by Eric Nwanso
When I heard about “Underground”, the only thing that came to mind was the celebration of up and coming raw musical talents – and when I got to the venue, Ember Creek at Ikoyi, lagos, I realised I was right. The ambience of the venue was exotic, beautiful and relaxing, thanks to Ember Creek’s mix of Cuban culture, coconut trees and thatched roofs that remind one of a holiday in the Carribean islands. The event was filled with young people rocking the lastest fashion trends – from boys in colourful skinny jeans and tees, hi-top sneakers, toms and mocassins of different colours to girls in sexy outfits, clutching different shades of designer purses. In attendance were Toolz of The Beat FM, Wana of Inspiration FM, Djinee, Eva, Mo’Cheddah, Noble Igwe, Makida Moka, Terrence Sambo and Wale Oyederin.
The event started ‘fashionably’ late, with televison presenter Illrhymz hosting the show to perfection and proving his worth as TV’s rave of the moment. The Underground started with fifteen contestants giving heartfelt performances, as the upcoming artistes tried their best to prove to the judges and the audience how much they want the title which would give them an ultimate career boost. Last years’ winner Oshman entertained with a song that reminded of the late Dagrin and reminded guests that the late rapper lives on through some artistes.
As if the performances were not entertaining enough, there was a fashion break during which clothing line Cool Beans, displayed casually fabulous tees. The show continued with the host asking the audience to cast their vote for their favourite contestants, after which four contestants were picked as the top four and were asked to give another performance each. Two contestants caught the attention of the audience: Irene, a soul singer reminiscent of Asa, Nneka and India Arie won the audience heart with her rendition and Boom Eye, a rapper who blew the audience away with his performance.
The winner was announced by Wana of Inspiration FM and Toolz of The Beat FM, who were also judges at the event, including singer Djinee. Much to the surprise of the audience, Boom Eye emerged as the winner. He walked away with the following gifts: media coverage on BellaNaija and 360nobs, clothing by Cool Beans, IamIsigo, Sleem Apparel and Ayaba, music production by Moonrock and Playbach and complimentary hospitality accommodation for a weekend at a Lagos hotel.
In three words The Underground was fresh, hip and fabulous. Organised fully by young people called Inner Circle Inc, it’s success reinforced the fact that the future of Nigerian music belongs to the youth!
Photos by Coco for YNaija