On Sunday, June 13, the arts community converged at Terra Kulture in Victoria Island, Lagos to celebrate the 85th birthday of Benson Idonije (Benjay), the quintessential music critic, broadcaster and Fela’s first band manager
The event was organised by Committee for Relevant Arts, CORA as part of activities marking its 20th anniversary celebration.
Idonije, the grandfather of Grammy award-winning artiste, Burna Boy displayed a rare and an insider knowledge of Fela’s trajectory as a musician while reading from his book, Dis Fela Sef.
It was an afternoon of memories, book reading, music and dance. Artistes such as Segun Adefila and his Crown Troupe of Africa; Afrobeat artiste, Dede Mabiaku; high life musician and academic, Biodun Batik; and Jojo thrilled the audience with their spectacular performances.
The celebrant, who betrayed an encyclopedic knowledge of Fela’s music and the spirit of the times was there with his family.
Idonije who was palpably pleased with the celebration described it as déjà vu, recalling how he was also celebrated on his 80th birthday.