THE ORGANIZING OF AN AFRICAN FUNERAL MUSIC: A CASE STUDY OF ASIA MUSIC IN EZIRA VILLAGE, NIMO

THE ORGANIZING OF AN AFRICAN FUNERAL MUSIC: A CASE STUDY OF ASIA MUSIC IN EZIRA VILLAGE, NIMO

Author by Prof. Young-sook Onyiuke

Journal/Publisher: Edited Book

Volume/Edition: 1

Language: English

Pages: 160 - 164

Abstract

Abstract

Death is a universal phenomenon, but the rites that accompany the burial of a dead person differ from place to place, and from culture to culture. In Igboland, funerals receive great attention for many reasons and as such involve huge expenses. Music is an element that is a part and parcel of funerals in Igboland. This article looks into the Abia music, with respect to what Nzewi (2003;26) calls 'event-music', the event being the funeral ceremonies of Ezira village Nimo. It examines the significance of the music, ensemble membership, organology and artistic techniques as effective tools in the teaching of African music and as parts of the entire pedagogical spectrum.


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