Ariya Repete: New quarterfinalists emerge from Oyo, Ondo
Another set of talented artistes has emerged as quarter-finalists from the Ibadan and Akure regional auditions of Ariya Repete 2019. The capital of Oyo and Ondo states came alive as it simultaneously hosted auditions on June 26. The selected contestants then returned to slug it out at the regional knockouts, which took place on Friday, June 28, 2019.
The turn out for the Ibadan selection party was massive as residents and lovers of indigenous music came out to show their support for the contestants. The Judges on the night, which included renowned music producer – ID Cabassa, Juju veteran – Champion Opio, and Fuji Artist – Rasheed Abefe were faced with the herculean task of selecting three successful contestants after a series of breathtaking performances.
The experience was equally spectacular at the sunshine city of Akure, where budding indigenous artists dazzled the audience with wonderful Fuji, Juju and Afro-pop melodies. After an exciting night in both cities, a total of 6 quarterfinalists emerged from the Ibadan and Akure selection parties, with three winners selected from each city.
In Ibadan, Ashley Oluwasegun, Adebayo Adebiyi, and Lukman Adebiyi were crowned as winners of the Afro-pop, Fuji and Juju category respectively. Fuji music star, Taye Currency also made a surprise appearance at the Ibadan selection party, and his performance was one of the many highlights of the night.
Akure auditions produced Mayowa Alayo, and Ibrahim Afolabi as winners from the Afro-pop and Juju categories respectively, while Seun Ayegbayo edged out stiff competition to emerge victorious in the Fuji category.
Over the past weeks, social media has been full of conversations about the contest as Osogbo and Ilorin residents are teeming up the challenge and prove that the best indigenous talents can be found in these two cities.
Speaking ahead of the auditions, Goldberg Lager, Brand Manager, Olufunmilayo Ogunbodede had this to say: “We’ve had a tremendous time discovering these talents across south-west Nigeria, and we believe there are still some amazingly gifted singers to be found in Ilorin and Osogbo. I’m eagerly looking forward to these final auditions and I’m sure we will wrap up this first phase of the contest with an excellent show on Friday.”
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