A Night at the Kazbah show: How Lagos jazz lovers defied rain to keep date with Jonathan Butler

‘This is one great night to remember!’ exclaimed Joe, an Afro soul enthusiast. Another enthusiast, Philip, a regular Island nightclub crooner felt the same way, “Real live music comes alive.’ Indeed, that’s how best to describe the night show that rekindled the appetite of both old and young jazz lovers who thronged the Balmore’s Dome, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, last weekend, to watch a jazz music legend, Jonathan Butler, perform some of his evergreen songs before them.

It was not the first time, Jonathan Butler performed in Nigeria. But last weekend’s performance was something out of the ordinary. The jazz fusion guitarist and Grammy nominee took the audience to another realm, performing hit songs after hit. It was a night of oldies and jazz music at its best.

The soulful jazz crooner who hit the stage at about 10 pm put his powerful talent on display to the admiration of the audience. For more than one and half hours, the legend performed non-stop on stage. And despite the heavy-downpour that almost marred the show, people were not in a hurry to leave the venue. They were busy dancing and singing along with the jazz maestro as he went on and on reeling out his old songs.

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