The restaurant O’Jez (pronounced like the band that sang “Backstabbers”) hosts a highlife party the last Sunday of every month.
I went this evening hoping to have a beer, maybe a small bite, and listen to some old highlife classics (highlife, one of the precursors to Afrobeat, is a jazzy, brassy style that came originally from Ghana, and which Nigerians cottoned on to very warmly) that are being dusted off by a young group of musicians who call themselves Evergreen. Their slogan: “Music for Matured Minds.”
O’Jez sits on the upper level of Lagos’s national stadium. The way in is a maze of cafes and bars and numerous soccer games being played on a myriad of little pitches and parking lots. I arrived when the band was just kicking off.