World Tallest Drums Unveiled In Drum Festival In Ogun

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One of the World’s tallest drums at the Drum Festival in Ogun. It is 17ft tall

Nigeria’s first Drum Festival was held in Ogun State where drums believed to be the tallest in the world were unveiled. They stood 16 and 17 feet tall.

It was an exciting festival, with different drum sounds serenading the arena.

Drums are used not only as a means of providing musical sounds but equally as a means of communication.

It has become an important and integral part of human existence especially in the African culture.

The celebration of the rich and diverse cultural heritage resonates in Ogun State, also known as the Gate Way State.

During the maiden edition of the Nigeria Drum Festival, first of its kind in Nigeria and indeed the continent of Africa, drummers officially opened the show with the drumming of the national anthem. The talking drum did the wonder.

With the theme “Reviving Our Culture In Drums”, the Ogun State government conceived the idea in an attempt to revive and rejuvenate the dwindling fortunes of the Nigerian culture through the drums and at the same time boost the tourism potentials of the state as a means of job creation.

The Commissioner of Tourism in the state, Mr Muyiwa Oladapo, said the festival was a way of reviving the nation’s culture, which he stressed was dying.

“We needed to revive it and we knew and appreciated the fact that drum is that part of art and culture that cuts across the entire length and breadth of the community, Nigeria and the world,” Mr Oladapo stated.

The four-day event was held at the June 12 cultural Centre, in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.

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Ara, the talking drum, was one of the drums featured at the Drum Festival

It was attended by 19 states of the federation and witnessed by members of the diplomatic corps traditional rulers and other prominent guests joining the host Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his wife Olufunsho.

The event showcased drums from various culture across Nigeria, as participants entertained the audience with beautiful performances from individuals and groups like Ogun State Dance Troupe, Hubert Ogunde Theatre Group, Ani Dance Group from the east, the Unique Fingers from the Niger delta and Ara, the renowned talking drummer, among others.

Some of the dignitaries at the event were the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and his Olori Wuraola, the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, the Oshile of Oke Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, the Director General of the National Council of Art and Culture, Mrs Dayo Keshi and her husband Ambassador Joe Keshi, and Senator Olorunimbe Mamora.

Cynthia Morgan, Baba Dee, Ara Getting Ready To Drop Albums

p1Music stars, Cynthia Morgan, Baba Dee and sensational female drummer, Ara are ready to release full bodies of music material.

Dancehall star, Cynthia Morgan in an exclusive interview with Entertainment News on Channels TV said her yet to be titled debut album will be released “before the end of the year (2015) or first quarter of next year (2016)”.

Although details of the album are hush-hush at the moment, the ‘German Juice’ crooner confirmed co-star, Burna Boy as well as music duo PSquare are guest artistes on the album and that she’s trying to give a 100%.

Also, singer Baba Dee, who released his last album (digital) titled Boom Box about two years ago, is ready to release a full album, featuring artistes including Burna Boy, Harrysong, Terry G and others.

Sensational drummer and singer, Ara, in an exclusive chat with EN confirmed she will be dropping her highly anticipated debut album after many years of being a performing artiste of international repute.

The singer, however, did not give a time frame for the release but the album which features Fuji star, Pasuma is almost ready.

Cobham’s mother wins Supermom celebrity show

After thirteen weeks of voting, Gladys Asuquo, mother of the award winning singer,song writer, and producer, Cobhams Asuquo, has won Supermom celebrity edition.

The former clerical officer in the Nigerian Army clinched the winning prize of N2m after earning the highest votes by fans and followers of the ten finalists.

According to the executive producer of the show, Sola Fajobi, she is expected to donate her cash prize to a charity of her choice and would be treated to an all-expense paid trip to Dubai.

Fuji music star, Abass Akande Obesere’s mother, Taibat Omobonike, emerged first runner up while Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment rapper, Skales’ mother, was second runner up. They both get N1m and N500, 000 cash respectively which would also be donated to a charity of choice and an all-expense paid trip to Dubai.

Other runners up are Julius Agwu and Tony Tetuila’s mothers.

Speaking on how Mrs. Asuquo’s story was adjudged the best of the ten, Fajobi said, “our viewer’s were moved to tears by the story of how Cobhams turned his disability to a success story. On how she managed to raise him, despite the inherent challenges.”

Mrs Asuquo said, “It wasn’t easy watching Cobhams do chores around the house and run errands like my other children but I resolved to make him as independent and capable of achieving anything he sets his mind to do. I showed him where his box of clothes was and would ask him to go get his clothes after bathing him.”

She also added that as he grew up, his love for music started coming to the fore as he would beat on anything he could lay his hands on, so I encouraged him by buying him musical toys.

Since the show began airing on May 26, the story of 20 Nigerian celebrities, as told by their mothers was the central focus. The participating celebrities include Cobhams, Skales, Obesere, Foluke Daramola, Flavour Nabania, Mr. Olu of the Yahooze fame, Ice K, one half of the enduring duo, Artquake, Kennis Music act, Jaywon, Tony Tetuila and female drummer, Ara.
Others were On-Air-personality, Yaw; actors: Femi Adebayo, Binta Ayo Mogaji, and Kunle Afolayan; comedians: Seyi Law and Julius Agwu; Kenny Saint Best, DJ Humility and Chico Ejiro.