‘Unique and Perfect’

first_imgIt might be over now but it was definitely a weekend Christmas Extravaganza, with spectacular performances that touched the soul of the audience, making it difficult for anyone in the full-house auditorium to hold back their excitement.The crowd described the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) Choir’s live performance as “unique and perfect.”Though the choir did not sing their own songs, they had great chemistry performing traditional Christmas songs. “The kind of performance that the choir displayed here proved that the university has a great extracurricular activity program. It is the best we have ever seen since this program was initiated a few months ago,” a member of the audience told Lib Life.“This is a turning point in the university’s activities and we hope that more investments will be made to improve it in some areas.”Also performing a drama entitled “Paradise Lost,” the Anyenkon (AMEU Dance and Drama Troupe) never utter a word throughout the performance, but their silence spoke volumes, and was epic.The drama opened with five actors on stage in a state of bliss. Their leaders seemed kind and generous. Food is plentiful and children laugh and play. But eventually their leaders became corrupt with greed and sold them into slavery.As the plot thickened, the slaves are treated with unspeakable cruelty. But they never forgot about returning home one day.The slaves were eventually freed by their slave master. They embraced each other in silence, fighting to hold back their emotions.The former slaves returned home and forgetting their past treatment under bondage, they forcefully established dominance over their own people, and at last conflict escalated until everything was destroyed. In the end, they came together to rebuild.Paradise Lost ends as the people pledged to never allow greed to make them carry out such wanton acts of destruction against each other. In a nutshell, Paradise Lost is the story of Liberia.“I am elated by the wonderful response that our Christmas Extravaganza received. I hope this will become an annual event. There is so much talent in Liberia and within the AMEU student population in particular,” said Dr. Dawn Barnes, Associate Vice President for Academic Support Services at the university said.“We hope to explore these talents and showcase them at cultural events throughout the year. Our community, too, has said that they look forward to having occasions like these to relax and enjoy the spirit of the holiday. Music, dance and live drama are universal. I am honored to serve as a facilitator for this service to our students and our community.”Dr. Barnes also said that art and culture, like sports, are aspects of lives that unite and bring people together to laugh, share fun and jointly celebrate humanity. “As an institution of higher education, it is part of our mandate to enrich the lives of the community,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘He still looks like he’s playing in a backstreet slum in Rio!’

first_imgEach week, a leading band or musician takes our special talkSPORT Starting XI. And this week it’s rock Gods, The Answer…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?It has to be Drive with Adrian Durham and Darren Gough! I have to admit the opinions of Adrian Durham used to leave me scratching my head….I would be thinking, “is this geezer mad? Why do they have him on the radio? He’s just arguing for the sake of it and its ridiculous!” But two years of intense listening have enlightened me and I now understand the method in his madness, which is not madness at all he’s just a free thinking individual. I find Darren Gough’s honesty both refreshing and enlightening, particularly when he told the story about having a few beers in-between innings of a county cricket match thinking they were too far ahead to lose and ended up losing!! You don’t get that from Cristiano Ronaldo. Also Darren’s opinions are informed as that of an ex-sportsman from the inside, Durham is a well informed fan. Durham has great conviction in his opinions and Goughie has never backed down form anything in his life. It makes for a great radio show! Adrian Durham also has a very balanced view on Arsenal!!!talkSPORT gives you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?It would be called “We could be Spectacular!” You could use our song Spectacular as the theme music. It would feature members of rock bands talking about their favourite football moments and memories with one or two football players of the team they support. For example, I would talk about the 1999 Treble winning season with Ryan Giggs and Ole Gunnar Solskaer or you could have Liam and Noel Gallagher talking to Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero about the last day of the season in 2012.Who are the greatest football team in the land?Man United! The first game I saw was 1985 FA Cup final when Norman Whiteside’s wonder goal won us the cup against a much fancied Everton side! The North and South Irish connection sealed it for me and they became a religion in my house! I particularly enjoyed the 1999 season. King Louis has things moving in the right direction now and we’ll be back where we belong in the Champions League and on top of the Premier League next season!Who is the most rock ‘n’ roll player playing the beautiful game right now?He’s not playing the game beautifully well, but Mario Balotelli is still quite rock ’n’ roll. He would still rather go to an A-List party in the latest designer gear, possibly a Real Madrid jersey, and be seen in the papers the next day rather than turn out for Liverpool. Can’t really blame him there! He lets off fireworks in his bathroom and sets his house on fire, he fights with the manager, he’s not quite scoring like a lead singer yet but Liverpool fans will be hoping that’s just around the corner. Diego Costa is also pretty rock ’n’ roll on the pitch! He still looks like he’s playing in a backstreet slum in Rio!If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?The Rolling Stones. They know how to put a show on at Wembley and would start up the crowd!Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem? David Lee Roth!What track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to?ACDC – Thunderstruck. I’ve heard them play it at Wembley before and it was monumental, the place was shaking at the knees!What’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?”Demon Eyes” by the Answer. It will get the team pumped up and ready to do battle, taking no prisoners.You build your own rock ‘n’ roll five-a-side team, who’s in it? I’m going to put our singer Cormac Neeson on the left of midfield as he is a naturally left-sided player but can score with either foot! James Hetfield from Metallica can go in goal as he would scare people into missing, I wouldn’t want to put one past Hetfield!!! Eddie Van Halen in midfield as, with his Dutch roots, he is a student of total football and could be our version of Johann Cryuff. Phil Lynott could be our big target man up front like a rock ‘n’ roll Marouane Fellaini. And Paul Mc Cartney could sweep it out from the back, always good to have a bit of jammy Scouse luck in the team!You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?Vinnie Jones, road manager and security! He could bring some of the Crazy Gang mentality, discipline and justice! And these days he could get us into all the good parties in Hollywood! What’s going on with the band at the moment?We have just released a new album called  “Raise A Little Hell”. We are doing a 20-date UK tour in March, and then into Europe and America. We will be busy with festivals during the summer, too. 1 The Answer takes talkSPORT’s Starting XI Q&A last_img read more