The final leg of the completely redefined Amstel Malta Showtime event series, which took place yesterday at the Unilag Indoor Sports Hall, Lagos, is undoubtedly the most brilliant display of art to be seen in this part of the world in recent times.
The first of its kind concert drama tagged “The Rush” which premiered in Enugu last month, was a magnificent expression of a young man’s journey to success with artistic displays by ballerinas, singers, actors, dancers, rappers, fire eaters, jugglers, instrumentalists, comedians e.t.c put together to deliver an outstanding theatrical performance.
The drama piece featured renowned Nigerian entertainers: Sound Sultan, Phyno, Gordons, Art director, Ice Nweke, celebrated dancer, Ukalina, lead actor, Bobby and a host of others and also five young talents selected via auditions which includes: Singing duo (male and female); Instrumentalist duo (a violinist and a guitarist), a dance team of four, a comedian and a rapper.
One of the talents, an 20 year-old violinist who entered for the audition as part of a duo but made it through without his partner, was filled with so much excitement when he spoke about his experience. According to him, “ All of these still seems like a dream to me. Initially when I was selected and my partner wasn’t, I felt very downcast but I still wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. I can’t even begin to say exactly how I feel because I’m still short of words but I’m so thankful to Amstel Malta for this great opportunity and for believing in my talent” he said.
Just as was seen in Enugu, a few other young talents who also impressed the judges but didn’t make it to the top five slots, got the chance to perform during the show.
Art director, Ice Nweke expressed his pleasure at the level of enthusiasm displayed by all five talents. “When these talents were recruited from the auditions, we were skeptical about how fast they will blend into the play but I must say that just as we were impressed in Enugu, Lagos also didn’t disappoint us. Everybody brought in their A-game and the concert drama was a huge success” he said.
In addition to the opportunity to feature alongside the renowned stars, these talents also took home cash prizes.