The Satellite inadvertently reported in its first publication this year that the annual Universal Radio ‘ODIES BUT GOODIES’ Band competition was won by Afro Combo of Freetown. In actual fact, the hotly contested event was won by AFRO NATIONAL.
The sixth edition of the event which was staged at the prestigious Family Kingdom hall at Aberdeen on December 25, 2015 was described by many attendees as simply fantastic.
The magnificent annual event attracted fans from the length and breadth of the country as well as holiday makers from overseas. Many of them attended the show dressed in the styles of the past.
After the show which brings together old friends and families, hundreds of satisfied “Oldies” fans heaped praises on Josiah Paris, the proprietor of Universal Radio, for organizing what they said was a very nostalgic event that brought back to mind memories of good old times in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
The centerpiece of the highly entertaining all-night long show, the band show, was won by Afro National Dance Band. In second position was Afro Combo who relegated 2013 winners, After Works Band from Bo, into third place.
However, there was a dramatic twist to the event, when Afro Combo dance band was disqualified for using faulty equipments which resulted in the damaging of 3 sound amplifiers owned by Universal Radio. A galaxy of prizes was won by many people. Afro National took home 5 million Leones as first prize.
The other 3 bands received 1 million Leones each, apart from the initial 1million, 5 hundred thousand Leones inclusive of transportation of 500 thousand Leones which was given to each of the bands here in Freetown and a total of 2 million Leones given to the After Work Dance Band from Bo.
According to Josiah Peris, the organizer, “My main aim is to revive band business in Sierra Leone and make people happy as we take their minds down memory lane by dancing and singing along music play all night long.”
He disclosed that the next Oldies Dee Goodies show will take place on the 26th of April 2016, the eve of the country’s Independence Anniversary. It will also feature the hugely popular veteran DJ's competition. “See you when we see you,” said Josiah Paris.