Historical trends of Nigerian indeigenous and contemporary Music

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Timothy Asobele, S.J.
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Rothmed International Limited
Music is the entertainment aspect of culture. In many parts of the world it has been discovered to be a soothing balm to listeners on different occasions such as in ceremonies: marriages, funerals, birth-day, independence anniversaries. Music in the past has helped in re-organising the mental alertness of people. A concrete example of this could b~ ,drawn from the biblical Saul who was always thrilled and calmed by Dovid s harp and that during King Saul fit of mental derangement. . Music in some societies and countries and In some other parts of the world is as important as food. In Congo, America and Britain from where one could say the most popular world musicians have emerged, such as James Brown, Micheal Jackson, the Late Jimmy Cliff and the late Bob Marley of Jamaica, music is a prized national patrimony. . To come nearer home in Nigeria, music has also formed an Integral part of our life and this music varies from one region to the other or fr?m one state to the other. But the most popular music of Nigeria could be said to be Juju in the Yoruba land, as well as Sakara, Apala, and Fuji; Goge in the Northern part of the country, Highlife in the Eastern part, Funk, Afro Beat, a.nd R~aggae. As a matter of fact, there are many musicians in Nigeria but In this. work, emphasis will be laid on the outstanding ones in the areas alread~ ment~oned. Mention will also be made of their biographies, nature of their music and performance both at home and abroad. .. . The Black and African peoples are an essentially musical peoples. This is not a cliche but a truism. The essence of their music is still felt in far aw~y climes in the USA, Brazil and Cuba where the Jazz, Samba and Rhumb~ 'll~SIC and dance have been immortalized in the minds of the world as the contnbutlon of Black and African peoples to world culture and civilization.
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Timothy Asobele, S.J. (2002). Historical trends of Nigerian indeigenous and contemporary Music. 144p.