This June sees Michael Tubi, popularly known as Michael Tubes, presenting his collection on AfroBeats. Showcasing a full room of African artistry, he is setting a record by being the first exhibitor to do so.
Michael’s unique eye for photography goes back to his teenage years when he didn’t even have his own personal camera but enjoyed the story a picture tells, the diversity of the variation in light, and the fun you have with a camera. This prompted him to return to university to study photography. His passion has since seen him taking pictures of prominent people in the society, going on tours with artists to capture the tale of the event and mastering photojournalism.
Michael Tubi’ love for photography helps him to articulate who he is – “the way photography documents a story is one that cannot be fully expressed in words”.
He explores the journey of AfroBeats and how AfroBeats has become a global phenomenon. It’s amazing how the richness of African music has been embraced, nurtured and appreciated by the different races, cultures and societies of the world today. African artists now perform on international stages, collaborate with international stars, aired on international channels and are cheered by all.
He has been documenting the scene round AfroBeats for over five years. Last year he showcased “Sounds of Africa”, giving a platform to the richness of contemporary music while bringing a new audience to experience the variety in the culture. He promoted the unique perspective of African music through popular and progressive artists such as Angelique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, Baaba Maal, Hugh Masekela and many more.
The event last year saw parents bringing their children to educate them on African music and culture. It was intriguing and satisfying to see how the exhibition made a difference to individuals.
This year’s AfroBeats exhibition is a continuation from Sounds of Africa. AfroBeats brings to light the reaction of fans all over the world and the thrill of emotions expressed during an AfroBeats concert. The sensation is one that words cannot explain but can only be documented through the eye of a lens.
AfroBeats is no longer just for Africans but now contributes to music and art worldwide. The growth of AfroBeats should not be ignored but applauded and the upcoming exhibition brings to light the success of AfroBeats.
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