Popular Nigerian actor and dramatist, Chief Femi Branch has concluded plans to tour no fewer than 10 Nigerian cities from April 3rd to June 21st, 2020.
He disclosed this to newsmen at the Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos venue of a press conference he organised to raise awareness for his forthcoming maiden edition of an Annual Femi Branch Playfest, a celebration of theatrical writing of the Nollywood actor, one of Africa’s leading actors, playwright and poet.
According to Branch, the Festival is scheduled to kick off with a 10-city tour of his biggest play yet, Kunme The Musical. He added that the tour would take a one-week break in Lagos from Monday 25th to Sunday 31st, May 2020 for the Festival proper which shall feature performances by different selected troupes of Femi Branch’s other plays, such as Poi, Shalanga, Jungle Justice, and Ankara Committee, with final performance being of the tour play, Kunme. Thereafter, he said, the tour shall then resume from Friday 12th and end on Sunday 21st June in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The cities scheduled to host the event include, Ife, Akure, Ado Ekiti, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Ijebu Ode, Ikorodu, Badagry, Benin City, and Abuja.
“The Festival is a two-fold initiative which firstly is a mentorship programme to develop and nurture young acting talents selected from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, through the Femi Branch Master Class, and secondly in commemoration of my 50th birthday anniversary,” Femi Branch revealed.
The project is in continuation of his drive to promote live theatre through seasonal commercial performances of his plays. Past editions of this were the performances of his plays, namely, Itakun (Satelite Town Cinema, Lagos 1999), Poi (The Muson Centre, Lagos, 2001), Jungle Justice tour(Bonny Island, Port Harcourt, Women Development Centre, Abuja and Terra Kulture, Lagos2013) and Ankara Committee (The Muson Centre 2018).
“We look forward to continuing our great relationship with sponsors, press, and all our fans-and with only 50 days until show time,” Branch said. Continuing, he added that open casting for the play has been done and a general audition for the tour play, Kunme The Musical will take place on February 25th 2020 at the Dramatic Arts Department of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, for actors, singers, dancers and musicians.
The project has Femi Branch as its Artistic Director, Lady Prevail Olayinka as Project Director, Tee Abiola Oduola (Sean Polo Tee) as Media Consultant, Awele Onwuadi as Project Coordinator, and others.
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Wizkid Gets Double Nominations For 2022 Grammy Awards
Grammy award-winning music star, Wizkid has earned two nominations for the 64th Grammy Awards.
On Tuesday, the Recording Academy announced the nominations for each of the 86 categories of the 2022 GRAMMYs scheduled for January 31, 2022 at the Microsoft Theater.
Wizkid bagged two nominations in the Best Global Music Performance and Best Global Music Album categories.
Wizkid’s hit collaboration with Tems, ‘Essence,’ got a nomination in the Best Global Music Performance while his fourth studio album, ‘Made in Lagos’ earned a nomination in the Best Global Music Album.
In 2021, Wizkid won his first Grammy award for his collaborative effort with Beyonce on the song, ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ off her 2019 album, The Lion King album.
ThrillerbandZ Music Challenge Rejuvenate Liveband Music In Nigeria
The ThrillerbandZ Music Challenge will be taking place at the National Theatre on Friday 17th December to 18th December. The primary objective of the LiveBand Challenge is to showcase an important aspect of our musical heritage for development into a viable Cultural product.
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.
The 12 hours back to back music concert is put together by Evergreen Musical Company Ltd in Partnership with National Theatre.
Livebands play prominent roles in our day to day social activities ie weddings, burials, birthday, naming ceremonies, religious and Political conventions, etc.
Not less than 50 Livebands are expected to compete to showcase their musical appeal to thrill , pleasure and dazzle the audience and African music Aficionados in a relaxed environment with unique ambience , colourful lightnings, savory culinary delights and drinks.
This event which is no doubt a first of it’s kind event in Nigeria will overtime become a veritable platform that will help to boost authentic African music repertoire and tourism in Nigeria.
During the just Concluded Press Conference which held at the National Theatre Marquee the Lagos State Government represented by the amiable SA, Tourism, Art and Culture , Mr Solomon Bonu promised full Sponsorship support and commitment of the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s administration for the event.
Some of the performers particularly amongst the youths showed their high hopes and expectations on the pleges made by the Babajide Olusola -Olu‘s administration through the SA, Tourism.
According to Bimbo Esho the brain behind this initiative she said outstanding performers shall win laurels, fantastic cash prizes and musical instruments and many talents shall be exposed to the media and record labels.
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