HiLife Fest: Singers, dancers set to do battle in Onitsha
Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of eastern Nigeria, is ready to for an exciting evening of beautiful traditional Igbo highlife music and cultural dance, HiLife Fest. Dubbed The Complete Experience, the show hits Onitsha tomorrow for the semi final stage of the talent hunt competition.
At the recently concluded quarter final, fans were treated to a thrilling and engaging delivery of top-notch highlife music in which 5 dance groups and 10 singers made it to the next level. The semi-final stage will feature Prince Destiny Oluchukwu and Dons Ifeanyi (Anambra state), Chinedu Obiajulu and Emeka Ngwu (Enugu State), Agbom Emmanuel (Delta State), Kalapi Ojuka and Kelvin Emmanuel (Rivers State) Ifeanyi Ogbu (Ebonyi State), Chuks Arthur and Obioha Ikechukwu (Abia State) in the singing category. For the dancers, Kanaowo Dance Group (Rivers State), Noel Africa Cultural Entertainment (Ebonyi State), Umuchiziri Egwu Cultural Dance Group (Enugu State), Asinnodricks Africa (Imo State) and Ofu-Obi (Anambra State) will slug it out for a spot in the grand finale.
Expressing joy on reaching the semi-finals, Emma Agbom gave kudos to the organisers for providing a rich platform for young people to showcase their talent to the world. He was particularly thankful for the grooming and mentoring sessions at HiLife Fest Academy. This, he said, impacted immensely on his performance in Aba.
Speaking after the quarterfinal concert, guest Judge, Michael Ndubuisi, said, “It has been a very unpredictable competition. We’ve had some amazing talents from the various auditions in different cities. It’s almost impossible to even tell who will win as everyone is really talented, so, I can’t wait to see which of these contestants will come out tops.”
With just one more hurdle between these contestants and the grand finale, the contestants will not afford to give anything other than their very best intent on impressing the intimidating line-up of Judges – veteran highlife maestro and creator of Zigma style, Chief Bright Chimezie, music producer and actor, David Jones David, studied instrumentalist, JJ Aguize, versatile dance instructor, Dr Nicholas Akas, and guest Judge Michael Ndubisi.
Highlife music has been an integral part of the Igbo culture. It inspires and gives its lovers a sense of direction, belonging and connection with their roots. This initiative by the Life beer brand is aimed at promoting this genre of music whilst also preserving the beautiful heritage of the Igbo people.
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