Edaoto and the Afrogenius Band is being led by Agbeniyi Edaoto; a 5psc band that plays Afrobeat. It is a music that has over the years ascended the apex of world music chart because of its originality- propagation of African aesthetics and a blend of intellectual engagement that has culminated into a strong subset of world culture.
Since the band was established a decade ago, we have traversed the length and breadth of West Africa nations performing our art to standing ovations. A few of the fora in the culture calendar of Nigeria at which we have become a regular performer are: French Cultural Center-Nigeria Television Authority’s 2009 World Music Day celebration; we were part of the team of artistes that performed at the opening ceremony of the under 17 FIFAWorld Cup Nigeria 2010, French Cultural Center Showcase 2003, Goethe Institu- FrenchCultural Center’s 2011 World Music Day celebration; Ife Poetry Festivals, NaiJazz 2008, WordSlam’s Poetry Festivals ,and Edaoto was an international guest at the Harare Int. Festival of the Art (HIFA2012)Zimbabwe; Yoruba youth Congress, 2012, Detriot, MI, US. Bayimba International Festival of the Art, Kampala,Uganda 2012. Felabration Festival 2013. And the tour of Ethiopia (Dec2013-Jan2014) Lagos Life Series- an evening of Afrobeat performance by our band that comes up every second Saturdays of the month, et al.
Our Afrobeat songs have over the years become household, favoured by all and sundry. Our fans following continue to expand at unbelievable digits. This pedigree was entirely the outcome of our finesse and display of true understanding of the Afrobeat genre.
Indeed, our band has since transcended a commentary once made some years ago by an art critic that says: “Edaoto and the Afrogenius Band is a bomb awaiting explosion” the Guardian Newspaper. We have not only blossomed, we are flourishing.
Agbeniyi Edaoto Olaolu,