A new documentary exploring Lagos' music scene and the visibility of women in it has been released.
'Assurance' has been put together by the London-born, Berlin-based DJ Juba, and follows three Nigerian women in the Lagos music scene in particular: DJ Yin, DJ Ayizan and Sensei Lö. Alongside their stories, the film looks at the influence that modern African music and West African Afrobeats have had and are currently having on western pop culture and music festivals.
"'Assurance' was conceived out of my desire to find new perspectives in the music industry’s gender imbalance debate,” Juba has told Crack Magazine. “Since I started DJing in 2016, I’ve only been able to look at the topic through the European lens and the discourse in general is overwhelmingly dominated by voices from the Global North.”
She continues: “Going to Lagos and immersing myself in conversation with the three DJs exposed me to a different set of narratives in a totally new, often ignored context. Stories like theirs are necessary for enriching and broadening the conversation around women in music and prove the importance of wider representation when discussing issues that are relevant to people all over the world."
You can watch the 35-minute film below.