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HOMAGE : Segun DAMISA 2010

Sunday 12 December 2010, by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)

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Chez Alriq, a suburban bar/café reputed for its open air live music and restaurant in Bordeaux France was home to another week-end of Afrobeat music the 16 & 17 July 2010 in homage to Segun Damisa (1964-2006).

Segun former leader of the defunct afrobeat group Alkebu-lan based in Abuja (Nigeria) and founder of the Afrobeat Crusaders based in Bordeaux (France) was taken away from his beloved Afrobeat Family by a cancer on July 17th, 2006 in France. To keep his memory alive, his friends organize annually in this suburban open air venue concerts in his memory, with groups like Fanga, Amayo – the Nigerian born lead singer of Antibalas and Afrobeat Crusaders performing. The 2010 homage to Segun was organized by the Bordeaux based association Afrobeat Culture & Co in collaboration with Radio shrine.

The two day event featured Afrobeat Crusaders, Kologbo & Afrobeat Combo for Peace. Other side attractions included giant puppet show from the association Les Géants Du Sud and the versatile Guinean percussionist, Mohamed Bangoura aka Diable Rouge added rhythmic colors to the event with the Senegalese dancer Khady Sarr and her dance troupe swinging and very much present. Recognizing the privilege which I had to be by his side while he was on his deathbed, I can understand why Segun fought with despair, the cancer which removed him slowly and with difficulty from this life.

The only thing which calmed his belligerent soul, was my promise that we of the afrobeat family would all do everything we can to immortalize his memory with the release of his rich and beautiful afrobeat album ‘Nigeria Dey Cry’.

This video is part of our keeping his memory alive, rendezvous July 17, 2011 for another afrobeat fiesta in homage to Segun Damisa.

Mabinuori Kayode IDOWU aka ID

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