·        As 50 live band singers compete for cash prizes, laurels,  record labels, others 

·        Ebenezer Obey, Shina Peters, Yinka Davies others, to mentor young singers

The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has pledged its support towards the Music concert tagged “Thrillerbandz Music Challenge” scheduled to hold at the National Theatre from Friday, 17th to Saturday, 18th December, 2021.

The Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Solomon Bonu said the objective of the Live Band Challenge, which is to showcase an important aspect of our musical heritage for development into a viable cultural product, aligns with the mandate of the Ministry.

Speaking recently during a Press Conference held at the National Theatre, Iganmu, the Special Adviser said that the State saw the need to support the event as an avenue to engage the youth productively, especially during the period of festivities.

Bonu said that Lagos State Government will always identify with initiatives that have positive impact on youths, expressing pleasure to stand with the initiator of the project.

“We will always support things that are beneficial to the youths and help them grow as we have seen many positives in this programme,” the Special Adviser stated.

Bimbo Esho, the Managing Director of Evergreen Music Company; the main organisers of the event, noted that the “Thrillerbandz@theatre” is a collaboration between the National Theatre and Evergreen Music Company and has as its theme: ”Restructuring the Entertainment Industry”.

According to her: “The initiative is important to the music industry as it will boost the composition of meaningful lyrics and lively songs, quality dance styles, stage appeal as well as excellent performance to the delight of lovers of good music in Nigeria and even beyond.

“As major stakeholders in the development of Nigerian culture, we are duty-bound to contribute to the growing musical and entertainment industry, and use the potentials to boost the nation’s economy”, Esho added.

She informed that outstanding performers during the competition will win laurels, fantastic cash prizes and musical instruments just as many talents will also be exposed to record labels.

“No fewer than 50 live bands are expected to showcase their talents to thrill and dazzle the audience and African music aficionados in a relaxed environment. We promise an enchanting 12 hours back-to-back session that will delight the audience on the days of the event”, she asserted.

Also speaking at the Press Conference, the General Manager of the National Theatre, Prof. Sunday Ododo, disclosed that evergreen musical icons like Chief Ebenezer Obey, Sir Shina Peters, Mike Okri, Yinka Davies, Stella Monye, Kola Ogunkoya and Dayo Kujore will grace the event.

He said the veteran musicians will be on hand to mentor and give guidance on live band performance and entertainment to the upcoming artistes.