RHYTHM COUNCIL ENDS IN GRANDSTYLE
Sixteen months after organisers of rhythm council began the quest for the discovery of a new musical expression, a contestant from Benin, Black IQ, has emerged overall winner. It was a fierce competition among the four finalists- NBX, Street Disciple, Black IQ and Duncan Mighty- at the grand finale which held at the Vault Nite club, Victoria Island, Lagos. All truly talented, and determined to come top, the contestants gave their all, performing two original songs each, and a cover of any song of their choice. First performer for the night Street Disciple brimmed with confidence as he mounted the stage around 12midnight. And, for an act based in Abuja, the rapper enjoyed the favour of a supportive audience. With the crowd going wild, and the atmosphere feverish, it was clear the night was going to be memorable. Then came Black IQ, the dreadlocked entertainer who showed he had done his home work – with great costuming, audience interaction, and infectious repertoire. The finalist from Benin impressed the fans and the judges, and he took the tempo of the night several notches higher. By the time the third finalist Duncan Mighty was ready to do his thing, it was clear the judges would have a tough time deciding the winner. Duncan, a contestant from Benin, moved the crowd to tears with a number dedicated to mothers. And NBX, the trio from FESTAC town, brought thee grove back again, as they dished out numbers reminiscent of Plantashun Boiz. With bright costuming, soothing harmonies and amazing choreography, the R&B group showed a determination to walk home with the grand prize. ‘It was really difficult selecting a winner. Very tasking because all the boys were talented’ said Cool FM’s Wale Ewedemi one of the judges. Another judge, Ayo Animashaun of HipHopworld, insists ‘all the finalists are winners. It’s a win-win situation. Any of the guys can hold their own anywhere. I won’t be surprised if they all go on to achieve great things individually’. Another judge Ayeni Adekunle, a journalist, commended the organisers for ‘a job well done’, even as he advised the finalists to ‘always remember all you’ve been taught during this competition. Everything will be useful as you go on with your career. The judges’ advise, the seminars, and all the tips you’ve been given’. Rhythm Council was conceptualised and executed by KISS events, a frontline entertainment solutions company run by Howie T and his partner Dipo Abdul. The hunt started on June 24, 2006 at the Vault, before moving round the country, for preliminaries and semi final stages. ‘My passion is to discover and nurture talents’, says Howie. ‘And I’m happy that we’ve successfully executed Rhythm Council. We’ve worked very hard, and right now, I feel on top of the world’. Corroborating him, his partner Abdul says ‘there’s nothing like starting something and finishing it. It’s taken a while, because we wanted to do it properly, but now, we’ve finished it; we fulfilled our promise, and I can only ask the world to wait for the next superstar from Nigeria’. The lucky winner will be groomed by KISS music for the next few weeks, before being signed as priority artiste on an international record label.