On Democracy Day (May 29th), Lagosians were treated to a beautiful intimate evening of Soul Selections with the Good Time singer, Maka and friends, and what a way to spend Democracy Day; Held at 16/16, Maka and friends graced us with beautiful soulful music while also being treated to spicy spring rolls and free Heineken.
Maka first became known to us at the Club when she featured on Nigerian veteran rapper Mode Nine’s 2013 hit single “No Matter What.’ That feature no doubt sparked some level of curiosity among music lovers. Two years later Maka officially hit the Nigerian music scene with her social media campaign ‘#MakaIsComing’ which garnered enough publicity for her first single ‘Ife’ and the release of her first EP ‘The Truth’. The singer has since been making money moves with appearances at the Lagos Jazz Series, Badagry Festival, Gidi Fest and even a sold-out solo show. Maka After Dark was an avenue for old and new fans to enjoy the singer’s undiluted sound; with songs like Circle, Mu Na Gi, No One (featuring one of Nigeria’s best female rap emcee; Phlow), and I Just Got A Cheque (featuring Muna), Maka kept her audience fully engaged and entertained. We were also lucky enough to be graced with debut performances of some of her unreleased songs. The show was also a Lagos debut for the Ibadan singer; Eri Ife who has just made his move into Lagos. And judging from the crowd reaction, it was obvious that he definitely made a good impression. Especially memorable was his rendition of an unreleased collaboration between him and Maka titled “Let Me”; a song he describes as a self-love anthem. Ruby Gyang was also in the spotlight to blow our minds with her amazing vocals.
The evening was a great acquaintance with Nigerian Soul music and we can safely say that Maka has come and she’s not leaving anytime soon.
Look out for the next episode of Maka After Dark (M:ad) series coming through.