Nigeria’s spoken word performance poet, Sage Has.son launched his highly anticipated second album Twinkle Twinke Superstar at a listening party held at the Lydos Bar & Cafe, Victoria Island on the evening of Sunday, the 8th of March 2009.
The event kicked off with a soulful performance from Bez, which was followed by an adlib-filled rendition of Bob Marley’s ‘Turn Your Lights Down Low’ and an original piece composed and performed acapella by Pamela for Sage himself. The night continued in that fashion with artistes performing from a variety of genres such as soul, rock, Afro, hip hop and rap in between the listening and viewing of Sage’s work, both old and new.
Sex, love, relationships, rebellion, spirituality are all themes which Sage explores in his new album. If I had to choose a favourite track it would be the catchy radio-friendly ‘Dance’ which starts off with a sultry husky female voice repeating, ‘I will make you dance’, this is followed by a musical rap by Sage. Sage performed the remix of the song later in the night with Ade Piper. That’s not all that caught my attention; ‘Screw Poem’ is one title that I won’t forget. Others include ‘Shine (remix)’ ‘Hey Love’ and ‘Black Jesus’ just to mention a few. Kraft, Jesse Jagz, T.O.D., Joe Kenny and Mendo all worked on producing the album.
The event also featured performances from Sista Soul, Mode Nine, Nnenna, Toba Gold, Ayo, Femi Jubal and Itu Baba. The audience which was packed boasted of the likes of Obiwon, Djinee and Blaise. The night closed with announcement from Sage’s manager who said the cd would be available on the streets, in other words-Go ask your vendor and drive up the demand.
In all, the event was a success as evidenced in the large turnout and media presence from NTA’s camera crew to newspaper reporters from NEXT, this super star is shining all the way through!