When MTN Foundation beneficiaries thrilled the audienceby Adekunle Hastrup 19/03/2017 19:19:00 0 comments 1 Views
By Josephine Agbonkhese
Good music, so much soul, and something extra, best describes the atmosphere at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, when MTN Foundation Alumni electrified it with beautiful melodies from classical music to opera, contemporary Nigerian tunes and a good measure of string and wind instruments. The enlivened audience kept screaming for more.
The lead performer for the night was Perpetual Atife, a recording and performing musician, music educationist, and creative events producer. Atife came across as a soulful and inspirational saxophonist and is actually the official saxophonist on set for the production of Wakaa, a musical performed recently at the Shaw Theatre in London.
Tagged MTN MUSON Valentine Concert, the event which featured different music genres from jazz to funk, blues, upbeat folklores and string instruments, all performed by alumni of the MTN Foundation-sponsored MUSON scholar program, enormously displayed the role of music in the teaching of local languages.
The alumni who have apparently gone on to become masters in their chosen careers are among the over 200 brilliant but indigent students who had their dreams of pursuing careers in music fulfilled at MUSON School through the MTN Foundation.
Other performers were Irede Carlyn Adegoke, soprano and violist; Anumba Nwanneka Linda, one of the top 16 finalists at the just concluded Voice Nigeria; Imoleayo Balogun, renowned international jazz saxophonist, vocalist and music educator; Olamide Timothy, 2010 graduate and Music Director, Limpopo Youth Orchestra South.
“MUSON has impacted greatly on Nigerian music and music education in general,” said Mrs Marion Akpata, Director of MUSON School of Music, after watching the Alumni thrill the audience for hours.
Mrs. Akpata thanked the foundation and also praised the inventiveness of the music artistes for maintaining the high standard of the school, adding that the ultimate goal of the school was to bring back good music to the society.
It would be recalled that the MTN Foundation entered into partnership with MUSON in 2007 to assist brilliant but indigent students fulfil their dreams of pursuing a career in music. As part of the partnership, the Foundation took full responsibility of sponsoring students in the music school.