''The maiden edition of the Music Cafe indeed exceeded expectations as a ground breaking event for the city of Abuja and a night that would linger for a long time in the hearts of attendees as they were well treated with live music bordering around the neo soul, R&B and afro genres.
On the said event that went down on Sunday the 21st of July, guests started arriving the entrance of the Congress hall of Transcorp Hilton from a little after 4:45pm, as the red carpet reception was billed to commence for 5pm.
The Cream de la cream, business owners, On-Air Personalities (OAPs) from various urban radio stations, as well as media moguls and people from other walks of life flooded the arena, tastefully dressed and were left with chuckles on their faces; stemming from the conversation on the red carpet with Sound City's VJ Adams and treatment with various kinds of cocktails.
After some well spent time of networking and familiarizing, the attendees were ushered into the hall for the real deal.
The much anticipated event took off at 7pm with guests seated in dinner style (on tables) and the Master of Ceremony- Tyeng Gang of The Beat 97.9 FM, Ibadan mounting the stage to give all a warm welcome and introduce the live band members who were already on stage for the action. Without time wasting, he brought up the first act- Lindsey, who is popularly known as the "song bird". She took the well lit stage for a little over 25minutes, dishing out classic versions of some of her hits from the Brown EP, which include: Taxi, Drift away, to mention a few.
She was relieved by Shola Sax who held the crowd of over 200 spellbound, performing remakes of songs like Olomi (Originally done by Tosin Martins) and other classics.
Darey Art Alade was brought up stage by the MC, making a dramatic entrance from the audience and stealing the hearts of the ladies with his smooth tenor voice and great dance moves on and off stage. The Lipton ambassador started from his beginning by performing the old hit: "Escalade" and moving to his biggest hit till date; "you're not the girl", he also drifted into songs like "one love- Bob Marley", sending his performance into a crescendo with maximum crowd participation. He rounded-off with his latest single- "Special Fever" and brought up the last act- Praiz.
He kicked-off his performance with cover of Rihanna's "Stay", then "that stupid song", which he originally collaborated with Bez and then finding his way into the hearts of all and sundry with his "John Legend-ic" voice.
The Flux Factory-organized gig wrapped-up at about 9pm, with Praiz and Lindsey performing various renditions of popular hits and balloons flooding the place.
In the end, it would be safe to say that every second of the show was put to good use, corroborating the remarks of the CEO of Flux Factory, Gospelondebeatz before the event, when he said that it would be a night to remember. Adding that, Music Cafe seeks to put Abuja on the map entertainment-wise by organizing 1 (one) edition every quarter.
However, ET Quake Multimedia, Doxa digital, the PR company, Monarch designs, Sound City, Cool and Wazobia FM, Iam (events) and Jireh events were some of the partner organizations for the much-talked about event.''
Photo Credits: Music Cafe Afrika