Jemiriye honors African culture at the International FIGAS Festival in Dakar

Jemiriye at the event performed some of his hit songs like Iba, Ise Oluwa, African Lady and Lagos with the National Orchestra of Senegal.

By Mosope Michaels.

The African version of the International Festival (FIGAS) was held in Dakar, Senegal from May 9-14, 2022, featuring Nigerian singer, Jemiriye Adeniji, and a host of other leading African female artists selected from over 17 African countries and the rest of the world.

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The music festival was organized to celebrate women and was honored by several female artists, cultural actors and female entrepreneurs from the creative and cultural world around the world.

Jemiriye performing at the event

It was a platform for the dissemination and expression of the diversity of world cultures, and Jemiriye’s EWA Global Initiative Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit/non-governmental organization in partnership with Afrik’Consult Culture’s Women Project (WO.P) seized the opportunity to empower African women and girls by exploring their creativity during the week-long event.

The African Cultural Ambassador was also a guest artist in residence at the festival, where she awarded WOP artists the EWA Global Initiative Women/Girls Creative Fund, which aimed to empower them and support their music and creative pursuits.

Jemiriye also spoke and trained 10 selected female artists from different African countries in music art communication and performance direction during the festival.

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Jemiriye and Latsouk Ndiaye, Director of Afrik’Consult Culture (the organizers of the festival)

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The glamorous event also featured a world-class musical showcase, where Jemiriye alongside the National Orchestra of Senegal and other leading African female musical artists including Coumbis Sorra (Senegal), Chadia (Senegal) and Nina Wateko (Congo) have serenaded the world with Africa’s finest music exhibition in preparation for the 6th edition of the FIGAS International Festival set to take place July 22-24, 2022 at Espace Jorge Semprum in Blois, France.

The Showcase PLURI’ELLES show which took place at the Grand Théâtre National, Doudou Rose in Dakar, Senegal on May 14, 2022, was a masterpiece.

Jemiriye performed some of his hit songs like Iba, Ise Oluwa, African Lady and Lagos with the National Orchestra of Senegal under the artistic direction of Fredy Massamba.

The Nigerian also shared the stage with WOP artists, the Jigeen Ni Orchestra, an all-female orchestra, after which she also had other outstanding performances with Matibeye from the Republic of Chad, Koudy Fagbemi from the Republic of Benin and Tyrane from Ivory Coast.

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Jeniriye during another performance

At the end of the event, TheNiche newspaper asked Jemiriye to describe her experience during the festival, and she called it exhilarating, noting that it was an honor to have performed with different African girl groups.

“My experience in Senegal was very exhilarating. Performing at the Grand Theater Doudou Ndiaye Rose with an all-female band, Orchestra Jigeen Ni, WOP D’Afriq and the National Orchestra of Senegal was nothing short of remarkable.

“I love Senegalese cuisine, Thiebudje in particular. and the people are super warm and friendly.

“I can’t wait to share my album project with you all, as some of the songs on the album were performed at the festival,” she said.

Jemiriye, is a nugget of Nigerian music, a singer-songwriter who lives and performs in the United States. A country in which she has spread her exceptional Afropop style.

She also travels extensively, including performing in Europe and America, where she gave a stellar performance at the 90th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. family matriarch Naomi Barbara King and won an International Artist Award. outstanding, at the AD King Foundation’s 10th Annual Youth Empowerment Awards Gala in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jemiriye is set to release her highly anticipated album titled “Rare Jem” in May 2022. The album which includes different heartwarming, Afrocentric and dancehall tracks will be released by the end of May 2022 and it promises to be an Album essential.

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