The Jazzhole: A haven for Music, Literature and Art
The Proprietor...Oh! Can we talk about the proprietor? Mr Tejuosho's desire to provide expatriates with good international and indigenous music in Lagos led him to nurture his interest in collecting music. This act would subsequently lead to the birth of The Jazzhole. He discovered that getting old indigenous music in Nigeria was a feat. Hence he made a decision to work towards making them available in Nigeria. ?Now, he not only collects the music but sells them in an attempt to preserve them for future generations. He opens his doors to established and aspiring writers, artists and musicians seeking to draw inspiration from legendary works. He also hosts international as well as local acts for listening sessions and jazz evenings. By the way, his mum founded Glendora books.
Records...Back to Jazzhole, there?s an astonishing range of musical collections that will be bliss for music lovers. The records collection includes a varied compilation of works from Congolese artists like Abeti Masikini and Tchico Tchicaya to Nigerian artistes like Fela and Asa. Likewise, their literature collection from pan-African Chimamanda Adichie?s Americanah to German Chancellor Merkel's biography is worth exploring.? You can also ask to see the proprietor?s mini- book about Abeokuta.
The?caf?...There?s a nice little caf? section towards the back of the store. Here you can help yourself to a nice cup of coffee, fresh tea, juices, smoothies, cakes, pastries and delicious sandwiches. This area is complete with?a lovely sitting area, a drum-set and microphones. Try having Espresso and Carrot Cake combo while flipping through any good books; you?ll be thankful you did!
Art...The Jazzhole has monthly art exhibitions showcasing the beauty of African culture. Through literature, music, arts, and more. They also organize book reviews and book club meetings occasionally. You can get Information about these events and even other arts and cultural events around Lagos while you?re at the front desk. Yes! They are nice like that. The Jazzhole is the best place to purchase the finest of music genres. Some of the available ones are jazz, world music, Nigerian and African classics (from high life to juju and afro beat). Just be sure to bring out a lot of money because their books and vinyl records can be a tad bit expensive. This is especially considering their location and reputation. You can even bump into a writer that will be willing to sign your copy of his/her book. The hip culture store by default offers a simple way to meet like-minded folks in a relaxed environment without the pressure. If you?re there for books, music or art, you can be sure that the person next to you will be there for that too. Beware, there are no special signboards outside to indicate where the store is. ?You may need to ?shine your eyes? once you think you are nearby, to avoid missing it. Not many places in Nigeria can boast of the unique services and offers The Jazzhole provides. If you ever discover it, you wouldn?t need anyone to tell you to make it your own little Haven.
LocationThe Jazzhole is located at 168, Awolowo Road, Eti Osa, Lagos. (opposite the Warder's Barracks, near ?Polo Park)
Opening hoursMondays-Saturdays -10am-8pm Sundays-4pm -8pm
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