It was a night of rhythmic and musical artistry at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos yesterday as no fewer than 32 contestants slugged it out during the Semi final contest of the on-going Ariya Repete Talent Hunt show.
A total of 16 contestants proceeded to the final across the three categories of Juju, Fuji music and Traditional Drums genre of the competition which is an initiative of the Nigerian Breweries Plc, makers of Goldberg brand to promote and develop indigenous Yoruba music.
The contestants including – Ayegbayo Oluwaseun, Akinlabi Johnson, Korede Daniel, Wale Bravo, Bukola Ahmed, Prince Ade Michael, Femi Bright, Adebayo Adetayo all from Juju category and Ashafa Olushola Martins, Saheed Akangbe, Remilekun Olukotun, Mohammed Adewale, Ishola Ade Eric, Ode Ayomide, Suliamon Asibola Destiny, Olayemi Kehinde, Sodiq Ishola, Sulaimon Ajao, Adewale Oderinde, and Abiodun Oloto gave a good account of themselves to the delight of music fans who did not only applauded them but also danced to their songs.
One of the semi finalists, Sulaimon Ajao from Sango Ota Region appreciated the organisers for the opportunity given to the younger generation to showcase their talents to the world, adding that he was particularly thankful for the grooming and mentoring sessions at Ariya Repete Academy, which he said impacted positively on his performance at the competition and will continue to guide them after the competition.
The event was witnessed by veteran Musicians such Admiral Dele Abiodun, Segun Adewale, Sulaiman Ajobiewe, Champion Kunle Opio, Wale Thompson, Alhaji Kabiru Akanni popularly known as Baby Barrister. Other guest includes Dele Fagboyo of the anchor of Aajirebi TV show.
The contestant who have qualified for the finals includes Ayegbayo Oluwaseun, Bukola Ahmed, Ode Ayomide,Abiola Oloto, Asafa Oluwanisola, Wale Crown Femi Bright Ayotunde, Saheed Akande, Muhammed Adewale Sualimaon Ajao. The Drummers Group includes Ifesowapo, Sakuba, Oludare, Igabiwase, Bata of Africa, Eniafe.
They will be meeting in Ibadan for the grand finale of Ariya Repete 2018 scheduled to hold at the Trans Amusement park in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on May 11, 2017 where the winners of Fuji and Juju categories will win a cash prize of 2 million naira each while the Winner of the Drum and dance wins One million naira only.
The Ariya Repete is an annual talent hunt organised by Goldberg Lager Beer, the initiative seeks to discover young talents in the Yoruba traditional music including Fuji and Juju genres. Auditions started on March 13 in Ado-Ekiti, Sango-Ota and across eight cities in Nigeria.
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