By ADA DIKE
At the remarkable evening of music, dance and instrumental extravaganza held on February 12, 2016 at Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, some members of the MUSON Alumni put up scintillating performances that thrilled and wowed the gorgeously dressed and handsome looking guests that graced the event.
Goodness Onuoha kick-started the concert with Claude Debussy’s Arabesque. She wore a long black gown and adorned her hair with a red rose and walked majestically to the stage and romanced the piano, lifting her hands intermittently, which attracted a resounding applause. This was followed immediately by F & C Doppler’s Fantasie.
Singing like Whitney Houston, Fatima Anyekema rendered ‘May it Be’ from ‘Lord of the Rings’. The soul-inspiring music caused the hall to be still as everyone focused their attention on Fatima while Fagbohun handled the violin even as Ayo Ajayi played the piano.
There was no dull moment because the singers and performers did not spend much time on stage and as each performer/performers exited the stage, the next one/ones took over without wasting time.
While showing appreciation to guests and MTNF, the Director, MUSON School of Music, Mrs. Marion Apata, extolled MTNF kind gesture and noted that it was the fourth pre-Valentine concert. She described the programme as unexpected tradition for Val time celebration.
“It seems people love chocolates, flowers and cup-cakes, and not real meaning of love for each other. MTNF has generously joined the former scholars to spread and share the love of music. The music defined man’s greatest expression of love and has shown we all have love songs. The alumni have shown appreciation to this school by giving the proceeds of this programme to the school building project.
“To MTNF, I find it very difficult to use the proper words to show our appreciation for their continued support for our students and those that have graduated.” She thanked the alumni for not forgetting them but have continued to encourage their ideals and goals. She added that the alumni’s performances had justified the faith they placed in them.
In her response, the Executive Secretary of MTN Foundation, Ms. Nonny Ugboma, extolled the alumni of MUSON for their incredible performances that evening and urged guests to grace any occasion the alumni are performing. She asked them to relax and enjoy the real music. “There is a lot of alternative music out there, but there is time for this kind of music. This is the fourth year that we are doing this concert, supporting the alumni. When they came the first time, saying that they wanted to give back by doing a concert and giving back to the society while the proceeds of that concert would be used for MUSON project, and what we thought to do was to support them. We also thought that each year, we will introduce and bring someone from our family such as our brand ambassador, Cobham Asquo.”
The brand ambassador, Cobham Asuquo and Banky W are some of Nigerian top acts that showed up at the concert. Asuquo played a song titled, ‘New Beginning’ and ‘Give Me Love’ to inspire the students and entertained guests.
The fourth item on the programme was Seun Onifade and Seyi Ajibade who handled clarinet and piano and delivered Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello.
It is pertinent to note that one word that filled the air that evening was ‘Love’. It is on this note that a leader of a nine-man band, Bolanle, while performing on stage with a song titled, ‘Oro Ife’ said, “I will climb Kilimanjaro to tell the whole world that I’m in love with you.” ‘If I were a Boy’ by Beyonce was done Phebean Oluwadare and her five-man-band. She played the sax better than any man. With a soft tempo, they also played late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s ‘Lady’. Phebean displayed dexterity as she played the sax and also danced Fela’s dance steps.
‘Papageno’, a drama and music show was done by two great singers whose voices almost brought down the hall’s roof.
If one asks you, ‘What is love?’ what would you say? Look no further, because Jennifer replied by saying, ‘JAMB Question’. Putting on a beautiful short cream gown, Jennifer used violin to sing Dija’s Aww and Simi’s JAMB Question.
How can one be feeling cold and needs a companion while her boyfriend/fiancée molests her, spits on her and walks away? That was what happened when Debbiesoul and Band, in a dramatic form did Asa’s ‘Bamidele’.
A love medley titled: We found Love’, performed by Imoleayo Balogun was dedicated to couples that were present at the concert. ‘Give Me Love’ by Ed Sheeran was done by Nomso Diali and Lanre. Beautiful! was the right word to describe Nkiruka Andrew and Fatima’s Flower Duet from the Opera ‘Lamke’.
Others include Adele’s ‘Hello’ rearranged by Johnson Adenuga and performed by Adenuga, Perpie and Band; ‘Emily Oni Kaba’ by Elizabeth, Adeniyi and Band; ‘My Favourite Things from the ‘Sound of Music’ by Alphonso and Band; ‘Love Trio’, originally by Andrew Lloyd Weber. (Voice Divas –Ifeoma, Genevieve, Debbiesoul, piano- Fope Onalaja); P Square’s ‘Bring it On’ and ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Miley Cirus were performed by Emmanuel Fagbohun, David Etim and Band; ‘Fall In Love’ by Isaac Gerald, rearranged by Oretimehin; ‘If I Aint Got You’ by Alicia Keys was done by Perpie and Band; Lastly, Beyonce’s ‘Xo’ was rearranged and performed by Phillip Uzor and band.
Newswatch Times noticed that guests were made up of mostly the MUSON’s students, alumni, management, the society’s members, guests from MTNF and few others. This kind of concert is rare to organise in our clime so it is important for Nigerians to make out time and grace it next year.