By Prosper Okoye
On the 14th night of December, residents of Makurdi were thrilled with captivating melodious Christmas vibes, in a rendition by the Street Gang – an all male group of friends; set to bring the joy of Christmas to the city.
The maiden Xmas surprise concert which held at Dexter’s round about, had motorists and pedestrians swayed in to its rhythm.
The Street Gang had two instrumentalists – Alfred Aliemem, manning the piano: fingering its love keys. And, James Ikwebe, playing the violin.
Its twin member vocalists, Benjamin Ngutsav and Abayol-udeh Michael performed the traditional English Christmas carol, “Noel.” First composed by John Gardner, setting the stage for more astonishing performances.
Benjamin did a solo of the 1825 “Ave Maria,” composed by the Australian maestro, Franz Schubert.
Michael rendered Irving Berlin 1942 song, “White Christmas,” reminiscing about an old fashioned Christmas setting.
The event became more spectacular as four female passerby minstrels, Kate, Cynthia, Vera, Martina, and a male, Simon, joined in the singing; performing the Song “Silent Night,” composed by Frax Xaver Gruber.
Benjamin and Michael sang a duet of Frank Farian’s ” Mary’s Boy Child.”
Just as the tempo was getting high, another passerby minstrel, Miss Charity, joined Benjamin and Michael to do a superb presentation of “Oh Night Divine.”
The night thrill ended with the entire band singing: “Joy To The World,” celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. And wrapping it all up with the 1970, Jose Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad. “We wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of our hearts,” they chanted.