Dede Mabiaku gives tribute to Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

…As Nigerian Idol kicks off Top 30 rounds

Dede Mabiaku

Dede Mabiaku

The legacy and memories of the Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuit surely lives on.

Afrobeat performer and protégé of Fela, Dede Mabiaku brought back the legacy of the late Fela during the recording of the first group of Top 30 contestants of Nigerian Idol Season 4. Dressed in a black T-shirt that had an inscription behind saying United We Stand, Dede said, “Fela influenced who I am today greatly, so though he is no more in body, he constantly remains in my heart.” Dede is a judge on the on-going season of Nigerian Idol alongside multi-talented entertainer and king of RnB, Darey Art-Alade and German-Nigerian hip hop/soul singer, Nneka Egbuna.


The first episode showcasing the first group of the Top 30 contestants of Africa’s No 1 music talent show, Nigerian Idol that aired on Sunday, March 23, 2014, saw Darey Art-Alade lash

Darey Art Alade

Darey Art Alade

out at a contestant after a woeful performance.

Royal George, a contestant from Benin performed Rihanna’s all time hit song, Diamonds. Aside having pitch issues, George also made a mess of the song.

“That was a royal mess,” said a disappointed Darey. “Messy lyrics, pitch issues, you know you didn’t do well.” Too harsh or words well said, what is your take on Darey’s reaction?



…Contestants battle for a spot in the Top 12





It has been a hard battle to make it to the top 30 for the Nigerian Idol contestants who have struggled with exhaustion, against thousands of other hopefuls also looking for their ticket to fame and stardom.

10 of the Top 30 contestants selected had to battle it with stellar and impressive performances for an opportunity to win the hearts of both the judges and the viewers at home.

Performing songs from international artistes such as: Rihanna, Pharrell, Tyrese, Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott, Usher Raymond, Sam Sparrow, Labrinth, Emeli Sandé and Avicii, the first group of 10 had four golden tickets recipient from the audition phase.

Unfortunately, only three of the acts in the group were able to impress the judges. When asked to sum up his experience for the day, Darey Art-Alade said, “Evelle, Daniel Buba and Elvis Jay, were the three contestants that did it for me tonight.”

“Unfortunately, the judges don’t get to decide which contestant has to go on to the next stage, only the votes of viewers at home will determine who goes home or stays back to battle for the coveted Idol crown,” he added.

Hosted by On-Air Personality, Ill Rymz; judges for this season remain, Afrobeat performer; Dede Mabiaku, Darey Art Alade and Nneka Egbuna.

Sponsored by Etisalat and Pepsi, Nigerian Idol is aired on Saturday and Sunday’s on NTA, STV, HIP TV, CRBC Calabar, DRTV Warri and various Startimes channels.

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