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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 10:11

Adieu Chairman

Did you ever meet someone who understood life? I mean really understood life so you never had to explain anything too much - you just had to say it, to tell it, whatever it was, it doesnt matter how awkward, or stupid, or ugly, or painful, or even evil, if you just told it, the person would immediately get why you were thinking what you were thinking and feeling what you were feeling? Would get it, and profer a solution if it was required. Did you ever meet someone like that? I did, he died a few days ago.

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I once heard someone say 'people seem to die a lot these days', that is not exactly true. According to Hebrew For Christians 150,000 people die everyday. It is only when we lose someone close, that we are jolted back to the reality of death, dying and porposeful living.

 

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On the 30th of May 2018, the Chairman of Punch newspapers Nig. Ltd Mr Gbadebowale Wayne Aboderin, passed-on after a heart surgery developed complications. He lived to be 60 years and 43 days old. He was a man who loved life, a philantropist and a father figure to a multitude; he had a passion for improving the lives of the people around him, investing in the future of those within his reach, and he rarely said 'No' to anyone if he had the means to help at the time of your need.

Wale AboderinBandEnRoute

A long list of female basketball players in the country have passed through his team The Dolphins Female basketball Team, and a countless number of musicians in lagos have at one time or the other, either worked in, worked for, or had a daliance with 'Rapture' his music band. 'Rapture' has over time birthed Band EnRoute, The Executives, Q Band, Awesome Band, Kick Rythmn and Elixy.

Adieu Chairman

The deceased performed at Band EnRoute Showcase 1st Edition on the 6th of October 2017 and the 2nd Edition on the 16th of March 2018. He was to have performed at the Band EnRoute Pre-World Cup Concert on the 1st of June 2018. All three events took place at the Freedom Park, Lagos. The Chairman (as he is called by all), will be laid to rest on Friday the 15th of June 2018.

Learning From The Master

Adieu Chairman, you are sorely missed.

 

 

Hey! I'm Isaac Otokpa and i run Band EnRoute. I have been in the live music performance business since 2009 and have helped both individual and corporate clients in different industries put life, fun and entertainment into their events. If you have such a problem, i can help solve it.

Friday, 04 May 2018 17:36

The Avengers Infinity War

The first thing I didn’t like about it was the title. The previous one was titled ‘Civil War’ so unless they intend to add ‘War’ to all their titles, I didn’t and still don’t see the point. I would have been happy with ‘Infinity Stones’ or anything else.

 

The next thing I didn’t like was the action starting at the very beginning of the movie. This brings to an end my dislikes about the movie.

The movie is wonderful and I love it. At first I didn’t like the fact that there was no warm-up into the action-packed movie, but after the first 15 minutes when I had understood the complexity that was before me, I forgave the culprits and grabbed unto my seat in worry and anticipation. I will not simply order you to go watch it, I will say this instead…

You know how it is when the movie you are seeing ends (in a cinema) and then you hear the outro music and watch the credits roll by (by this time the hall is half empty). Well, I went to see a movie with Ibrahim Yakubu another Marvel Comics crazy, it was either the first Avengers movie or one of the earlier Thor movies. As the credits were rolling up on the screen I got up to leave and Ibrahim pulled me down and said ‘not yet’, so I sat back down. When the music stopped and the last name had rolled up, to my dismay the movie hadn’t ended yet.

What I saw on the screen was two creatures arguing (not exactly an argument because one of them was respectful and scared while the other was clearly enraged at a failure of some sort). I do not exactly remember what I saw on that screen for those few seconds, what I do remember clearly to this day, is Ibrahim’s voice when he said ‘My God! It’s Thanos!’

I remembered Ibrahim’s words again as I sat in that cold seat at the end of the movie, contemplating the carnage that Thanos had unleashed and why.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 14:03

Showcase At Freedom Park

When i arrived at the venue, the humble attire of the presenter took me by suprise. The way he looked didnt fit into my mould of how he should have dressed to such an event (i am not a lagosian). However, when he opened his mouth all my misgivings fluttered away. His command and understanding of the crowd was immaculate and precise and i personally think half the credit of the event's success rests on mr Bola Browne.


