Volume 7, Issue 1, January 2019, Page: 1-8
Community’s Influence on Igbo Musical Artiste and His Art
Alvan-Ikoku Okwudiri Nwamara, Department of Music, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
Received: Sep. 19, 2018;       Accepted: Oct. 17, 2018;       Published: Mar. 11, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.20190701.11      View  17      Downloads  8
The Igbo traditional concept of “Ohaka: The Community is Supreme,” is mostly expressed in Igbo names like; Nwoha/Nwora (Community-Owned Child), Oranekwulu/Ohanekwulu (Community Intercedes/intervenes), Obiora/Obioha (Community-Owned Son), Adaora/Adaoha (Community-Owned Daughter) etc. This indicates value attached to Ora/Oha (Community) in Igbo culture. Musical studies have shown that the Igbo musical artiste does not exist in isolation; rather, he performs in/for his community and is guided by the norms and values of his culture. Most Igbo musicological scholars affirm that some of his works require the community as co-performers while some require collaboration with some gifted members of his community. His musical instruments are approved and often times constructed by members of his community as well as his costumes and other paraphernalia. But in recent times, modernity has not been so friendly to this “Ohaka” concept; hence the promotion of individuality/individualism concepts in various guises within the context of Igbo musical arts performance. Technological advancements on the one hand, try to promote and popularize Igbo musical arts, while on the other hand, dampen the spiritual and socio-cultural essence of the art. Coming from a performer/participant observer’s perspective, the author carefully examines the nature of Igbo musical arts in modern times in comparison to ethno-historical viewpoints gathered through review of related literatures. In general, the paper highlights Ohaka in Igbo musical arts with emphasis on the artiste, his art, effects of modernity on the concept and subsequently suggests way forward.
Igbo, Musical Arts, Community, Musical Artiste, Ohaka
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Alvan-Ikoku Okwudiri Nwamara, Community’s Influence on Igbo Musical Artiste and His Art, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 7, No. 1, 2019, pp. 1-8. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20190701.11
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