The D-day had come for the long anticipated ‘Soul Glow’ Music Concert, a music experience organised by a young passionate lady, Peace Prince who runs PRIP (Promoting and Reinforcing Passion), an initiative to groom passionate youngsters in the art of music including other aspects of entertainment.
The Concert is set up to create an atmosphere for the young and aged alike to enjoy soul music, while showcasing emerging talents through the platform.
The event held on 23rd March, 2018, at the prestigious Hall 5 movie Gallery, Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre, Uyo. Music came up by 6pm, two hours late after the technical crew were running around trying to ensure all was in place for a great event, leaving an audience which had filled the Movie Gallery to the bream waiting.
Despite having a full auditorium, the choice of venue for the concert was not ideal as the entrance to the hall was alongside the stage which culminated in short stints of distraction whenever a guest entered the Gallery.
At 6:30pm the two comperes, Rosemary Roberts and Prince Mackesin officially opened the event, introducing Ms. Peace Prince, who welcomed all in attendance to the maiden edition of the Soul Glow Music Concert.
Soon after that, Eno Sax kicked off performances with a Jazz rendition of ‘God has Smiled on Me’ by Jessica Reedy. This was followed by Derrick Esuh, a Flutist and Edidiong Akpan, a female Violinist, as they did a duet of Celine Dion’s ‘The Prayer’. Then a trio performance came up soon after by Anie and Co. as the three did incredibly with a soul version of “I’m your Angel” by R Kelly and Celine Dion.
King-George sent shivers down the spines of the audience with his high pitch vocals when he performed Alexander Burke’s ‘Hallelujah’ followed by Psalmie Anthony who performed Don Moen’s ‘Hiding Place’ making the audience wonder with his rare vocal wining skills.
Winnie Irawo did another soulful performance for her debut single, ‘Trust You’ with a guitar accompaniment by the female Guitarist Drizzle Richards. The female Guitarist came up again and performed her Jazz Soul single ‘The New Me’, and another soulful performance popped up by Comfort Obot who did Mariah Carey’s ‘When You Believe’ and was followed by a Ballet Dance performance by Victor Zale to Peace Prince’s Cover of ‘Oceans’ originally recorded by Hillsong United.
One thing that happened at the event and was so breathe taking was when comedy came in between the heat of the soulful performances, lots of persons didn’t see it coming but suddenly Jesta the comedian showed up and made the House bubble for few minutes after which AlexaGlory Udoh came up and blew it off with Jill Scott’s ‘Golden’, a neo-soul song, followed by a dance drama performance by The Life Changers Crew who did great with Peace Prince’s ‘Deep Love’, a hip-hop Soul song.
Poetry swept in between the show by The Black Poet aka Arnee Akpan who creatively talked about Soul Music and SoulGlow. Tresh Tresh lighted the stage with her crystal yet piercing vocal ability to perform Andra Day’s Rise Up and ended it as a duet with Psalmie Anthony.
The host, Peace Prince came up in between the show to drop a vote of thanks and passionately created a short piece on stage leaving the audience wanting more and soon after she surprisingly called up Sandie Uforo one of the BGVs Backup Vocalists to Perform Whitney Houston’s ‘I Look To You’.
The show ended beautifully with Godswill Asuatang’s performance of his Jazz Single ‘Future Better’ making the audience scream happily while leaving the hall.
We look forward to Soulglow2019 and hopes it gets better and more exciting!