After performing 10 different musical concerts with Nigerian local artists between Kaduna and Abuja, the team of international France-based Guitarists that stormed Kaduna last month for Peace Concert, in order to promote peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance has returned to base country.
Atri N’Assoup (the Star of the Desert) a Tuareg from Agadez, Niger Republic, who is now a citizen of France for 12 years in Paris and, who is team leader of the band that arrived Nigeria with 10 musicians, said “We are really grateful on seeing the way Nigerians really received us and dancing to the rhythms of our music without any difference.
He added that the mission for the peace tour concert in Africa is to preach peace through traditional and modern songs, and promote non-violence and peace among all generations, cultures and religions with support from local artists as well as international stars.
ATri said “We have performed with many Nigerian Artist on different stages using their instruments, while I use mine; and it is our hope to see that many Nigerian musicians continue using music and organizing big concerts, in order to unite all the citizens of the country, irrespective of their religious, tribal and traditional differences, to move the country to greater heights.”
It has been observed that since his arrival in Nigeria early last month, Atri N’Assoup offers a cheerful and festive atmosphere to the northern cities of Nigeria through his music and, above all, good humour of his music, which attracts many Nigerians to be regular attendants to his live concerts from the two selected Northern cities of Kaduna and Abuja, and hoping that before living the country he was going to perform in some other parts of the country.
Atri said Nigeria is blessed with many talented musicians that unite the people and, therefore, it is up to them now to unite and always use music as a tool of bringing diverse communities into one place, so as to end all forms of crisis disturbing peace stability in the country.
Responding shortly after the last performance in Kaduna, at Gamji Park, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Gashashi, who is the national president of Centre for Fundamental Rights of Protection Initiative in Nigeria, said “I have been hearing about the effort of the musician on what he has been doing to educate the societies on the importance of peace and unity in their society; that was the reason that really motivated me to immensely invite him to Nigeria to also organize such a concert that could bring many Nigerians into one place of living to tolerate one another.”
Meanwhile team of religious leaders under the leadership of Pastor Yohanna Buru and other youth organizations went to bid bye-bye and to appreciate Atri’s effort of bringing peace through musical concerts in Nigeria, and hoping to see that he would usually come to the country and perform every year, so as to spread the message of peace through traditional and modernized forms of music.
Buru appealed to Nigerian musicians to always organize peace concerts to promote religious tolerance and better understanding among different faith-based organizations, with the aim of uniting the people.