Promoting culture, creativity through choral music held recently in Lagos. The show, organised by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) in collaboration with its corporate partners and other cultural organisations, seeks to promote and develop indigenous language, as part of preparations for the National Choral Festival scheduled for September.
The Choral exhibition concert, which was held at Ayo Bankole Centre for Arts and Cultural Expression, Surulere, Lagos, featured performances by artistes and groups such as Babafemi Ogundipe (aka Bclef and his minstrel); University of Lagos (UNILAG) Choir, Sam Ukwa and his choir known as Contemporary Beat.
It was Bclef and his angelic voices thrilling the enthusiastic audience with tunes evergreen songs such as Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Roll Jordan Roll, Steal Away, while Sam Ukwa and his team rendered three of their original songs titled Batere, Stop the World and One Blood One Love.
In line with the Contemporary Beat’s unique African music style, the three songs underscored negative effects of war, terrorism, hunger, poverty, hatred, and intolerance ravaging Africa, and the need for Africans to take their destiny in their hands and make a change. Climax of the show, which was anchored by Oladele Ogunlana, was a joint choral presentation by the groups.
Commenting on the performances, the zonal director of NCAC, Lagos, Mr. Victor Omoniyi, who represented the Director General of NCAC, Mrs. Dayo Keshi, said the aim of partnering with the private sector is to ensure that the choral festival records a huge success especially with regard to revamping our traditional folk music and showcasing the creative sector as a good contributor to national economy and re-branding of Nigeria.
The programme is meant to provide opportunity and a platform for Nigerian composers, directors and singers to express themselves to local and international media and the general public. It is also a platform meant to promote tourism via choral performance, an internationally recognised art form among other advantages.
The festival will feature regional competition covering the geographical zones of Nigeria, in junior and senior categories, which will culminate in final competition to be held in Lagos. Participants will be judged in classical, traditional and contemporary styles.