As’tele Hangout 3.0: Nigeria's creative art forms showcasing society

Tosin and Esther in a performance
On its third edition, As’tele Hangout has added its voice to the rest of the ‘talking society’ through dances, traditional poetry (ewi), spoken word, drumming and several other creative arts, to showcase the realities of society today.

The performances depicted the good, the worrisome and the efforts at trying to keep society thinking right.

For the creative team, As’tele has come a long way in establishing a positioning to enable young and growing artists see a reflection of society in entertaining performances, irrespective of what the troubles may be.

So, Noble Albert, a script writer, actor, filmmaker, in his short dance performance  ‘Weep not Mother’ draws attention to the trouble of facing ‘suicide’ in Nigeria, where people once thought it was alien to the society. But, hit by the sad reality, Albert advocates a choice for life and the peace of dealing with whatever troubles by seeking help. His performance encourages everyone to talk and not die in silence trying to go through troubles alone.

The ladies on drum
Gbolabo Adebakin, aka Chief Gibbs, and widely referred to as the Singing Chef, presents ‘Evermore’, an adaptation from Beauty and the Beast, and told through the interpretation of the performer. It is a blend of monologue, music and improvisation.
Awoko Habeeb Ayodeji presented a flute rendition and pelumibaba (Pelumi Laws) performed Yoruba poetry/rap.

Adedamola Adegbulu Dorcas had an exhibition of visual arts, as highlights of the show included a music performance – a blend of contemporary jazz and traditional drums ensemble by Drumsview Concept.

A dance piece – an invocation, an invitation to self-exploration, interaction and oneness with nature was done by Tantoloun Productions. While award presentations were made to Arts Writer, Hope Orivri, and to Photographer Michael Ogar.

The Creative Team is composed of Esther Essen, Esther Umeonwujiobi, Bakare Ismail Abiodun and Oyebisi Tosin Akinboye.
MC: Wole Salisu (Wole Comedian)
Music Team: Babatunde Goodluck, Adisa Abiodun Timothy, David Akinsola Abbeyjazz
Abiodun Fabiyi, Michael Olatunjoye, Ibukun Oladipupo, Peter Abayomi, Esther Essien and Oluwatosinoyee Oyee.

As’tele Hangout is powered by Tantoloun Productions, a performing arts group with the full gamut of artists who have vast experiences and specialized in various aspects of arts.