He called up the band whose first round of performance took me by surprise because i was not expecting the fluid blend of Nigerian music flavours that the crowd seemed relaxed about.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:15

The Dangers Of Sleep Deprivation

Do you know anyone who sleeps three to four hours only, and yet wears it like a badge of honor? I do. Sadly, not everyone realizes that the day actually starts when you go to bed, and not when you wake up; and the better and longer you sleep at night, the more productive your day will be.

"The concert though slated for 7pm, began at midnight because at 8pm some of the performing artistes were still having their soundcheck. All the bands had to perform regardless of the late start, so instead of its being a 7pm to 11pm event, it ran from midnight (12am) to 4am the next day. Afterwards i hung out with a few friends from other bands, then eventually went to our room at the hotel. Of course i could'nt sleep immediately, we talked about the just concluded concert for a while, then eventually some of us began to drift off to sleep one by one. I think i slept for about 1hr 30mins then i had to gather my things and rush off, while the rest of my crew snored on blissfully. I had a morning rehearsal with another band i work with." - Christy

Lagos State Government has banned live band music in bars and restaurants within the state and persons that refuse to adhere will have to pay N500,000.

 

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According to PM News,  the government also warned religious houses to procure sound proof in order to minimize the effect of noise pollution.

General Manager‎, Lagos State Environment Protection Agency, LASEPA, Adebola Shabi said the decision on noise pollution came as a result of the increasing rate of petitions by residents, who were lamenting the frequent disturbance from the beer parlours, clubs and religious houses.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 20:48

Band EnRoute Plays All Kinds Of Music

In Lagos right now, Band EnRoute is the hottest band rocking the social scene. The band, led by Isaac Otokpa, plays music for all occasions, from weddings, birthdays, funerals receptions, picnics and other social events, to corporate events, themed events, night clubs and hotels. Their popular catch phrase is: we play everywhere.

Band EnRoute plays a wide variety of music in order to satisfy a broad range of musical interests. They customise their repertoire to fit into your specific needs and they have songs selected for every aspect of your event.

They have a way of keeping your guests entertained, stuck on the dance floor, and asking for more… as they serenade them with a non-stop blend of both local and foreign genre like Ballads, Oldies,

Regardless of the venue, the energy and versatility they bring creates a party experience that will give you and your guests a day to remember.

Last week, City People Publisher, SEYE KEHINDE had a drink with the band leader, ISAAC OTOKPA. He revealed a lot about the band.

Isaac Otokpa cut his teeth in music with the Chairman of PUNCH Newspapers, Wale Aboderin. He has had a band for a while. At some point, he disbanded the band. Isaac had a friend who wanted to get married. She knew he was into music. She told him she wanted him to come and play at her party. He agreed. So he put his colleagues together and they played after that he started getting other calls. He then went to meet the Chairman, Mr. Aboderin. He explained the situation and asked for his blessing. He gave it, this was in 2009.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 19:59

Band EnRoute. Hot and sizzling.

In Lagos right now, Band EnRoute is the hottest band rocking the social scene. The band, led by Isaac Otokpa, plays music for all occasions, from weddings, birthdays, funerals receptions, picnics and other social events, to corporate events, themed events, night clubs and hotels. Their popular catch phrase is: we play everywhere.

Band EnRoute plays a wide variety of music in order to satisfy a broad range of musical interests. They customise their repertoire to fit into your specific needs and they have songs selected for every aspect of your event.

They have a way of keeping your guests entertained, stuck on the dance floor, and asking for more… as they serenade them with a non-stop blend of both local and foreign genre like Ballads, Oldies,

Regardless of the venue, the energy and versatility they bring creates a party experience that will give you and your guests a day to remember.

Last week, City People Publisher, SEYE KEHINDE had a drink with the band leader, ISAAC OTOKPA. He revealed a lot about the band.

Monday, 22 August 2016 14:58

Top 5 Nigerian Wedding Songs

These are the most freuquently requested wedding songs in Nigeria.

No.1 = eLDee - Today today

 

No.2 = P Square - No one like you 

Monday, 22 August 2016 14:55

Tips for a happy wedding.

Marriage Boundaries

Being married is hard work! When you got married you probably said something that resembled the traditional marriage vows: “I will love you, and comfort you, and keep you in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, keep unto you as long as we both shall live. And I take you for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health; to love and cherish you until death do us part.” But, did you really realize what you were getting into?