The facilitator must have anticipated what the sessions would be like when he put the sign at the door that said “Leave your Ego Outside” because as with when a lot of creatives are gathered in a place, there were arguments and opinions flying about the room as the artistes tried to agree on beats, tempo, lyrics, and choruses amongst other things.
It was a day of writing amongst the artistes as they came together in groups to write the lines for the different tracks they were working on. The producers in the group made and played beats in the background, and the artistes would occasionally step up to the lone microphone in the class room to sing, rap, or just goof around.
At about 3pm, we all went to the studio to put together what, 3 hours of singing, rapping and sweating later, would become the first concrete product of the Lagos-Kano Hiphop Connection workshop; the “Nigeria Unite” track.
At the end of this very long day, the artistes had finished writing 3 of the songs, recorded one fully and another partially. The day ended with morsels of pounded yam making the journey from tired fingers to even more fatigued mouths.