We are flagging off with our partner, National Theatre, the first leg of Nigerian Music Live Band competitions in Lagos. We dub this special inauguration ThrillerBandz@Theatreand it is billed to happen on the luxuriant ground of National Theatre here in Iganmuthis December to spice the Yuletide season. The primary objective of the programme is to showcase an important aspect of our musical heritage for development into a viable cultural product. It is to ginger our local musicians, who perform gigs at the several entertainment rendezvous that dot the national landscape to up their ante. The initiative is to boost the composition of meaningful lyrics and lively songs, quality dance styles, stage appeal as’ well as excellent performances to delight music patrons even beyond the shores of Nigeria. This is in line with the theme to take this aspect of our musical heritage and entertainment to the next level as enduring legacy for global relish.
It is a fact that the entertainment industry is one sub group of our economy defying the recession and meltdown. Also, several efforts are in full gear to better prepare the country for expected influx of tourists as desired by governments at the three tiers. One memorable activity visitors, can enjoy is the regular cultural music performances at the several relaxation centres and the night clubs all over Nigeria. The importance of this heritage to our cultural development and economy was demonstrated not too long ago when visiting French president, Emmanuel Macron, was special guest to the African Shrine with his team to relive his cultural music experience as envoy in our country. The impact and influence of the late Afro Music legend and impresario, FelaAnikulapo-Kuti in live performances, fortunately kept alive by children, was displayed for national
and international appreciation.
As major stakeholder in the development of Nigerian culture and a statutory custodian, we are duty bound to inspire the expansion and improvements of this tradition that holds a lot of promise to further grow our burgeoning music and entertainment industry as well as the economy. With the competition, where outstanding performers shall win laurels, fantastic cash prizes and musical instruments, many talents shall also be exposed to the media and record labels. Not less than 50 live bands are expected to showcase their musical appeal to thrill, pleasure and dazzle the audience and African music aficionados in a relaxed environment with unique ambience, colourful lightings, savory culinary delights and drinks. We assure an enchanting 12-hour back-to-hack session of delights to the audience come Friday, December 17, 2021 to Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 6:00pm Friday evening to 6:00am Saturday morning. The occasion shall also be graced by some of our respectful musical legends like Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, Bishop (Sir.) Shina Peters, Mike Okri, Stella Monye, Kola Ogunkoya, DayoKujoreand Yinka Davies, to mentor and give guidance on live band entertainment.
While we recreate the live band platform for authentic African music repertoire to boost musical tourism and Nigerian culture at the elevated social relaxation and unique entertainment rendezvous, the beauty of our heritage centre, the National Theatre is also on display for guests to explore. The facility now undergoing massive renovation shall regain its pride and prestige as our national monument and we want to keep this spirit alive. As you can see they have this marquee, where we are been hosted and their luxuriant and public use. They are a venue with more than enough parking spaces for whatever activities and we they have an army of professional event managers and security personnel to service patrons.