After recording success at the first edition of his gospel concert, Praise Experience in the United States, American based saxophonist and host, Femi Ogebule has cleared the notion that he took a cue from The Experience which holds at the Tafawa Balewa Square every December.
The musician noted that Praise Experience has been a dream he has nurtured for a long time and so the Nigerian Experience, held under the auspices of House On The Rock church, Lekki, was not his inspiration.
“I have had the dream to do Praise Experience for a very long time. While I was in school, all my focus was preparing myself for the Praise Experience. When the Nigerian Experience started, I said wow that was close to what I wanted to do. However, I would not say that I was not inspired by what they do. I saw a lot of things that I like, and I saw a lot of things I wanted to improve on. It inspired me but it’s not my source of inspiration for my event,” he said.
Speaking on the second edition of his gospel concert, Praise Experience with Femi Ogebule, scheduled to hold in Chicago, USA on the 30th of November, 2019 at the Copernicus Center, the gospel artiste stated the uniqueness of his concert.
“It is not the same with the Experience that takes place in Nigeria. Mine is called Praise Experience with Femi Ogebule, as the host. It is also called Praise Experience Chicago because it is held in Chicago, but we are hoping to take it around the world. The unique thing about the Praise Experience is that, first; it is not under any church umbrella. It is not associated with any religious group. It is independent and solely a musical concert. The Praise Experience covers different genres of music from classical, jazz, afro-Cuban, afro, contemporary gospel to African music. The Praise Experience is also educational. We introduce an unfamiliar musical instrument to the audience to teach them something new. These are instruments you probably have not heard of or have just read about but never see them or heard what they sound like. Last year, I invited one of my friends that played the vibraphone. It is similar to the xylophone but different. The vibraphone looks like a grill. To me, that is education right there. These are the kind of things we bring on stage. You have fun, you worship God and you go home learning something new,” he said.