Music recording sessions for the film soundtrack took place here in Lagos last week at the famed Afrodesia Studios (formerly Decca West Africa owned) thus bringing about the last of our filming sessions. I can safely state that we are now in post production.
What a week it was. Following months of intense planning, we flew in ace music producer and sound engineer, Bill Lee (Destiny's Child, Whitney Houston, Siji) to help with the arduous task of capturing some our featured elder's live in the recording studio. It was his first trip to Nigeria and I must say, he boldly held his own in rugged 'ol Lagos.
Elder's Corner co-producer and recording artist, Ade Bantu was also kind enough to tap his band 'Agbero Boys International' to help recreate some of the chosen classics for inclusion in the movie soundtrack with absolutely stunning results.
First up was Fatai Rolling Dollar who breezed through our sessions on his way to the airport for a 3 month long tour of North America. He barely broke sweat as he crooned through one of his rare classics, "Se Mi Jeje". Over the entire week, we also recorded with Paulson Kalu, Jimi Solanke, Segun Bucknor, Dele Ojo and the Chief Commander himself, Ebenezer Obey.
Some of the highlights included Ebenezer Obey's performance during which he laid down a subtle yet intimate acoustic rendition of his old classic "Ore Mi Ye Se Pele" and then stunned us further by offering to jam with the band on another song. His presence was truly befitting and dare I say, utterly humbling.
Jimi Solanke's gravel toned baritone on his recitation of "Ona La" (originally recorded for Ralph MacDonald's album, "The Path") was absolutely breathtaking. A seasoned stage performer and a true griot, uncle Jimi completely floored the band by laying it down live and direct for both camera and tape.
We had a few surprises as well, including The late Eddy Okwedy's sibling, Godfrey Odili who turned up and managed to beautifully convey the pathos on post Biafran war song, "Happy Survival.
Being in the company of greats, many of whom started their recording careers within the haloed walls of the Afrodesia studio was a really cool way to wrap up filming for the project.