Nigerian singer Maestros in a frame of his video | Photo: ANSA/ANIELLO SAMMARCO
Nigerian singer Maestros in a frame of his video | Photo: ANSA/ANIELLO SAMMARCO

Abdul, whose stage name is Maestros, talks about his redemption after a series of atrocities in Africa. He fled violence and poverty in Nigeria and he escaped again from Libya. Then he reached Italy on a boat, where -- he recounts -- "I saw children taken away from their mothers and thrown into the sea to ease the ship's weight."

Abdul, whose stage name is Maestros, is 25 years old. Those images while crossing the Mediterranean, he admits, he will never be able to forget. But he has tried to change the course of his destiny.

Today, on social media, his journey as songwriter begins with the song 'Rock' and his first videoclip, realized by Movieland.

His is the story of a survivor. It talks about the crossing: "Many were abandoned at sea, among them many children of all ages, a way to force even mother to jump over board out of desperation."

He managed to arrive in Lampedusa and was transferred to shelter in Naples. Then, little by little, he started to pick himself up. "I wanted to find work" said Abdul.

The meeting of the turning point with Salvatore Suarato

Along his journey, Abdul met Salvatore Suarato, the owner of the Greenland agritourism of Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) and of the movie production house Movieland who offered him a job.

"He is a young man full of resources," said Suarato talking about the boy.

"He surprised me for his determination to be active. He has been working with me for almost two years, and now he is one of the family. Despite the atrocious experiences he lived and the difficulties, I am amazed at how joyful he is. And he is a true talent", he added.

Maestros writes songs in Afrobeat style, a genre similar to pop, very popular in Africa.

The song 'Rock' is about the story of two fiances

In Italy, Maestros had the opportunity to record some songs. The first one is 'Rock', where he recounts the story of two fiances who are initially divided by appearance and money, but they later get back together as they discover the true values and feelings. The song has its own first videoclip, which was filmed along the Vesuvius coastline.

But among the songs that Maestros has written and sung, there is also 'My world', a real voyage that has brought Abdul to Italy. The launch of the first song does not come at a happy moment however. The young Nigerian man does not hide his sadness: "That journey is terrible, many don't make it but it is the only way to try to escape death. Today, thanks to Salvatore Suarato, I have a job and I was able to make my dream come true, create music."


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