Legendary musician Victor Olaiya backs FESTAC”77 @ 40

Posted: July 27, 2017 in general
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Legendary musician Victor Olaiya has given his support to plans by the Centre for Black Arts and African Civilisation (CBAAC) to commemorate 40 years after FESTAC”77 was hosted by Nigeria, even as tasked CBAAC to ensure full participation of African musicians in the forthcoming celebration.

Olaiya gave the support when the Director-General of CBAAC, Dr Ferdinand Anikwe, led his management staff on a courtesy visit to the musician at his Lagos residence on Thursday.

He said he was not happy that Nigerian musicians were not allowed to interact with other African musicians during FESTAC’’77.

Olaiya appealed to CBAAC, which is the organization planning to commemorate four decades of FESTAC”77 to ensure that all African musicians were given special opportunities to perform together to foster peace on the continent.

He said that CBAAC should endeavour to carry along in o its programme  all African musicians that participated in f FESTAC”77 and are still alive  in its  planning and performance to make it a huge success.

“I am glad to hear that FESTAC is 40 years already, I wish you well in the planning and I want you to engage musicians that performed then like me and the younger ones. It was a memorable cultural event, my band featured prominently there and I made reasonable sales; but we were restricted from mingling with musicians from other countries.

“But the joy of it all was that our music was well appreciated by everyone, even up till now. I worked tirelessly with other musicians then to make the event a memorable and successful one, we give glory to God that the memories still linger on and we will continue to talk about it,’’ he said.

Olaiya charged the budding Nigerian artists to come up with positive musical contents capable of ministering to the souls and passing across positive morals.

“Though the youths love the kind of music that is trending now; but we as parents must keep directing the young ones on the path to tread so as to be successful, “he said.

Remarking, CBAAC Director-General, Dr Ferdinand Anikwe, said the centre deemed it important to engage some musicians who took part in the FESTAC”77 celebration which Olaiya was one in its FESTACC ‘’77@40 activities.

He stressed that Victor Olaiya’s contributions toward the success of the event then were significant and enormous.

“We have come to draw inspiration from a musical icon like Victor Olaiya, we have heard from him and from Victor Uwaifor. We will still go and see Ebenezer Obey, Paulson Kalu, Sunny Ade, Mike Ejeagha and more.

“We want to commemorate the world most famous cultural event which will encompass the entire world, not only Africans, so we need to draw inspirations from respected stakeholders on how we can make it a huge success.

“Coming to you sir, is fundamental to celebrating 40th anniversary of FESTAC”77, we have heard from you and we promise to adhere to your fatherly advice, ‘ he said.

He said that the celebration would commence by November.


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