lawal

The beauty of each piece of music that he played touched my soul, his music literally lifted my spirits.


To see someone who loves their art so purely, so authentically was a joy to behold. Niran loves music and this love shines through in every piece of music performed by himself and his band. His band, were a delightful addition his set and my only disappointment was that we were not encouraged to dance sooner. There were moments when I imagined that I was in Cuba or Nigeria or Brazil with Niran and his band serenading me as I danced to the sun setting on the beach somewhere - bliss.


Niran Obasa, Southbank Centre, 23 July 2015 © Ronke Lawal    Niran Obasa, Southbank Centre, 23 July 2015 © Ronke Lawal

“Obasa's own compositions combine afrobeat, hi-life, urban grooves and jazz solos to create improvisational music that brings something new to contemporary African jazz”.



I don't think I could put it better myself, not only does he bring something new he brings love and happiness to this form of music. I encourage whoever reads this to follow Niran's journey, download his music, share his music with those you love for he gives his talent with nothing but love and that is a gift worth appreciating.


Niran Obasa, Southbank Centre, 23 July 2015 © Ronke Lawal    Niran Obasa, Southbank Centre, 23 July 2015 © Ronke Lawal




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