It was a resounding triumph for opera music enthusiasts in Port Harcourt as the highly anticipated album titled ‘The Journey’ swept across the city, enchanting listeners and earning widespread acclaim.
Released on Sunday, May 21, 2023 by opera singing sensation, Alloy Mbata, the masterpiece has already proven to be a tour de force, capturing the hearts and souls of opera music lovers many of whom watched the event live in the social platforms.
The event which held at the Azny Event Center, GRA in Port Harcourt featured a stellar ensemble of talented artists and musicians including Ibifiri Olongwe, Motonte Ikimiete, Cherish and The Restoration Voices of St. Lukes among others.
Kentochmedia Entertainment desk reports that the album presents a captivating fusion of traditional opera elements and contemporary musicality, transporting audiences to a realm of pure auditory bliss.
Featuring a repertoire of meticulously crafted compositions, each track in ‘The Journey’ is a testament to the visionary brilliance of Alloy Mbata. The album showcases a harmonious blend of passionate arias, captivating duets, and rousing ensembles, drawing inspiration from a diverse range of musical genres while maintaining the essence and grandeur of opera.
Present at the occasion were lovers of opera music like the Executive Chairman of Obio Akpor Local Government Area, Hon (Barr) George Ariolu and his counterpart of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Hon. Allwell Ihunda as well as some top political and economic heavy weights in Rivers State.
At separate interviews, the dignitaries described the album as a transformative experience, with its evocative melodies transcending language barriers, cultural divides, and age demographics, adding that the tracks have become a unifying force, bringing people together through the power of music.
The album which was dedicated to the loving memory of late legal luminary, Chief B.M. Wifa, SAN, has received widespread critical acclaim, with music critics and aficionados alike hailing it as a groundbreaking achievement in the realm of opera and musical artistry.
The album’s seamless integration of powerful vocals, awe-inspiring orchestration, and emotive storytelling has garnered praise for its ability to evoke a myriad of emotions, leaving listeners spellbound.
With its successful launch and overwhelming reception, ‘The Journey’ has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the global music landscape, reminding listeners of the extraordinary power of music to transcend boundaries and touch the depths of souls.
In his message of appreciation, Alloy Mbata said he was filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and joy over the success of the album launch, adding that the occasion was indeed momentous for him.
“First and foremost, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to each and every one of you who has been a part of this incredible journey. To my family, friends, and loved ones who have been my pillars of strength, thank you for believing in me even when the road seemed uncertain. Your unwavering faith in my abilities has been the fuel that kept me going.
“I am immensely grateful to His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and our ‘tear rubber’ governor, His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara and his deputy, Prof. Ngozi Odu for their love and support to me
“To my record label and management team, thank you for your unwavering belief in my talent and for guiding me through this exhilarating process. Your guidance, expertise, and tireless efforts have made this album a reality, and I am grateful for the opportunities you have provided me.
“My gratitude extends to the fans, supporters, and music enthusiasts who have embraced my music with open hearts and open minds. Your unwavering enthusiasm and encouragement have fueled my passion and have given me the strength to persevere. Without you, none of this would have been possible, and I am deeply honored to have you as part of this journey”.