I'm coming back to Nigeria even without invitation – Eric Benét

Eric Benét Jordan is a famous American R&B and Neo soul singer-songwriter. The singer, who has received four Grammy nominations for his musical work, performed recently at the Calabar International Jazz Festival in Nigeria . He spoke with Weekend Magazine.
Eric Benét.   Net photo.
Eric Benét. Net photo.

Eric Benét Jordan is a famous American R&B and Neo soul singer-songwriter. The singer, who has received four Grammy nominations for his musical work, performed recently at the Calabar International Jazz Festival in Nigeria . He spoke with Weekend Magazine.

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What did it feel like the first time you got the call inviting you to perform in Nigeria?

It is an honour for me to be a part of the first Calabar International Jazz Festival. I saw some incredible artistes perform and I was really glad to be a part of it all.

I think every African-American back home, we have always felt like this is our place and the need to get back here to like find some kind of centre within our soul. That's what it felt like to me and always feels like coming back. I've been to other African countries and it is always so emotional for me.

This is your first time in Nigeria. How did you perceive the reactions you got from fans singing along, as you sang some of your songs?


That was really surprising and it felt great. It is always a wonderful surprise when people in places that you have never been before, know your music and want to hear some of your stuff... I felt great.

What do you think about Nigerian musicians as you have experienced...?


It was 'crazy'. I mean Asa, Darey and the others. The band was incredible. Unfortunately we just arrived today so we didn't get a chance to hear the artistes who performed the day before.

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