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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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Salam Salam Agidigbo Band, a flexible 4/8 piece band, based in Lagos, and led by 70 - plus Jimi Badmus, are exponents of the highly infectious Agidigbo genre of Yoruba music culture. Agidigbo is the original acoustic street music of Lagos, and is also the name of the box-shaped wood/metal thumb piano often played by the leader of a typical ensemble, with others playing other percussion instruments - talking drums, sekere, conga, agogo etc. Agidigbo pre-dates, and has influenced major Yoruba/South-West Nigeria/Beninoise music forms, such as Apala, Sakara, Juju, and Fuji, with the last decade seeing a resurgence of this almost lost art.

Salam Salam Agidigbo Band & TEN CITIES
Salam Salam Agidigbo Band participated in the second TEN CITIES episode of musical collaboration, which took the renowned British DJs/producers Pinch and Rob Smith from Bristol to Lagos in January 2013. Further participants from Lagos were Gboyega Oyedele, Wura Samba, Temi Oyedele, Jah Device and an extended circle of musicians from Nigeria. The Lagos phase was curated and facilitated by Nigerian electro-Afro group Afrologic together with Berlin based DJ and Jahcoozi front woman Mother Perera.

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