Spotify has established itself as the preferred streaming platform for many young Nigerians who are actively contributing to the country’s growth of music streaming. Spotify’s most recent initiative to stimulate growth in the creative business is an event called #SpotifyMoments, which showcases the interplay of music, art, and cuisine.
The event, hosted at Red Door Gallery on Victoria Island, featured 35 artworks and a cuisine inspired by five different African Spotify playlists: Alter-NATIVE, Naija Bars, Naija Traffic Jams, Hot Hits Naija, and African Heat.
Chinaza Nkemka, James Adebayo, Chijioke Anyacho, Kenter Kachina, Odinakachi Okoroafor, Abigail ‘Esoterica’ Oghene, and Sotonye Jumbo are among the young talents in the Nigerian art scene whose works are on show.
Each painting tells a unique story inspired by a different song from the Spotify playlist. “Monday Morning on 3MB” was inspired by the Naija Traffic Jams playlist and offered a story about the lively and chaotic character of Lagos traffic.
Aside from the paintings, the night blended music and food, with Chef Benedict arranging a ten-course menu to ensure visitors could sample the best of Afro-cuisine as well as the greatest of Nigerian music.
From the technique to the flawless presentation and delectable flavor profiles, the chef had his guests singing to the song of his menu, which was accompanied by a Spotify playlist. To further highlight the connection of music and food, each dish on the menu was inspired by a song and flavored with Nigerian ingredients.
Guests were also treated to exciting performances by Tenaviolinist, one of Nigeria’s finest violinists, who serenaded guests as they arrived at the event, and DJ TohBahd, who supplied the event music. They both delighted the visitors by playing some of Spotify’s most popular Nigerian playlists.
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