Family sets up award to mark 10th anniversary of Steve Rhodes’ death

Steve Rhodes

The family of music impresario, Steve Rhodes, has announced plans to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.

Born at No. 38 Igbosere Road Lagos on April 8, 1926, the man many in music industry affectionately referred to as Elder Steve Rhodes, died on May 29, 2008 in a London hospital, where he had been admitted following a bout of illness.

To set the anniversary celebration ball rolling, his family has set up the Elder Steve Rhodes Award for the Best Graduating Music Student from the University of Lagos.

According to his third daughter, Jeanette Rhodes, the first award will be presented during the University of Lagos Convocation ceremony on the morning of the 20th February 2018.

“On the 20th February 2018, Freedom Park in collaboration with the family will display a photographic exhibition (initially displayed in 2014 to mark the 6th anniversary) and the public will have the opportunity to view the exhibition as well as watch a short documentary titled Metamorphosis directed and produced of Femi Odugbemi,” she said.

The event will wrap up with some musical entertainment, especially by a band that is competent in both highlife and jazz idioms – the two that were Rhodes’ most preferred forms.

“All are encouraged to come and participate – established musicians and budding talents alike,” Jeanette added.

Remarkably, Freedom Park the venue for the celebration is located at the site of the former Prisons on Broad Street, a stone’s throw from Igbosere Road, where the late Steve Rhodes was born, “so this is a fitting tribute to this great legend,” she concluded.