FESTAC Town, Lagos got the honour of hosting an array of music stars on Saturday, as the 2013 edition of Star Music Trek began. With a multitude of crowd flocking the Jite Open Field, venue of the event, it kind of reunited gladiators in the entertainment industry with the satellite town.
Contemporary musical giants such as P-Square, M.I, Ice Prince, Sound Sultan, KCee and Kas performed live at the event. Not even the rain that fell on the day could separate the music lovers from different parts of Lagos and beyond from the tested artistes.
Ebullient comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka, has, for long, maintained rhythm with the organisers of the concert – Nigerian Breweries Plc. It is thus not surprising that he was the anchor of the Festac feast, where he set the crowd reeling as he dished out jokes and cracks from his rich repertory. His way of bullying local talents onto the stage, where they also showcased their talents, also added pep to the deal.
But all that only prepared ground for the stars who, one after the other, dished out popular songs from their collection of hits, reaching out to the crowd who swelled the ranks in appreciation of the stage craft and mastery of the entertainers.
In a way, M.I. knows how to introduce ‘politics’ into his performances. Often when children and youths form the largest chunk of his audience, he creates a motivational interlude during which he pays tributes to them and gives them words of encouragement about life.
He did same on Saturday and charged the young ‘never to give up on their dreams’.
He humorously recalled how he migrated from Jos to Lagos, in a sea of uncertainty, but armed with a talent that he was prepared to hone. Now, having hit stardom with an opulent bang, the MTV award-winner did not hesitate to say at Festac, “No matter what happens, you need to believe in yourself. Don’t ever let anyone take your dreams from you.”