By Japhet Alakam
Activities marking this yearâ€™s edition of the annual Muson Festival of Arts kicked off on Sunday October 25 at the Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre with what can be described as an evening of jazz music. The featuring of the jazz evening was a re- introduction of one of the MUSON brands that was yanked off the list after its first initial outing in 2005.
The return of the Jazz evening automatically garnished the evening with added glamour as the audience made up of mainly elderly people were immediately transported to their days of youth when jazz was actually the trendy musical genre.
After the welcome address by Dr (Mrs) Katia Ekesi, chairman membership committee, MUSON, Bashorun J.K. Randle, chairman festival committee was called out to officially declare the event open. In his short speech, Bashorun Randle, thanked Stanbic IBTC Bank for its support and also observed a minute silence for Mrs Oye Williams, late wife of Chief Akintola Williams, who was an outstanding member of the Muson clan.
Thereafter, the Muson orchestra conducted by Theophilus Okang mounted the stage and performed classical tunes by Fela Sowande,Â Ebenezer Obey,W.A.Mozart. There were also tunes from Clarinet Concento in a major K622. With Clarinet solo, Seun Oluwabusuyi the orchestra group performed Allegio, Adagio and Roundo Allegro.
After that, Symphony No 41 Jupiter by Wolfgang Allegro with tracks- Allegro Vavace, Andante Contabile, Minuettoâ€™s Allegretto and Molto Allergro were also performed. At the end of the first part the group bowed out and the audience went for a break.
The second part of the ceremonyÂ Â saw a return ofÂ the group in a special traditional attireÂ to performÂ melodious tunes from Bridge on the River Kwai by Colonel Boogey, Yoruba Symphony Dance by S.K Ore, Akinla by Fela Sowande, Olomi veina by Seun Owaeje and Ore mi se pelepele by Seun Owaeje.
With scintillating display of saxophones, guitar and Bata, the group performed some of the famous Yoruba tunes that changed the mood as almost every body present became part of the songs. This part of the performance could be described as the real turning point judging from the way the audience responded to every movement by the Muson Orchestra, clapping and singing with the group to the richness of the Nigerian music.