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Str Quest: How Juke Box beat them all

Mr. Jacco Van Der Linden, Marketing Director, NB Plc(3rd left) presenting the dummy cheque to members of Jukebox group winners of the 2010 Star Quest. Photo by Sylva Eleanya.

It was meant to be a night of fun and celebration and it lived up to expectation especially given the brand behind the programme.

It was the finals of Star Quest, the hugely popular music talent hunt sponsored by Star lager beer and, given the huge followership of the programme on television across Africa and beyond, expectations were high as to which of the three remaining bands would win the coveted prize of N7.5m recording contract, N3.6m cash, a brand new mini van, one year guaranteed.

Accommodation in Lagos and appearances in all Star lager organised events in 2010, including the popular 10-city music concert tour called Star Trek as well as the prestigious international music concert Star Mega Jam later in the year. At the end, it was Juke Box, which was the viewing voters’ choice.

They won the competition beating to the second and third positions, Ace Vibes and Sapphire Blue on a night that brought to the fore, Nigeria’s abundant music talents. They were part of the lucky 36 chosen from a multitude of music talents which attended auditioning across the nation.

They are led by Eghosa Frank whose performance on the drums is a delight to watch, any day any time. Other members include enigmatic Joshua Itietie, also a unique piece in this band, with a special skill of rapping with the lead guitar way beyond imagination; Ogun State born, Agunpopo Josephine Olamide blessed with a powerful voice, and fine-looking Wilson Emeka are vocalists of international standard with good dancing skills.

The gentle Epanty Gregory plays the keyboard with a flourish while Asindi Sam is a wonder to watch on the bass guitar.

Jukebox takes over from The Pulse Band, which won the competition last year and has been ruling the airwaves with their song “So Tey” whose remix was done with Busta Rhymes. According to their lead singer, Juke Box is a self-motivated and pleasurable band with the sole aim of becoming the best!


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