Dede Mabiaku, 248 artists from 15 African countries excited at AIM Festival 2021
The Tropicana Beach Resort Campaign was in turmoil with musical gyrations of all kinds recently when it hosted the fourth edition of the International African Music Festival (AIM), with artists from over 15 African countries in attendance. It was eight days of successful musical celebration that changed the otherwise serene vibe of the resort into a global stage for live performances. The annual event, which was created by La Campagne President Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, as part of the activation of his Continent Building project through Motherland Beckons, is a dedication to the development and promotion of the industry authentic African music through the identification and grooming in the fame of young African artists across different musical genres.
In addition to creating a platform for the emergence of raw musical talent, it is also committed to discovering young talents and skills in various aspects of music production, ranging from sound production, direction, lighting to other technical aspects with the vision of nurturing and exposing them on the world stage as technical exports from Africa. Since its debut in 2017, the annual festival has taken place except last year due to the impact of COVID-19, which has hampered the global movement.
It has become a point of reference in the music and entertainment scene in Africa as it has hosted over 2,547 young and talented artists from over 28 countries. This year’s event, which was in partnership with the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (AU-ECOSOCC) towards the achievement of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, was led by one of the renowned musical stars of Afrobeat Nigeria, Dede Mabiaku, Afrobeat, The Maestro of Highlife and Jazz, who is one of the legendary sidekicks of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the legendary Afrobeat King.
He ignited the stage with his musical vibes and engaging dance gyrations, keeping audiences enthralled. Talented young artists, numbering more than 248 from 15 countries, took turns exercising their profession throughout the eight days of the event, giving a good account of themselves and their countries with performances electrifying.
In addition to individual artist performances, there were country performances and collaborations by the various artists, all adding to the entertainment. It was a total and immersive experience during the festival with the eight days including different activities which include: Keggite music, dancing, bonfire, different water sports such as kayaking, beach volleyball, jet skiing and sport fishing, football, parade of fashion, comedy shows and nightclubs as well as pool party and swimming. The Food Festival was also on display, with a rich display of culinary delights from the six regions of the African continent, with the featured event being the buffet breakfast on the beach. It was an amazing sight to see the longest breakfast buffet, showcasing the rich and varied foods from the six regions of Africa. Some of the countries present are: Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Kenya, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Republic of Benin, Congo, Togo, Niger, Gabon, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Guinea and South Africa.