Hear Word! Naija…

 

HEAR WORD! is an exhilarating and thought provoking performing art production directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa  and we had the honour of staging it during SPANFEST 2015 as the third performance show for the festival.hear word visual 6

The production combines artistry, social commentary and true-life stories of inequality of women in the face of domestic abuse, harassment, rape and societal pressure and the transformation.

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This brilliant work of art was delivered by Nigeria ‘s talented actresses Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia, Lala Akindoju, Rita Edward, Debbie Ohiri and Odenike.

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The show also attracted high society.

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The Night We Made You Speechless!

It was a night to remember when The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) took people on a magical music ride with “Speechless – A Musical Adventure”!

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The audience experienced a heart pumping, finger snapping, musical adventure night with jazz masters like Tee Mac, Bright Gain, The Venus Bushfires, Victor Ademofe, Olufunmi and Jerry Omole as they took them on an unforgettable journey of music and sounds…

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The Venus Bushfires opened the show with her unusual yet captivating brand of music, which took people back to old beautiful memories of Africa.

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Olufunmi, a gospel artiste with deep strong roots in Jazz led people back to the history of Jazz and how it started in America and evolved through the years. Now what made this performance thoroughly enjoyable was that as she introduces each artiste that had influenced Jazz  at their time, she immediately proceed to sing and mimick their style of jazz and vocals. She even performed Louis Armstrong ‘s “What A Wonderful World” in his gruff voice! She was accompanied in beats by SPAN’s music band.

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Then came the Multitalented Victor Ademofe on stage and got a thunderous standing ovation with his expertise on both the trumpet and the konga drums.

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Jerry Ademofe  got the audience moving to his music with the saxophone, playing recognizable Jazz people identified with.

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Jazz musician and SPAN’s head of Academy, Music and Contemporary jazz, Bright Gain also performed  with the guitar.

Closing the show was Tee Mac, the Jazz Master himself who played amazing music with the flute and got people reminiscing.

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Head of SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music, Mr Bright Gain

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SPAN's Head Drummer- Papa Ray

SPAN’s Head Drummer- Papa Ray

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Movement In Moments – True Art On Point!

Through the many different deliberations of how SPANFEST 2015 was going to take shape, one thing was constant on everyone’s mind and it was that Nigeria was going to be shown what real performance art is, and how thrilling and exciting it really can be. Thus, “Movement in Moments” was created.movement-in-moments-5

Movement In Moments is a groundbreaking concept developed by SPAN and its the first of its kind in Nigeria. It is a  pioneering 5 stage show where a Violinist, Poet, Comedian, Singer & Dancer perform simultaneously while painters create masterpieces. 5 stages were set where these different artistes performed to their audience simultaneously and after a set time, they switched stage to perform to another set of Audience, again at the same time. In the background, were these hugely talented painters who created amazing pieces that was completed in a matter of minutes.

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The Comedian was Ajebo, seasoned comedian extraordinaire who got the Audience cracking up with his jokes and anecdotes

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The Singer was Stage queen, Yinka Davies who captivated audience with fun performances, she even had people singing alongside with her.

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The Poet was Donna, The Word Smith who flowed seamlessly and effortlessly in her delivery of Spoken Word and Poems.

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The Dancer was Peter James, former SPAN protégée and has gone ahead to undertake further Dance Training in France.

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The Violinist is upcoming act, Chibuike

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Leading the painters was Multi talented Ice Nweke , master choreographer and painter extraordinaire.

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In the end, SPAN Founder and Festival Director, SPANFEST 2015, Mrs Sarah Boulos, invited each of the Artistes to do an encore individually, which they did beautifully to a standing ovation.